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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson returned to Radio 2 with a new series tracing the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal. You can listen to Thursday's 1-hour show, with guests Motley Crue, at BBC.co.uk.
Sharon Osbourne spoke exclusively to Kerrang! magazine last week regading IRON MAIDEN's final performance on this year's Ozzfest tour, during which she cut MAIDEN's power and arranged to have the band pelted with eggs and debris from the crowd. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:
Kerrang!: Reading between the lines of [IRON MAIDEN manager] Rod Smallwood's statement, the unspoken suggestion is that you orchestrated this whole thing...
Sharon Osbourne: "Of course I did. I had the PA turned on and off. And look it's not hard for someone to walk into a diehard Ozzfest crowd and say, 'Who wants to throw an egg at a rock star?' Who wouldn't wanna do that? I went out and bought 50 eggs and me and my daughter had a fucking blast. C'mon, it's rock 'n' roll. No-one died. They'll be waiting a long fucking time for an apology from me."
Kerrang!: The most astonishing thing about all this is that the metal world has always had such camaraderie, such a "one for all, all for one" attitude...
Sharon Osbourne: "It has, right? But for some reason Bruce Dickinson [IRON MAIDEN singer] seemed to view it as a battle of the bands. He'd stand up on that stage and say that this wasn't the Ozzfest anymore, it was MAIDEN-fest. How fucking disrespectful is that? He's got such an '80s mentality. He's up there saying, 'Fuck MTV and fuck radio and you wouldn't catch IRON MAIDEN doing a reality show' and it's like, 'Hang on, you're a shareholder in Sanctuary, which is one of the biggest corporations in the music business.' He's never said a word about SABBATH either, only Ozzy, so it's personal. We've had 220 bands play this tour over the last 10 years and I've never felt the need to egg anyone."
Kerrang!: Up to this point you’re being painted as the "Wicked Witch" here, Sharon...
Sharon Osbourne: "I'm as nice as can be to people until they fuck with me and my family. I've always said that. I'm surprised that after everything that's been reported about how protective I am of my husband that anyone would even be shocked by this."
Kerrang!: Saying things like this could make this run and run...
Sharon Osbourne: "Not for me. We have Ozzfest shows to do so I'm not thinking about this anymore. Bruce Dickhead doesn't exist to me anymore."
Sharon Osbourne's entire interview with Kerrang! can be found in the magazine's latest issue, out on the stands tomorrow (August 31).
In a recent interview with British newspaper, the Sun, Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson, explained the Ozzfest incident. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Q: So what happened when you went on stage at Ozzfest?
A: "We were hit by a co-ordinated barrage of bottle tops, lighters and eggs from a certain section at the front! Then the power for the PA and backline was completely pulled three or four times during songs. The band held it all together incredibly though and we just got really pumped up. It ended up being an amazing show. Maiden can pretty much deal with anything. We don’t get fazed too easily."
Q: Who do you think was behind it all?
A: "Everyone knows it's Sharon Osbourne. It's certainly not Ozzy or Sabbath - they have too much class to condone stunts like that. She hates me for making remarks about reality TV. I hate reality TV. People should get off their arses and do stuff and not be so voyeuristic."
Q: Her stunts seemed to backfire as you played a magnificent set and soon after, thousands walked out in disgust?
A: "We left for the airport pretty well straight after we came off but we could tell there were a lot of disgusted fans who had paid good money to see us. The audience was incredibly behind us all the way and they really lifted us. If they hadn't been happy, there may have been a riot as those fans were really disgusted with the cowardly attacks."
Read the full article at KNAC.com.
