Ozzy Osbourne to Close BlizzCon 2009 With a Concert


Blizzard Entertainment on Tuesday announced that Ozzy Osbourne will headline a concert to close the sold-out BlizzCon 2009, taking place August 21-22 in Anaheim, Calif. Those who can't attend will be able to see highlights from the convention, along with Ozzy's concert, via Internet streaming or DirecTV pay-per-view.

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, had this to say about the ex-Black Sabbath lead singer closing the show: "Our goal with BlizzCon is to deliver an unforgettable weekend of entertainment, and we can't think of a better way to close out this year's show than having Ozzy rock the house. Many of us at Blizzard are lifelong fans of Ozzy's music, and we're thrilled that he'll be performing for all of our BlizzCon attendees as well as those joining us via DIRECTV and the live Internet stream."

BlizzCon centers on the publisher's Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft videogame franchises, with the upcoming titles Diablo III and StarCraft II expected to receive much of the attention. Blizzard promises discussion panels, hands-on playtime with in-development releases, tournaments, contests, and other activities for attendees.

The DirecTV pay-per-view event and Internet stream sell for $39.95 and feature at least eight hours of HD coverage from the convention floor. DirecTV subscribers who purchase the pay-per-view will receive the Internet stream for free. Viewers will also receive an exclusive World of Warcraft in-game item, to be announced during BlizzCon.