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They know that will come, though.
For now, the band is working with a skeleton 30-minute set that they say they should be able to alter as needed. More difficult than that is the performance aspect: The band wants to put on a good show—but because of its members' involvements in other projects—bass player Casey Orr performs with GWAR, guitarist Mike Sciacca plays with Ministry—it's not like Rigor Mortis plays a thrash metal show every week anymore.
"We'll rehearse for four days straight the week before," Corbitt says. "That's the way we used to practice."
It'll be like getting back on an exercise routine, Harrison explains.
"You don't forget the songs," he says. "But you do forget how much endurance is involved. It hurts to play these songs. It's like going for a five-mile run after not running for a long time. You're gonna be sore."
When he walks, you can tell he knows what he's talking about; after years of performing as a metal drummer, there's a noticeable limp in Harrison's gait. "These songs are just so goddamn fast," he says, shaking his head.
Mentally, though, Corbitt and Harrison are prepared.
"As a band, you're always looking at these lineups and saying, 'Why the hell aren't we on there?'" Corbitt says. "Well, now we are, and we're excited."
Well, as excited as they'll allow themselves to be.
"We're on the third stage," Harrison says. "It's not like we're opening up for Metallica or anything. We're just gonna play."
"But it's Ozzfest," he reminds his band mate. "I've always seen it as a larger thing. I don't know why exactly, except for that it's Ozzfest."
"Yeah," Harrison responds after mulling over Corbitt's sentiment. "It's a pretty big deal. No matter where you're looking from, that lineup is a pretty big deal."
Then he laughs.
"That's just our luck, though," he says. "'Hey, you're on Ozzfest! But just for one day...''
"Yeah," he adds after another pause. "It'd be great if they made it a regular thing."