News Segment


April 13, 2007

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Though this summer’s Ozzfest tour will cost fans nothing to attend, those who purchase Ozzy Osbourne’s first new studio album in six years, “Black Rain,” will now have a better shot at getting in the door.

The initial pressings of “Black Rain” will contain a code that will give fans first crack at scoring a ticket to Ozzfest, which begins July 12 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle.

“Black Rain” will arrive May 22 via Epic. Specially marked copies of the new set will be available at participating retailers. Fans will be able to use a code found within the album’s packaging to redeem two Ozzfest tickets via a special Web site ( starting June 8 — four days before they’re made available to the general public.

Ozzy and his wife Sharon created a stir back in February when they revealed Ozzfest would be a sponsor-driven, free event, and acts would be asked to play without being paid.

In addition to Osbourne, confirmed Ozzfest acts include Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, Lordi, Mondo Generator, Ankla, Circus Diablo, Nile, the Showdown, 3 Inches Of Blood, Daath, Chthonic and In This Moment. The 24-city tour wraps August 30 at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Before his headlining his stint on Ozzfest, Osbourne will play international dates beginning May 27 in Moscow. He is also one of the subjects of VH1’s “Rock Honors,” to be taped May 12 in Las Vegas for a May 24 premiere on the network.

Courtesy of