“I can assure you that Live Nation would never strong-arm an artist into playing a venue they’re not comfortable performing in.”
Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne, is refusing to participate in AEG and Live Nation’s ongoing venue wars.
In a letter addressed to AEG Live chairman/CEO Jay Marciano and shared with Billboard on Wednesday (Feb. 7), Sharon Osbourne returned a Staples Center commitment agreement unsigned, condemning the act that would force the rock icon to perform at the Los Angeles venue as part of a deal for a scheduled concert at the O2 Arena in London. (AEG owns both buildings.)
“Shame on AEG for bringing artists into a power struggle you’re having with your competitor, Live Nation,” she wrote. “I can assure you that Live Nation would never strong-arm an artist into playing a venue they’re not comfortable performing in.”