There was more
trouble for Ozzfest '97 on Tuesday, but this time
the center of the storm
was headliner Ozzy Osbourne himself rather
than opening act Marilyn Manson.
The Columbus, Ohio Police Department reports
that 23 arrests were made
during the pandemonium that ensued
after it was announced that Osbourne and
the reunited Black Sabbath would not perform
at the Polaris Amphitheater
concert, which also included Manson,
Pantera, Type O Negative, Fear
Factory and Machinehead on the
One fan and two Polaris security
members reportedly sustained minor injuries.
Tour publicist Perry Serpa told ATN Wednesday that
Osbourne "canceled the Ozzy and Black
Sabbath sets due to the fact that he had a sore throat.
Rather than get
up onstage and make it worse, he decided to can the show."
Before announcing Osbourne's cancellation, members of the show's
other bands convened for an all-star Ozzy tribute (Manson belted "Crazy
Train"), but the gesture proved to be little
consolation for angry fans.
Police spokesperson Carrie Bartunek told ATN that the sold
out crowd of 20,000 first heard the news of Ozzy's no-show at 9:20 p.m.
"That's when things went crazy and the patrons started destroying the
fence" around the amphitheater, said Bartunek. "We donned our riot
equipment at 9:25 and activated the officers.
By 10 p.m. we were starting to release officers."
The police account of the incident notes that several minor trash fires
in the Polaris parking lot. A box
office window was also broken,
said Polaris general manager Patrick Leahy.
Leahy noted that the venue learned of Osbourne's absence just 30 minutes
before he was scheduled to perform.
The dreaded task of
fell to Pantera singer Philip
Anselmo. "We felt an artist would be the best person to convey the
message," said Polaris front office staffer Todd Tucker. "It's somebody
who the crowd's going to listen to."
Arrests during the uproar
were made for
trespassing, possession of open alcohol containers and drug paraphernalia,
drug abuse, and outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
A total of 75 officers -- far more than usual according to Bartunek
"We were afra
id there might
be problems," said the police spokesperson.
Information about possible rescheduling or refunds is expected later this