Sharon Osbourne announced today that ALL tickets to ALL shows on this year's OzzFest tour will be FREE. All bands at all shows will make whatever money they can from merchandise sales and sponsorships.
"We're reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs," compares Sharon. "As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about."
HypeBot reports that grunge legends Alice in Chains are confirmed for the tour, and OzzFest's main site has added that Ozzy Osbourne will perform at EVERY show on the tour.
Coupled with Steve Jobs' broadside slam against DRM earlier today, this is a helluva 1-2 punch to the midsection of the music industry's model of complete control over how music is distributed and monetized.
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