Ozzfest will inaugurate its 2001 run with a single May 26 stop at the Milton Keynes Bowl, in Milton Keynes, north of London. Like the North American edition of the tour, Black Sabbath will headline, w

Ozzfest will inaugurate its 2001 run with a single May 26 stop at the Milton Keynes Bowl, in Milton Keynes, north of London. Like the North American edition of the tour, Black Sabbath will headline, with support from Slipknot, Tool, and Papa Roach. Other acts are yet to be named.

Following that one-off European performance, the tour will touch down in the U.S. on June 8 at Chicago's World Music Amphitheatre and close with a pair of shows Aug. 11-12 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.

As previously reported, this year's mainstage lineup is anchored by Sabbath, and will feature Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, and Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers Crazy Town. The event's second stage will star Disturbed, Mudvayne, Cold, and Taproot. Other artists who will appear on the festival's second and third stages are Union Underground, Nonpoint, Black Label Society, American Head Charge, Pure Rubbish, Hatebreed, Drowning Pool, Systematic, Beautiful Creatures, Boy Hits Car, Godhead, and Otep.

Tour producers plan to start the music on the main stage later than in years past, to allow fans to catch more acts on the alternate stages. A schedule of set times for each stop on the tour will be posted on the tour's official Web site and at each venue. Tickets to the Somerset, Wis., show are on sale today (March 15), while the Cleveland stop goes on sale tomorrow.

Select venues will feature a "Purgatory Pit" in front of the stage, which will accommodate from 500-1,000 fans. Special tickets (with a limited edition t-shirt) for pit admission will be sold via a pre-sale through the Web site for shows in St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., San Bernadino, Calif., San Antonio, Texas, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Bristow, Va., and Pittsburgh. A handful of shows -- Somerset, Wis., Denver, George, Wash., Tampa, Fla., and Toronto -- will be general admission.

In related news, Black Sabbath has been rehearsing on a soundstage in England, and its members have been "collaborating, riffing, and brainstorming new songs, too," according to the Ozzfest Web site. The band plans to record an album of all new material -- its first since 1978's "Never Say Die" -- in the fall with producer Rick Rubin.

Here are the dates for Ozzfest 2001:
June 8: Chicago (World Music Amphitheatre; on sale March 18)
June 9: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley; on sale March 18)
June 12-13: Indianapolis (Verizon Music Amphitheatre; first show on sale March 31)
June 16: Somerset, Wis. (Float-Rite Park; on sale March 15)
June 18: St. Louis (Riverport Amphitheatre; on sale April 7)
June 19: Kansas City, Mo. (Sandstone Amphitheatre; on sale April 7)
June 22: Denver (Mile High Stadium; on sale March 24)
June 25: George, Wash. (Gorge; on sale March 17)
June 27: Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre; on sale March 17)
June 30: San Bernardino, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster Amphitheatre; on sale March 17)
July 3: San Antonio, Texas (South Texas Verizon Music Amphitheatre; on sale May 5)
July 5: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Theater; on sale March 30)
July 7: Atlanta (Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater; on sale March 24)
July 13: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Mars Music Amphitheatre; on sale March 31)
July 14: Tampa, Fla. (TBA; on sale TBA)
July 17: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; on sale March 24)
July 20: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion; on sale March 17)
July 21: Camden, N.J. (E Center; on sale March 17)
July 24: Toronto (the Docks; on sale March 31)
July 26: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center; on sale March 16)
July 28: Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette Pavilion; on sale TBA)
July 30-31: Detroit (DTE Energy Center; first show on sale April 7)
Aug. 3: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre; on sale March 31)
Aug. 5: Hartford, Conn. (Meadows Music Amphitheatre; on sale March 17)
Aug. 7-8: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; first show on sale March 31)
Aug. 11-12: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center; first show on sale March 17)