For those religious Saturday Night Live fans, it is a guarantee they've seen the Bruce Dickinson "cowbell" skit at least once or twice. For those unfamiliar, actor Christopher Walken brilliantly and comedically portrays the Iron Maiden lead singer, and sometimes producer, as a narcissistic and cocky rock figure hired out by Blue Oyster Cult to record the perfect single. Over and over, as BOC tries to cut the perfect edition of 'Don't Fear the Reaper,' an obnoxious and overzealous auxiliary percussionist, played by Will Ferrell, continually ruins the recording. Just as the rest of the band are about ready to throw down and kick Ferrell's character out of the studio, Walken's Bruce Dickinson rushes into the room and proclaims with apparent acute musical wisdom, "I gotta have more coowBell!" Dumbfounded, the rest of the band gives in, begins their umpteenth take, and Ferrell's character wails away on a cowbell, dominating the tune. The skit is indescribably hilarious.
But what might not be so hilarious is that Dickinson's real life persona may indeed parallel his onscreen one. Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and no stranger to launching public, verbal assaults, claims Dickinson has spent Ozzfest dissing Ozzy and the Ozzfest audience in general.
Sharon claims that "from day one, Bruce Dickinson started berating Ozzy and belittling the Ozzfest audience. Out of 200-plus bands over the last 10 years, he has been the only person who hasn't had the Ozzfest spirit. He thought he was at a battle of the bands, always making other comments about other artists."
Whatever the case may be, there is nothing funnier than two out-of-their-prime music icons involved in a scuffle. Is Sharon being the overprotective, loose cannon she's been known to be, or is Bruce just being Bruce? Just as Walken vainly stated while in Dickinson's character, "I am Bruce Dickinson. Yes, the Bruce Dickinson."