The Real Story Of The Feud Between Ozzy Osbourne And Bruce Dickinson Of Iron Maiden

There’s no doubt that both Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson and former Black Sabbath icon Ozzy Osbourne are exceptional frontmen who have remarkable music careers. Therefore, fans would expect nothing but professional mannerism from both musicians as they hit the road together for 2005 Ozzfest, however, both sides ended up having a feud which resulted in a fight on stage that ended Iron Maiden’s tenure in the tour.

Although a variety of bands have made up the yearly lineups of Ozzfest over the years, the most memorable year was undoubtedly 2005 when Ozzy Osbourne was joined by legendary bands and musicians such as Black Label Society, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, and more. Unfortunately, they all were overshadowed by another band, Iron Maiden, when things got heated up only after a month together and fans were affected by this dispute eventually. Let’s dive into the details of the story of how Iron Maiden, especially Bruce Dickinson had unpleasant moments with Ozzy Osbourne and his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne.

How Did The Rivalry Between Bruce Dickison And Ozzy Osbourne Start?

The whole feud pretty much started when Iron Maiden members started express how unpleasant they were with the tour’s commercial purpose being only based on Ozzy Osbourne which may sound unexpected since the tour’s name is ‘Ozzyfest’ after all. However, their malaise got worse day by day, and a month after their first show things blew up on stage which ended with being the last show of the band for the tour.

According to manager Sharon Osbourne, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson allegedly grumbled backstage unnecessarily throughout the whole tour, stating how they need neither a teleprompter nor a reality tv show in order to be regarded as a ‘legit band’ all of which were said to stress how Iron Maiden is as good as Ozzy Osbourne, therefore, deserves more credit during the tour. As a result of his actions, Sharon decided to take action and things went downhill from that on.

During a concert at San Bernardino’s Hyundai Pavilion, Sharon cut Iron Maiden’s power three times during their hour-long set which angered the fans after seeing such a lackluster show. When the audience started to throw objects to the stage such as eggs, lighters, and bottle tops which was the moment when Iron Maiden decided to leave the stage. While many of you may think it’s the ending of the feud, Sharon Osbourne actually took the stage to tell the audience how she loves Iron Maiden and their crew, except for the Dickison to whom Sharon referred to as ‘disrespectful prick.’

What Did Ozzy Osbourne Say About Her Wife’s Actions?

After all the actions were made by his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne also opened up about the matter during an interview with The Quietus in 2010 and stated that he was fine with how his wife handled the situation. In addition to this, Prince of Darkness revealed that he didn’t know that the Iron Maiden frontman was insulting him every night on that stage at first and was surprised about his actions since he could have just walked away or talked to his face in the first place.

According to The Quietus interview, Osbourne said:

“Unbeknown to me, every night he was going on stage slagging me off. That wasn’t fair. If he didn’t like the fuckin’ tour, he should have said ‘I’m jumping the fuckin’ tour,’ but to go on stage and fuckin’ slag me off for no reason… I’d never said a fuckin’ bad thing to him.

The bass player came round at the last gig and said ‘I’m sorry about Bruce,’ and I’m like, ‘What the fuck are you talking about?’ Nobody had told me, you know. I said, ‘You know what? I don’t understand what the fuck you’re talking about here.'”

He added:

“And so, I mean, Sharon got pissed off… it was nothing to do with me. I suppose Sharon got pissed off. I’ll back my wife up to the hilt, but I didn’t know what was going down. But you know what? A few fuckin’ quid out of that Ozzfest. If you’ve got something to talk to me about, be a man. Come to my face and say, ‘I think you’re a fuckin’ asshole.’ Don’t be a fuckin’ idiot. It’s so pathetically childish.”

Throughout the whole feud, Bruce Dickinson preferred to stay silent and denied making comments against Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath except the time when he admitted to criticizing Ozzfest throughout the tour. Regardless of his statements, many fans holding the side of The Osbournes and often applaud Sharon Osbourne’s behavior, minus the part when she sabotaged Iron Maiden which was disrespectful to the fans.