Black Sabbath To Headline 2001 Ozzfest

Black Sabbath will reunite yet again to headline the sixth edition of Ozzfest, which will kick off June 18 at the New World Music Theater outside of Chicago. The tour is expected to hit 29 cities, and

Black Sabbath will reunite yet again to headline the sixth edition of Ozzfest, which will kick off June 18 at the New World Music Theater outside of Chicago. The tour is expected to hit 29 cities, and will feature Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, and Disturbed on the mainstage alongside Black Sabbath, who have not performed live since two "farewell" concerts in December 1999 in the U.K.

In a festival first, Ozzfest will include three revolving stages of continuous music. Second and third-stage lineups will be announced in the coming weeks. Festival founder and Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne is finishing up his first solo studio album since 1995's "Ozzmosis" (Epic) to coincide with the upcoming tour.

Last year's event sported mainstage acts Osbourne, Godsmack, Pantera, Monster Magnet, Static-X, P.O.D., Incubus, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Methods Of Mayhem. The festival grossed $16.7 million from 22 amphitheater shows, according to Billboard sister publication Amusement Business.

Performances by last year's second stage acts such as Kittie, Disturbed, and Taproot will be released as part of the upcoming two-disc set "Second Stage Live." The album is due March 27 on Osbourne's Divine Recordings imprint. The set's second disc is a reissue of the 1997 album "Ozzfest Live!," which has been out of print for some time, and sports tracks from Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, and others.

Ozzfest is also the subject of Penelope Spheeris' new documentary "We Sold Our Souls For Rock'N'Roll," which debuted at the Sundance film festival last month.