Slayer, Judas Priest with Rob Halford and Slipknot will join Ozzy Osbourne as the acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July, Billboard.biz has learned. Details of the festival tour will

Slayer, Judas Priest with Rob Halford and Slipknot will join Ozzy Osbourne as the acts on this year's Ozzfest, set to begin in early July, Billboard.biz has learned. Details of the festival tour will be announced Feb. 19.

Since its inaugural run in 1996, Ozzfest has grossed $146.5 million from 236 shows that have drawn 3.8 million fans, primarily to outdoor amphitheaters.

A testament to Ozzfest's stature among the metal faithful is the tour's performance in 2003, perhaps the most competitive road environment ever for the genre. Ozzfest shared the road with Metallica's Summer Sanitarium stadium tour, the return of Lollapalooza, a Kiss/Aerosmith double bill and dozens of smaller tours. Ozzfest more than held its own, grossing $23.5 million and drawing 481,857. This summer is expected to be equally saturated with hard music.

Ozzfest is produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and booked by CAA.

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