1999 ‘Ozzfest’ Documentary ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll’ Headed For Official Release


Long-shelved Ozzfest‘ 1999 documentary ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll‘, is inching towards finally receiving an official release. That film was shot by director Penelope Spheeris (‘The Decline Of Western Civilization‘, ‘Wayne’s World‘) amid the since defunct traveling festival’s 1999 run and received initial screenings, before being buried behind legal issues.

It would appear that those issues have begun to be resolved, as a screening of the film was heled at the David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles, CA this past August. In a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Spheeris revealed that Osbourne matriarch Sharon is moving forward with plans to officially release the album.

She said of it:

“I did go to the motion picture Academy Museum because they screened ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll‘ recently which is a movie that I did with Sharon and Ozzy [Osbourne] 20 years ago and it was never released. It has Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, System Of A Down, um it’s got Godsmack, Fear Factory, 10 bands in it. With Buckethead playing guitar in a cemetery.

It’s a great film and Sharon says she’s going to release it now after 20 years. I went on a tour bus and went to like 30 cities and filmed all the 10 bands. So it’s really in my opinion my best documentary, no ‘Decline Three’ is. But anyways, my second best documentary is ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock And Roll‘ and Sharon says she’s going to release it soon.

It’s like you are going on tour at the Ozzfest and you’re seeing all these bands and I respect the bands. Slayer is in the movie. Whatever City we went to, for example San Francisco we were there and I went oh where can I film Slayer ah uh Alcatraz (prison).. okay.

Slipknot we’re in D.C. where I can film Slipknot? At the National Monument, so you see Slipknot walking around at the National monument in front of Abraham Lincoln. I put them [bands] in different locations and I went backstage with all the band and Ozzy.

A lot of Ozzy, did a lot of stuff with Ozzy backstage. I worked three years on that movie and it never got released. I used to wake up in the morning, lay in bed and cry for a half an hour before I got out of bed because I never got the movie released.

And now I mean it’s a historical document of the 1999 Ozzfest. I am gonna get in touch with her [Sharon Osbourne] next week though and do whatever I can to help her get the movie out.”

The 1999 ‘Ozzfest featured Black Sabbath, Slayer, System Of A Down, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Primus, Godsmack and many more.

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