"I have got something nice for you bite on... our assholes... see ya loser!”
Sharon Osbourne has hit back at the bosses of concert giant AEG, after husband Ozzy Osbourne dropped a lawsuit against the company.
Ozzy had previously lodged action after claiming that his forthcoming show at London’s O2 Arena next year came with the proviso that he must also play the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Instead, the rock icon argued that he preferred to play the Los Angeles Forum – operated by AEG rival Madison Square Garden Entertainment.
But Sharon Osbourne has now responded with a fierce rebuttal, after AEG described the dropped lawsuit as a “victory”.
“We know Mr. Anshultz (aka ‘Daddy Big Bucks’) is living in his billionaire bubble, but the fact is that Ozzy sued AEG for the right to perform at the O2 in London,” said Osbourne in a statement. “We won the case and Ozzy’s show at the O2 went on sale on September 5 for a show next year (February 11, 2019) — so in my world that means we won the case.”
She continued: “Ozzy is playing the O2 without having to play the Staples Center, which is all that mattered to us. From the start of this dialogue in February, this has been a battle about respect for the artists and their personal preferences. It wasn’t then and isn’t now a battle between promoters, which is how this is being portrayed by the recent statement from AEG claiming this as a ‘victory’,”
“To say that this ‘suit was instigated by Azoff and paid for by MSG and Live Nation,’ and that ‘it was hatched on the back of an artist who we believe had no idea what he was biting off,’ is untrue and disrespectful to Ozzy, myself and the entire team working on this tour.
“Whatever differences you have with Irving Azoff, don’t presume you know who instigated the lawsuit or you know anything about Ozzy Osbourne, because you obviously don’t know anything about Ozzy’s history or mine. So stop with your hubbildy, bubbuldy BULLSHIT and your little pissing contest with Live Nation and MSG.”
Osbourne added: “”Ozzy’s preference was to perform at The Forum, a venue that has been a part of his music history for more than 46 years. From the start, this was not a battle solely for Ozzy, as much as one for other artists who were being forced to abide by these rules and regulations. Let’s not all forget why you’re here… the artists.”
“The only thing remotely interesting in your statement was your pitiful attempt at humour with your quote that Ozzy ‘had no idea what he was biting off.’ If you’re interested, Ozzy and I have got something nice for you bite on… our assholes… see ya loser!”
Osbourne’s UK farewell tour kicks in February 2019. You can find all the dates and ticket information here.