OzzFest Goes Free-Admission

Music legend Ozzy Osbourne has announced that this year's OzzFest music festival, scheduled for July 7 in Los Angeles, will not charge for admission. The show's promoters say they will make up the costs via souvenirs, concessions and advertising.

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LUKE BURBANK: Alex, Madeleine.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

Luke?

ALEX CHADWICK, host:

You're back in the studio with us? You hosted yesterday, but what's going on?

BURBANK: What are you guys doing on July 7th? What do you have planned?

BRAND: Mine are eating three-day-old potato salad. I don't know.

BURBANK: Cancel them, cancel them. Nope, nope. You guys are going to OzzFest. It is going to be awesome.

(Soundbite of music)

BURBANK: Anyone who is anyone in metal is going to be there: Alice in Chains, I know you love them, Alex. And Ozzy himself is going to be there.

CHADWICK: This is got to be a $100 ticket. I'm not sure about…

BURBANK: That is the best part, okay? It's free this year. All the OzzFest dates are going to be free. They just announced it.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. OZZY OSBOURNE (Heavy Metal Singer): (Singing) (unintelligible) themselves away.

BURBANK: That's right, metalheads and thriftiness-heads. Yesterday, Sharon Osbourne announced that for this summer's 12th tour of OzzFest, admission will be free. That's all the headbanging and bat-eating you can handle, gratis. The show's promoters say they're going to make up the cost through advertising and souvenirs and concessions. Can you say $200 Diet Pepsi?

And also, they say concerts are just getting so expensive, and they wanted to make sure that all the good folks who are interested in banging their heads loud enough to wake the dead got a chance to, regardless of socioeconomics. Also, declining ticket sales over the past few years might have had something to do with the move.

This summer's tour is going to hit 25 cities from San Bernardino to West Palm Beach. And they haven't firmed up the entire lineup, but if last year's rundown - which included bands like Hatebreed, Full Blown Chaos and Bad Acid Trip - I guess was Debbie Boone unavailable? If last year's rundown is any indication, concert-goers can definitely expect to get an earful of something.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man: (Singing) (unintelligible)

BURBANK: I mean, who knows what America's headbangers are going to do with all this extra cash now that OzzFest is going to be free? Maybe that pentagram tattoo they've been eyeing or a bucket of pig's blood, or how about this: some freaking earplugs, because they're going to need them.

(Soundbite of song, "Crazy Train")

BURBANK: Luke Burbank, NPR News.

Mr. OSBOURNE: (Singing) Crazy - but that's how it goes. Millions of people living as foes.

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