No OZZFEST This Year

Posted by ToxicDoom | Friday, February 13, 2009 |

Ozzy Osbourne is currently in the studio in Los Angeles co-producing his tenth studio album with Kevin Churko. The new CD is the rock and roll legend's follow-up to 2007's "Black Rain" which debuted in the Top Ten on the album charts in 11 countries and spawned Ozzy's first-ever #1 Active Rock track "I Don't Wanna Stop" (which also sat atop the Heritage Rock chart for more than 20 weeks). The two-time Grammy Award winner has decided that he will not be touring until he has a new album in stores (currently projected to be Thanksgiving 2009). Thus, Ozzy has decided to put his namesake festival Ozzfest on hold this year.

When MTV News caught up with the Osbournes at the Scream Awards in Los Angeles on October 18, 2008, they discussed their plans for Ozzfest's 14th year. Asked if 2009's festival would be free once again like it was in 2007, Ozzfest co-producer Sharon Osbourne replied, "No, don't you know that there's a depression on? Are you mad? We're going back to what we originally were. We've given the real good fans a free show for one time, and now, it's back to business as usual."

Video footage of the Osbournes talking to MTV News about Ozzfest can be viewed below.

The one-day Ozzfest 2008 festival, with METALLICA and OZZY OSBOURNE as headliners, was among the highest-grossing concert standa in the world last year, according to Billboard magazine. The AEG Live-promoted Ozzfest 2008 grossed nearly $3.5 million and almost 30,000 fans got to experience a 13-hour show filled with legends, cutting-edge acts and Ozzfest alumni who ignited three stages at Pizza Hut Park in the hard music-loving state of Texas, including one devoted to the state's bands.

The official Ozzfest web site was updated with a photo gallery from last year's event, which was held on August 9 in Frisco, Texas. Check it out at this location.

A three-minute preview of "Osbournes: Reloaded", a new Fox variety series starring Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon, and their children Jack and Kelly, can be viewed below. Among the highlights shown are a blindfolded contestant fooled into making out with a grandmother, Ozzy serving at a fast food drive-through window, and the clan heading out into the country to meet other families with the name Osbourne. The series is scheduled to air this spring, although an exact premiere date has yet to be announced. Six installments have been taped so far.

"Osbournes: Reloaded" marks the Osbourne family's return to television following the phenomenal success of their MTV reality series, "The Osbournes".

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