Disturbed Ready To Fill Ozzy's Shoes
Disturbed is getting ready to rock the OZZFest tour again -- even moreso because the Chicago quartet knows it has to stand in for the festival's namesake on this summer’s run.Disturbed is getting ready to rock the OZZFest tour again -- even moreso because the Chicago quartet knows it has to stand in for the festival's namesake on this summer’s run.
"I'm anticipating a huge tour," says Disturbed frontman David Draiman. "I think that us and System [Of A Down] are going to be an amazing bill. The rest of the supporting acts are also great bands. It's probably one of the better lineups I've seen in recent years."
But it's a lineup mostly without Ozzy Osbourne -- who's only playing 10 of OZZFest XI's 25 dates. Draiman says that "definitely adds pressure" for the headliners, though he doubts Osbourne will be far from anyone's minds throughout the tour.
"OZZFest will always be OZZFest -- it was created for Ozzy and will always be about him. That'll never change," explains Draiman, who took some time off earlier this year to recover from vocal strain. "I'm thankful for whatever dates he can play, and I think System and us will just have to do the best we can to carry that torch a little bit for him when he's not around. But you can never expect in a million years that you're going to make up completely for his absence; he's not a dispensable individual. He's the godfather of metal."
Draiman isn't sure if Disturbed or System will take possession of one of Osbourne's favorite stage props, the famed water cannon ("I don't even know if they're bringing them," he says with a laugh), but his band is definitely looking forward to spending two months with co-headliners System Of A Down.
"We love those guys," he says. "They're an amazing band. We're very thrilled to be playing with them. It's something we wanted to try to make happen for a long time, and now it is."
It will be Disturbed's fourth OZZFest appearance, after runs in 2000, 2001 and 2003. OZZFest XI -- which kicks off June 29 in Auburn, Wash., and runs through August 13 in West Palm Beach, Fla. -- will also give Disturbed a chance to celebrate the success of its fourth album, "Ten Thousand Fists," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 when it was released in September. The group is preparing for the release of its next single, a cover of Genesis' "Land of Confusion," with an animated video directed by Todd McFarlane.
"It should be almost done; we're still waiting for Mr. McFarlane to let us know it's ready to be seen," Draiman says. "We've seen the storyboards, read the treatments, seen images of the characters he's using in it. We're very excited to see the finished product."