No, he won’t be swallowing bats or spitting spiders.
But lord of darkness turned Reality TV celeb Ozzy Osborne will still rock this summer’s Ozzfest doing something few others in the biz even dare — holding the Ozzfest free of charge.
Ozzy and wife Sharon Osborne announced Tuesday at a press conference in L.A. that they will not heed to the demands of record labels and artists who want more pay for playing rock and roll — a trend that prompted tix prices to skyrocket to $150 last year (Oh, the financial woes of the next generation of metalheads!).
To offset costs, the Osbornes are asking the promoters at Live Nation to pitch in a little more.
At this moment, the only confirmed headliner is Ozzy Osbourne. “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 groundbreaking,” Sharon Osbourne said.
The move is commendable and evokes memories of Pearl Jam, one of the more famous bands to stand up to the music business when it contested TicketMaster’s high prices last decade — and ultimately had to play smaller venues.
For now the Osbornes are just looking for bands that sympathize with the idea that music should be affordable for all — and not just spoiled rich kids in Beverly Hills whose daddies want to fork over big bucks.
Will the move spark a trend? If anyone knows a thing about spending behavior in the O family, it’s Sharon. She did, after all, get her big break as her hubby’s manager.