Sharon Osbourne Claps Back at AEG's Phil Anschutz: 'Stop Your Little Pissing Contest With Live Nation'

Sharon Osbourne
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Sharon Osbourne visits the SiriusXM studios on Sept. 4, 2018 in New York City.  

Following AEG's claim of "victory" in the venue wars, Osbourne responds saying "in my world....we won the case."

Sharon Osbourne is clapping back hard at AEG owner Phil Anschutz, after the billionaire tried to declare victory in the ongoing venue wars fight — a victory Osbourne says he did not win.  

On Saturday (Sept 30), attorney's for Osbourne and her husband Ozzy Osbourne filed paperwork to end their lawsuit with AEG over the company's block booking policy, which sought to require Ozzy Osbourne and his promoter Live Nation to book a show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and not the Forum, if he wanted to book a date at the O2 Arena in London. AEG officials say they began requiring artists to sign the Staples Center Commitment letter in reaction to block booking by Irving Azoff and James Dolan's Azoff MSG Entertainment, a charge both Azoff and Dolan deny.

Osbourne sued AEG in federal court and won a key victory last month when a judge ruled against a motion to dismiss the case by AEG's attorneys, allowing a potential trial to move forward. In September, AEG announced it was ending its block-booking policy, and Osbourne and Azoff subsequently declared victory with Osbourne's attorney Dan Wall from Latham & Watkins telling Billboard the was case effectively over and that Osbourne would drop his claim for injunctive relief.

Wall filed the paperwork needed to have the case dismissed, but to many people's surprise, Anschutz released a statement the next day declaring victory in the case, saying "the suit was a transparent public relations ploy that failed to pressure AEG into backing down from a booking policy that was an effective competitive response to the MSG-Forum tie." You can read the entire statement here.

Sharon Osbourne is now responding to Anschutz's word and just sent over the following statement. A rep for Osbourne said she intentionally spelled Anschutz's name wrong (we had to check).

Sharon Osbourne Statement re AEG Lawsuit

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. 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. 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.
Regarding the allegations in the AEG statement that this “suit was a transparent public relations ploy,” if that was indeed the case, why then did AEG rush out a statement of victory?  While we, throughout this process, until now have only made one statement around the initial filing.
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 humor 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!


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