Methods of Mayhem, Monster Magnet, Kittie On Ozzfest Lineup

Groups are among those joining previously confirmed acts Pantera, Static-X, Ministry.

Hard-rock bands Queens of the Stone Age, Methods of Mayhem, Monster Magnet, Kittie and Incubus will join previously confirmed acts Pantera, Static-X, P.O.D., Ministry and Godsmack on the lineup of this year's Ozzfest tour.

Joining Kittie and Ministry on the festival's second stage will be lesser-known acts Taproot, Primer 55, Pitchshifter, the Deadlights, Disturbed, Crazy Town, Pump Jack, Slaves on Dope and Shuvel, according to the tour's publicist, Susan Blond Inc.

As always, festival founder Ozzy Osbourne also will perform on the tour, scheduled to kick off on July 2 in Palm Beach, Fla.

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, an Ozzfest veteran, said the tour helps create solidarity among hard-rock and metal bands and their fans.

"You feel like you're part of the big hard-rock scene," Paul (born Vincent Paul Abbott) said. "It's a really good thing for the fans — it's a cool event." Last week, Pantera released Reinventing the Steel, which includes the single "Revolution Is My Name" (RealAudio excerpt).

Last year's Ozzfest featured what were billed as some of the last performances by Osbourne's pioneering metal band, Black Sabbath. The outing also included rock trio Primus, industrial act Rob Zombie, hard-rockers the Deftones, and heavy-metal bands Slayer and System of a Down.

Ozzfest began in 1996 as what Osbourne called an experiment, but it has since grown into a successful annual event.