Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Main Stage @ Glen Helen Amphitheater – 11/04 & 05/2017
The biggest extreme Metal festival in the USA returned in 2017 with Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – Ozzfest on Saturday November 4 and Knotfest on Sunday November 5. The festivals namesake Ozzy Osbourne headlined Ozzfest as a solo act after closing the show in 2016 as a member of Black Sabbath. Although Slipknot was absent from Knotfest this year, their presence was felt throughout the day with members of the band doing a signing, Sid Wilson doing a DJ set, LOTS of Slipknot t-shirts being worn by fams and Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor playing the main stage with his hard rock act Stone Sour. Knotfest was headlined by non-other than Rob Zombie.
The Ozzfest mainstage featured five acts – Orange Goblin, Children of Bodom, Deftones, Prophets of Rage and the Prince of Darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne. While Knotfest consisted of Prayers, Eighteen Visions, Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
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Ozzfest Main stage highlights:
After a high energy set from the UK’s Orange Goblin, Finland’s Children of Bodom took the stage and Alexi Laiho and band pummeled through 45 minutes of extreme metal representing their 25 year career. Laiho commanded the large stage as he demonstrated his thrilling guitar skills as the band set the bar high for the remainder of the night.
Children of Bodom Photo Gallery
Sacramento’s alternative metal kings Deftones were up next and may not be cut from the traditional metal mold but proved they were a worthy act on the mainstage. Vocalist Chino Moreno is a massive ball of energy as he flails around the stage backed by the haunting seven string guitar of Stephen Carpenter. The light show created a visual spectacle that worked together with the music to present an incredible show that had the Deftone die-hards in a rage the entire set.
Deftones Photo Gallery:
Next up, the politically charged super group Prophets of Rage hit the stage and delivered 75 minutes of pure energy. The group consisting of the musical part of Rage Against the Machine – guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real on vocals along with Public Enemy’s DJ Lord.
The band smoked through some RATM classics, a few Prophets of Rage originals and a Public Enemy and Cypress Hill medly. The highlight of the show was the bands tribute to the late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell as the members of RATM (who also were in Audioslave with Cornell) played Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” with a bright spotlight on an empty microphone where Cornell would have been singing.
Prophets of Rage Photo Gallery:
Ozzy Osbourne played his first Los Angeles area solo show in quite some time along with the return of guitarist Zakk Wylde. The Prince of Darkness blasted through all the Ozzy classics along with some Black Sabbath favorites. Osbourne struggled at times with his voice of which he attributed to the cold temperatures as Wylde demonstrated his super-human guitar skills with what seemed like a 20 minute solo. Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a 2 year Farewell tour starting in 2018.
Ozzy Osbourne Photos by: Stephanie Cabral
Ozzfest 2017 picked up right where the past festivals left off proving why Ozzfest was and is the premier heavy metal festival. Sunday’s Knotfest picked up right where the previous day’s Ozzfest left off.
Knotfest Main stage highlights:
Corey Taylor took Stone Sour through a blistering 60 minute set of hard hitting Stone Sour rockers while also slowing things down a bit for some of their slower more melodic songs. Taylor was surely fired up as he headbanged like this was the last show he was ever playing. Taylor’s never-ending energy made up for the absence of Slipknot.
Stone Sour Photo Gallery:
Making his first live appearance since being sidelined from a stage accident that broke his leg, shock rocker Marilyn Manson once again made headlines with his onstage antics. Being pushed around in a wheelchair by a doctor, Manson sang into a microphone that was mounted on a fake AK-47 rifle as he aimed it into the crowd like he was shooting. Love him or hate him Manson put on a killer show that got him back in the news just as he planned.
The night and the weekend ended with an EPIC performance from shock rocker and horror film producer Rob Zombie. The Zombie party had the most extreme stage props, monsters walking onstage, LOTS of pyro-technics and huge video screens. It was a 90 minute mini movie that had the fans in attendance moving and singing along every minute. Zombie’s band of guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish all dressed in horror garb added to the awesomeness of the show.
Rob Zombie Photo Gallery:
Although Slipknot was not present at Knotfest 2017, the festival succeeded presenting some of the most extreme metal bands on the planet in a creative festival.