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Ozzy Takes Three-Week Leave From Ozzfest

Following Ozzfest's July 28 show in Atlanta, headliner Ozzy Osbourne will take a three-week break from the tour to be with his wife/manager Sharon, while she undergoes her first course of chemotherapy treatments for cancer, reports his Web site. System Of A Down will move into the headlining slot on the main stage, during Osbourne's time away from the tour, August 3-20. He is expected to return for Ozzfest's August 22 show in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

"This has been one of the hardest decisions I've had to make and I'm hoping that my fans will understand," said Ozzy. "Ozzfest must continue with or without me since it's Sharon's baby. I want to thank all the bands on Ozzfest and my crew for all their love and support, especially System Of A Down."

On the dates that Ozzy is not performing, Sharon has arranged for all fans attending Ozzfest 2002 to receive a free special treat from the food concessions at each show.