Billboard Bits: Ozzfest, CSNY, Mary Wilson

News on Ozzfest, CSNY, Mary Wilson

OzzThe European touring division of Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is bringing the Ozzfest tour to the territory for the first time, Billboard Bulletin reports. The 17-date trek will take in 10 countries in May and June, including Germany, Sweden, and Portugal. Since CCE began promoting Ozzfest in North America in 1997, it has staged 117 shows for 2.5 million fans, grossing $100 million.

Tour founder Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, System Of A Down, Slayer, and Cradle Of Filth are all slated to appear during a May 25 U.K. date of the tour at Donnington Park, according to the tour's official Web site. Tickets for that show, which will be sponsored by metal magazine Kerrang!, and broadcast live during a three-hour show on BBC Radio 1, are already on sale.

As previously reported, System Of A Down will headline the U.S. version Ozzfest 2002, churning out a performance each night prior to Osbourne's set.

Ozzfest made one lone appearance in Europe in 2001, when a version of the festival played the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, to kick off that year's travels. That bill featured Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool, Disturbed, Mudvayne, Papa Roach, Soulfly, and hed(pe).

-- Chucky Thomas & Juliana Koranteng, London, Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NeilCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young have rescheduled concerts in Tacoma, Wash., and Portland, Ore., to April 28 and 29, respectively. The original shows, which were slated to take place over the weekend, were scotched due to Neil Young's recent contraction of the flu, according to the group's official Web site.

The rescheduled dates will now close out the second leg of CSNY's North American tour, its second in three years. Those performances will kick off March 26 in Phoenix and wrap with the April 29 Portland show.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MaryMary Wilson has been a Supreme; now she's touring the country in a version of "Sophisticated Ladies," the 1980s hit Broadway musical based on the music of jazz great Duke Ellington. "It really is about the Cotton Club in Harlem and what was going on in the 20s and the 30s," Wilson says.

Wilson, who was one-third of Motown hitmakers the Supremes, said it was difficult to get the play off the ground when the economy soured after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "We really only got it started Feb. 4th, so it's been going great," she said. "But boy, was it hard."

Although Wilson has toured for decades, this is her first time doing so with a play. "It's almost like going back to school," she said. "It's a good kind of learning experience and discipline." The play finishes its run in May, but Wilson hopes to go back on the road with it in the fall.

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