Sharon Osbourne Doesn’t Rule Out a Return for Ozzfest as a Touring Festival, Still Blames Greedy Bands and Managers For its Hiatus

In the latest episode of The Osbournes Podcast, with Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, have released the seventeenth episode of their revived podcast. Among a plethora of topics, Ozzy asked Sharon if she would ever consider putting on another edition of the Ozzfest specifically as a traveling festival and not a one-off event. The last official Ozzfest event was on New Year’s Eve 2018 in Los Angeles at The forum and featured Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Body Count featuring Ice T, DevilDriver, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Wednesday 13, Zakk Sabbath, and more. Sharon commented:

(as transcribed by “Yeah, sure. Of course.”

Kelly commented “it always comes down to” whether the bands and managers going to be “realistic” in terms of what they want to get paid for playing the festival…” this echeoed a statement Sharon made last fall

that the greed of managers led to the end of the festival. 

Sharon added: “It’s great. That’s what we wanted — everybody to do spin-offs and do their own festivals, and it’s great. It’s great for fans; it’s brilliant. But why is it when it comes to us that everybody thinks that we are trillionaires, and so that every manager who wants their band on our festival wants one of the fucking trillions they think we’ve got to put on the festival?”

After Ozzy asked about focusing more on lesser-known acts that won’t be as demanding, Sharon remarked: “You can do it for a baby stage, but you still need the headliners. It’s always great to have the baby stage, I mean, that’s what it’s all about — breaking new bands. That’s why we did it.”

She added: “It’s very hard for acts who are not known to suddenly go and be in front of 50,000 people on a main stage at a festival and understand what they’re meant to do. It’s very intimidating. You could have maybe five thousand people at that baby stage, and then to go from five to fifty to sixty thousand people, and it’s really, really hard for baby bands. They’ve pay their dues anyway. That’s what it’s all about.”

Jack shared many of the recently launched rock festivals in the USA are “basically just Ozzfest,” Sharon said: “Well, it’s the same bands just going around and around and around. But that’s what’s so good, because we started something, people have taken it, and it’s still great for the genre. It’s really good.”  

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