Deftones, Tool, Stone Sour and Slash to Play Ozzfest Japan

2012-11-25

Story by Anne Erickson

Ozzfest’s inaugural Japan showing will feature performances from Tool, Stone Sour, Deftones and more

Ozzfest is set to reach Japan for the first time next year, and the heavy music festival’s lineup is really shaping up. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne recently confirmed that the inaugural Ozzfest Japan will take place May 11 and 12, 2013, at the Makuhari Messe Arena, near Tokyo in partnership with Japanese promoter Hayashi International Promotion (H.I.P.).

Now, festival organizers have confirmed that in addition to previously announced headlining performers Black Sabbath and Slipknot, the two-day event will also feature sets from the likes of Tool, Deftones, Slash and Stone Sour. That, my friend, is a metal band lineup.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever,” Sharon said in an official statement. “We’ve got the perfect combination of Western and Japanese bands. Ozzfest is also thrilled to be presenting Black Sabbath’s first-ever performance in Japan.”

Ozzfest marks a big first for the country of Japan, as it will be the first major international music festival to ever trek to the country.

“We are thrilled to open a new chapter for this legendary festival in Japan,” H.I.P. President Massy Hayashi said in an official statement. “I think it will be the perfect chance to bring together the very best international rock music and also give us a chance to show how far Japanese rock has come in recent years.”




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