Poll: Ozzfest Ranks As Most Anticipated Rock Fest
The Black Sabbath-headlined Ozzfest is this summer's most anticipated rock festival tour, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. The outing -- which will also feature mainstage acts MarThe Black Sabbath-headlined Ozzfest is this summer's most anticipated rock festival tour, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. The outing -- which will also feature mainstage acts Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Crazytown, and Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society -- pulled in 35% of 2,194 votes.
Ozzfest kicks off tonight (June 8) in Tinley Park, Ill., near Chicago, and will wrap with two shows Aug. 11-12 in Holmdel, N.J.
Anticipation is also high for the as-yet-unannounced return of the Family Values tour, which took second place in the poll, with 20% of the tally. As previously reported, the tour, which took a hiatus in 2000 after two successful jaunts featuring the likes of Limp Bizkit and Korn, will be headlined by Stone Temple Pilots. Other artists have not yet been confirmed, although Staind and System Of A Down are said to be on the bill.
The Vans Warped Tour -- which boasts 311, Rancid, and Pennywise, and kicks off June 22 in Phoenix -- pulled in 17% in the poll. A pair of first timers tied with 12% -- Moby's inaugural Area: One tour (with New Order, Outkast, the Roots, Incubus, and others), and the gay-themed Wotapalava tour (with Pet Shop Boys, Rufus Wainwright, and Soft Cell).
Far back from the rest of the pack was the jam band-dominated So Many Roads tour (formerly the Furthur festival). Just 4% of poll respondents are most looking forward to this tour, which will be headlined by ex-Grateful Dead principal Bob Weir's longtime side band Ratdog, and will feature Rusted Root, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and bluegrass artist Keller Williams.
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