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Sharon Osbourne Is Open To Reviving ‘Ozzfest’


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Sharon Osbourne, the matriarch of all things Ozzy, has revealed that she isn’t adverse to resurrecting the ‘Ozzfest‘ as a traveling festival once again. The rock and metal scenes of the 90s and early 00s were widely shaped by traveling music festivals. In addition to aforementioned fest, those undertakings also saw the likes of ‘Lollapalooza‘, ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ and several other endeavors serve as the launching pad for numerous artists to breakthrough to commercial success.

These days, traveling festivals of that scale have largely fallen by the wayside, with the last traveling ‘Ozzfest‘ having been staged back in 2010 and the last full-scale run having taken place in 2007. Various destination festivals have since filled the void, but few have had the significant cultural impact that the aforementioned festivals had in their original cross-country incarnations.

In the past, Sharon revealed how the ‘Ozzfest‘ was ultimately shuttered in response to what she claimed to be greed from managers and artists. Speaking now on the seventeenth episode of thei Osbourne clan’s podcast, Ozzy Osbourne asked Sharon if she would ever considering reviving the festival. She replied: “Yeah, sure. Of course.”

After their daughter Kelly brought up the seemingly unrealistic financial expectations artists have asked for playing the festival, and the scene that has emerged since, Sharon offered:

“It’s great. That’s what we wanted — everybody to do spin-offs and do their own festivals, and it’s great. It’s great for fans; it’s brilliant. But why is it when it comes to us that everybody thinks that we are trillionaires, and so that every manager who wants their band on our festival wants one of the fucking trillions they think we’ve got to put on the festival?”

Ozzy suggested focusing on newer artists to offset that, to which she replied:

“You can do it for a baby stage, but you still need the headliners. It’s always great to have the baby stage, I mean, that’s what it’s all about — breaking new bands. That’s why we did it.”
“It’s very hard for acts who are not known to suddenly go and be in front of 50,000 people on a main stage at a festival and understand what they’re meant to do. It’s very intimidating. You could have maybe five thousand people at that baby stage, and then to go from five to fifty to sixty thousand people, and it’s really, really hard for baby bands. They’ve pay their dues anyway. That’s what it’s all about.”

Jack Osbourne then went on to say that the current crop of rock & metal festivals in the United States are “basically just ‘Ozzfest‘”, leading Sharon to respond: “Well, it’s the same bands just going around and around and around. But that’s what’s so good, because we started something, people have taken it, and it’s still great for the genre. It’s really good.”

[via Blabbermouth.net]

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