June 16, 2002 in Moscow at the airport in Tushino was supposed to be a concert of the “great and terrible” Ozzy Osbourne. This was to be a big event for fans of rock music. The Russian public has been waiting for the legend for a long time – the first and last live show of Ozzy Osbourne was 13 years ago in the USSR at the Festival of Peace in Luzhniki (1989). The long-awaited event was organized by the JSA Promoter team.

This coming of Ozzy Osbourne was planned as part of the 2002 Tour in support of the his new album – Down To Earth. The concert of the heavy metal king was to be held at the airfield Tushino (planned capacity from 25,000). The contract with the agent of the musician was concluded in March. The cost of tickets was affordable – 500 rubles (about 15 euros) and it should be sold quickly. But JSA Promoter team was faced with the problem of permission from the Moscow authorities and police to hold a concert. The Agency T.C.I, which was supposed to hold a Rammstein concert in the same place, also faced the same problem.

Staging and technical production of the open area for both events were to be done by JSA Stage Company. Before it for a long time, Alexander Strizhak was negotiating with the new director of the aerodrome on the creation on a part of the airfield special area for big open-air concerts and festivals. JSA Stage Company has prepared the opportunities to do of temporary infrastructure for the summer period for this case.

Therefore, Ed Ratnikov (T.C.I) and Alexander Strizhak (JSA) joined forces to solve this problem. Each acted in a direction accessible to him. Ed Ratnikov connected Boris Nemtsov to this issue, and that was from the political side. Alexander Strizhak acted through the Department of Culture and the Moscow City Hall. Having a good reputation as a projects manager with a mass audience, he believed that he could get a positive result – Ozzy’s concert will take place in “any weather”!

The essence of the problem was that the Militsiya (russian police) were “afraid” of holding mass concerts during the days of the International Sports Youth Games in Moscow. But it was most likely someone’s not fair play – bureaucratic trick.

Boris Nemtsov, as it were, managed to find a positive solution for this case, but the “city” held pause for a long time with an official answer. This situation was very difficult for promoters and unlawful on the part of the city authorities.

Will Ozzy and Rammstein perform in Moscow?
Interview of Alexander Strizhak as the project promoter for the newspaper Gazeta.ru

Uncertainty badly affected the sale of tickets for both concerts. At the beginning of June Ed Ratnikov and Alexander Strizhak held a large press conference for the media on this topic, making it public.

But the unexpected news from London put everything in place: Ozzy Osbourne’s concerts in Russia will can not take place (the second concert was supposed to be in St. Petersburg). The reason for the cancellation of performances was not the strange opposition of the Moscow authorities, but a sudden illness and hospitalization of the lead guitarist of the group Zakk Wylde. On the eve of Ozzy performed at a jubilee concert in part of the Queen of England, and the same evening, Zakk Wylde was transported to America. Because of this incident, almost all the concerts of the Ozzy Osbourne European tour were canceled.

JSA announced about this incident to audience and cancellation of the concert for the valid reason. In this way the struggle to resolve the concert has lost its relevance. Official information on the return procedure for the concert of Ozzy Osbourne tickets. Taking advantage of this fact, the Militsiya Main Department of Moscow eventually banned the agency T.C.I to hold the Rammstein concert on airfield. Rammstein? Nicht!

Music News Agency InterMedia:
– Ozzy Osbourne will land in Tushino
– Ozzy Osbourne will not perform in Russia

Musical News Internet Portal ZVUKI.RU:
– Ozzy OSBOURNE … And Moscow will shudder
– Ozzy Osbourne’s concerts in Russia will not take place due to the illness of musician Zakk Wylde.

News Internet Portal – NEWSru.COM:
– Ozzy Osbourne’s concerts in Russia and Europe are canceled
– Ozzy Osbourne concert ticket return begins

GAZETA.RU (Newspaper.RU): Rammstein did not pass Moscow censorship.

Network Publication KM.RU.: Ozzy does not threaten to Moscow , and Rammstein to Kyiv

JSA Promoter team settled relations with the agent of the Artist for this case and made a refund for the tickets purchased. Unfortunately, this Ozzy Osbourne show did not take place due to force majeure circumstances. Ozzy Osbourne did not get to Moscow.


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