Ozzfest Concert Tour Free Tickets Designed To Promote New Music 
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Written by Jerry Del Colliano   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007

The summer rock tour known as Ozzfest and spearheaded by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne announced today that the tour will be free. This change comes after 11 years of charging for tickets to see the most popular hard rock bands perform on a large stage as well as the chance to see a selection of up-and-coming acts on a side stage.

"It's business as usual, except it's free. We want to encourage new music and new talent," says the forward thinking Sharon Osbourne in a BBC interview.

The idea that the artists are running the music industry shows that the industry’s executives are reaching rock bottom of their precipitous fall from entertainment power. New music isn’t what people are buying anymore in a world where low resolution downloads are all the rage. The fastest way to get record sales rocking again is to develop and promote new music and a large scale concert tour paid for by sponsors is a fantastic idea that will likely have kids hearing, seeing and being involved with some of the better bands of the hard rock genre. It will also leave Generation Y kids felling good about the music of Ozzy considering he will both headline the band and will be associated with the out-of-the-box idea that delivers free music to a generation that truly believes music should be free.

Source: BBC News, Ozzfest.com

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