Ozzfest was actually good for the first time in many years. So many great bands including Iron Maiden, In Flames, Arch Enemy, The Haunted and Rob Zombie, I forced my self to endure Wicked Wisdom (they were by far the worst band there), Kill Switch Engage and Mudvane. The MTV rocker freaks were a mixed blessing as they provided entertainment in between sets as we poked fun at their outfits. We say one lady wearing a pink Ramones getup. Last time I checked Ozzfest wasn't pink and wasn't punk.
The highlight of the night was Iron Maiden. They were by far the best band there putting headliners Black Sabbath to shame. Bruce was his classic self taking every chance he could to poke fun at Ozzy and the music industry. I think this may have played a huge part in the attack on the band (rumored to have been organized by Sharon and crew) during the last Ozzfest date.
The attack could have also been because Iron Maiden was getting all the press. Sorry I don't have links to the original articles. This list was sent to me by one of my friends that went to the concert with me.
Pittsburgh Daily News – “The night belonged to Iron Maiden, and the crowd treated them like royalty, easily giving them the most raucous reaction of any of the bands assembled. Dickinson and Maiden put the younger bands on the show to shame, and Dickinson was almost giddy as he led the masses in singalongs of classics such as opener ‘Wrathchild’, ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Run To The Hills.’“
New York Times - 'Spry and mischievous as ever (he delivered a tirade against MTV and reality shows, which is mischievous only if you're about to cede the stage to Mr. Osbourne), Dickinson sounded and looked like a man leading his troops into battle, although under a foreign flag: he waved a huge Union Jack.'
Hollywood Reporter - 'Maiden held the second slot to Sabbath and in 70 minutes walked away with the whole show... Iron Maiden is the standout on this tour and - to paraphrase Dickinson - rocks ‘like a bastard!’'.
Chicago Tribune - 'Dickinson's soaring battle-cries held the near-capacity crowd spellbound while his high-energy performance made many of the festival's acts look lazy and tired.'
Boston Globe – “The band that stole the show yesterday was Iron Maiden, with Dickinson… climbing stairs to ramps at either side, from which he exhorted the crowd into a horn-saluting frenzy with such songs as '’Wrathchild’ and ‘Run To The Hills,’ aided by a triple-guitar attack and inflatable beast with neon blue eyes, and changing rear curtains that made their set feel like a Broadway play.”
The Freelance Star, Virginia – “Iron Maiden deserves every accolade thrown its way over many years of hard-rock excess… After decades of domination, Iron Maiden showed that well-structured songs, vocal brilliance and unabashed rock 'n' roll showmanship are a bloody good combination… This night belonged to Maiden.”
Indianaopolis Star – “Bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris… believes in speed and melody, traits that defined Sunday’s renditions of ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Run To The Hills’ [while] Bruce Dickinson provided the right amount of theatrics to ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ and ‘Number Of The Beast’… Iron Maiden saved the day”
Hartford Courant – “Coming second to last on a 20-act, 14-hour bill, Iron Maiden negated all of the 18 previous performances with a 60-minute set of bombastic metal. The English band's songs featured actual riffs, sweeping vocal melodies and gobs of frantic guitar solos, and the musicians - particularly singer Bruce Dickinson - displayed a charisma not seen among the other bands.”
rob halford is the gayist panzie I ever seen and I think that IRon maided are conceeded and those fudge packers suck and should stay in retirement homes. They couldnt be the best thing at ozzfest cause mudvayne was there, and in flames, and even if ozzy didnt sound that good this year, he was singing against his doctors orders. and you should show him some appreciation for even holding a festival that all metal heads in america can enjoy, but some dumb ass from Iron maiden think that they are so great,and they thought that they had the right to talk shi@ about ozzy, zack wylde would kick all there assses and put a wax on halfords di(k shaped head,go back to the 80's if you want to listen to iron maiden there over with the only reason ozzy is there is its his fest not ironfest.
Even if Ozzy was singing against his doctor's orders it doesn't meen people should say he was great when he couldn't even hit some of his notes. All props to him for putting on a show. I have seen Ozzy and Black Sabbath several times and it wasn't pretty this year. Iron Maiden was by far the best band. I'm a huge In Flames fan as well and they played just as well as ever but unfortunetly they had a seriously short set of five songs. They also played three songs from their last album which is horrible when compared to their previous outings.
Why are you bagging on Halford. He wasn't even there and who cares if he is gay.
The original writer never said anything bad about Ozzy. He just said that Iron Maiden put on a better performance and then pasted some quotes to help make his point. I should also point out that Iron Maiden has released two CDs with a third coming out next year since Ozzy released his last CD of completely new material so your go back to the 80's comment makes no sense for Iron Maiden. It would make more sense for Ozzy since the 80's was his solo careers hay day.