LATEST: Sharon Osbourne has confessed she was partly responsible for the near-riot that ruined Iron Maiden's final show of the Ozzfest tour on Sunday (21AUG05) - by cutting off the group's sound.

The British rockers were pelted with debris by fans when sound problems wrecked their show in California.

And, after the group's manager ROD SMALLWOOD lashed out at the unprofessional conduct of Osbourne and her fellow Ozzfest organisers in a statement earlier this week (ends26AUG05), Osbourne has admitted she did sabotage the band's show.

She claims she was upset by Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's constant onstage jibes aimed at her husband, headliner Ozzy Osbourne, and the Ozzfest faithful.

In a statement released last night (25AUG05), Osbourne, calling herself "the real Iron Maiden", says, "For 20 shows we were forced to hear Dickinson's nightly outbursts from the stage, 'When we come back to America, we'll be back with a proper sound system,' or, 'We won't be playing the same old songs every night like Black Sabbath,' and, 'We don't need a teleprompter like Ozzy.'

"Was Dickinson so naive to think that I was going to let him get away with talking s**t about my family night after night? I don't think he realises who he's dealing with."