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Chicago Open Air Festival Friday Only with Kiss, Rob Zombie, Megadeth and more

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Jul 14, 2017 – 1:00 PM

7000 South Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview, IL 60455 Map

  • Rob Zombie
  • KISS
  • Megadeth
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • KORN

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Rob Zombie: Rob Zombie has been frightening a worldwide audience for over twenty-five years now; whether its with his band, White Zombie, his many solo albums and music videos, or his spine-tingling movies like House of 1000 Corpses or his Halloween remakes. Even with a successful career as a filmmaker, Rob Zombie continues to thrill fans on tour dates around the world with his unique brand of horror-themed groove metal. During tour dates in 2011, Zombie will be teaming up with possibly one of the scariest metal bands around, Slayer, to co-headline Hell on Earth tour dates.

Rob Zombie was born Robert Bartleh Cummings on January 12, 1965. He developed an interest in art and drawing in high school but, with his creativity hampered by the sleepy Massachusetts town, left for New York when he was 18. He enrolled in Parsons School of Design and there met Shauna Reynolds, better known as Sean Yseult. Sean was playing keyboards in a band with Ivan de Prume and, when their band broke up, Yseult and Zombie (who was going by Rob "Dirt" Straker) decided to start their own band. Later, in 1987, White Zombie released their first full-length album, Soul-Crusher. Reception of the album was mixed, with members of the punk community (including Kurt Cobain, Thurston Moore, and Iggy Pop) expressing a keen interest in the unique music.

By 1998, White Zombie had three more albums (two of which went platinum), and multiple Grammy nominations, had moved to LA, and developed a huge fan base. Rob Zombie also released his solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, that year. With the sensation of his solo album, White Zombie disbanded and Rob embarked on his solo career. Zombie followed the album's prosperity with the release of The Sinister Urge in 2001 which, despite experimenting with different musical styles, became a huge success and eventually went platinum.

Educated Horses was released in 2006 and more of Zombie's musical experimentation can be found on the album. Rob Zombie backed away from his trademark metal style in favor of a slightly softer glam rock sound on some of the record's tracks. The album's success rivaled that of Hellbilly Deluxe, reaching #5 on the Billboard 200. Rob Zombie's latest album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool, was released in February 2010. While physical CD sales were lower than expected, digital sales did quite well, prompting Zombie to state that this will probably be one of his last actual CDs, although he will continue to release music.

Zombie is currently working on a new film, Lords of Salem, the soundtrack for which will be performed by his band, with plans to release a new album after the movie's release. In the meantime, fans can see Rob on his upcoming tour schedule, which includes 2011 tour dates on the Hell on Earth tour with Slayer and Exodus. The North American tour will only include twelve tour dates, with most of those located in Canada. To see if hell is coming to a town near you, check out the 2011 tour dates posted on Eventful.

KISS: Few bands contributed to the rise of glam metal with such tenacity as KISS. While partially responsible for the style that would come to characterize glam metal, KISS exhibited a hard rock / metal sound that made their offspring appear weak. The group's tour and on-screen personas and costumes became more recognizable than the men underneath, as KISS became the poster children for hard rock in the United States. Minus two founding members, KISS marches on as timeless icons for rock and metal.

KISS was formed by bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley in New York City, circa 1972. After their band broke up, they saw an ad posted by a drummer in need of a band by the name of Peter Criss, eventually hiring Ace Frehly on guitar. Inspired by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, they began slowly creating an image fueled by elaborate costumes and theatrical-style makeup. Kiss was released in 1974 and was followed by a numerous promotional tour dates. However, the album didn't sell well enough to support the many onstage pyrotechnics and gimmicks that KISS used on concert dates. In an effort to capitalize on the popularity of their tour dates, KISS released a live album, titled Alive!, in 1975; the single "Rock and Roll All Nite" finally brought KISS stardom.

