Paul Hebert

OZZFest @ The Forum – 12/31/2018

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Ozzfest made a triumphant return to end 2018 and ring in 2019 with Ozzy Osbourne and some of his closest friends. With the fabulous Forum hosting the New Year’s Eve event, Ozzy had called upon a few Ozzfest veterans in Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to help ring in the new year along with Jonathan Davis from Korn and making their Ozzfest debut, Ice T and Body Count. Ozzfest wouldn’t be complete without a side stage and that is exactly what was in the parking lot outside at The Forum, a small stage that had Wedensday 13, Devildriver and Zakk Sabbath perform in the afternoon before the festivities moved inside.

The music started at 2:30pm on a brisk New Year’s Eve day with Wednesday 13 as he and his band tore through several ghoulish hits. Wednesday 13’s show was full of props – large scissors, axes, etc as Mr. Motherfucker wore different masks and outfits. Man-made snow was even sprayed out into the crowd during the set – this sent some fans running while others enjoyed it. As usual the set ended with the song “I Love to Say Fuck” with Wednesday 13 holding an umbrella with a large middle finger.

Devildriver is a force to be reckoned with, their flavor of powerful groove metal had the parking lot mosh pit going as Dez Fafara and company kicked you in the teeth with “Ruthless” and “I Could Care Less” as well as slowing things down with a chugging version of AWOLNATION’s “Sail”. The blood was definitely flowing after this set!

Zakk Sabbath – not familiar with them? It is a Black Sabbath cover band led by, you guessed it Zakk Wylde with his Ozzy Osbourne bandmate Blasko on bass and Joey C on drums. The next best thing to the real Sabbath, Zakk and the boys ripped through eight Black Sabbath classics that included ”Snowblind”, “Lord of this World”, “Into the Void” as well as the set closer “N.I.B.”. Wylde adds a bit of flair to the songs with his extraordinary guitar playing and extended solos. He even took a walk out into the crowd a couple times while soling to get up close and personal with the fans. With Ozzy not hitting the stage till 11:00pm, Zakk had plenty of time to rest up while pulling double duty.

Once things moved inside, the party REALLY got started as Body Count hit the stage first and blew the roof The Forum. Sort of a hometown show for both Ice T and Ernie C as they are from South Central LA, the fans in attendance on this night definitely showed BC some love. The show kicked off with a BRUTAL cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood” and things never let up from there. Ice T was the center of attention wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit he definitely is the O.G. The crowd certainly perked up during BC’s most controversial song “Cop Killer”, Body Count was the perfect band to kick off the indoor festivities.

Jonathan Davis from Korn played songs from his solo album Black Labyrinth next followed by Marilyn Manson nailing a 10 song set. Manson is always a bit sloppy on stage but it just works as he belted out fan favorites such as “Angel with the Scabbed Wings”, “The Beautiful People” and the new song “Say10”. The set ended with the massive cover of The Eurhythmics “Sweet Dreams”.

The multi-talented Ozzfest veteran Rob Zombie performed his usual over-the-top, high energy set. The group consists of John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass and Ginger Fish on drums led by the Superbeast himself Rob Zombie, the band had The Forum hopping for the duration of their set. The set ended with a trio of covers from The Ramones (“Blitzkrieg Bop”), Alice Cooper (“School’s Out”) and then the highlight of the set as Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue joined the band onstage for a cover of The Beatles “Helter Skelter” – without a doubt the highlight of the night to this point.

Ozzy hit the stage at 11:00pm sharp with “Bark at the Moon” sounding well and looking ready to party. Ready to resume his No More Tours 2 tour in 2019, Ozzy with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde put on a New Year’s show to remember. Wylde to a few opportunities to showcase his guitar skills and during “War Pigs” took a stroll into the crowd again to deliver an in your face solo to a few lucky fans. Ozzy stopped the show a few minutes before midnight to get the crowd fired up and then all 15,000 fans counted down from 10 to the New Year at which point pyro, confetti and balloons were released – an epic moment! The show then resumed with “I Don’t Know” and Ozzy finally ended his set with “Paranoid” around 12:30 allowing those in attendance to end and start their year with some live Ozzy Osbourne.

Devildriver Photo Gallery

Zakk Sabbath Photo Gallery

Body Count Photo Gallery

Rob Zombie Photo Gallery

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