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Ozzy Plays in GA Area!!Awesome Show F- Yeah
Venue/Date: Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA)
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July 1st, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Ozzfest offers rare mix of new acts, adult fare
By Brad Kava
Mercury News

The Prince of Darkness played in the bright light of day Saturday at the 11th annual Ozzfest concert, and, while the reigning monarch of metal said he loved it, his fans weren't all ready to get on that crazy train.

Ozzy Osbourne, 57, played on Ozzfest's second stage, the general admission one in the dusty parking lot usually reserved for up-and-coming bands. His set started at 4:20 p.m. (the symbolic clock-stroke for potheads to light up joints) and ended about an hour later at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

``You kick . . . '' he said to the 15,000 or so people who crowded in to get a closer glimpse. ``You know what, I'm going to do this every year.''

(Author's note: to keep quotes accurate in the rest of this story, just add a profanity, usually one that begins with ``f,'' in between every pair of words from a performer from here on out.)

Some 2,500 early risers, who got to the venue well before 9 a.m., were given wristbands that let them into a roped-off section closest to the stage. For the rest, it was dog-eat-dog.

``I paid good money for reserved seats to see Ozzy,'' said Charles Knauft, 36, of Santa Cruz, who expected Ozzy to play the main stage. ``I don't want to be fighting with a bunch of drunk 20-year-olds to see him.''

The wind had picked up right before Osbourne launched a set that included ballads ``Mama, I'm Coming Home'' and ``Road to Nowhere,'' as well as rockers ``Suicide Solution,'' ``Crazy Train'' and ``Paranoid.'' As a result, the sound, which had been perfect through seven hours of little-known metal bands, was suddenly way too soft.

``I couldn't hear him or see him,'' Knauft said. ``And all the people around me were talking and drowning him out. If I had known he was on the second stage, I wouldn't have paid 135 bucks a ticket. I won't come back next year.''

This was a small glitch, though, in a festival that has defied the odds and outlasted Lilith, HORDE and the modern festival that spawned so many others, Lollapalooza. It will sell some $20 million of tickets, and probably more than that in merchandise and beverage sales.

Osbourne's wife, Sharon, has become metal's matriarch, keeping the fringe music in the spotlight long after mainstream radio has abandoned it. She is the wizard of Ozzfest.

Not only has she convinced legions of fans that her doddering aunt of a husband is still the ``prince of darkness,'' but she has found a way to have him fly a private jet to his shows and still be home in time for supper
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