The schedule for this years hottest metal festival is starting to take shape. Last year's festival was one of the highest grossing tours and held the highest per show grossing average of the year, Ozzfest '98 will be no exception. With some of the biggest names in metal including Ozzy himself, this year's festival is looking very promising.
The European part of the tour is set for its one and only date on June 20 at Milton Keynes Bowl outside of London. The lineup for the show will feature last year's headliners Black Sabbath, Ozzy, and Pantera along with Korn, who just signed on to play the date, Slayer, Fear Factory, Soulfly, and the Foo Fighters on the main stage. The second stage will feature Coal Chamber, Life Of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Neurosis, Human Waste Project, and Entombed.
Ozzfest '98 will kick off its US itinerary at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on July 3 and run through the beginning of August. The main stage will feature headliners Tool, Megadeth, and Ozzy as well as Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Sevendust, and Soulfly. We have heard the lineup for the headliners will be Ozzy to play first, then Tool, and Megadeth to close, however this is unconfirmed. The second stage will feature Incubus, Two, Melvins, Snot, Ultraspank, Kilgore, Life Of Agony, System of a Down, and Monster Voodoo Machine. At each show, one of the second stage bands will rotate into the opening slot on the main stage.
For the July 18 date Ozzfest will combine with the Vans Warped Tour for one giant rock
extravaganza. Deftones are one of the headliners of the Vans Warped Tour.
Ozzfest '98 Tour Dates
Date City State Venue
7/03/98 Holmdel NJ PNC Arts Center
7/05/98 Holmdel NJ PNC Arts Center
7/06/98 Wantagh NY Jones Beach Amph.
7/07/98 Boston MA Great Woods
7/09/98 Hershey PA Hershey Stadium
7/11/98 Camden NJ Entertainment Center
7/12/98 Pittsburgh PA Starlake Amphitheater
7/14/98 Akron OH Rubber Bowl
7/16/98 Indianapolis IN Deer Creek
7/18/98 Minneapolis MN Sommerset Park
7/19/98 East Troy WI Alpine Valley
7/23/98 Detroit MI Pine Knob
7/25/98 St. Louis MO Riverport Amphitheater
7/26/98 Kansas City MO Sandstone
7/28/98 Columbus OH Polaris Amphitheater
7/30/98 Atlanta GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/01/98 Raleigh NC Walnut Creek Amph.
8/02/98 Bristow VA Nissan Pavilion
*All Dates Are Subject To Change
Black Sabbath: The forthcoming live album has been pushed back to October 31. The album will feature songs from their two live shows in England on Dec. 4 and 5 last year and will also include a couple of bonus tracks that the band has just finished recording.
Slayer's new album will be entitled "Diabolus In Musica," and is scheduled for a release date on May 26. The band will be joining Clutch and System Of A Down for a tour that begins in May. Track Listing: "Bitter Peace," "Stain Of Mind," "Love To Hate," "Death's Head," "Screaming From The Sky," "Overt Enemy," "Scrum," "In The Name Of God," "Perversions Of Pain," "Desire," "Point"
Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton will be unveiling yet another side project, currently called Diabolik, which includes Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), Buzz Osbourne (Melvins) and Dave Lombardo (Grip Inc.). The band will debut in San Francisco this July.
AC/DC: Thunderbolt: A Tribute To AC/DC is scheduled for release on April 7. Anthrax, Quiet Riot, and members of Ratt, Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Dokken and Motorhead are among the groups who turn up on the album. The first single from the tribute will be a version of "Walk All Over You" performed by Anthrax's Charlie Banante, Frank Bello and Scott Ian with Dee Snider on vocals. The single will arrive on March 30.
Megadeth's Cryptic Writings album has been re-packaged in Japan with the bonus CD called Live Trax II, featuring live versions of "Almost Honest", "A Tout Le Monde", "Sweating Bullets", "Symphony Of Destruction", "Anarchy In The U.K." and the Environmal Science Mix and Supercharger Mix of "Almost Honest."
Machine Head's Logan Mader has quit the band. This was due to his desire to work on side projects for some extra income. In a posting on the bands official site they had this to say, "Machine Head is a full time commitment. The majority of the income generated is turned around and reinvested into the maintenance of running the band. Not a path chosen by all bands, however it is how Machine Head has always worked. As everyone should know, the path to success isn't always paved with quick money and to get there takes work, dedication and pride. The depth of this work ethic has been hard on us all, but we deeply believe in what Machine Head is doing and in the
people who have supported us----unfortunately Logan didn't.
The fact that Logan quit the band has left us devastated, we honestly feel betrayed and are deeply disappointed. We wanted him to stay but it was not to be. Machine Head will continue to create new material, and are preparing to audition guitarists. Machine Head's focus is clearer than ever, as you know we have always faced our problems head on and we're not about to stop now. We would like to thank you for your continued support. Stay strong."
