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Iron Maiden's Official Response on Ozzfest

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...

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Iron Maiden Fans Declare War On Sharon Osbourne

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.”

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Zakk Wylde Discusses Problems with Bruce Dickinson

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."

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Bury Your Dead Deny Maiden Prank Involvement

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.'"

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Iron Maiden Single Enters UK Charts At No. 5

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.

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Iron Maiden Post Message About San Bernardino

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."

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Sharon Osbourne: Dickinson Tried To Ruin Ozzfest

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….."

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Ozzfest Report from July 24 in Bristow, VA

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...

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Bruce Dickinson Gets Egged At Ozzfest

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...

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Report: Ozzfest at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ

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.
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Ozzfest Organizers Cancel Salt Lake City Show

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.

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Maiden to Be Inducted Into Hollywood's RockWalk

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.

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Marysville, CA Ozzfest Pushed Back A Day

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.

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Ozzfest Show Report From July 19th Camden, NJ

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...

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Motorhead's Lemmy To Receive 'Living Legend' Award

Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.

To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.

Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.

In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot: More...

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Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" Live Video Posted

A live video of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" has been posted online.

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This video will be available in it's full glory on the forthcoming "The Trooper" single. More details on the single: More...

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Iron Maiden Headlines Show While Ozzy is Sick

IRON MAIDEN took over as the mainstage headliners at the Ozzfest bill for Wednesday night's (July 27) show in Holmdel, New Jersey after Ozzy Osbourne was apparently taken ill, forcing BLACK SABBATH to drop off the show. On Sunday, july 24's show, Ozzy commented that he was told to rest that night due to a chest cold. MAIDEN's extended setlist for last night's performance was a follows:

01. Ides of March
02. Murders in the Rue Morgue
03. Another Life
04. The Trooper
05. Prowler
06. Revelations
07. Wrathchild
08. Run to the Hills
09. Phantom of the Opera
10. Number of the Beast
11. Hallowed be thy Name
12. Iron Maiden
Encore:
13. Running Free
14. Sanctuary

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Bruce Dickinson Smashed Up After Stage Fall

Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson was so banged up when he recorded his last solo album, "Tyranny of Souls," he had to bring a bed into the studio so he could lie down every 10 minutes.

The "Run to the Hills" singer fell off a stage platform and into the band's drum kit during Iron Maiden's last US tour and shattered his chest.

Then, after taping himself up and continuing with tour dates in Japan, Dickinson injured his back while trying to overcompensate for his injuries.

He says, "When I recorded the vocals, I had to set up a bed by the microphone so I could lie down every 10 minutes."

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Maiden Causes Scandinavian Chart Phenomenon

Iron Maiden played an enormous show in Gothenburg on Saturday 9th July at the Ullevi Stadium to 57,000 fans, breaking box-office records. It was broadcast live on national terrestrial television across the whole of Scandinavia - the first time this has happened since Live Aid in 1985. As a result, the Swedish charts which have just been published for this week, show the most remarkable chart placings ever seen for one band.

Sweden divides its albums into 2 charts - brand new full price albums and catalogue mid-price albums. Iron Maiden now hold 9 of the Top 10 albums in the Swedish catalogue albums chart - a feat unequalled in chart history. The official chart looks like this...

1 Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast
2 Iron Maiden - Edward The Great (Best Of)
3 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
4 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
5 Iron Maiden - Killers
6 Iron Maiden - Powerslave
7 Iron Maiden - Live After Death
8 Lars Winnerbäck Och Hovet - Söndermarken
9 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
10 Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark

Iron Maiden are currently in the US as special guests of Black Sabbath on the OzzFest tour. In addition to their Reading & Leeds shows they play an 'intimate' gig at Hammersmith Apollo on Sept 2nd to raise money for Clive Burr, their ex-drummer, who suffers from MS.

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Ozzfest 2005 Set Lists Available

We have compiled the most up-to-date listing of set-lists from this years OZZFEST 2005 including BLACK SABBATH's, who are reportedly performing the following tunes as part of a 90-minute allotment. All set-lists are from the July 15 show at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA.

Full sets are as follows: More...

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