Who: System of a Down, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, DragonForce, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Atreyu, Unearth, Bleeding Through, Norma Jean, A Life Once Lost, Bad Acid Trip, Full Blown Chaos, Walls of Jericho, Between the Buried and Me, Strapping Young Lad, The Red Chord, All That Remains
Where: Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA.
When: August 6, 2006
I originally planned on selling my ticket because this year looked really disappointing. Especially compared to last year, where main stage was graced by two legends. Not that I’m knocking System of a Down or Disturbed, but they were the only two bands I was interested in seeing. I’d already seen Black Label Society, and seeing Ozzy solo isn’t as special as seeing him with the original Black Sabbath. Besides, Ozzy’s voice probably wouldn’t hold out for it to be truly memorable.
I ended up going, anyway, for lots of reasons. I never did sell my ticket (which was a better seat than last year), although I really should’ve expected that. After all, I had a helluva time finding someone to go with me last year when I had a free ticket… Then I found out my uncle was going. He lives in Charlottesville, so I’d drive there, and he’d drive the rest of the way. He was going a bit later in the morning, but that was fine by me. Less time in the sun means less time getting sunburned!
Full Blown Chaos
I don’t feel like recapping every single band or thing that happened (like I did last year), so only the stuff I find interesting.
We got there around 11 AM and decided to check out some of the bands. The crew was setting up for Full Blown Chaos, and when they came on, the crowd was just that. Full, blown, chaos. People weren’t just moshing and generally beating the hell out of each other, they were having chicken fights too! I thought crowdsurfing would hurt, but damn, losing a chicken fight!? It’d be a helluva fall… Anyway, some black guy kept winning all the fights, and people kept trying to take him down. Sweetness.
Bad Acid Trip sucked (no one seemed to like them), but A Life Once Lost made up for it. A Life Once Lost was my favorite performance on Second Stage. They had two walls of death in one song! I think Brett showed me Slipknot doing something like that, but the wall of death is a spectacle to see in person. Fucking insane… My uncle got involved, where he kicked ass and got his ass kicked (he got mauled by this fat guy, who in turn mauled over a woman…which was all kinds of awesome). Life Once Lost put on a good show. See a little bit of the awesomity for yourself!
After that, my uncle and me did a bit of browsing and we made fun of how everything is overpriced. And made fun of the fact that you can’t bring your own camera in the Pavilion, but can buy a camera from one of the shops, then take pictures. And the belief that the money Second Stage bands pay doesn’t go towards the tour, but Sharon Osbourne’s pocket. We also picked on Sharon Osbourne in general. …That bitch.
Black Label Society: Fire It Up
We eventually made our way back to Second Stage, waded through the crowd as they listened to the rest of Atreyu’s set and got as close as possible to the front. Just in time for the speed demon, Zakk Wylde.
The Beginning…At Last
Bleed For Me
Fire It Up (Solo)
Been A Long Time
Say What You Will
Overall, I enjoyed Black Label Society. Zakk is, arguably, a guitar god and he has some crazy ass fans. People were climbing over each other, quite literally, just so they could get to the front. We moved with them, if only so we wouldn’t get trampled ourselves. The performance itself wasn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t put BLS over Rob Zombie. Vocals were lacking, Zakk’s voice sounded muffled, but I guess that’s the price to pay when you’re playing guitar wicked fast like he was. I’m even more impressed he could play that fast for his own band, then later for Ozzy, when it felt like it was 100 degrees out. Even when it felt like BLS had been “demoted” (they were a Main Stage band last year), they were still a good show.
Ozzy Osbourne: Hellraiser
I Don’t Know
Bark at the Moon
Into the Void (solo)
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Road to Nowhere
Mama, I’m Coming Home
As much as I love Ozzy, and as much as I enjoyed the set, Ozzy really needs to hang it up. His voice was failing him, and by the time Suicide Solution rolled around, his energy had waned too. He blamed it on the heat, and told us how fucking hot it was, but that just leads me to my second quip… Why was Ozzy closing out Second Stage? I see the reasons, such as his voice not being what it used to be and his age, but if that’s so, he should just retire now.
