The 2002 edition of Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest touring extravaganza will host the first appearances from the as-yet-unnamed new band formed by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine's T

The 2002 edition of Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest touring extravaganza will host the first appearances from the as-yet-unnamed new band formed by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. The group will join previously announced main stage participants Osbourne and System Of A Down, as well as P.O.D., Drowning Pool, Adema, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, and Tenacious D on select dates.

This year's tour kicks off July 6 in Bristow, Va., and wraps Sept. 8 in Dallas. Rob Zombie will headline the second stage, which will also feature Meshuggah, Apex Theory, Lostprophets, Pulse Ultra, Neurotica, Flaw, and Mushroomhead. The third stage sports Otep, Seether, Soil, Glassjaw, Used, Ill Nino, and Chevelle. Tour organizer Sharon Osbourne said today (March 21) in New York that Ozzfest's partnership with tour sponsor World Wrestling Federation (WWF) will lead to "bigger and better things." WWF wrestlers are due to make personal appearances at each tour stop.

When asked how involved he was in shaping the artist lineup, Ozzy admitted, "my part in it is zero." He deferred to his 16-year-old son Jack, who said he and the 10-member selection committee were guided by "what we think is going to do well and what we like." The bands themselves are becoming more involved with non-musical Ozzfest endeavors, as Sharon revealed that Cornell, Morello, and members of System Of A Down will man a booth at each show, in an attempt to educate concertgoers on various world political issues.

As previously reported, the European touring division of Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is bringing the Ozzfest tour to the territory for the first time. The 17-date trek will take in 10 countries in May and June, including Germany, Sweden, and Portugal. Osbourne, Tool, System Of A Down, Slayer, American Head Charge, and Cradle Of Filth are all slated to appear during a May 25 U.K. date at Donnington Park, according to the tour's official Web site.

Here are the Ozzfest 2002 U.S. tour dates:

July 6: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
July 7: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
July 10: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
July 12: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
July 13: Hartford, Conn. (Ctnow.com Amphitheatre)
July 16: Boston (Tweeter Center)
July 19: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 24: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
July 26: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Mars Music Amphitheatre)
July 28: Atlanta (Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre)
Aug. 3: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)
Aug. 4: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 11: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley)
Aug. 13: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 15: Cincinnati (Riverbend Amphitheatre)
Aug. 17: Somerset, Wis. (Float-Rite Park)
Aug. 19: St. Louis (Riverport Amphitheatre)
Aug. 20: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre)
Aug. 22: Denver (CityLights Pavilion)
Aug. 25: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre)
Aug. 27: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
Aug. 29: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Aug. 31: San Bernardino, Calif. (Blockbuster Pavilion)
Sept. 5: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
Sept. 7: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Sept. 8: Dallas (Smirnoff Amphitheatre)

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