The North American leg of the Ozzfest tour got underway today (July 10) in Scranton, Pa., following the cancellation of the opening two shows due to Sharon Osbourne's unexpected cancer surgery last we

The North American leg of the Ozzfest tour got underway today (July 10) in Scranton, Pa., following the cancellation of the opening two shows due to Sharon Osbourne's unexpected cancer surgery last week. The family matriarch and wife/manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne was recently released from an undisclosed Los Angeles-area hospital after undergoing surgery for colon cancer.

"Sharon Osbourne wishes to thank everyone for their support and kind thoughts over the past week," reads a note posted yesterday on the official Ozzfest Web site. "Mrs. Osbourne is in good spirits and doing well. She recently underwent surgery to treat the very early stages of colon cancer. Doctors expect Sharon to make a full recovery and as a result Ozzy will resume headlining Ozzfest 2002 tomorrow in Scranton, Pa."

As previously reported, Ozzfest shows in Bristol, Va., and Burgettstown, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh, were postponed due to Osbourne's surgery. There is "no word yet on the make-up dates for those gigs," according to the Ozzfest site.

Today's Scranton version of Ozzfest kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with a second stage set by Neurotica. In all, 19 bands, including System Of A Down, Rob Zombie, and P.O.D. on the main stage, and Chevelle, Lostprophets, and Otep on the second stage, will perform throughout the day leading up to Ozzy Osbourne's hour-and-a-half headlining set, scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. The tour will next visit Camden, N.J., on Friday and Hartford, Conn., on Saturday.

Ozzy, Sharon and their children Kelly and Jack are stars of the breakout MTV reality series "The Osbournes," a second season of which will get underway in the fall. As the Ozzfest tour tramps across the states through early September, a wave of merchandise related to show will make its way into stores such as Gadzooks, Hot Topic, Sam Goody, Target, and Kmart, the latter two offering sanitized versions of the products.

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