Crowbar has entered Ultrasound Studios in New Orleans to record a new album. Keith Falgout (Acid Bath, Crisis) will be producing the record with Crowbar. Sammy Piere Duet, from Acid Bath and more recently Goatwhore, has now joined the band on guitar. More details to come...
Testament: Dave Lombardo is playing on the next album. He is currently writing songs with Testament and will continue with Grip Inc. The new songs are reportedly going to be similar in style to Demonic, with blast-beat Lombardo drums. Lyrically it will be a mix of death growls and the more melodic vocals of the classic Testament.
Metallica postponed the first few dates of their Australian tour due to the death of drummer, Lars Ulrich's mother. The band was due to kick off their road trip last Friday in New Zealand and continue on to Australia. The show scheduled for Friday in Wellington, NZ, is now set for Friday, April 17th. Saturday's show in Aukland will take place April 18th. The Brisbane, Australia show, originally Tuesday, March 31, is now April 20.
Metallica has also issued a Cease And Desist Order over the Bay Area Thrashers live album. The tape is from a 1982 demo featuring an earlier incarnation of Metallica that included Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield and past members Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney. The tape is not actually a live recording but a demo with background noises to make it appear live.
Pro-Pain: Upon returning to the U.S. at the end of this month, the band will immediately go back on the road in support of their fourth and self-titled release. Once again audiences will find themselves under the relentless attack of Meskil and company for 70 straight days. Also, the band in conjunction with Mayhem Records will release The Best Of Pro-Pain on April 7. This digitally remastered collection combines tracks from the band's previous three releases as well as the unreleased "Take It Back."
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Marilyn Manson guitarist Twiggy Ramirez and his partial namesake, the 60s fashion model Twiggy, have recorded a song for the upcoming "Dead Man On Campus" soundtrack. Korn will also appear on the soundtrack.
Jerry Cantrell and his record label, Columbia Records, have launched an official site at
www.jerrycantrell.com where fans can find sound files from his solo album, "Boggy Depot," as well as QuickTime video of his new clip, "Cut You In."
Skid Row is coming back with a new lead singer, Shawn McCabe, a new sound, and a new name. They also plan to release a Best Of Skid Row album later this year.
Saxon: Chat with Saxon live on A.O.L. Friday April 3rd from 8pm - 10pm EST keyword is "Nightclub."
Mental Home has also completed the production of their new album to be entitled "Black Art." Release date is April 27
Sculptured's debut release, “The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled” from Mad Lion Records was released on March 31.
UNION has released an extremely limited edition vinyl picture disc comprised of an interview and the band's first single, 'Old Man Wise'. As well, their self-titled debut has been released on limited edition vinyl. Union also plans to begin touring in late April.
Boiler's debut album entitled "New Professionals" was recorded in the band's hometown and is scheduled for release on April 21.
Twisted Sister's 1982 debut, Under The Blade, has been released in Japan on CD for the
W.A.S.P. reissue for Crimson Idol has been pushed back until June.
Izzy Stradlin's 117 Degress album is released in Japan with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, live covers of 'Crackin' Up' and 'Pressure Drop', recorded at the Trivoli Theater in Dublin, Ireland on December 17th, 1992
Axekiller Records in France is reissuing Assassin's Interstellar Experience, Destruction's Eternal Devastation and Anvil's Forged In Fire.
Nokturnal Mortum: "Goat Horns" was released March 31. N.M has completed the recordings of their new album, expected to come out Summer of 1998. The album is entitled "To The Gates Of The Blasphemous Fire."
Odes Of Ecstasy has finished the recordings of the debut album entitled "Embossed Dream In Four Acts." It will be released in April.
Steven Adler, former Guns N' Roses drummer is working on an autobiography
Tracks from Rage Against The Machine and Puff Daddy with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page will be included in the soundtrack to the upcoming summer blockbuster "Godzilla."
Congratulations to Mike Stowe! The winner of our last trivia question. Mike won AC/DC's Powerage from Australia on CD.
Question: AC/DC is one of heavy metal's most successful bands. Which country did they form in and what year was it?
Answer: AC/DC started in Sydney, Australia in 1973. Their 1st gig was at a club called Chequers.
Question: Slayer first started in 1981. They got noticed at local clubs in L.A. by playing songs by Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and others. What record company saw them and signed them?
Prize: Your Choice of one of these Slayer albums:
Divine Intervention, Haunting The Chapel [EP], Hell Awaits, Live Undead, Reign In Blood, Seasons In The Abyss, Show No Mercy, South Of Heaven, Undisputed Attitude
Email us with answer. (Place Trivia in subject line).