According to NME.com, IRON MAIDEN kept a "dignified silence" over their high-profile feud with Sharon Osbourne as they brought the first day of the Carling Weekend Leeds Festival to a close.
Friday night's (Aug. 26) main stage headline spectacular was MAIDEN's first performance since their infamous final night show at Ozzfest in Devore, California, where they claim their show was sabotaged at the hands of festival insiders, following remarks made about Ozzy by singer Bruce Dickinson.
But while Dickinson was not short of words, none of them were reserved for Sharon Osbourne, who last week took the stage after their Ozzfest show and branded him a "prick" who had "disrespected Ozzfest."
Introducing a ferocious "Phantom of the Opera", Dickinson acknowledged the ideological split at the Carling Weekend between the metal and indie factions.
He said, "Some of you wouldn't be seen dead buying an IRON MAIDEN album. But this track, if you don't get what IRON MAIDEN are about with this song, you're fucked."
He also revealed that he had not played in Leeds since a show fronting SAMSON in 1979.
IRON MAIDEN's setlist:
01. Murders in the Rue Morgue
02. Another Life
04. The Trooper
05. Remember Tomorrow
06. Run to the Hills
09. Where Eagles Dare
10. Die with Your Boots On
11. Phantom of the Opera
12. The Number of the Beast
13. Hallowed be thy Name
14. Iron Maiden