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We Sold Our Souls For Rock 'N' Roll (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) - a documentary on the Ozzfest '99 tour (MLYT) (NSFW - mainly swearing and tits)
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posted by backseatpilot at 1:04 PM on July 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


Wow, I'm looking at those lineups in the Wiki entry and am kind of mindblown at how unrelentingly shitty a festival this has been with the exception of having had Neurosis on the second stage the first two years and a small handful of others. I swallowed my pride back in 2004 and went for the Slayer/Priest/Sabbath trifecta and thought it was hilarious how metalheads with a clue would sheepishly acknowledge each other in the throngs of mongs, like I had on my Burning Witch t-shirt and passed this crust punk chick in an Eyehategod t-shirt and we had this moment where we locked gazes and shrugged like, "I know, can you believe I am actually at a Juggalo party?"
posted by The Straightener at 1:25 PM on July 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


I went to look at the wiki as well and really there's The Melvins and Motorhead early on and then...yeah. Horseshit.
posted by josher71 at 1:31 PM on July 21, 2010


I went to look at the wiki as well and really there's The Melvins and Motorhead early on and then...yeah. Horseshit.

see. I think that's generous of them. Could you imagine sitting through days of the other shit just to see the Melvins and Motorhead? This way you can leave after they're done and not come back.
posted by shmegegge at 1:51 PM on July 21, 2010


Good point.
posted by josher71 at 1:58 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Ozzy with Randy Rhoads right before the plane crash. "Crazy Train" was fucking awesome.

You may touch the hem of my garment.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:00 PM on July 21, 2010 [14 favorites]


Ozzy could never pick them too well after that. Zakk Wylde?
posted by josher71 at 2:06 PM on July 21, 2010


For the last couple years, Maryland Deathfest has been what Ozzfest should have been... and even MDF is always half-full of stupid bands which aren't even metal. I yearn for the incredible fests Europeans get!
posted by vorfeed at 2:20 PM on July 21, 2010


Yeah, I am a douchebag for living so close to Baltimore and not catching at least one day of MDF, this year's line up was really good, too.

I saw Ozzy with Randy Rhoads right before the plane crash.

Fucker.
posted by The Straightener at 2:32 PM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Dude, I have only one word for you:

Heavy Metal Parking Lot !!!1!

[previously]
posted by not_on_display at 2:32 PM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Living in Baltimore the MD Deathfest is hilarious because of the two days of tons of people walking around my neighborhood with black jeans and shirts that say "Fucked Jesus" or something similar. It's not too busy down here on the weekends so it really stands out.
posted by josher71 at 2:34 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Black Sabbath (with Dio) and BOC on the Black and Blue tour.

You may touch the hem of my support stockings.
posted by vapidave at 2:35 PM on July 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ozzy could never pick them too well after that. Zakk Wylde?

I submit that Jake E. Lee, while no Randy Rhodes, was pretty f-ing awesome.

Personally, I swore off ever going to Ozzfest when Sharon pulled the plug on Iron Maiden*. One expects stupidity at such events, but you don't fuck with the music, man.

*Of course, Ozzfest never comes to Vegas, so I probably never would have attended anyway.
posted by coolguymichael at 2:45 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Ozzy with Randy Rhoads right before the plane crash. "Crazy Train" was fucking awesome.

The tour before that one, I got to see the original lineup at the Sunrise Musical Theater in Ft. Lauderdale (an amazing venue), third row center. Randy was on fire, OMG, it was unbelievable. And it's even better - the day of the show, they showed up a long-gone record store on 441, down near Hollywood Blvd., called Peaches, to sign records. I lost mine years ago, but I had that "Blizzard of Oz" LP signed and personalized by Randy and Ozzy. I got to shake both their hands, a definite high for a teenage fan. And I won't go into the details of handing out joints to everyone within a 20-foot radius of our seats at the theater, snagged from the plants growing behind the urethane factory I worked at, which was a front for a... oh, fuck, good times, man.

I was supposed to see the second-tour show down there in Florida, on a weekend; a couple of days before the show, I remember hearing about the plane crash driving to work... pulled over and cried. That original ticket is still somewhere, buried in my stuff. Anyone that Ozzy pulled in after that, couldn't come even vaguely close to the greatness that was Randy Rhodes. Wylde is a drunken joke.
posted by dbiedny at 2:48 PM on July 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ozzfest '97 in East Troy, WI. Powerman 5K, Marilyn Manson, and Pantera.

My ears were ringing for days.
posted by quin at 2:50 PM on July 21, 2010


Yeah, I am a douchebag for living so close to Baltimore and not catching at least one day of MDF, this year's line up was really good, too.

