Last year, Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot joined forces for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a historic two-day event that combined the artists' respective metal festivals into one Godzilla-sized weekender attended by an estimated 75,000 people. Today, the legends have announced the festival's return. Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Prophets of Rage and Deftones are but a handful of the 40-plus bands playing the second-annual Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. The music and camping festival will be held November 4-5 on the Glen Helen Ampitheater & Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, California. Tickets will go on sale July 14 on Ozzfest and Knotfest's websites. Check out the full lineup in the poster below.
Osbourne's headlining set at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest marks his first solo appearance in the Los Angeles area in over six years. The Black Sabbath frontman will be joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde, keyboardist Adam Wakeman, bassist Rob Nicholson and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Prophets of Rage, Deftones, Children of Bodom, Baroness, High On Fire and Orange Goblin will also perform during the Ozzfest portion of the festival on Saturday.
In a departure from last year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest program, Slipknot will not be performing during their self-curated Knotfest portion; Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will headline in their stead. Nevertheless, the Iowa band will be well represented, with a performance by frontman Corey Taylor's side band Stone Sour. "Knotfest was never supposed to be exclusively about Slipknot," he said of this year's installment. "It was always about the things that fueled the spirit of Slipknot: music, art, passion, insanity and the tribes that give it power — so it would make sense for Knotfest to carry on these ideas, even without Slipknot."
Slipknot's co-founding percussionist, Michael "Clown" Crahan, concludes: "It's that incredible time again, where Ozzfest and Knotfest meet up to bring all music fans together for two days of rock & roll." To fans, he offers the following instructions: "Let's not forget the beautiful culture we are involved in and the history that is being written."