The Heated Feud Between U2’s Bono And Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne may be known for multiple things outside of his successful music career. There’s no doubt that he has quite the journey when it comes to his career, and his personal life is equally thrilling with countless stories that give him the title of being one of the craziest rock stars.
Although Osbourne has numerous moments where he pushed the limits of being wild, he isn’t particularly recognized for being a quarrelsome musician, unlike many other sharp-tongued rockers. His honesty is often perceived as humorous, therefore, Osbourne doesn’t get involved in feuds that frequently.
However, that doesn’t mean that he found himself in a few disputes such as the time when his wife Sharon Osbourne, and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson were involved. Today, we’re here to take a look at another feud that was fueled by Sharon to see this dispute triangle that also has U2 frontman Bono.
Sharon Osbourne Came After U2
When U2 released its thirteenth studio album, ‘Songs of Innocence,’ on September 9, 2014, the band stirred the pot with their interesting choice of release. The Irish band put the album out via iTunes Store for free in order to reach as many people as possible.
Following the release, Sharon Osbourne took Twitter to express how disappointed she was by U2’s decision to release an album with no cost. In her tweet, Osbourne stated that the band doesn’t consist of musicians anymore, they are simply business moguls now. According to her, they wanted to give their music for free because nobody would want their ‘mediocre’ music anyway.
In her post, Sharon penned:
“U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it.”
After the aggressive post, U2 lead singer Bono opened up about Sharon Osbourne’s statement during an interview with Kevin Klein Live on Live 105-KITS. The rocker stated that the band expected to get criticism but the opportunity to reach countless fans all over the world was worth the risk. As for Osbourne, Bono expressed how he wasn’t surprised seeing her statements while he laughed at the tweet during the interview.
Ozzy Osbourne Said Bono Pisses Him Off
A few months after the incident, Ozzy Osbourne reflected on U2 and their decision to release an album for free during an interview with Consequence Sound. At first, the Prince of Darkness questioned why would anybody put out music that’s free.
After his statement, Osbourne was asked if he listened to ‘Songs of Innocence.’ That’s when he admitted liking U2’s early albums but didn’t listen to their new ones. Furthermore, the Black Sabbath icon stated that Bono actually pisses him off since he’s fake. The reason behind this is that he made a name out of his activism but his actions aren’t real.
During the interview, Ozzy stated:
“The whole music industry has completely changed over the last 10 years. People make records straight on the computer. U2 did an album free, and it’s like, why would anybody do that? I don’t know.”
When asked if he listened to U2’s new and free album, Osbourne said:
“No, no. I liked some of their earlier stuff, but to be perfectly honest, that Bono pisses me off. He’s made his name out of working with and talking about starving people in Africa. I don’t particularly like what he does. It’s phony.”
You can see the Twitter post below.
U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 15, 2014