This past weekend Ozzfest Meets Knotfest hit Glen Helen Amphitheater again for what has become one of the most anticipated festivals in Southern California. As always, Ozzfest, headlined by Ozzy himself, is Saturday and Knotfest, usually headlined by Slipknot, is Sunday. In this post I will focus on Ozzfest, but you can find the day two Knotfest photos here.
These two festivals combine perfectly, as far as music and fans are concerned. I was really excited about the Ozzfest day because Prophets Of Rage was playing. If you listen to me on the air you’ll know I was a big Rage Against the Machine fan, and while I can’t photograph them anymore, this is pretty close. Tom Morello, pictured above and below, is just amazing live. If you get a chance to see them make sure you do. They will be in San Diego on Dec 7th, and trust me… it’s worth the drive.
If you are wondering why I am starting this post out with Prophets of Rage images instead of photos of the headline act Ozzy Osbourne it’s because we were not allowed to photograph Ozzy’s performance. That wasn’t a big surprise, it’s normal for an Ozzy show. The Press Enterprise photographed the show though, and their images and coverage are here. Ozzy was a great show, and Ozzy with Zakk Wylde is just magic on stage.
As a fan I was worried about Prophets Of Rage living up to my expectations. Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real did not disappoint at all. Everything I would expect from this show was there, and I have photos to prove it.
Another act on the main stage was the Deftones. I had not seen them live before, and once again I was not disappointed. Vocalist Chino Moreno, pictured above, was fun and dynamic, and the band’s sound is as classic as ever.
The Main Stage line up for Saturday included:
Prophets Of Rage
Children Of Bodom
The Second Stage A line up was:
High On Fire
1349 (pictured above)
The Second Stage B line up was:
Iron Regan (pictured above)
Thrown Into Exile
And the Nuclear Blast Extreme Stage featured:
Rings Of Saturn
While I couldn’t photograph every band playing, below is a gallery to remind you of what a great weekend it was, or make you realize that you don’t want to miss it next time.
All Images Copyright 2017 Steve Brazill, All Rights Reserved.