After a one-year hiatus, Ozzy Osbourne's annual heavy metal throwdown Ozzfest will return in August 2010 as a six-date tour, bringing along Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Black Label Society and more acts for a total of 13 bands per fest stop. The trek marks the first time Ozzy and Mötley Crüe have toured together since their 1984 arena tour, and the first time that Ozzfest has been a mobile festival since 2007. In 2008, Ozzfest, featuring headliners Ozzy and Metallica, took place as a stand-alone stadium show in Dallas, where performers honored guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Ozzfest first began banging heads in the summer of 1996.
Osbourne tells Rolling Stone he's excited for the tour even though he wasn't involved in the planning, adding, "My wife and my son deal with all that sort of stuff. ... It'll be good to see Mötley Crüe again."
This year's fest, which features two stages, will kick off August 14th in San Bernardino, California, before heading east for five more stops: Chicago; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; Camden, New Jersey; and Boston. On the main stage, Ozzy will bust out old favorites as well as tracks from his upcoming album Scream, plus fans will get full sets from Mötley Crüe, Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint.
Black Label Society, making their seventh appearance on Ozzfest, will headline the second stage, where they'll be joined by Drowning Pool, Kingdom of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde, who started playing with Ozzy's band in 1987, split from Osbourne in July 2009, when Ozzy announced he "wanted a change."
Tickets go on sale May 22nd at the official Ozzfest website and Live Nation.
Aug. 14 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Aug. 17 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Aug. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 21 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theater
Aug. 22 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna
Aug. 24 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center