Finlandâ€™s monster rock nâ€™ roll band, LORDI, have been selected as one of the mainstage acts for Ozzfest 2007, alongside mainstage headliners, OZZY OSBOURNE and LAMB OF GOD.
The band – who released a special 2CD/DVD version of The Arockalypse (with bonus tracks/videos) this week via The End Records â€“ are excited to be on this much-anticipated annual tour across North America, referred to this year as â€œFreeFestâ€ because all tickets to the event are free.
â€œIt is a great honour for us to be on Ozzfest and obviously it is gonna be a great opportunity for us to show the people in the U.S. what we can doâ€¦or what they think we can do. [laughs],” comments Mr. Lordi about the opening slot on the mainstage that starts July 12th, 2007 in Seattle, WA. “My best friend is a huge Ozzy fan heâ€™s really jealous of the whole thing. Iâ€™m gonna try and remember to pick him up an Ozzfest t-shirt when we return to Finland. For us the idea of playing Ozzfest is still hard to believe. Iâ€™ll believe it when weâ€™re there.â€
Confirmed bands performing on the second stage includes HATEBREED (second stage headliner), MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO and NILE.
The Ozzfest 2007 tour dates are:
Jul. 12 – White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 – Gorge, George, WA
Jul. 17 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Jul. 19 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jul. 21 – Hyundai Pavilion, Devore, CA
Jul. 24 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 26 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 28 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Jul. 30 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 04 – Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX
Aug. 06 – UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
Aug. 08 – Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH
Aug. 10 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 12 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
Aug. 14 – Verizon Wireless Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 16 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 18 – New England Dodge Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
Aug. 20 – Tweeter Center, Boston, MA
Aug. 22 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 24 – Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
Aug. 30 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Last week the band swept the annual Ema Gala Awards (Grammy equivalent of the Finnish record industry), winning several categories they were nominated for: Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year (“Hard Rock Hallelujah“) and Top Selling Album of the Year.
LORDI starts their inaugural ‘â€monster invasionâ€ of North America which will start April 20th, 2007 in Anaheim, California at House of Blues and end with a two-night stint at the Bamboozle Music Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5th and 6th, 2007.
About touring North America for the first time, Mr. Lordi says, “Yeah of course. Thatâ€™s goes without saying. Iâ€™m really anxious to see how the audiences are gonna react to us. From our point of view touring the States is like â€˜coming home.â€™ I know it sounds weird for a Finnish band to say that but we are often described as the â€˜most American bandâ€™ in Finland. [laughs] You see all of our influences, mostly musical and visual, come from the States, soâ€¦ weâ€™re keeping our fingers crossed.”
The following confirmed dates and venues are:
04/20/07 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
04/21/07 – Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
04/22/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
04/24/07 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
04/27/07 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
04/28/07 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
05/01/07 – Montreal, QUE @ Le Spectrum
05/02/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
05/03/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
05/05/07 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle
05/06/07 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle
A few more select dates will be confirmed soon.