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SHARON OSBOURNE Issues 'Open Letter' To IRON MAIDEN's Manager - Aug. 25, 2005

Sharon Osbourne has issued the following "open letter" to IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood:

"Rod,

"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:

"You claim to have been in the business for 30 years and have been to hundreds of gigs, but can you tell me how many times you have heard of an opening band talking sh*t about the headliner during their set and getting away with it? Not only is Ozzy the headliner, but he is also the man who is paying your band $185,000 a night. We gave IRON MAIDEN a chance to play to the biggest audiences they have ever played to in the U.S.A. We accommodated them with their stage set and at the band's request we even scoured the audience for people wearing IRON MAIDEN t-shirts and brought them down front during their set to make them feel more comfortable. Tell me, what other headliner would do that? Unfortunately those gestures were completely lost on Bruce Dickinson who for over 20 shows continually berated Ozzy and Ozzfest during his set.

"Over the last 10 years of Ozzfest, we have worked with over 200 bands. None of them were ever disrespectful to Ozzy or any of the other bands on the tour. But for 20 shows we were forced to hear Dickinson's nightly outbursts from the stage: 'When we come back to America, we'll be back with a proper sound system,' or "We won't be playing the same old songs every night (like SABBATH),' 'We don't need a teleprompter (like Ozzy)' and 'We don't need a reality show to be legit (again, like Ozzy).' Night after night we heard his complaints from the stage about how 'corporate' the venues were and how 'outrageous' the ticket prices were. Strangely enough, if you want to get a general admission ticket to stand in a field to see IRON MAIDEN at Reading this weekend it's going to cost you over $120. I would say that's very pricey, wouldn't you?

"When an artist comes on stage and says he's not playing the 55 minutes that he was allotted and that he is going to play for as long as he wants (cutting into SABBATH's set), I'm not going to let that happen. Dickinson was under the delusion that the 46,000 people in San Bernardino had come only to see IRON MAIDEN. He even proclaimed 'This is not the Ozzfest, This is Maidenfest.' I guess no one told him that we have an audience of 45,000 to 53,000 people every year in San Bernardino.

"Here's another fact for you. Bruce Dickinson's own band was embarrassed by him. IRON MAIDEN leader, Steve Harris, even came to Ozzy's dressing room to apologize to Ozzy for Bruce's behavior before MAIDEN took the stage in San Bernardino.

"It's shameful that Dickinson felt he had the right to air his issues publicly onstage every night as a way to boost his own ego. Dickinson never once came up to Ozzy and me to voice any concerns. He certainly had the opportunity to do so every night. If he wasn't able to show us that courtesy then why should I give him the respect to air my grievances with him in private? Ozzy's only interaction with Dickinson was on the first night of the tour. Ozzy, being the true gentleman that he is, passed Bruce in the hall and said 'Good luck and have a great show.' Unfortunately Dickinson felt the need to turn his back to Ozzy and walked away. Frankly, Dickinson got what he deserved. We had to listen to his bullsh*t for five straight weeks. He only had to suffer a couple of eggs on the head.

"On closing, yes, I did cut IRON MAIDEN's sound. This is the way I look at it: Ozzfest is our tour. We built it into something that's lasted 10 years now. We've been responsible for breaking many new bands and resurrecting the careers of former superstars. Part of our success stems from the fact that when a band is on Ozzfest we treat them with nothing but kindness and respect just as if we had invited them into our home. You can ask all of the bands who have been on the tour. They all describe it as the 'ultimate summer camp.' It's like one big family. Unfortunately Dickinson doesn't have the manners to realize that when you are invited into someone's home, are seated at their dinner table, are eating their food and drinking their wine, you shouldn't talk disrespectfully about them (Ozzy, BLACK SABBATH and Ozzfest), otherwise you just might get your ass handed to you. Every action has a reaction. Was Dickinson so naïve to think that I was going to let him get away with talking sh*t about my family night after night? I don't think he realizes who he's dealing with. I will not endure behavior like this from anyone.

"I know you would love to keep talking about this because this is the most press that IRON MAIDEN has had in the U.S. in twenty years, but let's move on, shall we?

"Sincerely,

"The 'Real' Iron Maiden

"Sharon Osbourne"




FUCKING A RIGHT, SHARON. Atta girl.

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Hmm.. She does have a point..


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Does this really need to be a sticky on the Racer X board?


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Here's my opinion.



I DO agree with nearly everything she said there. I've heard all those quotes by Bruce about Ozzy. Totally not cool.


But....when the retaliation, involves hurting the fans...you really have to look at what's more important to you....Fans or Pride.

