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Ozzy too busy for Ozzfest…

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For 13 years, Ozzfest has been a staple summer event for metal heads. Yet with Ozzy Osbourne, the festival’s figurehead, busy with other engagements, including work on the currently untitled follow-up to 2007’s Black Rain and his new television series, The Osbournes: Reloaded, plans for the 2009 edition of the festival have been scrapped, according to Billboard.com. The Prince of Darkness hopes to bring back the festival in 2010.

Following twelve straight years as a traveling event, the festival reverted to a one-off in 2008 and featured the Osbourne joined by likes of Metallica, Jonathan Davis, Sevendust, and Serj Tankian. This year will mark the first time there has been no Ozzfest related event since it was created in 1996.

As for the aforementioned album, while details still remain sketchy, it will reportedly feature the producing talents of Kevin Churko, who previously worked with Osbourne on Black Rain. The album has a tentative fall 2009 release date.

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