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Sunday, August 21, 2005

It's On

Good morning, boys and girls.

Well, there's a new war on.

"US vs Iran?"

No.

"US vs Syria?"

No.

"Venezuela?"

No.

$haron Osbourne vs IRON MAIDEN.

Last night's show in Hell, er, San Bernardino was BIZARRE.

I'll let the fans from the Iron Maiden Message Boards break it down for you:
"About 10 minutes before MAIDEN came on, I was in the center of the pit a few feet from the front railing when a guy comes barging in from the right escorting 4 or 5 people. At first, I tell him to F-off because I thought he was trying to take my spot, but he said he worked for Ozzfest and showed me his passes. He also told me that Ozzy's daughter was with the entourage he brought with him.

There were a few girls with him and one of them looked a little like KELY OSBOURNE, but I couldn't tell for sure because all of them were wearing bandanas over their noses and mouths. After I heard her speak, I was pretty sure. At that point, I tapped her on her arm and said, 'I really liked you on the show. You were great,' to which she responded, 'Thank you.' There was no doubt at that point. The bodyguard who came with them starting getting chumy with us because he needed a few of us to help him protect the girls from the moshing that would start when MAIDEN came on.

I saw the girls passing eggs, and I said, 'What's that for?' The bodyguard said something to the effect, 'You'll see. Something big is going down. You'll hear about it everywhere after tonight. It's all because Bruce Dickinson made some comments in Detroit dissing the 'Osbournes' reality TV show.' He also said that there were about 60 people in the pit who were going to participate in the mayhem. Most of them were wearing the same Ozzfest shirts. Before MAIDEN came on, they all started chanting, 'Ozzy, Ozzy...' I actually saw Bruce off to the left of the stage before they came on. His mike was on and he said something like, 'What the fuck?' — probably in response to the 'Ozzy' chanting.

"When MAIDEN came on, eggs started flying and all these guys were flipping off the band. Nicko had to stop after one song to clean his set. Bruce was obviously very pissed. Thank God they continued their set. At one point, someone through a cup of corn with milk or something. It got all over Bruce, me, and about a dozen other people.
Trust me, eggs where flying everywhere.

I was there.
Then the technical problems started. The sound went out on about three songs — 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Hallowed be thy Name', and one other one I can't remember. I could not believe what was going on. I was furious because I didn't want the guys in MAIDEN to think badly of the fans who love them. I do think that Bruce understood because the band continued to play the full set, and Bruce made comments to distinguish the fans there from the guys throwing stuff. Towards the end of the set, Bruce started yelling at a guy in the pit to my left about 10 feet. Bruce said he saw him throwing stuff and wanted the fucker out. It took a long time for security to get him out. The reason why is that one guy from Kelly Osbourne's entourage was holding down the guy security was trying to take out.

Eventually security pulled both of them out. After MAIDEN's set, it was obvious that Sharon Osbourne was in on it, because she came out to say that 'Bruce Dickinson is a prick.'

"Needless to say, it was insane. I was really pissed that MAIDEN got treated this way. I wanted to enjoy their set and instead got drama from egg throwing and songs cut short by someone pulling the power. Bruce was obviously pissed and the rest of the band seemed a little irritated. It showed in their playing too because some of the songs were sloppy, but of course you couldn't blame them given the situation."
Another great account:
2) Maiden hit the stage to thundering applause, despite the fact that they are the ONLY mainstage band NOT to be introduced by some guy that comes on stage...and despite the fact that the idiot is screaming "Ozzy...Ozzy...Ozzy" as Maiden's intro tape (Doctor Doctor) is playing.

3) Some prick is throwing eggs up on the stage. It doesn't occur to me till later, but this person HAD to be planted in the audience, because there is NO WAY any fan could have snuck in 36 fucking eggs. They patted us down so good, I felt like asking for a cigarette afterwards.

4) Bruce is in fine rant form (got 5 or so tonight...LOL), and mentions how Maiden will never be on the radio, or MTV...or reality tv shows. He also mentions that they're supposed to do a shortened 55 minute set tonight, but just like someone sang that they can't drive 55, they can't PLAY 55....they're going to play their full show.

5) Maybe 30 seconds or so before TPOTO is to end, the PA cuts out. A minute or two later, it's back on an they go into RTTH. This happens again 2-3 times the rest of the night. Once near the end of HBTN, and the crowd is so into it, we all decide to help Maiden finish the song anyway. We sang the rest of it for them, as we could just barely hear their stage monitors going.

6) In spite of all the problems with the planted egg thrower, the "Ozzy...Ozzy..." asshole, and someone pulling the fucking PA plug, the band are on FIRE, and are determined to give us the best show possible. There was no big Eddie during the song Iron Maiden, just the walk on Eddie. Is this how it was at the other Ozzfest shows?

7) Maiden come back out for their encore, and Bruce says that the band is back out there for one reason, and one reason only...after all the bullshit...it for us...the fans. They put on a fucking killer encore, and the crowd was fucking totally into it.

8) Maiden are on stage still, and taking their bows...and this cocksucker starts the "Ozzy...Ozzy...Ozzy..." shit through the PA system again. Well, almost IMMEDIATELY, seemingly the entire crowd starts chanting "Maiden...Maiden...Maiden..." over the guy....over and over....and we drowned that mother fucker out! Bruce was up there like an orchestra conductor, waving his arms as we chanted MAIDEN...MAIDEN!

9) The band aren't off the stage 10 seconds, when that cunt Sharon Osbourne comes out and tells us she needs us quiet just for a moment. She proceeds to tell us how they love Iron Maiden and think they're cool...but then says that Bruce Dickinson is a real prick, and has been disrespecting Ozzfest from day one. That's all I heard out of the bitch, cause we all immediately went back into "Maiden...Maiden...Maiden!" and she was completely drowned out after that.
Here's the audio of Sharon's rant.

WILD.

Needless to say, Maiden fans are pissed.

More quotes from the Message Boards:
FUCK $haron Ozzbourne. She can suck my dick off. FUCK the entire Ozzfest crew. That cock sucker who made "OZZY OZZY" chants just prior to Maiden walking on stage should have been shot.

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I feel so fucking aweful for Iron Maiden. I take this shit personally. I can't even believe how classless one woman can be. I will never ever ever support her or Ozzy for the rest of my life. I left before Sabbath came on. Maiden will surely never play the USA again after this. THANKS $HARON! YOU STUPID FUCKING WHORE!

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i just heard some f#$ked up sh#t about the ozzfest show in los angeles believe me or not but i was just talking to H (Maiden's Adrian Smith) on the phone and i was told sharon osbourne kept cutting the power out on maiden while they were performing and then got some of the sabbath road crew to throw eggs @ maiden while they were performing all because bruce had said something in an interview about ozzy. grow up sharon!!!!!

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Ok, who wants to get Sharon back? She does a UK TV show called "The X factor". How about we try and get tickets for the final show and pelt her with eggs. We can make custom Bruce shirts etc! I think the tickets are free to go and see TV shows being made, well at least for the BBC but this would be ITV, still think its the same though. So, who's in?
Good times.

Back to politics manana.

Up the Irons!

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