Black Sabbath and Slipknot will headline Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a combination of the two hard rock and metal events that will take place on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Sabbath will top the Ozzfest bill on the 24th, while Slipknot will lead the Knotfest lineup the next day. Also on the Ozzfest portion are Disturbed, Opeth, Black Label Society and others, while the Knotfest lineup includes Slayer, Trivium, Anthrax, Suicide Silence and many more.
Details of the show were unveiled at a press conference in Hollywood on Thursday (May 12th) attended by Ozzy Osbourne and Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, along with Slipknot members Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson and Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Disturbed‘s David Draiman and members of Hatebreed, Anthrax, Huntress andSuicide Silence.
Corey Taylor explained how the meeting of the festivals came together: [“You know, building our own festival, it just made sense if we could put this together and make the last North American show for Black Sabbath absolutely monumental (cheers from audience). So we made some calls and we were able to put it together and once it was done, it was done like that. So I’m very, very, very proud that we could put this together.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . put this together.)
- Remarkably, Ozzy’s estranged wife and manager Sharon Osbourne also attended and even introduced her husband and the other musicians, although neither she nor Ozzy addressed their current marital woes. Ozzy embraced his wife during the proceedings at several points although she did not return the gesture.
- Back to Ozzfest, both days will feature three stages, with one of them named after late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
- Tickets for the doubleheader go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. PT at Ozzfest.com and Knotfest.com.
- The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where Ozzfest began in 1996 and where Knotfest was staged last year.
- Ozzfest, which began in 1996, has not been a traveling festival in the U.S. since 2007’s “free” edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, took 2009 off and played just six cities in 2010. Knotfest, meanwhile, staged its third annual event last year and second as a Southern California weekend destination festival. It attracted over 50,000 fans with 50 bands playing on four stages.
CHECK IT OUT: Here’s footage of the press conference, including Ozzy and Sharon together:
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SIDE NOTES: The complete lineup for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is:
Saturday, September 24th (Ozzfest):
Main Stage: Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, Rival Sons
Lemmy Stage: Children Of Bodom, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, Dead Cross
Nuclear Blast Stage: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, Still Rebel
Sunday, September 25th (Knotfest):
Main Stage: Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Trivium
Lemmy Stage: Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, Man With A Mission
Nuclear Blast Stage: Whitechapel, Combichrist, Death Angel, SIM, Oni
- Does this sound like a good idea to you?
- Should they take the combined festival on the road?
- Is this worth traveling to California to see?
- Do you think Sharon and Ozzy put brave faces on just for the event?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Kevin Fairbanks wrote: “Seems like a nostalgic last-minute send off for Sabbath in the U.S., which is cool. They should pull Disturbed and plug in Judas Priest. Keep Opeth, but move them to another stage. Ozzfest regular Rob Zombie should be in there somewhere. All-in-all, this is the best metal festival the west coast has seen for a while!”
Joseph Webb wrote: “Same old bunch of dead end bands, with one or two good ones mixed in. Black label society? Really?”
Ludvig Edvard wrote: “So the Ozzy cheating scandal was a lie to promote KnOzzfest?”
Alex Settle wrote: “No, it’s not a lie. When you lack a soul, it’s really not hard to do business with your cheating spouse.”
Michael McHenry wrote: “Would be kinda funny if it turned out this only happened because someone working for the venue accidentally booked both festivals for the same weekend without realizing it was already booked.”