The 2005 Kerrang! Awards winners have been announced at The Brewery in London on Thursday August 25. Here are the winners, as voted by the readers:
Classic Songwriter Award: Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor
Best British Newcomer: Bullet For My Valentine
Best International Newcomer: Trivium
Best Single: Foo Fighters for "Best of You"
Best Video: My Chemical Romance for "Helena"
Best Album: My Chemical Romance for "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge"
Best Live Band: Green Day
Best British Band: Funeral for a Friend
Best Band On The Planet: Green Day
Lifetime Achievement: Killing Joke
Icon Award: Marilyn Manson
Iron Maiden have been inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame. Also, Kerrang! thought that a few people should be given recognition for other reasons so they awarded Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson, with the Homer Simpson "Conducting Oneself with Quiet Dignity" Award for not using his acceptance speech as a cheap shot against the Osbournes, but merely thanking his band and fans.
For more on the award winners, visit qglastoblog.typepad.com/kerrangawards.
In the ongoing aftermath of the San Bernardino Ozzfest incident, Sharon Osbourne has issued the following "open letter" to IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood:
"I found your statement to be completely void of the facts that led up to Saturday's show. Your press release was written like an old-time '80s manager, trying to use every opportunity to try and sell the record and the upcoming shows instead of just dealing with the truth.
"These are the facts: More...
RockConfidential.com earlier today (August 25) conducted an interview with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde. An excerpt from the chat follows:
RockConfidential.com: Ozzy announced on this tour that he'd be retiring from Ozzfest and only doing select shows in the future. What do you think about that?
Zakk Wylde: "I always told Ozz that the great thing is that he's the namesake of it. If you created the Superbowl and played in the first Superbowl, people are gonna show up to see other Superbowls. Just because the Green Bay Packers were in the first two, what nobody's gonna show up if their not in 'em all? It's still the Superbowl. I told Ozz he should take a year off. That's the beauty of it. Take a year off and let somebody else headline the thing, chill out and relax. If anybody deserves to take a weekend off it's definitely him! They say James Brown is the hardest working man in show business, but Ozzy never stops!"
RockConfidential.com: Is the whole thing with IRON MAIDEN overblown or is it for real? How did all the drama start?
Zakk Wylde: "This is fact and this is reality. It's not the guys in MAIDEN and their crew. They're a beautiful bunch of guys. Bruce Dickinson every night would be saying 'Ozzy sucks,' 'Ozzfest blows,' 'Corporate America sucks,' 'America sucks,' and all this other crap. He was bagging on America and bagging on Ozz. Ozzy's the godfather of my son. It wasn't like Bruce said those things one night. This happened every night on the 'fest. If you got signed by George Steinbrenner to play for the Yankees and every day you say, 'Steinbrenner sucks,' 'Yankee Stadium blows,' 'I can't stand playing for this team — it sucks ass,' then why are you playing for the Yankees? Shut your fuckin' pie hole. All he had to do was go up there, play for an hour, whoop some ass and go home. The only thing Ozzy's ever done was given MAIDEN a stage to come over and play to the biggest audience in the summer. Ozzy would give you the shirt off his back. He'd never do a bad thing to anybody. Sharon didn't like him talking about her husband like that and talking about Ozzfest like that. It's just not kosher. The bottom line is Bruce was being a wad! You act like a cunt, you get treated like a cunt! That's what happened. He's definitely not one of the guys. Everybody in their band and crew are cool. I love MAIDEN but he's talking about the godfather of my son, he's bagging America and all the troops are fighting overseas defending our way of life and freedom and fighting terrorism. This dickwad's taking American money and then he's gonna go home. At the same time he thinks he can badmouth America. It's not cool. He got pelted with a batch of eggs and they turned the power off on him! Go home!"
Read the full article at RockConfidential.com.
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood has issued the following statement concerning the band's treatment at their final Ozzfest appearance in San Bernardino (line breaks inserted for readability):
"Maiden are currently returning from America and preparing for UK festivals this weekend and don't wish to waste time giving Sharon Osbourne's statement the dignity of a reply. Considering the disgraceful nature of the events that occurred they feel it's a pretty dismal effort at self justification and they don't think Metal fans are at all gullible and that they will easily see through it. They want no more to do with this sorry incident and are very much looking forward to headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend.