The lineup for MDF 2010 was killer, but not quite as great as last year for me. Then again, it is pretty hard to beat getting to see Bolt Thrower play twice in one weekend... unless it's seeing Bolt Thrower three times in one weekend, of course!
posted by vorfeed at 2:54 PM on July 21, 2010


Any MeFites coming for Deathfest are welcome to sleep on my floor next year. Make a note of it.
posted by josher71 at 2:56 PM on July 21, 2010


Y'all won't think you're so clever when you hear thunder underground.
posted by cucumber at 3:29 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Sabbath with Ozzy in Dec 1976 (Niagara Falls, NY - opening act, Ted Nugent).

You may touch the hem of my Levis' jean jacket.
posted by davebush at 3:58 PM on July 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


For a second I had OzzFest confused with US Fest. Ha.

Thanks for posting this.
posted by snsranch at 4:22 PM on July 21, 2010


The first karaoke I ever did was "Crazy Train." Sadly, there were no bats around.
posted by jonmc at 4:41 PM on July 21, 2010


8-27-03 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
8-29-03 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, CA

Opening Act: Motorhead
Followed by: Dio
Headliner: Iron Maiden

Best set of shows without any "filler" bands I've ever been to.
Bonus points for dude in the Pit (at both shows no less) who was dressed in what I can only loosely describe as shoulder pads and a diaper made from wolf pelts.
posted by lilnemo at 4:52 PM on July 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


1985 at the Hartford Coliseum

Opening Act: Twisted Sister (at their Stay Hungry commercial peak)
Headliner: Iron Maiden (Powerslave Tour)

I think I'm still recovering.
posted by jonmc at 5:11 PM on July 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


1985 at the Hartford Coliseum

Was that pre or post PMRC Senate hearings?
posted by lilnemo at 5:19 PM on July 21, 2010


just-post.
posted by jonmc at 5:27 PM on July 21, 2010


Nice.
Must have been one hell of a show. Every interview I've read or seen with Dee Snider regarding that period seems to bring a big grin to his face (and with good reason). I can only imagine how that manifested on stage.

As for Maiden?
\m/

Nuff said.
posted by lilnemo at 5:31 PM on July 21, 2010


I was very impressed by Priest's performance at the 2004 Ozzfest. They blew everyone away - Halford still had it, bigtime.

The gig (Holmdel/PNC) also featured the usual Jersey scrotes - some of them managed to set one of the venue's trees on fire. Heh heh m heh heh.
posted by L. Ron McKenzie at 5:40 PM on July 21, 2010


Saw the Motorhead/Dio/Maiden show at Jones Beach the day Nicko ran over a parking attendant before the concert. I think it affected their performance - was very lackluster.
posted by L. Ron McKenzie at 5:43 PM on July 21, 2010


I went to a couple of Ozzfests in the late 90s or early 00s.

At the one I recall best the second headliner was Tool, which isn't so bad, really. However a then-thankfully-unknown Limp Bizkit was also on the bill. Did they have a giant toilet on the stage? Why yes they did.
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:51 PM on July 21, 2010


Living in Baltimore the MD Deathfest

I bet there were a lot of grits there. And I don't mean food.
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:52 PM on July 21, 2010


Also, only puke smells like puke.

And that's my sad "grew up in Baltimore" metal memories for today. Thanks for coming!
posted by drjimmy11 at 5:54 PM on July 21, 2010


Sigh. I'm ignorant. Grits?
posted by josher71 at 5:58 PM on July 21, 2010


"Grit" is (was?) a super-local Baltimore term, roughly equivalent to "headbanger" or "hesher." So local that even people from other counties in Maryland would have no idea what I was talking about.

And maybe no-one says it anymore at all, this was in the 80s and early 90s.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:01 PM on July 21, 2010


I haven't heard that yet, but don't worry, I'll be dropping that in conversation as soon as possible.
posted by josher71 at 6:03 PM on July 21, 2010


I always pictured them as "gritting" their teeth in sheer joy when an awesome metal band was playing. But I did some research and apparently there was some sort of white-supremacist gang in Maryland at one time called "The Grits." So maybe it grew from that, although none of the grits I grew up with were racists.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:03 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Aerosmith in 1987, Dokken opened.

You may puke on my mullet.
posted by not_on_display at 6:33 PM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


1985 at the Hartford Coliseum Milwaukee MECCA Arena

Opening Act: Twisted Sister (at their Stay Hungry commercial peak)
Headliner: Iron Maiden (Powerslave Tour)

That Maiden set was one of best live sets I've ever seen. It did take a couple days for my hearing to bounce back though. I remember being amazed that Bruce remembered all the words to "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".


