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SHARON OSBOURNE Issues 'Open Letter' To IRON MAIDEN's Manager

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


"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

"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?


"The 'Real' Iron Maiden

"Sharon Osbourne"
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