Iron Maiden Egged at Ozzfest Finale, Publicly Jeered by Sharon Osbourne

Published: 2005-08-24
Ah, the Osbournes. It's always something, isn't it? Always happy to bask in the gaze of the public eye. This week's Osbourne news bulletin revolves around Iron Maiden and their bizarre final performance at this year's Ozzfest tour.

As soon as the UK metal giants began their set at the Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino, California, on Saturday, the band was hit by a steady stream of eggs, bottle caps, and ice, which the Orange County Register newspaper reported "came from one specific area of the pit," going on to imply that the attack was initiated by Ozzfest insiders.

Further evidence that the band's set was being deliberately sabotaged included the sound system cutting out during three of their songs, a man with a jacket that read "Don't F*** With Ozzy" waving an American flag during the band's performance of "Trooper," and a voice loudly chanting "Ozzy, Ozzy" over the P.A. as Dickinson attempted to address the crowd.

Once the band had left, Sharon Osbourne took the liberty of insulting Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson from the stage, a diatribe she continued online at the official Ozzfest website.

"From day one," she wrote, "Bruce Dickinson started berating Ozzy and belittling the Ozzfest audience. 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. But how sad it was, after 10 years, that this little man tried to ruin it for everyone. Bruce is in fact a jealous p---k and very envious.

"It also offended me every night how he took out the English flag in America," she continued. "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."

Given Osbourne's accusations, Iron Maiden responded with a remarkably restrained message on their own website.

"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," the message read. "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!"

Iron Maiden manager Ron Smallwood was decidedly less diplomatic in his online rebuttal, writing that "in 30 years in this business and after hundreds of gigs I have never seen anything anywhere near as disgusting and unprofessional as what went on that night. The scale, viciousness and concentration of the throwing made it obvious that this was a premeditated and coordinated 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."

Now, who could have been behind that egging, I wonder?

Writer: Neil McDonald



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It was great to hear "Doctor,Doctor" over the loud speaker,till they started playing "Ozzy,Ozzy"But then, hereís when things went sour.
Iron Maiden kicked things into high gear with an energetic set that featured
songs from their first four albums. As they fired up
ìMurders In The Rue Morgueî, idiots started disrespecting these icons,
by throwing, full cups, empty cups and EGGS! Not a few either.
Where was security? Poor Bruce Dickinson held his ground though and still
hit the notes. He told the crowd that itís bad enough people are
throwing stuff, but instead of their normal 70 minute set, somebody had
cut their set to 55 minutes. He then said that us lucky fans of
California were gonna get the whole 70 minutes tonight here at MaidenFest!
Well the throwing continued and Bruces mic started going out. But that
wasnít the jest of it. During ìThe Trooperî, Bruce was wearing a ëred
coatí and was waving a Union Jack, when a fan jumped on stage. Where
was security? Then coincidentally, the power cut out TWICE, during
two different songs! Still this class act kept their composure and
thrilled the fans with ìRun To The Hillsî and ìNumber Of The Beastî.
Bruce Dickinsonís stage persona is pure raw energy. Running back and
forth from one end of the stage to the other. Steve Harris and the rest
of the boys were dead on perfect, all the while dodging
projectiles. After somebody turned the power off twice during their set,
Maiden surprised us and did cut it short. But to our surprise, they
returned for an encore and the fans loved it. This is when the
unbelievable happened. Somebody finally came out to face the fans and
all this somebody did was bad mouth one of the greatest metal bands of
all-time. To top it off, she said ,î Bruce Dickinsonís a f*cking prickî.
Thatís when we pulled the plug on OzzFest 2005, along with the other classy
Iron Maiden fans; leaving the final band, Black Sabbath, in the dark.

Posted by: Anonymous on August 25, 2005
ok... sharon is a hypocrite about the american flag thing.

for the last 20 years, they have waved the uninon jack during the song "the trooper" (a song about the charge of the light brigade druing the crimean war)

sharon, ironically being british herself, shouldn at first realize that the band has been doing this for years and it hasn't offended anyone before. while she should first get her facts straight, she shouldn't make conjectures like that to try to spoil the bands name and rile up americans patriotism against them. when i was there, nobody really seemed to get offended.
Posted by: Anonymous on August 25, 2005
Nicely written account.

It ought to be clear to all that Sharon is a jealous person who instigated an assualt that cannot be justified.

And for the record, Bruce never berated Ozzy or America. He berated reality shows and the seating arrangements in American venues.
Posted by: Anonymous on August 26, 2005
Maiden have just been fantastic at Ozzfest. I am disgusted to no end at Sharon Osbourne's vindictive and unprofessional tirade. Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath have just been excellent at Ozzfest, but her antics have done so much to hurt the unity of fans of both bands. Sharon O.: Maiden SAVED Ozzfest on many occasions when Ozzy was too ill to perform! You should be GRATEFUL for Maiden's efforts!!
Posted by: Anonymous on August 27, 2005
Iron Maiden is undoubtably the best metal band to ever play with ozzfest.

I have a lot of respect for them as artists and I think sharron ozzbourne is a spoiled brat that always is whining about something!! UP THE IRONS!!
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