1986 at the Milwaukee MECCA Arena

Opening Act: Metallica (Master of Puppets)
Headliner: Ozzy (Ultimate Sin)

Ozzy was in his "Fat Elvis" stage for this one but Metallica was pure sonic terrorism (and I mean that in a good way).

I submit that Jake E. Lee, while no Randy Rhodes, was pretty f-ing awesome.


I have disagree most vigorously. The "Jake E. Lee years" were arguably Ozzy's worst, the quality of Ozzy's output increased considerably when Zakk Wylde came on board.
posted by MikeMc at 6:42 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Aerosmith in 1987, Dokken opened.

I saw Cheap Trick in 1986 in a small club, Guns and Roses opened. You may something my something.
posted by Huck500 at 7:07 PM on July 21, 2010


1988 - Indianapolis - Monsters of Rock tour.

Fastway
Metallica
Dokken
Scorpions
Van Halen

Metallica blew the roof off the joint, and Dokken sucked bad. I remember nothing about Van Halen's performance.
posted by COD at 7:29 PM on July 21, 2010


Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Motörhead, Tool in '98 at Sandstone, KS. Maynard got pissed off, stopped the show halfway through, and yelled at all the rednecks who were ripping up the turf and throwing it at everyone.
posted by porpoise at 7:30 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Rush on their Moving Pictures tour. You may touch my... um... can I have a hug?

I'm totally not a Randian, I swear.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:39 PM on July 21, 2010


I saw Rush on their Moving Pictures tour. You may touch my... um... can I have a hug?

I'm totally not a Randian, I swear.


Rush was done with their Rand phase by then.

I saw that same tour, actually. And then every subsequent tour through Power Windows, and then again for Presto, and then finally twice for Snakes & Arrows.

Jeez. I see Rush a lot.

posted by hippybear at 7:44 PM on July 21, 2010


"I saw Black Sabbath (with Dio)"

I'm not into metal, but I saw Dio and Sabbath too. I was actually going to see their opening act, Alvin Lee and Company. I was 16 and it was a 2 hour drive to the concert and one of the first times I had ever driven that far away from home. We got there early, about 5, and stopped at a restaurant across from the coliseum to get something to eat. A busboy comes by with a sabbath t-shirt on so I say, "going to the show tonight?" and he looks at me funny and says, "you mean tomorrow night?" and sure enough, we drove all that way on the wrong damn day.

So we drove back the next day, and Alvin Lee comes out, and on rhythm guitar he had Ron Wood from the Rolling Stones, and Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on drums and bass. I was ten rows back, and Alvin threw his pick to me near the end of the set. So cool. The annoying thing was that all the metalheads didn't have a clue who they were and they kept screaming the entire time for Sabbath and making the devil sign, so it was a short set. All I remember about sabbath is that the stage looked like the inside of a church -- stained windows, some sort of altar, and a giant upside down cross hanging from the ceiling. I left early.
posted by puny human at 8:27 PM on July 21, 2010


I asked Penelope Spheeris if she resented the makers of The Osbournes for stealing her idea (See The Decline of Western Civilization II) and all she would say was that she had made a documentary about Ozz-Fest that Sharon Osbourne was blocking release of.
And now here it is...
posted by jeffen at 8:45 PM on July 21, 2010


My parents took me to an Alice Cooper concert when I was a wee, wee lad. You may undo the buckles on this nice jacket for me.
posted by adipocere at 8:56 PM on July 21, 2010


I remember the term 'grit' drjimmy (virginia). Alternate term around that same time would have been 'prevos', short for pre-vocational.
posted by puny human at 8:59 PM on July 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I definitely remember seeing great bands at this corporate suckfest over the years, but generally speaking it's just a parade of awful. I'm working in a booth for my friend's company at the Camden show this year, and do not plan to be leaving said booth for non-bathroom related purposes. I don't think I've ever paid for an Ozzfest ticket, which is likely the only reason I've been to so many. In the 6 years I've gone, the only good sets were...

Neurosis
Motorhead
Slayer
Slo Burn (what might have been their only tour)
Melvins
Tool
Judas Priest
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath (particularly with Rob Halford filling in on vocals)

I caught one Ozzy show, and it wasn't terrible, but he's such a corny hack.

Also, the hilarious hybrid of Life Of Agony with the singer from Ugly Kid Joe was a good laugh back in the day.
posted by snottydick at 10:36 AM on July 22, 2010


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