Ozzfest of 06

(antiMusic) The lineup for this year's $haron�. err Ozzfest has been announced. System of a Down tops the bill with Disturbed, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil and an as yet announced band rounding out the main stage.

The second stage will feature headliners Black Label Society along with Atreyu, Unearth, Bleeding Through and Norma Jean in the top slots with the following bands in rotating spots: A Life Once Lost, Strapping Young Lad, The Red Chord, Full Blown Chaos, Walls Of Jericho, All That Remains and Between The Buried And Me.

Rumor has it that N 'Sync has been offered that last main stage slot but the big money is on Avenged Sevenfold filling it. An official announcement will be made on May 23rd according to the Sharon camp.

Ozzfest without Ozzy? It will be an Ozzyless Ozzfest for half of this year's tour as the Ozzman will only perform at 10 of the 20 scheduled stops. "�after 10 years I feel it's time to let someone else share the headlining spotlight. We want to shake it up a bit this year," Ozzy said in a statement. "I've closed virtually every Ozzfest performance for a decade now and I feel I can finally let other artists headline our festival and that's my intention for the future."

What can the fans that are lucky enough be at the gigs with Ozzy expect? According to the statement, "The tour will mark Ozzy Osbourne's first solo concerts in three years (having headlined Ozzfest with Black Sabbath in 2005 and 2004) and the 20th anniversary of guitarist Zakk Wylde being in his band. Ozzy will be debuting a new song at Ozzfest from the solo album that he's currently working on with Zakk (release date TBA). The as-yet-untitled disc will be Ozzy's first solo album of new material since 2001."

Ozzfest will face some fierce competition this year as Slayer has called on some more of the heavyweights in metal for an Unholy Alliance tour that not only features Slayer along with Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed but will also have cheaper tickets. see story And let's not forget that the Gigatour is expected to roll out again this year.

Twelve of the twenty stops have been announced (the date and cities at least.) Here they are, now go break into that college fund so you can get tickets.

Sat 7/01 San Francisco, CA
Sun 7/02 Sacramento, CA
Sun 7/08 Los Angeles, CA
Fri 7/14 Kansas City, MO
Sat 7/15 St. Louis, MO
Sun 7/16 Chicago, IL
Wed 7/19 Detroit, MI
Fri 7/21 Columbus, OH
Fri 7/22 East Troy, WI
Fri 7/23 Indianapolis, IN
Fri 7/26 Scranton, PA
Fri 7/27 Buffalo, NY

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