Sharon Osbourne is the queen of music festivals—her recent merging of head banging rock extravaganzas Ozzfest and Knotfest—is proof of that. But with Ozzfest likely headed for its last hurrah for its 20th anniversary later this year, Sharon is hoping to see a past festival get a revival. In an interview with Billboard, Sharon said Lilith Fair needs to be revived – and she knows just the person to do it.
“I would like to see somebody like Beyonce do something like they used to do at Lilith Fair, all women,” Sharon said. “I think that needs to be done again…. There are so many great female artists and singer-songwriters coming up. I think it’s wonderful.”
Interestingly, in the same Billboard chat, Sharon said that while she and her estranged husband Ozzy Osbourne love singer Bruno Mars, there is no up and coming heavy metal band she has any interest in working with.
“There really isn’t,” Osbourne said. “There’s nothing that’s come out maybe in the last eight years that’s really excited me, in this genre.”
But the idea of a revamped Lilith tour does seem to excite Osbourne more than five years after the festival’s founder, Sarah MacLachlan, scrapped the all-girl concert tour for good. According to Rolling Stone, Sarah MacLachlan has said she has no plans to revive Lilith Fair after the last incarnation of the female-fronted fest flopped in 2010.
First launched in 1997, the Lilith Fair tour was dreamed up by MacLachlan after she became frustrated by radio stations that wouldn’t play two songs by female artists in a row. The first three Lilith Fair tours were a huge success, featuring everyone from Lisa Loeb to Lauryn Hill to Emmylou Harris, but the 2010 revival was poorly conceived and didn’t properly reflect how much women—and the world— had changed in the 12 years since the festival was first conceived.
Sharon Osbourne’s idea to have a Beyonce-fronted revival comes more than a decade after the “Single Ladies” singer came up with an idea to host an urban version of Lilith fair with pals Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott. The Verizon Ladies First Tour ran for 22 dates in 2004. At the time, Beyonce told Variety she contacted Keys and Elliott to join her on the tour.
“It’s all about the ladies,” Beyonce said. “We’re fans of each other.”
— Essence Magazine (@essencemag) May 13, 2016
It’s interesting that Sharon Osbourne would nominate Beyonce as the person to resurrect Lilith Fair. While Bey is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars on the planet, Sharon seems to have a special affinity for her, regardless. In fact, earlier this week, Sharon even channeled the singing superstar when she appeared on her CBS chat fest, The Talk. Sharon Osbourne walked onto the set of the daytime talk show while sipping on a tall glass of lemonade. Sharon, who was addressing her headline-making split from husband Ozzy Osbourne at the time, was clearly referencing Beyonce’s recent Lemonade visual album, which is reportedly about her husband Jay-Z’s alleged infidelities.
While she is best known for managing male hard rock acts, Sharon Osbourne has a soft spot for female artists—her oldest daughter, Aimee, recently launched a music career, after all. And after what she has been through with her husband of 33 years, Ozzy, who allegedly had a longtime affair with a celebrity hairstylist, it’s no wonder she’s ready for a little girl power in her life.
As we wait to see of Sharon Osbourne’s musical dream comes true, take a look at the video below to see more from the 1997 Lilith Fair.
[Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Family Equality Council]