She could have said ALL This in the press...without cutting the power and people would have been MORE on her side for it. I would have....and I'm sure many, many other fans would have as well.

Not only that....Maiden wouldn't have had NEARLY the "press" on this.

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Even after assuming everything she said was true she still took it out on the fans...I can't imagine paying and waiting for months to see my favorite band perform on stage and something like this happen

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Classic damage control from the Osbourne camp. I wouldn't even bother to reply since we've already beaten this subject to death on the other thread. But since Chad made this one a sticky (why does he want to keep drawing attention to this?), I'll throw in one response so it doesn't go unchallenged.

Nobody denies that Bruce said some shit that Ozzy (and to a lesser degree, Sharon) had a right to be pissed off about. Even if everything Bruce said about Ozzy and Ozzfest is true (the truth hurts), it was disrespectful to say it while on the tour.

But Sharon could have settled things like a professional, behind closed doors. If she was really that upset, she could have dropped Maiden from the tour when Bruce first started saying these things. But I guess that would have created a problem because she would lose money as a result of lost ticket sales and refund requests. And who would cover for Black Sabbath when they couldn't perform because Ozzy wasn't up to the task?

Sharon claims that she respects the rest of Iron Maiden. She also claims that Steve Harris apologized to Ozzy. So how can she possibly justify what she did to the rest of the band? Not only did Steve Harris (and the rest of Iron Maiden) get pelted with eggs right after he apologized to Ozzy, but Sharon has never offered an apology to Steve or any of the other members of Iron Maiden.

And what about the 40,000 plus fans who paid over $100 a ticket? Not only did she ruin the show for us, she has never offered an apology to any of us. She's damn lucky that there wasn't a riot and people weren't seriously injured.

Sharon Osbourne - the real Iron Maiden? Hardly. The real unprofessional, juvenile bitch is more like it.


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I didn´t read the letter (kinda too long :P)

But what ever Bruce did exactly, that stunt at Ozfest was just NOT cool or the right thing to do.

I did read the last part of the letter... "Sharon Osbourne - the real Iron Maiden" :S That´s just stupid :evil:

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Sharon Osbourne spoke exclusively to Kerrang! magazine (web site) 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).

(Thanks: Kerrang!)

Sharon's a ASSHOLE. I will NEVER spend another nickel on that family. The reality show sucked as well as Ozzy's last few albums.

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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."



She said the day after, Kelly didn't have anything to do with it. She needs to keep her story's straight.

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stringskipper wrote:
'Who wants to throw an egg at a rock star?' Who wouldn't wanna do that?

*raises hand*

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UnholyShred. wrote:
Does this really need to be a sticky on the Racer X board?

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C'mon, it's rock 'n' roll. No-one died.



We have a new standard for concert behavior. Anything goes....as long as no one dies.

Next Ozzy show...I can throw tennis balls, dog shit, eggs, tomatoes....cause hey! it's only rock 'n roll and nobody will die.

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stringskipper wrote:
Sharon's a ASSHOLE. I will NEVER spend another nickel on that family. The reality show sucked as well as Ozzy's last few albums.


I'm sure she'll lose alot of sleep over that.

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Chad Dyer wrote:
stringskipper wrote:
Sharon's a ASSHOLE. I will NEVER spend another nickel on that family. The reality show sucked as well as Ozzy's last few albums.


I'm sure she'll lose alot of sleep over that.

-Chad


Just like Dickenson will lose sleep over never being on Ozzfest, and having eggs thrown at him by a old lady and her douchebag daughter.. I'm entitled to my opinion just as you, Slappy. Does this topic REALLY have to be a sticky? It seems as though more people agree that Sharon is a tool.

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This is absolute bullshit.......no one here gives a flyin fuck besides chad.

Bottom line: Sharon is a talentless good for nothing that got handed Ozzy's name and $$, and now shes on the run with it dragging Ozzy's name through the mud and destroying his rep that he once had. Its sad to see how Ozzy has basically just become her puppet. Their daughter makes me want to vomit, shes a disgusting, disrespectful pig that obviously takes everything she got handed to her for granted.




WHY IS THIS STILL A STICKY? BETTER YET, WHY DOES THIS THREAD EVEN EXIST?


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Any thread has the right exist.....unless it's obviously out of taste. If you don't care....don't post.


It's clearly topical and highly opinionated. Personally...the interview tells me she lied and only makes her look worse, so make the thread an announcment and give it it's own forum, as far I care.

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The surgeon already said everything i was going to say.

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Can we call it Eggfest from now on


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No chance to see Maiden in ozzfest again, that´s for sure

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Hey I know I would feel a *LOT* better afterwards now that I read this.

OH WAIT :roll:


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