The massive heavy metal showcase Ozzfest 2001 will be beating its way across the U.S. this summer, throughout June, July, and August. Headlining bands include Black Sabbath and its solo frontman, Ozzy Osbourne (of course), plus new-wave metal acts like Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, and former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde. Among the more noteworthy second-stage acts for this year’s extravaganza are hardcore punks Disturbed, weirdo rockers Mudvayne, and metalheads Godhead and Taproot. Ozzfest
They’ve got a great new album, Amnesiac, coming out right on the heels of their acclaimed third album Kid A (see page 10) and now they’re going on tour, as if they needed to promote it. This band of Brit rockers is doing the U.S. a favor by giving fans a few chances to see them on the other side of the pond. They’ll be gracing 15 lucky locations on 19 dates from June 18th until August 20th. Tour Info
Oasis will be appearing with co-headliners the Black Crowes and opening act, the neo-glam rockers Spacehog, from the end of May until the middle of June. The tour, ironically titled “The Tour of Brotherly Love,” considering just how much love brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher have shown each other, will hit cities in Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Michigan, with the finale being a three-day stay at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 7, 8, and 9. The Crowes will be touring material from their album Lions, which hits stores on May 8, and Spacehog is touring in support of their latest album, The Hogyssey.
The ultimate punk rock festival, The Warped Tour, will be chugging cross-country all summer long, from June until August. Confirmed bands for the popular Vans-sponsored festival, hitting outdoor arenas everywhere, include Rollins Band, Pennywise, 311, The Living End, AFI, and the Bouncing Souls. The Souls will be out on the strength of their long-awaited new album, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and the Living End will be touring on Roll On. Also rumored to be playing a few dates of the festival is seminal pop-punk outfit Weezer, whose much-delayed self-titled album should be out early this summer. Warped Tour
After releasing one of the highest praised albums of the year, the Outkast band of hip-hopsters are hitting the road to cash in on their success. Starting in the Big Apple on Monday, the kingdom of Stankonia will tour, hitting Europe during June and the States for July and the beginning of August. Band member Dre says that Outkast will be taking fans on a retrospective tour of the band’s previous albums as well as their newest. If their New York show is any indication, they’ll be doing it in style — with pink space suits and wigs to boot. Outkast
U2 and PJ Harvey
This dynamic music duo began touring on Tuesday in Minneapolis and will be putting grins on faces around the country until their last U.S. show June 22nd in East Rutherford, NJ, where they leave Harvey to tour Europe. With U2’s apparent turn back to their rock ‘n roll roots with their newest hit album All That You Can’t Leave Behind, it appears to be a fitting match-up between the two acts, to make for a killer rock show. Unfortunately, most of the U.S. shows are already sold out. Big surprise. U2; PJ Harvey
Pop icon Janet Jackson will be traveling across the country on her “All For You Tour,” playing songs from her album of the same name, as well as older fan-favorite material. According to her website, the tour should “show off Janet’s new found freedom and desire to have fun.” You go, girl. Janet Jackson
Also on tour this summer … boy band N’Sync … Canadian alt-rockers Our Lady Peace … funk-metalheads Incubus … indie icons Mogwai with Bardo Pond … weirdo DC rockers The Dismemberment Plan … glam revivalists Placebo with Scottish punks Idlewild.
Archived article by Ed Howard