Ozzfest meets Knotfest on Sept. 24-25 in San Bernardino, Ca.
By Russ Allsup and Alex Kluft Photography
On Thursday, May 12th, the movers and shakers in the world of metal held a press conference at the Hollywood Palladium for a huge announcement in the world of metal music. It was announced that Ozzfest and Knotfest will be joining forces for a two day metal festival at the San Manuel Amphitheater & Festival Grounds in Devore, CA. Day one will be Ozzfest and will happen on September 24th, featuring Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society and many more bands. Knotfest will happen the next day, on September 25th and will feature Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Whitechapel and many more.
The press conference was open to the public and featured a blistering performance by Zakk Wylde’s side project, Zakk Sabbath. They played a full set of Black Sabbath songs and featured special guests such as Corey Taylor from Slipknot and David Draiman from Disturbed. The attendees had access to full bars where the featured drink was the ‘Lemmy’, which was the rocker’s drink of choice, a Jack and Coke. Before the big announcement the audience of around 1,000 were treated to a documentary of Ozzfest and its history. The press conference featured a live question and answer session, which featured Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, Zakk Wylde, Corey Taylor, Scott Ian and more who were on hand for the festival announcement. This looks to be one of the biggest metal events this year.
For full lineups for each day and tickets go to:
Pics by Alex Kluft Photography Top photo and recap by Russ Allsup.