Ozzfest 2007 F.A.Q.: Some Very Preliminary Details

While specific details of this week’s Ozzfest announcement are still being worked out, a brief list of details were posted on the official Ozzfest forums:

Q: Will Ozzy be at my show?
A: As of now, Ozzy is scheduled to headline ALL OZZFEST DATES

Q: Will there be a limit to the number of tickets I can buy?
A: Again, yes, there will be. The amount has not yet been determined, but there will be.

Q: How will I gain entrance?
A: You will print out or recieve the tickets that you have secured and you will bring those with you to the event, where you will exchange them for entrance.

Q: How will the seating be decided?
A: As in previous years, the second stage will still be general admission for everyone without seats. However, as far as main stage, it will be first come, first serve basis for both general admission AND the seats. Of course, you do not stake claim to seats, meaning that if you stand up and leave the seats, others are entitled to sit there.

Q: Will merchandise and concession prices be raised to make up for the lack of ticket price?
A: No. The prices will remain up to the individual artists to decide, however, there will be no expected raise in prices.

Q: How will the artists make money off of this?
A: They are free to book themselves at local shows on days before, after, and days OF the fest. Also, they are, as always, welcome to bring and sell merchandise.

Q: How different will the bill be from date to date?
A: Some second stage acts may change, however, the main stage acts will be comitted and appear throughout the tour, unless otherwise stated.

Q: Is there any truth to rumors that Ozzfest will be moved inside?
A: No, the shows will be at amphitheaters as they traditionally have been.

Lastly, there will be a ticket limit (per person) but that number has not yet been determined.  To make sure you receive the latest information on securing tickets, subscribe to ozzfest.com or forums.ozzfest.com.

The original press conference has been posted online for viewing here: http://windowsmedia.onthescene.com/OzzFest_07a.wmv.

Ozzfest 2007: Tickets will be Free!

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and Ozzfest 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.

“This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in the summer in America should be,” said Sharon Osbourne.  “For the last few years, 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.

“We’re reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs. 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.”

Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts added the following: “For the past 11 years, music fans have made Ozzfest the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States. 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 www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.

For this summer’s edition, 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.”

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.”

BIOMECHANICAL: New Album to Be Called Cannibalised

UK metallers BIOMECHANICAL have set Cannibalised as the title of their follow-up to 2005’s impressive The Empires of the Worlds.  The band will begin recording the effort at vocalist John K.‘s studio in November with mixing scheduled for January.

John K. commented on the upcoming album: “We’ve started writing non-stop for the new album and so far the songs sound ripping!! We’re very exited about the new stuff. It will be as heavy as, if not heavier than, The Empires of the Worlds, but with more melodic writing within the tracks, something that has been a BIOMECHANICAL trademark. The orchestral writing will be intense and the solos will be ripping as ever, so we can’t wait to record this mutha!!”

Cannibalised is tentatively scheduled for an April 2007 release through Earache Records.

CONVERGE To Drop No Heroes on Oct. 24th; Tour with MASTODON

CONVERGE‘s new full-length album, No Heroes (cover art), is set to drop on October 24 via Epitaph Records. The follow-up to 2004’s You Fail Me is said to combine the “textural sonics of You Fail Me with the brutal assault of Jane Doe“.  The album tracklisting is as follows:

01. “Heartache
02. “Hellbound
03. “Sacrifice
04. “Vengeance
05. “Weight Of The World
06. “No Heroes
07. “Plagues
08. “Grim Heart/Black Rose
09. “Orphaned
10. “Lonewolves
11. “Versus
12. “Trophy Scars
13. “Bare My Teeth
14. “To The Lions

Deathwish Inc will be issuing a gatefold vinyl version of No Heroes also on October 24th.

The band, who recently wrapped up several dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, have been confirmed to hit the road with MASTODON and THE BRONX in September.  Here are the tour dates:

9/6 Baltimore MD @ Ram’s Head Live
9/7 Philly PA @ TLA
9/8 NYC NY @ Webster Hall
9/9 Worcester MA @ Palladium
9/10 Montreal QUE @ La Spectrum
9/12 Toronto ONT @ Phoenix Theatre
9/13 Cleveland OH @ House Of Blues
9/14 Chicago IL @ Metro
9/15 Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre
9/16 Cincinatti OH @ Bogarts
9/19 Denver CO @ Cervantes
9/21 Boise ID @ The Big Easy
9/22 Portland OR @ Roseland Theatre
9/23 Seattle WA @ Showbox Theatre
9/24 San Fransisco @ Slim’s
9/25 San Francisco @ Slim’s (2nd show added)
9/28 Phoenix AZ @ Marquee
9/29 Los Angeles CA @ Henry Fonda
9/30 San Diego CA @ SOMA

North American Release for Sweden’s WOLF Confirmed; Band Shooting Video

Sweden’s WOLF will see the North American release of the band’s fourth album, The Black Flame, on October 3rd through Prosthetic Records.  The album (cover art) is set to contain the following 10 tracks:

1) “I Will Kill Again
2) “At The Graveyard
3) “Black Magic
4) “The Bite
5) “Make Friends With Your Nightmares
6) “Demon
7) “The Dead
8) “Seize The Night
9) “Steelwinged Savage Reaper
10) “Children of the Black Flame

The band also offered an update on preparation for the debut music video from The Black Flame, for the album’s opening song “I Will Kill Again,” via the official WOLF website:

“Hi, all. We’re at the house (haunted of course) in the town off UmeÃ¥ in Sweden recording the video for the song ‘I Will Kill Again‘ from the upcoming album. Director Owe R Kill Lingwall (NOCTURNAL RITES) is doing his very best to make us look evil (that means he’s doing nothing, cause we’re already evil). Tormentor [bassist Mikael Goding] is happy cause Westham kicked Charlton’s arse. Axeman [guitarist Johannes Losbäck] is happy cause he likes metal. Hammershark [drummer Tobias Kellgren] is happy cause he’s getting paid tomorrow and Viper [vocalist/guitarist Niklas StÃ¥llvind] is not happy cause he’s being tortured by the Killer. And yes…CELTIC FROST rules.”