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‘Free’ OzzFest Under Fire

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — As metal fans rejoiced at the announcement of free tickets to this year’s OzzFest, it appears the concert’s organizers weren’t content with just giving it all away.

The Live Nation-sponsored tour will still be technically free to most, but VIP’s could be paying a hefty price to see the Prince of Darkness. Special packages that start at $300, and rise to over $1000, just might give the metal fans a migraine.

The cheapest VIP package, the $300 “Party Like a Rockstar” set up, includes preferred pavilion seating, access to the second-stage VIP viewing platform, access to a general VIP area, a behind-the-scenes tour and a special host “to help you rock harder than you’ve ever rocked before.”

The second level, a $666 “I’m Part of the Show” package, adds an on-stage seat during Ozzy’s concert-closing set.

The bank-breaking “Premium” package will be auctioned off with a starting bid of $1,000, and is limited to only 10 guests per show. The offer include all of the lower-level perks, as well as a personal meeting with Osbourne and his band and a certificate signed by Sharon Osbourne. The proceeds from the auctioned tickets will go to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

But even if you’re content with just the basic free deal, don’t think your route will be without its own share of headaches.

Organizers for OzzFest, now in its 12th year, recently released instructions for fans wishing to attend the metal mecca – and it appears to be a painful process.

Fans were instructed to send an email through the OzzFest website requesting tickets during the month of May, and were returned a link to a website for one of the tour’s various sponsors, where they were able to get a special code. On June 12th, fans are supposed to enter those codes on yet another website at a specific set time, to hopefully reserve two of the free tickets.

Nothing could go wrong with that, right? –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers