this review is bullshit and a lie the venue was packed all day they had to open up the parking lot across the street there were so many people! Its was a great ozzfest and i saw young and old people singing along with motley crue not only glam rockers. the lawn was full 3 songs into devil drivers set
We got there at about 10:30, before the gates opened. The VIP parking has changed dramatically with several areas cordoned off with chain link fences for RVs and camping. Of course you gotta hang around and tailgate, so we didn't get in until California Wildebeast was playing on the 2nd stage. They didn't sound bad and the blond onstage with the video camera was hotter than hell.Pretty lightweight for second stage, tho. At this point, there really wasn't very many people there and the parking lot still looked largely empty. Goatwhore then came on and tore the place up, and I'm not a death metal fan at all. But they were good. The Saviors sounded pretty thrashy and were fun, the lead singer was fucked up, tho, which just made it even funner! Then...the band everyone wanted to see on second stage showed up...the mighty EXODUS! And they ripped it up! This was when people started POURING in to the second stage. Lotta glam rockers, 80's hair band fans this year and the lead singer got frustrated with the lack of activity, so he ordered a Wall of Death up and that was the end of the girly-men. Great show! Drowning Pool can lick my nuts and I've seen BLS may times already, so we headed over to the main stage to see Nonpoint....
And this is where my annual Ozzfest complaint comes in...Sharon, quit making fans choose which band they want to see more! Finish second stage up BEFORE the main stage bands start!!! Nonpoint put on a good show..in front of about 1000 people in an amphitheater that seats 65,000. BLS was STILL playing well into Devildriver's set!! And Devildriver was THE show to see. They were halfway done before the crowd finally came over. More on the crowd later... DO yourself a favor and go see devildriver's set. You can see BLS every.single.year. on Ozzfest. Devildriver is worth checking out. Halford...FUCKING KILLER! Great show! This was an introduction for most of us to Rob's band and they delivered, belting out songs heavier than anything Priest has ever done.
Before I get to the last two acts, I'm going to comment on the crowd, because up to this point it was by far the smallest crowd I've ever seen at Ozzfest. The lawn was only about 10 people deep and where we were in Loge had thousands of empty seats. They were actually selling pit upgrades from the lawn for $20 all day. And there were a LOT of gorgeous women dressed in bikinis and short shorts,or less, which was a plus and expected...considering who the next band was. But, this crowd was also pretty detached. There were the usual Ozzfest crazies, but we were obviously sharing our concert with a LOT of people who were hair metal fans with no interest in any of the other bands playing. And it was at this point that the place FINALLY filled up, because these people were here to see one band.....Motley Crue.....
Motley Crue...where do I begin. It's been a looooonnng time since this band put out its last real metal album, Shout at the Devil, and thankfully they focused on a lot of material from those days. The band was a tight unit, played an awesome show, the crowd finally woke up and got out of it's seats and started singing along, which was good, because Vince Neil had absolutely no interest or ability to sing most of the songs. He was horrible, sounded like a little girl, sang random words and basically did everything possible to ruin his bandmates' performance. He's a very lucky man, because the rest of the band, especially MICK, was talented enough to overshadow his horrible performance.
One benefit of this crowd, was that they remember Ozzy, love Ozzy and actually stayed to see OZZY. And this brings me to what was unquestionably not only the best performance of the day, but easily the best performance Ozzy has given in 20 years!! An energetic Ozzy who reminded me of the man he was in the 80's, sang every song damned near PERFECTLY, no vocal tracks, no thorazine shuffle, no geriatric frog leaps. You could understand what he was saying between songs. He played a few songs he hasn't played in decades, like Killer of Giants. Ozzy both looked and sounded absolutely awesome. His new guitarist was great. Crazy Train was his encore and he brought out that Japanese kid from the youtube videos to play the song! He even picked the kid up by one leg like he used to do with Randy while he was playing his solo. It was great!
There was a guy doing sign language at the side of the stage and he was funny as hell, but I really gotta ask....why would a deaf person go to concert????
Anyway, $13 beers were a joke. Security was laid back for once. The metal community definitely moved on from Motley Crue a loooong time ago. But there are still a lot us old farts who remember when they did play metal and still like those old albums. Unfortunately, this year's ozzfest highlighted what is the deepest divide in the metal world....the hair band fans vs. the real metal fans. This is a huge disconnect unlike any I've ever seen. It's a completely different group of people. That is a wound which will never heal and led to the most divided crowd I have ever seen.