I am not going to be like a lot of the fans bitching and complaining about the Fest because it seems Sharon and crew did what they thought they had to do.
This is a show for an older crowd, for all the fun posters have had at the expense of the Mayhem shows, it seems pretty obvious that Ozzfest didn't want to go that route. So in order to differentiate themselves from the other tours this summer they went with an older lineup and a shorter schedule.
Be honest here, no one under the age of 30 is going to go to Ozzfest, there is no reason for Metal fans of that age to shell out the money that this will cost for names they don't know. I love Ozzy, I love the Crue and I love some of the second stage guys, but this is not a blended fest of old and new. This is a show meant for the Metal fans over the age of 35 just like those fans would say that the Mayhem show is for the fans under 30.
I won't bash Ozzfest for it, because you can't blame their business strategy. It looks like Ozzfest does not want to compete with the new summer tours that are cheaper and younger so they went in a different direction.
To all that are going, have a blast. To those who are disappointed, there are other options we didn't have a decade ago but I feel you pain. I have been to some amazing Ozzfests 1999 and 2000 were truly special, but I don't think we will have those glory days again.
I don't think this is going in a different direction at all. You have halford which is good metal and ozzfest has had priest before. Nonpoint and devil driver have also played the fest before. You have some good bands on the second stage like BLS, skeletonwitch, kataklysm, ghoatwhore. The only difference is Motley Crue. I think people are judging it as something totally different solely because of motley crue. That is a different kind of band than ozzfest usually has.