SHARON OSBOURNE Exposes AEG's "Attempt To Blackmail" OZZY OSBOURNE Into Playing Staples Center In Los Angeles
February 8, 2018, a year ago
Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live chairman / CEO Jay Marciano are continuing to go back and forth over the venue wars involving AEG, Live Nation and Azoff MSG Entertainment, with Sharon Osbourne saying she wants no part of it, reports Colin Stutz of Billboard.
In an email from Thursday (February 8th), which was shared with Billboard, Sharon Osbourne accused Marciano of what she called "a staggering attempt to blackmail" Ozzy Osbourne into playing the Staples Center in Los Angeles, following up on a note she sent on Wednesday returning a commitment agreement for the venue unsigned. The commitment was presented as part of a deal for a concert at the O2 Arena in London on February 11th, 2019, as part of Ozzy Osbourne's Live Nation-produced forthcoming farewell tour, No More Tours 2. (AEG owns both the O2 Arena and Staples Center.)
The Staples Center commitment stated that as part of a condition of Ozzy Osborne performing at the O2 Arena, if he decides to play an indoor arena within 25 miles of Los Angeles as part of the same tour cycle and that or those shows are promoted by a Live Nation-owned company, then at least one must be held at the Staples Center.
"Shame on AEG for bringing artists into a power struggle you're having with your competitor, Live Nation," Sharon Osbourne's note on Wednesday said. "I can assure you that Live Nation would never strong-arm an artist into playing a venue they're not comfortable performing in."
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has revealed details about his forthcoming No More Tours 2, a reference to his 1992 No More Tours trek. The announcement by the legendary musical icon about the North American dates--with his longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards)--was made to international media in attendance at his Los Angeles home.
The initial North American dates produced by Live Nation kick off August 30 in Allentown, PA and conclude October 13 in Las Vegas, NV with a Thursday, October 11 stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; Ozzy will be joined by Stone Sour for this leg of the tour. Tickets for these shows go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM (local time) at Live Nation and through the Live Nation app. Citi® is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 AM (local time) until Friday, February 16 at 10:00 PM (local time) through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details click here.
Prior to the full North American run, Ozzy will officially launch the No More Tours 2 in Mexico in May, before heading to South America for solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that's set to begin Friday, June 1 in Moscow, Russia.
"I've been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers," Osbourne says. "I'm looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades."
On his upcoming farewell world tour, produced by Live Nation, Osbourne will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows in the future. Throughout his career, Ozzy has sold more than 100 million records.
Want to hear more about the Ozzy tour from the Prince of Darkness himself? Ozzy has partnered with Ticketmaster to spread the word about the tour with a new message on the Ticketmaster app for the Google Assistant on phones, speakers like Google Home and other compatible devices. Fans can trigger the app by saying, "Hey Google, talk to Ticketmaster," which will offer special messages from the Prince of Darkness himself. Fans will then be invited by Sharon Osbourne to hear details about Ozzy's upcoming Live Nation tour dates. This new marketing tool expands the ways for Ozzy's millions of fans to find out about his tour and provides a fun, first of its kind experience.
For the tour, Ozzy has teamed with the Love, Hope, Strength, Foundation. At Love Hope Strength (LHS), their mission is to save lives, one concert at a time. We, along with Love Hope Strength, believe that all people deserve quality cancer care, a marrow donor if needed, and most importantly, hope. Founded by cancer survivors, LHS leverages the power of music to expand the marrow registry through THEIR "Get on the List" campaign. At LHS, they believe in offering real hope to people currently living with cancer.
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29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – FortRock
30 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
1 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
4 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
6 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
8 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheatre
10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
14 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
16 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
19 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Center
21 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
28 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
30 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
4 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
6 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
11 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
13 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
5 – Mexico – Heaven & Hell Festival
8 – Santiago, Chile – Pista Atletica
11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Geba
13 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque
16 – Curitiba, Brazil – Pedreira Paulo Leminski
18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Esplanada Do Mineirao
20 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Apoteose
1 – Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky
3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace
6 – Finland – Rockfest
8 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
13 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks Festival
15 – Paris, France – Download Festival
17 – Italy – Firenze Rocks Festival
20 – Halden, Norway – Tons Of Rock Festival
22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
26 – Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival
28 – Oberhausen, Germany – Konig-Pilsner Arena
30 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival
2 – Lisbon, Portugal – Altice Arena
5 – Barcelona, Spain – Rock Fest Barcelona
8 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Live Park