Ozzfest—free in 2007—makes stops in Tinley Park, East Troy, Wis.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announced at a press conference April 6 that Ozzfest will also be known as “Freefest” in 2007, as tickets will be free.

At the Los Angeles press conference, Sharon Osbourne said that for the past few years, tickets for the concerts have continued to rise, pricing the festival out of the market. Sharon, who manages Ozzy’s affairs and is the spearhead of Ozzfest, added that ticket price increases have contributed to declining album sales, forcing many fans to the Internet for their source of music.

According to Osbourne’s Web site, the 24-city tour will begin in Seattle July 12 and wrap in Florida in August, before making stops in Tinley Park, Ill., Indianapolis, Detroit and East Troy, Wis.

Bands set to tour include Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Lordi, Nick Oliver and The Mondo Generator and The Showdown.

Ozzfest began in 1996 and kick-started the careers of many popular metal bands such as Disturbed, System of a Down and Mudvayne.

Tickets can be obtained online through the tour’s sponsors.

More information about Ozzfest can be found at www.ozzfest.com.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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