Sharon Osbourne Opens Up About Having Iron Maiden Egged At 2005 Ozzfest

They say time heals all wounds, but time doesn’t seem to have mellowed Sharon Osbournes view of Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson.

The split between the Maiden lead singer and the famous music manager occurred in 2005 when Dickinson’s vocal unhappiness during Ozfest touring resulted in the band being egged on by the audience when their power was interrupted during a show on the run, with Sharon allegedly instigating the act against Dickinson. Now, some 17 years later, the subject of Dickinson came up during one Ozzy Osbourne feature story with Followwith Sharon once again not holding back about her feelings for the Maiden frontman.

Osbourne had initially distanced herself from what she viewed as disrespect towards Ozzy that Dickinson levied during the festival, stating at the time: “From day one, Bruce Dickinson started berating Ozzy and belittling the Ozzfest crowd. He stated that he ‘didn’t needed a reality show to give him credibility;’ ‘We’re not just a goddamn reunion band;’ and constantly complained about the sound system and said that when he comes back to America he will get a better one.”

She later added: “I can say the rest of the band are gentlemen and have a great professional attitude. The team [is] absolutely fantastic. But how sad it was, after 10 years [of Ozzfest]that this little man tried to ruin it for everyone.”

Bruce Dickinson gets egged at Ozzfest 2005

In the new Consequence interview, Ozzy was not directly asked about the incident, but rather whether he felt he had been underrated compared to metal singers like Dickinson, Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio of the same era. Ozzy offered a diplomatic response, saying: “Bruce Dickinson is a great singer, but as a person I’ve worked with him and he’s not very nice. Ronnie James Dio is no longer alive. He was a great singer. I knew him not really that good. I’m not one of those guys who says a lot of things about people. The truth is the truth. I met Ronnie James Dio a couple of times. He took my [Black Sabbath] concert. But at the same time, I can’t complain because I did great on my own.

“I’m not singing for a judge. I’m singing for my fans,” Osbourne continued. “If my fans don’t buy my music, that would tell me my singing isn’t good anymore, but they still buy my records. I’m my own worst critic. I don’t rate myself any more than Ronnie James Dio or Bruce Dickinson. It’s not my gig. I don’t care. I’m having fun doing what I’m doing. My goal is to turn my fucking audience on. And that’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t care if anybody thinks, ​​I’m a fucking joke. That’s fine. That’s their opinion.”

However, when Osbourne referred to Dickinson as being “not very nice”, the subject was then brought up with Sharon Osbourne for the same wide-ranging feature. Now 17 years removed from that Ozzfest incident, she stated: “Bruce Dickinson is a fucking dick. Well, no, he’s not a dick because a dick is nice. He’s a fucking asshole. Because the situation is that he was on a tour called Ozzfest. And Ozzy Osbourne paid him every night to perform. He accepted the gig. He knew what he was doing. He accepted the gig. And every night he went on stage and said bad things about Ozzy. And the crew and everybody in all the other bands would be like, ‘Are you letting him get away with it?’ And I say, ‘I certainly am.’ But the last concert was [just outside of] LA And I was like, ‘Shit, you’re getting it’.”

She continues, “So I had about 20 people in the audience and a lot of them were nurses from Cedars Sinai because I had cancer at the time. And they were all my chemo nurses. And they all came down and they kicked the crap out of him . And my thing is, you play, you pay!”

“The thing is, if you get paid to do a gig but you don’t like the person, go away. But don’t stay, take the money, take all the good that comes to your band from being at a festival, do 24 shows and still gossip about the person who pays you,” she adds. “It’s like, ‘No, you’re a fucking asshole.’ And he is. And he never apologized, he never went up and said hello to Ozzy. The thing about him is that he’s just so jealous. And has always been by Ozzy. And that’s his problem.”

Delving further into the Dickinson-Ozzy dynamic, she continued: “The thing is about Bruce Dickinson, he’s hugely successful. He’s got a big fan base, a big fan base that’s been loyal. The band are good guys. All the bands are great. And they’re doing great. You know they’re a great band, you can’t take that away and I wouldn’t take that away from them either. But the thing about Bruce is that he’s unknown to the public. Bruce Dickinson could go in where anyway, and nobody would know who the hell he is. You know what I’m saying? He’s a faceless singer for the general public. People don’t fight to get him an interview. And the thing is, he’s not interesting. But the thing is, Ozzy is original and Bruce isn’t, and that’s what’s eating away at Bruce.”

Even though it’s been years since the incident, Dickinson doesn’t seem to be too big of a fan of Sharon Osbourne either. Back in March this year, Dickinson took a shot at the longtime music executive when asked at one of his spoken word shows if Black Sabbath could exist without a drummer Bill Ward.

While he initially said he was a “massive lover” of Ward’s drumming style, he ended his thoughts on the question by saying, does Black Sabbath exist without Bill Ward? Well, it’s not a question of… I don’t think Black Sabbath exists now at all. I think Sharon took care of that,” referring to Ward’s absence from Sabbath’s farewell tour due to a contractual dispute.

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