Last Thursday, I attended the Rockstar Energy Drink, Mayhem Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. This all day festival hosted several hard rock and metal bands, as well as a Motorcycle stunt show, and several meet & greet sessions, where fans could meet their favorite bands. Their were two side stages where bands played back to back, and the mainstage was used for the headlining acts. This concert was full of crowd surfing, mosh pitting, concert going maniacs. I am not sure what the overall attendance was, but based on the full venue and lawn at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, I would estimate between 15 – 20,000 people.
Black Tide was one of the first side show bands that I checked out. They played a short set with a few tunes off of their new album, Light From Above, as well as a cover of Iron Maiden’s Prowler, that was on the recent Kerrang, Iron Maiden Tribute CD Sampler. Most bands only played a 30 – 40 minute set at maximum, with the exception of the headlining bands. This was somewhat disappointing, but this also gave every band a chance to play.
I was pretty impressed by Black Tide. The guys in this band are 18 – 19 years old. For such a young band, they rock pretty hard!
According to Billboard.com Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas’ Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.
Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year’s Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year.
This year’s one-off event did “fantastically well,” Sharon Osbourne tells Billboard.com. “The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that’s what they’re doing.”
In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goathore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, Destro and “battle of the bands” winners Debris and Black Tooth.
Going out as a free event in 2007 was “a great learning experience,” Osbourne says. “Everything you do should be a learning experience, unless you’re such an egomaniac you think everything you do is right, and we’re not. I’m glad that we did it. Te fans went away happy, but my God, it was probably one of the toughest things we’ve ever done. Who would think it was so tough to give something away free?”
Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. “Ozzfest ain’t going anywhere,” she says. “We do try and shake things up and experiment. We’re not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t.”
Meanwhile, 2008 has been a great year for Ozzy, Osbourne adds. “Ozzy had an unbelievable last record (‘Black Rain’), an unbelievable year touring and he’s in the studio right now recording,” she says. “We just signed a new deal with Sony for three more albums and we ain’t going nowhere.”
In addition to Affliction, this year’s Ozzfest sponsors included Jägermeister, Monster Energy Drink and ESP Guitars.
Buckcherry has posted a new song off of their up and coming album, Black Butterfly. You can download the song “Rescue Me” for free off of the Buckcherry myspace page at this link!
NME.com is streaming Black Stone Cherry’s new album, Folklore & Superstition, at this link.
Judas Priest has a released a new video in support of their new album, Nostradamus.
Check out the video for “War” below.