Friday, August 26, 2005


Interesting that - having admitted she was pathetic enough to have power cut during Iron Maiden's set three times during the last Ozzfest - Sharon Osbourne wants to move on. A bit rich seeing as Iron Maiden were about the only thing that kept Ozzfest afloat this year, after her husband kept crying off with "hayfever".

Here's her explanation for what happened:

"I did cut [the band's] sound," she wrote. "Ozzfest is our tour. 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. Otherwise, you just might get your ass handed to you. Every action has a reaction. Was Dickinson so naive to think that I was going to let him get away with talking shit about my family, night after night? I don't think he realizes who he's dealing with."

Osbourne took offense to remarks she said Dickinson made concerning the quality of the tour's sound system and criticisms he's made about Sabbath and Ozzy, including, " 'We don't need a teleprompter' (like Ozzy)" and " 'We don't need a reality show to be legit' (again, like Ozzy)," she wrote. "Night after night, we heard his complaints from the stage about how 'corporate' the venues were and how 'outrageous' the ticket prices were."

"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. 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? Frankly, Dickinson got what he deserved. We had to listen to his bullshit for five straight weeks. He only had to suffer a couple of eggs on the head."

So, if we've got this right, somebody said something that Shazza was unable to control and so she reacted with spiteful, grade three vengence? And yet we're meant to respect her as being one of the great professionals of the music industry. Can you imagine what the record business would be like if she was an example of the high water mark for its professionalism?

Oh, hang on a moment...