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Warped Founder Vs Ozzfest

07/27/07
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(DiR) Kansas City had an interesting story about Ozzfest coming to town. They focused on Sharon's Free fest idea and went to Ozzfest's leading competitor for an opinion on that. Here is part of their article: [Ozzfest is] obviously a good deal for fans who get free tickets. But some within the concert industry see this unprecedented move as a good business decision by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne just to keep Ozzfest afloat.

"It allowed Ozzy Osbourne to get one more paycheck out of (Ozzfest), to be 100 percent honest," said Kevin Lyman, organizer of the Warped tour. "Sharon's a smart person, but basically that's what it is. It's a ploy, straight up.

"Ozzy's getting paid to do that show. She was struggling to put (together a bill) because she keeps charging more and more and selling less and less tickets. The attendance of that tour has been dropping for many years, and she keeps having to spend more on the talent to get people to the shows." - They continue with the Ozzy side of the argument, read that here.

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