Ozzy Osbourne is looking forward to the return of OZZFest for six dates this summer. But he won't hazard a guess about the long-term future of the headbanging package, which took 2009 off after holding just one show during 2008 in Dallas.
"We're bringing it back, and...if it takes off again, fine. If it doesn't, that's also fine because it's been great for us," Osbourne tells Billboard.com. "I'm really happy we've been able to launch new bands into the arena; a good few many bands got success from the OZZFest. But since we didn't do it, there have been a few other festivals pop up," referring to the three-year-old Mayhem Festival and this year's upstart Uproar tour. And, Osbourne adds, "There's not that much dough around. People don't have that much dough 'cause of the recession. But we'll see what happens. You never know. It could go, and it could not."
Osbourne is, however, pleased that Mötley Crüe will be part of OZZFest, which kicks off Aug. 14 in Devore, Calif., and reunites the two acts who last toured, memorably -- and debauchedly -- in 1984. "They're good old friends of mine," Osbourne says. "The 1984 tour...was the most fucking crazy tour I ever did in my life. I can't remember it, but I remember I used to wake up every morning or come around and think, 'What the fuck went on last night?' And as the day went on I got informed about what the craziness was. Everyone keeps asking me, 'Hey Ozzy, did you really snort a line of ants?' Y'know what? The answer is that I don't fucking know -- but it's very possible.