This article is from the The Osbourne FAQ, by Mike L. with numerous contributions by others.
With Ozzy still on the road on the Sabbath tour, Sharon Osbourne
Management and SFX Entertainment. announced that Ozzfest would be
renewed for 5 more years. When Ozzy is finished touring, he agrees to
record "Shock the Monkey" with Coal Chamber. This would be put off for
a while due to Ozzy falling ill. It would eventually be released on
Reunions and re-releasing the same old music over and over, there was
still one nagging question. When would Ozzy release his next album?
After all it had been 4 years. Ozzy announces when the 1999 Ozzfest is
finished, he will head back into the studio to work on a new album for
the year 2000.
Ozzy and Black Sabbath marked the end of their first tour with the
original members at the same venue where theyt started their reunion
in December 1997. December 21 and 22 are the dates.
Ozzfest 1999 grossed 19 million (that's $19,000,000) in 1999. More
sales of bottled water possibly? :)