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.
As he puffed on a cigarette in his spacious New York hotel suite Monday, tour founder Ozzy Osbourne, who will also perform on the tour, cheerfully played the part of the genial ringleader of the heaviest circus in town.
"It's just a fun day it's a place to let your hair down and have a good time," Osbourne said, adding that he was particularly excited about touring with Methods of Mayhem frontman and former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee.
"I'm looking forward to seeing Tommy Lee's new band. My kids went to see him the other day, and they said he was great," Osbourne said, puffing on a cigarette. "Tommy's an old friend of mine from the old Mötley days."
The former Black Sabbath frontman cited the all-female metal band Kittie and hard-rockers Pantera as other favorites from the lineup, which he said was selected with the help of input from fans on the festival's Web site (www.ozzfest.com). The tour will 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," he said. "It's a really good thing for the fans it's a cool event."
Osbourne said that he hopes this year's tour will help the careers of the mostly lesser-known acts who will play its second stage. Along with Kittie and Ministry, those artists are Taproot, Primer 55, Shuvel, Pitchshifter, the Deadlights, Disturbed, Crazy Town, Pump Jack and Slaves on Dope, according to the tour's publicists, Susan Blond Inc.
"What I like to do with the Ozzfest is, on the main stage, it's bands who have gone gold or platinum. On the other stage, it's kind of giving bands a chance," Osbourne explained. "From when the Ozzfest started, there's been so many bands that spun off and got successful. ... I like to see a new band happen. It's great when you start off on a second stage and a year later they're on the ... main stage."
After its Florida kickoff date, the tour will head through the South and the Eastern Seaboard in July, along with a single Canadian date. In August, the tour will head to the Midwest, ending with a series of West Coast dates. Ozzfest is scheduled to end on Sept. 2 in San Bernardino, Calif.
Osbourne dismissed rumors that Ozzfest, which began in 1996, will end after this year's outing. He said that he looks forward to performing on future festivals and could even see a day when the tour would continue without him.
Last year's Ozzfest featured what were billed as some of the last performances by Osbourne's pioneering metal band Black Sabbath. The group played such classics as "Iron Man" (RealAudio excerpt of live version) on the tour, which also included rock trio Primus, industrial act Rob Zombie, hard-rockers the Deftones, and heavy-metal bands Slayer and System of a Down.
The tour was filmed for an upcoming documentary by director Penelope Spheeris, who previously chronicled rock 'n' roll absurdity in the comedy "Wayne's World" and her two-part punk-metal documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization."
Ozzfest tour dates:
July 2; Palm Beach, Fla.; Coral Sky
July 4; Atlanta, Ga.; Lakewood Amphitheater
July 6; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltell Pavilion
July 8; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion
July 10; Virginia Beach, Va.; Virginia Beach Amphitheater
July 12; Detroit, Mich.; Pine Knob
July 14; Washington, D.C.; Nissan
July 16; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Star Lake Amphitheater
July 18; Columbus, Ohio; Polaris
July 20; Toronto, Ontario; Molson Amphitheater
July 22; Philadelphia, Pa.; Entertainment Center
July 24; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Arts Center
July 26; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 2930; Boston, Mass.; Tweeter Center
Aug. 4; Chicago, Ill.; The World
Aug. 6; Milwaukee, Wis.; Alpine Valley
Aug. 8; Cincinnati, Ohio; Riverbend
Aug. 10; Indianapolis, Ind.; Deer Creek
Aug. 12; Minneapolis, Minn.; Float Rite Park
Aug. 14; St. Louis, Mo.; Riverport
Aug. 16; Kansas City, Mo.; Sandstone
Aug. 18; Dallas, Texas; Starplex
Aug. 20; Baytown, Texas; Houston Raceway
Aug. 24; Seattle, Wash.; The Gorge
Aug. 26; Mountain View, Calif.; Shoreline
Aug. 28; Sacramento, Calif.; Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
Aug. 30; Phoenix, Ariz.; Desert Sky Pavilion
Sep. 2; San Bernardino, Calif.; Blockbuster Pavilion
(This story was updated at 2 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 28, 2000.)