Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor joined together in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon to announce Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a two-day festival featuring headlining performances by Black Sabbath and Slipknot.
During the press conference, which was actually introduced by Ozzy’s wife Sharon, from whom he recently split, Taylor stated that Slipknot owes a “huge debt” to Ozzfest and Black Sabbath.
“For us, 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 f****** monumental,” Taylor said.
As for what the festival represents, the Slipknot singer said, “I think the best thing for this is that we send a statement to the rest of the world that heavy metal and hard rock will never f****** die.”
The Ozzfest Meets Knotfest lineup also includes Disturbed, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and Black Label Society, among others. Disturbed’s David Draiman and Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde were also on stage with Taylor and Ozzy to make the announcement.
With Black Sabbath currently on their official The End farewell tour, Ozzy was asked whether Ozzfest Meets Knotfest would be the last Ozzfest.
“I think it’s the end, the last Ozzfest, I don’t know,” Osbourne replied to chorus of boos, which quickly turned into chants of “Ozzy! Ozzy!”
Ozzfest Meets Knotfest will be held September 24-25 at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m. PT via OzzfestMeetsKnotfest.com.
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