View Full Version : Giving away too much for free?

04-10-2007, 11:28 AM
When are you giving away too much? I think it's great for fans that Ozzy wants ticket prices to be free but shouldn't the bands make money on the tour? In fact why give it away when tickets last year went for $125?

What's your take on this business model?

Headbanging headliners snub free Ozzfest (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/04/16/8404291/index.htm?postversion=2007041010) - What do Hatebreed, Lamb of God and Lordi have in common? Apart from hair-raising names and a penchant for high-speed death metal, these three guitar-wielding bands are the only headliners so far to have signed on to Ozzfest's new business model: Tickets (which last year tapped out at $125) are free, and bands (whose fees ran to $325,000) play for nothing.

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne grabbed attention in February when they announced this "historic" plan for their 11-year-old heavy metal hootenanny, now dubbed "FreeFest." The Osbournes worried that escalating prices could hurt turnout. "We're giving something back," says Sharon in an e-mail.


04-10-2007, 01:58 PM
I agree, when not do it instead for like $20 or something.