Sharon Osbourne still has nothing nice to say about Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson years after the two clashed publicly at Ozzfest.
Maiden was famously pelted with eggs and other debris during the band's final headlining performance on the Ozzfest tour in 2005. Sharon reportedly arranged the interference after Dickinson repeatedly criticized Ozzy and the tour production itself.
When asked about Dickinson in a recent interview with Consequence, Ozzy said his Iron Maiden counterpart was a "great singer" but "not very nice" to work with.
Sharon, however, was more blunt: "Bruce Dickinson is a f---ing prick. Well, no, he's not a prick because a prick's nice. He's a f---ing a--hole. Because the situation is he was on a tour called Ozzfest. And Ozzy Osbourne was paying him every night to perform. He accepting the gig. He knew what he was doing. ...And every night he would go onstage and say bad things about Ozzy. And the crew and everybody in all the other bands would be like, 'Are you letting him get away with it?'"
She continued that many of the people throwing debris at Dickinson at the last Ozzfest gig were nurses from Cedars Sinai, the hospital she was getting treated for cancer at the time.
"...[I]f you're being paid to do a gig, but you don't like the person, then f--k off," she added. "But don't stay, take the money, take all the good that's coming to your band through being on a festival, doing 24 shows and still slagging the person that's paying you. It's like, 'No, that makes you a f---ing a--hole.' And he is. And he's never apologized, he never even went up and said hello to Ozzy. The thing about him is that he is just so jealous. And always has been of Ozzy. And that's his problem."
She suggested that Dickinson, despite being the singer of one of the most successful bands ever, resents Ozzy for his mainstream fame. While Ozzy is a bonafide celebrity, and an "original," Sharon says Dickinson is sadly "faceless to the general public."
When asked about the incident in a 2017 interview with NME, Dickinson called it a "complete storm in a teacup."