Ozzfest 2007....FOR FREE (NOT BULLSHIT)
[i]OZZFEST 2007...FOR FREE
PULLS PLUG ON TICKET PRICES
\"This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in the summer in America should be.\"--Sharon Osbourne
Imagine a day of wall-to-wall hard rock.
Imagine the world\'s greatest headliner sharing a bill with cutting edge new artists.
Imagine if this brass-knuckled beast was hellbent on coming to your town.
Imagine this earth-pounding event...FOR FREE.
2007 will forever mark the year OZZFEST spiked the concert industry\'s punch and gave every head-banging American kid a reason to strap on an air guitar with the historic announcement that tickets to the summer’s premiere touring concert festival won\'t cost fans a dime.
Testing one, two, three...
That\'s right, OZZY and SHARON OSBOURNE and tour producer LIVE NATION broke the news today at the Concert Industry Consortium in Los Angeles that their 12th annual hard rock spectacular--a 25-date extravaganza launching July 7 in Los Angeles--is pulling the plug on ticket prices and giving the power back to the fans calling this summer’s OZZFEST \"FreeFest.\" The other OZZFEST cities as of now are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Nashville. Note: a final confirmed list of cities and dates is forthcoming.
\"For the last few years,\" says SHARON, \"ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year.\"
Cited as “one of rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday\'s New York Times\' “Arts and Leisure” section (6/25/06), OZZFEST and Live Nation will turn to sponsors to provide added support for the festival\'s new incarnation. This summer’s OZZFEST will provide select sponsors with a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music’s best known brands.
\"We\'re reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs,\" compares Sharon. \"As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about.\"
“For the past 11 years, music fans have made OZZFEST the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States,” said Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts. “What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend OZZFEST for free.”
To gain entry into the event, fans will go to [url]www.ozzfest.com[/url] or [url]www.livenation.com[/url] to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.
As OZZFEST’s founder and namesake, OZZY will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year\'s mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the down-and-dirty second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album, OZZY’s first disc of new material since 2001. While the rest of the in-progress bill is under wraps, Sharon points out, \"we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today\'s announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren\'t any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we\'re confident we can turn some of the genre\'s biggest bands on to what we\'re doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they\'re in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they\'re more than welcome to join us. They can sell their t-shirts, CDs and whatever else they\'ve got. They\'re also welcome to book their own shows in local venues on the day of OZZFEST. I’m not stopping them. People have to be creative and think of alternatives.\"
Since 1996, OZZFEST has been a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like System of a Down, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Incubus, Slipknot, Queens of the Stoneage and Godsmack. Along with supporting bands on the rise including Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coli, among others.
“OZZFEST was created to keep this genre of music alive by showcasing new talent,\" states Sharon. \"You better believe we’re going to keep perpetuating that by hand-picking compelling new bands that are hungry for OZZFEST\'s career-making exposure.\"
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s leading live music company, annually connecting more than 60 million fans with their favorite performers at over 30,000 events. We are the largest producer of live concerts in the world, the second-largest venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. Live Nation creates superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate and/or have booking rights for more than 170 venues, including House of Blues-branded music venues and prestigious locations such as San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Wembley Arena. Live Nation’s websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.” For more information regarding concerts near you, Live Nation and its businesses, please visit our website at [url]www.LiveNation.com[/url].
Holy shit! Say what you will, but that's a bold move by Sharon! I'd say it's bullshit the bands aren't getting paid, but everybody will be making money off of merch and it's not like, well, she's getting any from ticket prices. And the fact that she's basically encouraging bands to hold their own shows too... damn, this could turn out pretty sweet.
Frankly, I'm impressed.
Bold indeed but there's not enough details here. My first reactions: Ozzfest.com got hacked but it's also up on livenation.com.... free is never free. I'm guarding my wallet carefully.
[QUOTE=hot_turkey_ed;143323]Bold indeed but there's not enough details here. My first reactions: Ozzfest.com got hacked but it's also up on livenation.com.... free is never free. I'm guarding my wallet carefully.[/QUOTE]
I think the catch may be the line-up. Aside from Ozzy's solo band, and Black Label Society, who else will be playing? I'm betting on smaller less popular bands. And I'm sure water and beer and nachos are all $10 each like normal too. I'm sure Ozzfest makes a ton of money off of merchandise, food, and other crap that's sold. I bet if the show is limited to one stage or is indoors as earlier speculated it will be cheaper to move the tour around as well.
But you're right, I expect some fine print to surface at some point.
[QUOTE=EvilCheeseWedge;143322] I'd say it's bullshit the bands aren't getting paid, [/QUOTE]
It's not just the bands that aren't gonna get anything from tickets, think of all the other smaller pieces involved. Road crew, security, vendors, etc. etc. Also, I thought Ozzy was "retired" from being the headliner at Ozzfest? I see Sharon has decided that he isn't gonna get a free ride.
I wonder if Sharon is still gonna charge second stage bands $70,000 or whatever it is.
...and Metal Sludge.
[B][I]Pay the baby bands? She's not even going to pay the headlining bands. Read the fine print--
"we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today's announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren't any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we're confident we can turn some of the genre's biggest bands on to what we're doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they're in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they're more than welcome to join us. They can sell their t-shirts, CDs and whatever else they've got. They're also welcome to book their own shows in local venues on the day of OZZFEST. I’m not stopping them. People have to be creative and think of alternatives."
In other words, no one has signed on to do this yet, she's not paying anyone, and she's hoping to convince big name bands to play for free by telling them they can sell their shirts and CDs or book another show somewhere else. Good luck with that.
And even if a couple bands do do it for a show or two, the lineup is gonna suck, because all most cities are going to get is a bunch of Joe Nobodys.
All I'm seeing here is Sharon desperately trying to do damage control, because she knows how sick of her shit everyone is and knew people were starting to not give a crap about Ozzfest. She's not trying to save the concert industry...she's just trying to save her own ass.[/I][/B]
Somebody else also said that this might be Sharon trying to divert anyone's attention away from Heaven & Hell.
I have no idea what to make of this.
[QUOTE=ADD;143328]I have no idea what to make of this.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=neilpeartjr.;143327]Somebody else also said that this might be Sharon trying to divert anyone's attention away from Heaven & Hell.
I doubt that very much. She's running a festival. They're just another touring band. They'll probably be touring once Ozzfest is already over in the US and it's not like Ozzfest typically goes anywhere but the US, so I'm not sure I see the conflict. And hey if it's true, we only stand to win, because hopefully the H&H tour will have reasonable pricing. I'll pay whatever it costs to Sabbath with Dio, but it'd be sweet to not go broke in the process ;)
That said, um, so she's not paying the headlining bands. Well no shit, she's not charging ticket prices either. The bands will be making money the same way she is... merchandise. So in that respect, I don't really have any problem with what she is doing.
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