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Festival Roundup: Ozzy Joins Monsters of Rock, GZA and De La Soul Lead Paid Dues

April 16, 2008 5:15 PM ET

What's a Wednesday in April without the announcement of more summer festivals? We'll start off in rock-happy Calgary, Alberta, where Ozzy Osbourne will perform at this year's Monsters of Rock festival on July 26th. Joining the Ozzman will be Serj Tankian, Judas Priest, Dillinger Escape Plan, Shadows Fall and many other monsters. Meanwhile, the mobile Paid Dues Festival will feature hip-hop acts like Wu-Tang's GZA, Rakim, De La Soul, Blackalicious, Little Brother and many more. Full dates for that trek are listed below.

June 4 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
June 7 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Club Cinema
June 13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
June 14 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Community Theatre

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