KISS experienced similar success with the release of Rock and Roll Over in 1976 and Love Gun in 1977; the latter album was certified platinum on the day of its release. By 1979, Peter Criss had become almost unable to drum on albums or on tour dates due to drug use. He was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig, who was later replaced by Eric Carr. Displeased with the concept album, Music From "The Elder", Ace Frehly left KISS in late 1983. He was replaced by guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who was eventually replaced by Tommy Thayer. With the 80s in full swing, KISS decided to drop their signature makeup and costumes in 1983, right before the release of Lick It Up; the album revitalized KISS' career and brought fans back to tour dates. However, the return of KISS' success wouldn't last long, as Eric Carr died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1991. After a period of mourning, drummer Eric Singer was hired and KISS released Revenge in 1992. Unfortunately for Singer, Peter Criss and Ace Frehly rejoined KISS in 1996 for reunion tour dates; it also included a new album, Psycho Circus, in 1998.

By 2004, Criss and Frehly had permanently left the band and were replaced by Singer and Thayer, with the new members adopting the older members' on-stage personas. KISS continued to play tour dates worldwide up through the release of Sonic Boom in 2009. The album received favorable reviews, setting the stage for KISS' 2012 album, Monster.

In 2013, Simmons and Stanley purchased a share of a team in the Arena Football League, eventually naming the Anaheim, CA based team the Los Angeles Kiss. The very next year, the original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, cementing their place in rock history. Due to the fractured nature of the band, there's no consensus on whether or not KISS will release any new music, but Stanley & Simmons have no plans to stop touring and bringing their pioneering music to new generations.

Megadeth: Less than a minute into United Abominations opening track, "Sleepwalker," Dave Mustaine and Megadeth make their intentions clear: to deliver nothing less than a jarring, shocking and absolutely awe-inspiring rude awakening to the heavy metal community.

A classically tinged intro that instantly recognizable, nerve-rattling, gut-wrenching chug-chug that unmistakable, sneering wail and then BAM: Wake Up, Heavy Metal Masses!

Wake Up, Dead! Megadeth is back to spark your mind and stir your soul with a shot of adrenaline that forces you to react.



Ozzy Osbourne: "Godfather of Heavy Metal," "Prince of Darkness," "Corrupter of Youth," "Ozzy"; whatever you'd like to call him, Ozzy Osbourne has been a driving force in the world of metal for over forty years. His career as a solo artist has gained him almost as much popularity as his pioneering tenure in Black Sabbath. While biting the heads off of a dove and bat hasn't won him any fans at PETA, his antics on tour dates and off have created an image of what a true metal king looks like. Ozzy is currently wrapping up European tour dates on the 2011 Scream World Tour and has hinted at the possibility of a follow-up to his hit 2010 album, Scream.

Ozzy Osbourne met Geezer Butler in the late 60's and the two played in a band called Rare Breed. When the band broke up, Osbourne posted an ad that was seen by Tony Iommi and Bill Ward, who responded only to find that Ozzy was an old schoolmate of Iommi's whom the guitarist disliked. After reluctantly forming a band, Geezer read a book on the occult and saw a vision of a dark and menacing figure at the end of his bed, he was inspired to write the track "Black Sabbath" with Osbourne. The song essentially created a new genre of lyrical music, as it employed tritones to give it an eerie, dark sound similar to horror movie scores.

Black Sabbath released a number of hugely successful, multi-platinum albums including Paranoid, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, and Sabotage. In 1979, amidst conflict within the band, Ozzy Osbourne was fired (under the encouragement of manager Don Arden) for his excessive alcohol and drug use on tour dates. After a month holed up in his hotel room, Arden's eighteen year-old daughter Sharon offered to represent Ozzy as a solo artist. Ozzy Osbourne's first two albums -- Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman -- were both huge commercial and critical successes. The success of the solo project was mired by tragedy when, in the midst of tour dates in 1982, guitarist Randy Rhodes died in a plane crash while performing aerial stunts over the band's tour bus..

