It sounds far too good to be true: Instead of raising ticket prices again, this summer's Ozzfest did the opposite and cut them away completely. That's right — Ozzfest 2007 is free.
The logistics of this aren't entirely clear yet, but Sharon Osbourne said in a statement released Tuesday that corporate sponsorship will pay for the bulk of the touring festival. To gain admission to the festival, which is said to include a stop in Hartford, fans will go through ozzfest.com or livenation.com and click through to sponors' sites where they can secure tickets.
"We're reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs," Osbourne said. "As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That's what's happening with summer touring in this country, it's out-pricing itself."
Sharon Osbourne is famous (or infamous, perhaps) for her steely business acumen, so you can bet there's some angle she's working. But if it really means not having to shell out upwards of $80 for Ozzfest this year, her ulterior motives probably don't matter unless there's a hidden catch.