Mayhem Festival A More Pure Ozzfest?

(Radio.com) Since its inception in 2008, Mayhem Festival has become America's premiere summer event for mainstream metal, with past headliners including Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Motorhead, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and loads more.

This year's lineup is headlined by Rob Zombie, who played the festival in 2010 and is a veteran of a certain U.S. metal tour that preceded Mayhem. "It's pretty similar to the Ozzfest," he told Radio.com, referring to the Osbourne-led affair that led metal bands across America in the late '90s and early '00s. "It's a lot of the same bands."

But not all of the same bands. Where Ozzfest reached out to include nu-metal and rap-metal hybrids like Limp Bizkit, Hed PE, Tommy Lee's Methods Of Mayhem, Crazy Town and Linkin Park, Mayhem appeals more to metal purists (though nu-metallers Korn have played both festivals).

Still, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon also notes the similarities between the tours; his band, an Ozzfest alumni, returned to Mayhem this year after playing the tour's inaugural trek in 2008.

"We did the Ozzfest in 2005, I thought it went pretty well for us," he said. "So [when Mayhem made the offer], they were like, 'Remember Ozzfest? Well, it's like the same deal.' This was something new. Everyone was telling us about [festival co-organizer] John Reese and that he had his s*** together." The fest also gives back to vets.

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