PlayStation®2 Brings Rock 'N' Roll Entertainment Across the Country This Summer as Title Sponsor of Ozzfest 2002

Concertgoers Will Have the Opportunity to Play the Newest Software Title Releases for PlayStation 2 as Concert Festival Hits 28 Cities Across the U.S.


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that its PlayStation®2 brand is the title sponsor for Ozzfest 2002. As the title sponsor for one of the most popular summer concert festivals in the United States, the company will offer consumers the opportunity to play the hottest new PlayStation 2 software titles on the PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction at the ultimate destination for heavy metal and rock fans.

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The Ozzfest 2002 tour, produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment, kicks-off on July 6 in Bristow, Virginia and travels to 28 U.S. markets featuring a line-up of heavy metal's top artists, including Ozzy Osbourne, System of A Down, Rob Zombie, POD, Drowning Pool, Adema, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, The Apex Theory, Mushroomhead, Soil and more.

During the tour, PlayStation 2 will sponsor local radio promotions such as ticket and game giveaways to coincide with the concerts for all of the venues. In addition, PlayStation 2 will also offer a free trip for two to the final show of the tour in Dallas, Texas on September 8. This free-trip giveaway will include a two night hotel stay, a PlayStation 2 autographed by Ozzy Osbourne, PlayStation 2 games, reserved tickets to Ozzfest, the opportunity to meet a participating Ozzfest band and member of the Osbourne family. To enter for the free trip giveaway, fans must visit beginning June 2002.

The PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction, a 68-foot custom-designed vehicle, will be on location allowing concert-goers to play newly released games while listening to popular hard-rock live performances including Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, P.O.D., Rob Zombie, Drowning Pool, Adema and more. For smaller venues that cannot accommodate the PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction, a large tent decked out with PlayStation 2 systems will be available, allowing fans to experience the hottest summer games.

"We are thrilled to be the title sponsor for the Ozzfest tour this summer," said Sharon Shapiro, director, promotions, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "We know that the Ozzfest audience includes many videogame fans and showcasing the latest titles available for PlayStation 2 throughout the tour allows us to expose the games to both fans of the platform and to new consumers."

"It's great that PlayStation has returned for another year as an Ozzfest sponsor -- increasing its visibility from last year's main stage sponsor to this year's presenting sponsor," said Joseph Bongiovi, Vice President, Tour Sponsorship, Clear Channel Entertainment. "As the presenting sponsor, PlayStation 2 will be able to leverage its increased visibility to directly connect with its customers through aggressive on site and retail promotional activities that Clear Channel Entertainment will be executing with PlayStation 2. Consumers will be given the opportunity to win amazing prizes including VIP access to Ozzfest. PlayStation 2 is also positioned to contribute to the excitement and energy of the festival-like atmosphere of the Ozzfest tour by having its PlayStation 2 Touring Attraction at various venues."

With the recent success of the newest MTV reality show, The Osbournes and recent Ozzy craze, Ozzfest 2002 is set to be one of the most popular music festivals of the summer. For more information on performers and dates for Ozzfest, fans can visit

   PlayStation 2 Presents Ozzfest 2002 Routing Schedule*:

   Date           Where                         Venue
   July 6         Bristow, Virginia             Nissan Pavilion
   July 7         Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania      Post-Gazette Pavilion
   July 10        Scranton, PA                  Montage Mountain
   July 12        Camden, New Jersey            Tweeter Center
   July 13        Hartford, Connecticut Amphitheater
   July 16,17     Boston, Massachusetts         Tweeter Center
   July 19, 20    Holmdel, New Jersey           PNC Center
   July 24        Raleigh, North Carolina       Alltel Pavilion
   July 25        West Palm Beach, Florida      Mars Music Amphitheater
   July 28        Atlanta, Georgia              Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater
   August 3       Columbus, Ohio                Polaris Amphitheater
   August 4       Cleveland, Ohio               Blossom Music Center
   August 7, 8    Clarkston, Michigan           DTE Energy Center
   August 10      Chicago, Illinois             Tweeter Center
   August 11      East Troy, Wisconsin          Alpine Valley
   August 13      Indianapolis, Indiana         Verizon Amphitheater
   August 15      Cincinnati, Ohio              Riverbend Amphitheater
   August 17      Somerset, Wisconsin           Float-Rite Park
   August 19      St. Louis, Missouri           UMB Bank Pavilion
   August 20      Kansas City, Missouri         Sandstone Amphitheater
   August 22      Denver, Colorado              Pepsi/City Lights
   August 24      Sacramento, California        Autowest Amphitheater
   August 25      Mountain View, California     Shoreline Amphitheater
   August 27      George, Washington            The Gorge
   August 31      Devore, California            Glen Helen Blockbuster
   September 5    Phoenix, Arizona              Cricket Pavilion
   September 7    San Antonio, Texas            Verizon Wireless
   September 8    Dallas, Texas                 Smirnoff Amphitheater

   * All dates subject to change

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