The Ozzfest 2006 lineup has finally been announced, and I must say, this looks like it’ll be a great Ozzfest. But with the list of great bands attending, I’m sad to say that Ozzy himself will only be headlining ten shows this year. I’m not sure if this has to do with his physical condition after his ATV crash in 2004, or if he’s just getting too old to continue with his performances.
But the loss of a legend is compensated with a massive main stage lineup that’ll leave you begging for an encore. Headlining the main stage are System of a Down and Disturbed (the monkey noise guys). But they’re not alone, they’ll be playing next to Hatebreed (the band that won the Battle for Ozzfest contest two years ago), Lacuna Coil, and a surprise guest yet to be announced.
On the second stage, sponsored by Monster Energy drinks, the always welcome Black Label Society headlines next to Atreyu, Unearth, Bleeding Through, and Norma Jean. Of the group I’m most excited to see Atreyu and Norma Jean playing this year, both of them have their own unique sound and constantly put out some really heavy tunes.
But the rocking doesn’t end there. The Second Stage also has its rotating slots, with some minor, but really awesome, performances from Walls of Jericho, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Strapping Young Lad, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, and last, but definitely not least, Between the Buried and Me. Again, some great bands, but I think Between the Buried and Me will be stealing the rotating slots lineup this year. Oddly enough, the only band returning from last year is Black Label Society.
I’m looking forward to some more Florida shows, but so far the closest scheduled show is at the Sound Advice Ampitheatre in West Palm Beach on August 13th. For more information be sure to check out the Ozzfest website.
Looking back on previous years, there are a few bands I would have loved to see. Here are a few that really stick out: Powerman 5000, Marilyn Manson, Incubus, Slipknot, Godsmack, Taproot, Queens of the Stone Age, Drowning Pool, Mudvayne, The Used, Andrew WK, Chevelle, Korn, Bury Your Dead, As I Lay Dying, Trivium, and Velvet Revolver. In the future I’d like to see a couple of my favorite bands up there, specifically, From First to Last, Stretch Arm Strong, Emery, and Bullet For My Valentine.
Again, this looks to be a great year. Losing Ozzy is a darn shame, but there’s definitely no lack of talent to make up for it.