Ozzfest will return as a touring festival this summer, it was announced on Friday (April 30), with Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe headlining, according to a statement on the festival’s official site. The tour will mark the first time the two bands have toured together since 1984, during the Crüe’s breakthrough appearance as Ozzy’s opening act on a major U.S. tour.
Ozzfest, which took a year off in 2009 and was a one-day event headlined by Ozzy and Metallica in 2008, will kick off August 14 in San Bernardino, California (the birthplace of the first Ozzfest in 1996), and then make stops in Chicago; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsburgh; and Boston. Live Nation will promote the tour nationally.
The main stage will feature full sets from Ozzy, the Crüe and Rob Halford, the latter performing songs from his solo career along with material from Judas Priest and Fight. DevilDriver and Nonpoint will fill out the main stage lineup. Second-stage headliners and six-time Ozzfest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.
Each date on the tour will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 p.m., according to the statement. There will also be a “Village of the Damned,” featuring interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.
Ozzy will release a new album, Scream, on June 15.
Ozzfest 2010 dates, according to the festival’s website:
8/14 – San Bernardino, California @ San Manuel Amphitheater
8/17 – Chicago @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
8/19 – Pittsburgh @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 – Hartford, Connecticut @ Comcast Theater
8/22 – Camden, New Jersey @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/24 – Boston @ Comcast Center