Gig Of The Week: Ozzy Osbourne (And Win Tickets!)
WHO: Ozzy Osbourne
WHERE: London Roundhouse
WHEN: Saturday, July 3
Part of the iTunes Festival, this gig provides a rare opportunity to see the Prince Of Darkness in a comparatively intimate venue. And he’s ready for the occasion:
“I can’t wait to play the Roundhouse,” he told Classic Rock. “It’s a long time since I played an intimate gig in London for my fans so it will be really special. I’ll get them all to Scream so fucking hard we’ll blow Camden off the map!”
Naturally he’ll be showcasing songs form new album Scream, as well as the expected hardy perennials. And this is the first chance British fas will have had to see new guitarist Gus G.
“He’s not Zakk Wylde, or Randy Rhoads or Jake E. Lee. He’s his own person, and I hope fans will give him a chance to show what he can do.”
The rest of the band is bassist Blasko, keyboard player Adam Wakeman and drummer Tommy Clutefos.
Ozzy is also doing three other small shows:
June 26: Birmingham Town Hall
June 29: Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
July 1: Oxford Academy
Then on September 18, he’s headlining the Ozzfest at London’s O2 Arena, with support from Korn, Murderdolls and Skindred.
Talking of support, Texans The Sword will be on the bill at The Roundhouse. There will also be an opening band, and that’ll be an unsigned young British name. Ozzy teamed up with Myspace to give a potentially huge break to an unknown:
“Throughout my career I’ve felt this obligation to give up-and-coming bands a leg up in the music business. I’ve taken out bands from Motley Crue to Metallica to System of a Down and Slipknot on their first big tours. I’m looking to give a new band a huge fucking break by having them open the show.”
We’ll know the identity of the band on June 25, when it’s announced in a live Myspace web chat.
Classic Rock has two pairs of tickets to give away for this special Roundhouse show. All the details are here: http://www.futurecomps.co.uk/ozzytix
Find out more about Ozzy’s plans at www.ozzy.com
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