"I would however like to add my own comment on this. In 30 years in this business and after attending hundreds of gigs I have never seen anything anywhere near as disgusting and unprofessional as what went on that night. I was standing on our sound desk out front as usual but ran to the stage as soon as the hail of missiles began and from then on watched from the front of the stage right next to Bruce's walkway. The scale, viciousness and concentration of the throwing made it obvious that this was a premeditated and co-ordinated attack. Assaulting musicians while performing by throwing bottle tops, lighters and eggs at them from just a few yards away is vile, dangerous, criminal and cowardly. It is incredible that Ozzfest security apparently did nothing about it - aren't they there to protect the bands too? Especially when the band is concentrating on a performance in front of 45,000 people and the missiles are coming out of the glare of the spotlights. And to spit at a band on stage is unforgivable. Iron Maiden, like all the bands on Ozzfest, had to sign quite onerous legal documents part of which was promising not to throw anything into the audience, even wristbands!!! Ironic isn't it[?] More...
According to MSNBC.com, some Iron Maiden fans have declared a heavy metal war on Sharon Osbourne. More than a thousand angry fans have signed a petition they plan to send to Ozzy’s wife, with some signers wishing the former reality-show star bodily harm.
The unpleasantness began at an Ozzfest concert in Devore, California over the weekend. When Iron Maiden took the stage, Black Sabbath fans apparently began chanting for Ozzy to appear, with some hurling eggs, bottles and various other items on stage.
Iron Maiden’s lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, told the crowd to break the arms of the hurlers, according to various fans’ reports, and made a snide comment about heavy-metal singers who appear in reality shows. “Technical difficulties” then erupted in Iron Maiden’s show — with lighting and sound going on the fritz; fans of the band blamed the problem on the organizers of Ozzfest. Some also claim that that Kelly Osbourne was one of the eggers, which the Osbourne camp denies.
Sharon Osbourne took the stage afterwards and had kind words for most members of Iron Maiden but reportedly called Dickinson an obscenity and said that he had been disrespectful of Ozzfest since the beginning of the tour.
That has brought out the wrath of Iron Maiden fans. “Sharon and Kelly’s actions towards Bruce and Iron Maiden are despicable at best,” wrote petitioner Michael Swint, one of the calmer of the signers. “It clearly shows how low they are willing to go to upstage an incredible act that were asked by the Osbournes to co-headline and [yet] Maiden are treated with disrespect.”
According to ZakkWylde.com, Black Label Society mainman and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has issued the following statement regarding the ongoing war of words between Iron Maiden and Sharon Osbourne:
"Although I'm a huge fan of the Iron Maiden band and their music, I have a problem with Bruce Dickinson talking shit about America and more personally, about the Godfather of my first born son."
One separate account of the incident that happened Sunday at Iron Maiden's final Ozzfest show had Bury Your Dead members helping to instigate "attacks" towards Iron Maiden. The group has now issued a statement denying the story:
"Despite rumors flying, Bury Your Dead was not involved with the unfortunate events that took place during Iron Maiden's set at Ozzfest this past Saturday at the Glen Helen Hyundai Pavillion. Guitarist Rich Casey said 'we have the utmost respect for Iron Maiden and Ozzfest and Bury Your Dead did not partake in Saturday's ill-fated events.'"
Iron Maiden has posted this message on the website:
Iron Maiden stormed into the UK singles chart yesterday at no. 5 with "The Trooper" - their 16th Top Ten Single - taken from their forthcoming double live album "Death On The Road."
"Iron Maiden have had more hits than any other heavy metal band in chart history, with 16 of their singles making the Top 10, 33 reaching the Top 40, and 35 entering the Top 75 since their 1980 debut Running Free" (Music Week).
