Sharon Osbourne, in partnership with Japanese promoter Hayashi International Promotion (H.I.P.), debuted the first-ever Ozzfest Japan on Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th at the Makuhari Messe Arena, just outside of Tokyo. The event featured headlining performances from BLACK SABBATH – featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi – and SLIPKNOT.
Fan-filmed video of Slipknot in action at Ozzfest Japan is available below:
Sliknot percissionist Clown commented on the experience:
“It was an extreme honor to have been invited to play the first show of two shows at the first-ever Ozzfest in Japan. It’s always a beautiful thing to be a part of something that is brand new for the fans. As always, our love for the Japanese people goes without saying, and we are relieved that we finally got back to Japan. Everyone went off at the show, making it completely incredible…but it’s always like that when we go to Japan. Thank you to everyone for having us and you can rest assured we will always be back. We love you.”
Slipknot have been confirmed as the third headliner at Download Festival on Friday, June 14th, 2013, marking the band’s second headline appearance following an explosive set in 2009. They join fellow headliners IRON MAIDEN on Saturday, June 15th and RAMMSTEIN on Sunday, June 16th.
“We are extremely honoured to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival,” said Slipknot’s Clown. It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot. This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don’t bitch.”
Tickets to Download Festival 2013 are available at Downloadfestival.co.uk.