Negative remarks aside, I enjoyed Ozzy, though I prefer him with Sabbath. Mainly for the fact it was Ozzy, and its the first (and hopefully, last) time I’ve seen him solo. Zakk was, again, a beast and it was awesome to see them live. The crowd seemed to agree, and they were literally stampeding over each other to get to the front. It got really dusty and hard to breathe, but we survived. I did take a few bruises from getting knocked around. Eventually, I got sick of it and tripped one dude, who fell face-first into the gravel. I saw him get up, holding his nose with blood seeping through his fingers, and continue walking towards the front. What a trooper.
DragonForce: Through the Fire and Flames
My uncle and me backtracked through the crowd as Ozzy was doing the encore (I had already heard Paranoid by the original Sabbath). We split up here, since we had tickets in different sections (he was in the pit, I was section 102). I decided to go to my section, sit down, and take a breather from Ozzy and BLS kicking my ass. Didn’t turn out as I’d planned, because I got my ass kicked again by my favorite Ozzfest performance.
I’ve heard a lot of bands at Ozzfest, which is pretty much the purpose of Ozzfest. That purpose is to promote new music, with a bit of older, established music thrown in for good measure. But none of the “new bands” have really caught my interest like DragonForce did. I’m at a loss for words to describe the awesomity of their performance. Let’s just say it was epic. Too bad I feel like a complete idiot, since few people seemed into them. May have had something to do with the sound quality (which wasn’t too great until Hatebreed came on later), but still, DragonForce rocked, kicked ass, and I plan on listening to them in the future.
I decided to stay for a little longer, but got bored of Lacuna Coil so I took a bit of walk. Came back in time for Hatebreed, and a brilliant rant by their lead vocalist. He said something along the lines of “hoping everyone goes out and buys our new record so we can get all this emo, pop, and rap shit off the Top 10”. He got a huge reaction, as if the entire Pavilion was in agreement. Hatebreed also had pits everywhere, which was pretty neat. Avenged Sevenfold was up afterwards, and people only cared when they covered Pantera’s Walk, which everyone seemed to sing along to (as they rightfully should, Pantera kicks ass). After that, we were finally on to the two Main Stage attractions…
Disturbed: 10,000 Fists
Land of Confusion
Down with the Sickness
…Wow. All I can really say is that Disturbed ruled Nissan. Everyone in the Pavilion was into them. The set list was enjoyable too. I knew some of their goods were from their latest release, but they played some stuff from their old albums, which sounded fantastic (oh, and while I’m on the subject, I don’t memorize every song. The only one I really memorized was Ozzy’s, but that’s because I listen to him so damn much. I knew a few of Disturbed’s and BLS’s songs too, but for the rest, I find the lists from other reviews online). The only negative thing I have to say about Disturbed was their singer started ranting about politics after Land of Confusion. I respect his view is fine and all, but really, let the music do the talking.
System of a Down: Stealing Society
Solider Side – Intro
Kill Rock & Roll
Old School Hollywood
Lost in Hollywood
System of a Down played a lot of songs (I’m counting 22, great for a 90 minute set), some of which I wasn’t there for. Quite a few people were walking out on their set, but not because SOAD sucks. Most people were leaving early so they could beat the traffic. When I was leaving, System seemed to be on a roll. People were happy, and they were giving a good performance (though I liked Disturbed’s better).
Anyway, I enjoyed the set for the time I was there. Good show, and I still think it sucks that SOAD is going on hiatus (though I still say they’re disbanding…just temporarily). I’m fine with them wanting to do their own fine. I just wonder why they’d “stop” after releasing two critically acclaimed CDs? Ah well…
All in all, a good show, contrary to my original prediction (hell, even my own thoughts before I wrote all this). While I enjoyed last year’s Ozzfest much more, this year wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Mainly because the bands played their asses off (Dragonforce, Disturbed, System of a Down were my favorites). Oh, and I didn’t get sunburned as bad as I did last year! I give my stamp of approval, thumbs up!
“I don’t smile much. Don’t smile ever. But if I did, this would be one.“