OzzFest 2002 kicks off today (July 10) in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after the first two dates of the tour were postponed due to cancer surgery performed on tour mastermind Sharon Osbourne. This year’s festival faces heightened media scrutiny due to the unexpected success of the reality-based TV show The Osbournes.
Sharon was asked if the show’s success will add to the success of this year’s OzzFest. “No, because it’s sold out for the last seven years, and it’s selling out this year,” she said. “So as far as Ozzy’s musical career, it’s as big as it ever has been. So, this hasn’t added to it because Ozzy always sells out. And I think a lot of people, especially in the press that cover TV, don’t realize how big Ozzy’s musical career has been for the last 34 years.”
Sharon added, “When you read reviews on the show it’s like ‘aging rock star,’ it never starts with ‘Grammy Award winner.’ People always like to put that twist on it.”
When OzzFest begins on Wednesday, Ozzy Osbourne might still be in bed-the festival starts at 9:30 a.m. ET, with Neurotica. Performances will then proceed on three separate stages, ending with Ozzy’s set at 9:30 p.m. He’ll end his set at 11:00 p.m. The order is as follows: Neurotica, Third Strike, the Apex Theory, Chevelle, Lostprophets, Ill Nino, Pulse Ultra, Otep, Soil, Andrew W.K., Flaw, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Down, Black Label Society, Adema, Drowning Pool, P.O.D., Rob Zombie, System Of A Down, and Ozzy Osbourne.
OzzFest 2002 dates run through September 8 in Dallas, with the make-up dates for the first two postponed dates possibly being tacked on to the end of the tour.