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BRUCE DICKINSON: Everyone Knows SHARON OSBOURNE Was Behind OZZFEST Fiasco

The U.K.'s The Sun Online paper spoke to IRON MAIDEN
vocalist Bruce Dickinson about the group's ill-fated
final Ozzfest performance in San Berardino and their
future plans. Read on:

The Sun Online: Why is Reading so special?

Bruce Dickinson: "It's where I was asked to join the
band and it's also the first festival I ever went to
in my life and also played. And this year it will be a
big one, I promise and yes we'll be nervous."

The Sun Online: You're playing just the four albums on
this tour because of "The Early Years" DVD Part One?
Will there be a Part Two?

Bruce Dickinson: "Yes, Part Two will be based around
'Live After Death' and 'Powerslave' and 'Somewhere in
Time' and we have started working on it. The plan is
to do what will be our biggest, most spectacular tour
we have ever done. The 'Powerslave' era was the one
that had all the toys. It had the massive Eddie, the
huge mechanical hands and Ancient Egypt. And we want
to recreate the whole deal."

The Sun Online: You've ridden out every rock music
trend and almost every band throughout has cited you
as an influence. Why?

Bruce Dickinson: "Yes that's weird isn't it? It's
because we've never compromised. MAIDEN is about
loyalty and pride and doing what you believe in and
sticking with your beliefs. It's a bit like people who
follow football teams. They sign up for a football
team and support them all their lives even if they
lose. That's us, and our fans are part of our gang."

The Sun Online: Ozzfest, Reading and Leeds are all
about new fans. Why are they important?

Bruce Dickinson: "People who are as old as I am are
generally not that fun to play to. I know there'll be
people reading this saying 'It's not true,' but
47-year-olds don't rock like 15-year-olds. They go
absolutely mental and that's what keeps us going. We
are playing songs approaching 25 years old and yet we
have the youngest audience."

The Sun Online: So what happened when you went on
stage at Ozzfest?

Bruce Dickinson: "We were hit by a co-ordinated
barrage of bottle tops, lighters and eggs from a
certain section at the front! Then the power for the
PA and backline was completely pulled three or four
times during songs. The band held it all together
incredibly though and we just got really pumped up. It
ended up being an amazing show. MAIDEN can pretty much
deal with anything. We don’t get fazed too easily."

The Sun Online: Who do you think was behind it all?

Bruce Dickinson: "Everyone knows it's Sharon Osbourne.
It's certainly not Ozzy or SABBATH — they have too
much class to condone stunts like that. She hates me
for making remarks about reality TV. I hate reality
TV. People should get off their arses and do stuff and
not be so voyeuristic."

The Sun Online: Her stunts seemed to backfire as you
played a magnificent set and soon after, thousands
walked out in disgust?

Bruce Dickinson: "We left for the airport pretty well
straight after we came off but we could tell there
were a lot of disgusted fans who had paid good money
to see us. The audience was incredibly behind us all
the way and they really lifted us. If they hadn't been
happy, there may have been a riot as those fans were
really disgusted with the cowardly attacks."

The Sun Online: Did you enjoy the Rockwalk of Fame
presentation and what does it mean to you?

Bruce Dickinson: "Well it's very American but behind
it there are all these fans that are really into it
and have all turned up. It's great. We are very proud
of that day, though we ended up with filthy hands. It
was great that Eddie rightfully got a handprint too."

The Sun Online: You left the band in 1993. Is it
something you regret?

Bruce Dickinson: "Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When
I left I had no intention of coming back but in the
intervening period, I ended up becoming a much better
singer than I was before, certainly live. And coming
back into the band I had a hell of lot more energy
than in the two or years before I left and I stayed
with it. I also came back with a determination that
I'm never going to walk on stage again doing something
I don't want to do as it's soul-destroying and eats
you up."

The Sun Online: How does MAIDEN fit in with family
life?

Bruce Dickinson: "Well, we get to run around like a
lunatic and play music and my kids can come and watch.
My 15- and 13-year-olds were in the front row at our
New York gig, in the mosh pit. I suddenly saw these
four security guards jump in and hold someone down. I
thought they had my kids but then I looked and saw
their little faces, sweating and screaming and I was
ready to dive in."

The Sun Online: And next for MAIDEN?

Bruce Dickinson: "We have the live album 'Death on the
Road' out on Monday with a DVD to follow and then we
record the new studio album next spring, which will be
out next autumn. First we have the special fundraising
Hammersmith Odeon show next week. It's for our old
drummer Clive Burr's Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund.
I'm really looking forward to it. It will top off an
amazing year which included a show in Sweden, where we
played to 56,000 and were broadcast live to 20million
people."

The Sun Online: And next for you?

Bruce Dickinson: "I go back to my 6 Music radio show
and my job as an airline pilot. It's a proper,
straightforward, regular job. I had to book holidays
for the tour. I was straight off stage at Ozzfest to
hightail it to LAX airport."
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