Over the weekend the band were inaugurated into America's Rock Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard - an honour already bestowed on such musical luminaries as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, AC/DC, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and James Brown. With Sunset Blvd partialy closed and many media and fans in attendance, US Radio luminary Jim Ladd introduced the band and a presentation was made of a charity cheque from Rockwalk on behalf of Iron Maiden to Opus Foundation. The band then made the traditional handprints in the soft concrete (photo) and manager Rod Smallwood inserted Eddie's claw before being 'concreted' by the band.
Maiden want to thank all the fans who made the effort to be there - especially you guys who drove 5 hours each way from Phoenix!! We are sorry we couldnt get to do autographs for you all due to time and space and security restrictions.
IRON MAIDEN have posted the following message on their official web site:
"IRON MAIDEN wish to thank all the 45,000 metal fans at Ozzfest in San Bernardino on Saturday night for sticking with us and giving us such a great response at the end of a difficult set. It was obvious to all there that we had a 'series of unfortunate events' throughout! These made it difficult for us to keep our momentum but your incredible support certainly helped us get through it. We guess it all adds up to a pretty memorable gig though!!!
"This is, however, a metal festival. It is supposed to be fun for all. You fans pay very good money to be there and deserve to get a full and unhindered performance from all the bands. This was not the case last night.
"So with this rather bizarre end to a good tour we are returning to the U.K. today for the Leeds and Reading festivals and once again thanks to all of you who came out to see us these last few weeks."
Sharon Osbourne has issued the following statement via the official Ozzfest web site, Ozzfest.com:
"IRON MAIDEN were chosen for the Ozzfest tour because the Ozzfest committee felt they were a good band, plus the fact that they had not done shows in the U.S. for some time. From day one, Bruce Dickinson started berating Ozzy and belittling the Ozzfest audience. He stated he 'didn’t need a reality show to give him credibility'; 'We're not just some f*cking reunion band'; and continuously complained about the sound system, saying that when he comes back to America he'll have a better one. I understand he hasn't toured in the U.S.in these size venues in a while and no longer understands the political structure of things. Out of 200-plus bands over the last 10 years, he has been the only person who hasn't had the Ozzfest spirit. He thought he was at a battle of the bands, always making other comments about the other artists.
"Might I say, the rest of the band are gentlemen and have a great professional attitude. The crew are absolutely great. But how sad it was, after 10 years, that this little man tried to ruin it for everyone. The bands of Ozzfest don't even look at Ozzfest as touring, but as its heavy metal summer camp. Bruce is in fact a jealous prick and very envious. None of his tirades were directed at SABBATH, only Ozzy. Steve Harris [IRON MAIDEN's bassist] personally came to Ozzy in San Bernardino and apologized for Bruce's behavior this summer, stating that he and the rest of the band were 'embarrassed' by their own singer. It also offended me every night how he took out the English flag in America. There are American boys going to war alongside the English boys every day. How dare he forget the American troops on their home turf? He has had no respect for the American audience he has been playing for, stating in an interview, 'When you do the 'hits' tour here [in the U.S.], the audience is smug, and there's a sense of self-satisfaction, like, 'We got what we wanted…I'm looking at an audience that is self-satisfied and happy and fat, and getting what it wants and isn't prepared to get off its ass..'
"Before there was SAMSON, there was SABBATH!
"Ozzfest 2005 continues on with our summer of fun with the addition of VELVET REVOLVER. This is where the fun begins….."
I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.
While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...
I received an interesting email from a reader (Jonny) who attended the San Bernardino Ozzfest:
"I went to OZZFEST 2005 san bernardino last night and things got pretty crazy. Sharon osbourne had people throwing eggs at bruce dickenson and messing with Iron Maiden's equipment during Maiden's set. Bruce said "I'm going to rip your fucking eyes out if I see who's doing that" "This is fuckin' Maiden Fest" Almost every song was plagued by her mischeif, such as Bruce's vocals being cut off and being replaced by an annoying OZZY OZZY OZZY chant. Bruce was livid. He said america stands for "we the people" and the people were the only reason he didn't leave.
