Billboard Bits: Avenged Sevenfold, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Staind

Avenged Sevenfold joins Ozzfest, Lynyrd Skynyrd off the road and Staind plays Indy 500.

Avenged Sevenfold has filled the final slot for this summer's Ozzfest tour. The group will join previously announced bands System Of A Down, Disturbed, Hatebreed and Lacuna Coil on the tour's main stage.

As previously reported, the tour's namesake founder, Ozzy Osbourne, will perform at just nine stops this year and he'll be headlining the second stage for three of those (July 8 in San Bernadino, Calif.; July 11 in San Antonio, Texas; and July 22 in East Troy, Wis.).

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






An emergency appendectomy performed on singer Johnny Van Zant has pulled Lynyrd Skynyrd off the road for a week. To allow him time to recover, the recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has canceled shows tonight (May 19) in Mountain View, Calif., tomorrow in Palms, Calif., and Sunday in Henderson, Nev.

The convalescence will also force the singer to miss Tuesday's Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Nashville. He and brother Donnie Van Zant are up for the duo of the year honor.

The Skynyrd tour is set to resume May 26-27 in Cherokee, N.C.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






Staind will perform on a stage overlooking the start/finish line prior to the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500. The band will play one song as part of ABC's pre-race coverage of the May 28, then another just for the crowd assembled to watch the event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Aaron Lewis-fronted band is in the midst of a headlining run on the Jagermeister Music Tour, which plays Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tonight (May 19).

Staind is touring in support of its fifth studio album, "Chapter V" (Flip/Atlantic). Released in August 2005, the disc debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.