Ozzy Osbourne recorded two more hugely successful albums -- Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin -- before discovering what fans call Rhode's greatest replacement, Zakk Wylde. Ozzy's first album with Zakk, No More Tears was a huge success and was followed by the live album, Live and Loud, in 1993. The live album was followed by three more hit solo albums -- Ozzmosis, Down to Earth, and Black Rain -- and Ozzy even reunited with Black Sabbath on tour dates in 1997, before abruptly returning to his solo project.

Ozzy Osbourne's latest album is the 2010 record, Scream, which has received outstanding reviews and success. In honor of that success, Ozzy embarked on many Scream World Tour concert dates, which are finishing this summer. The remaining tour dates in 2011 will include stops in nations like Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, and Denmark. The tour will also include concert dates at the Sweden Rock Festival, the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain, and a show with supergroup Hellyeah in Clisson, France. 2011 tour dates will end on August 11 in Denmark, so fans in these nations should check Eventful for tickets immediately.

KORN: They emerged from the unlikely rock scene of Bakersfield, California and managed to become the forefathers of a new-age of heavy metal rock. Korn has continued to surprise us with their heavy-hitting guitar riffs and lyrics since their debut album in 1994. Now in their twenty-third year as a unstoppable musical force, Korn continues to pioneer the numetal genre with new music and pulse-pounding tour dates.

The band formed in Bakersfield in the early '90s out of the defunct band L.A.P.D. with the addition of Jonathan Davis on lead vocals. Korn released their Ross Robinson produced demo Neidermeyer's Mind in 1993 and were eventually picked up by Epic Records. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1994 which garnered a lot of attention amongst music critics and fans alike. The album was noted for the unique heavy metal sound that was soon dubbed Nu Metal for its inclusion of hip-hop raps, grunge, and metal. Korn dates were scheduled alongside hard rock band Biohazard for a national outing before heading back to the studio to craft the follow-up.

Korn released Life Is Peachy in 1996 and achieved huge success in the rock world. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Grammy nominated single "No Place to Hide". Korn tour dates were scheduled as the co-headlining act on the Lollapalooza Festival in 1997 with Tool. 1998 proved to be the band's hugest year to-date when they released Follow the Leader to massive commercial success. It featured the singles "Got The Life" and "Freak on a Leash", both of which received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for "Freak on a Leash" won the band their first Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Short-Form Music Video and was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The album went on to sell ten million copies worldwide and was certified five times platinum in the United States. In support of the album, the band started their own headlining music festival called The Family Values Tour in 1998 which they have revived several times throughout the past two decades.

The band released their third album Issues in 1999, it immediately debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and outsold new releases from Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. The band went on to release several more albums in the 2000s including Untouchables in 2002, Take a Look in the Mirror in 2003 and a Greatest Hits collection in 2005 before parting ways with Epic Records. Korn signed a lucrative deal with EMI and Virgin Records to distribute their music, license their image, and schedule their tours. Their first Virgin release was See You on the Other Side in 2005 and Korn tour dates were scheduled on the accompanying "See You On The Other Side Tour" throughout the year. The band resurrected the "Family Values Tour" in 2006 and toured internationally with the Deftones and Flyleaf. On the 2007 "Family Values Tour", the band recorded a session of the successful MTV Unplugged series which was the first time a metal band was featured on the acoustic music program. To close out the decade, the band released an untitled album in 2008 and their most recent album Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010.

Korn's 2010 concert schedule included a co-headlining outing with Disturbed on the "Music as a Weapon V Tour", which featured Sevendust as the opening act. This was shortly before the band signed with Roadrunner Records, releasing The Path of Totality as their first album with the label. The album -- which was produced by Skrillex and Datsik, among others -- featured a prominent dubstep sound that was commended as bold and innovative by numerous music critics.

2013's aptly titled album, The Paradigm Shift, not only saw the return of Korn's signature, heavier sound, but also original guitarist Brian "Head Welch". Once again held to the standard of Korn's early work, the album met the expectations of both critics and fans. Longtime listeners of the group rallied around the band's return to its roots, and Brian Welch has said that Korn's next album, The Serenity of Suffering, will be even heavier.

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