There were other subtle signs of the "shit hitting the fan"
Sharon then cut them short and you could hear the sounds of a fight backstage. Sharon then goes on the Big Screen and calls Bruce a "Prick". Next ozzy comes on and gives the worst perfomance ever. Please find some more people who were there to corroborate my account."
This seems to be well corroborated by a lengthy post and more emails Blabbermouth.net received as well as the fact that two photos of IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson have apparently been removed from the official Ozzfest web site, Ozzfest.com — presumably because the Ozzfest organizers believe that Dickinson has "disrespected" the festival (based on comments made by Sharon Osbourne during last night's Ozzfest in San Bernardino, California). View the IRON MAIDEN photo page (containing pictures taken earlier in the tour) at Ozzfest.com. The photos that are believed to have been removed from the page can be seen on the Ozzfest.com server, but are no longer part of the former page: Photo#1, Photo#2 More...
After a long 3-hour drive, mostly due to traffic, I arrived with my girl friend and good friend at PNC Arts Center. Tailgating with some people from Metal Faction Radio in the main parking lot we clearly heard the second stage acts performances.
Ozzfest organizers have been forced to cancel the Tuesday, August 16 show in Salt Lake City due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts. The show will not be rescheduled and refunds are available at point of purchase.
Legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden will be inducted into Guitar Center's Hollywood Rockwalk on Sunset Blvd. on August 19th at 7:30 p.m. Renowned for such groundbreaking albums in the 80's as the multi platinum "The Number of the Beast", "Piece of Mind" and "Powerslave", and more recently "Brave New World" and "Dance of Death", Iron Maiden were and remain one of the most influential and foremost bands of the heavy metal genre having sold over 65 Million albums Wordwide to date, despite the fact that they are rarely heard on the radio.
It has always been on stage with their fans in front of them that Maiden, with outstanding musicianship and remarkable stage productions, have been most at home. Even after 12 remarkably successful World Tours over the last 25 years, the band's popularity still continues to grow. During this Summer's European Tour they performed to half a million people over 20 shows, topping the bill at a series of Europe's biggest Rock Festivals as well as their own headline Stadium shows including Gothenburg, Sweden, where all 55,000 tickets sold out in the space of two hours of going on sale some 8 months before the show day. This concert was also broadcast live on Prime Time TV across Scandanavia, the first live broadcast for any band there since Live Aid in 1985.
In the last few weeks, Maiden have been storming the USA appearing on this year's Ozzfest, receiving glowing reviews from all parts of the USA - "Iron Maiden is the stand out band of this tour" states the Hollywood Reporter, Chicago tribune says "Dickinson's soaring battle cries held the crowd spellbound" while in the Virginia Star, "Iron Maiden deserves every accolade thrown it's way".
Once the band finish in the USA in Los Angeles on Aug 20 they will conclude the summer tour with headline appearances at the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK, performing to a sold out audiences of 120,000 over the two shows.
To close off this year the band will release "Death On The Road", a double live Album on August 30th in the USA through Sanctuary Records and also a spectacular Triple DVD of the same show shortly afterwards, filmed on their last album tour in 2003. Early in 2006 the band will start working on a new studio album which will see them back on the road later that year.
Hollywood's RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. Their handprints and signatures will reside alongside other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, B. B. King, Van Halen, James Brown, George Martin, Steve Miller, Sonic Youth, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Carl Perkins, John Lee Hooker, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt and Holland-Dozier-Holland among others.
The OZZFEST 2005 date set for Sunday, August 14 in Marysville, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheater has been moved to Monday, August 15. It's stated that due to Doctors orders that OZZY OSBOURNE can't do shows back to back (day after day) due to his health. It is expected that IRON MAIDEN will handle all headlining duties if BLACK SABBATH doesn't perform, and as usual, tickets are available for a full refund at point of purchase, or at the venue.
I attended Ozzfest 2005 this year on one of the most disgustingly hot and humid days of the year. It was July 19th, at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. The day was amazing and full of great bands and other then the ferocious heat it was a great day. More...