If you can't wait until March for Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming live album, you can catch some live Ozzy in director Penelope Spheeris' documentary film We Sold Our Souls For Rock & Roll
. The hour-long film will debut at the Sundance Festival on January 18th-28th in Park City, Utah.
In the spirit of Spheeris' The Decline of Western Civilization
, We Sold Our Souls
chronicles Ozzfest 1999 including performances from Ozzy and his metal brethern, as well as backstage footage and interviews. The idea behind the film, according to Osbourne, was to give viewers -- himself included -- a sense of what it's like to experience the metal festival firsthand.
"We've all seen Woodstock
, and know what that's all about: the band's on the stage in front of a load of kids and the kids are getting fucked up and stoned and sliding down hills into mud baths, stuff like that," Osbourne said. "But I don't know what it's like to be at Ozzfest, because I'm always on stage looking out. So I wanted to do a documentary with the camera being a roving eye in the crowd, and it turned out pretty cool."
Although Osbourne admitted he really has no clue what the Sundance Film Festival is all about ("I don't know anything about the film industry,"), he said that the early response to the film has been positive. "I see this thing and I think, it's a bit long or it's a bit short, but I play it to people and they say, 'Fuckin' 'ell, man, this is incredible!' But I don't know, because this is my life -- I see it on a daily basis."
We Sold Our Souls
will be part of Sundance's tradition of late night screenings, with a midnight viewing on January 20th. For more information on the festival, go to www.sundance.org
Written by JAAN UHELSZKI
for RollingStone.com News