Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson has accused other singers of cheating fans by using Autocue technology onstage. The frontman has criticised stars who can't remember the words to their own songs and insists he is proud not to rely on a teleprompter to get through a gig.
He tells Britain's The Guardian, "We still don't have an Autocue. Yay! I never realised that people were using Autocues. What the f**k is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the s**ding words. The daftest one I ever saw was (Judas Priest) hit Breaking the Law. It's on the f**king Autocue. 'Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law' - guess what? - 'breaking the law.' It's ludicrous."
Iron Maiden will never be tempted to follow Metallica to Britain's Glastonbury festival, according to frontman Bruce Dickinson. James Hetfield's band will become the first heavy metal act to headline the fabled event when they take to the iconic Pyramid Stage next month (Jun14), prompting speculation they will pave the way for more hard rock bands at the event.
However, Dickinson is adamant Iron Maiden won't be one of them, branding the festival too "bourgeois" for his band.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "Personally I have no interest in going to Glastonbury. In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting.
"Now it's the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me... I'll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth (for the Sonisphere festival) and drink lots of beer and have fun."
The 2014 Glastonbury festival also features sets from acts including Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Arcade Fire and Kasabian.
Iron Maiden rocker and qualified pilot Bruce Dickinson is to fly a private jet to six destinations in the U.K. in just one day as part of a charity stunt. The singer has agreed to transport Justin King, the head of U.K. supermarket Sainsbury's, to six of the chain's stores across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of the Sport Relief charity fundraiser.
The feat, which will take place on Thursday (20Mar14), is part of fundraising efforts for this month's (Mar14) drive, which is supported by King's chain, according to CorporateJetInvestor.com.
Heavy rockers Iron Maiden are toasting the success of their beer after learning over 3.5 million pints have been sold. Trooper Ale, the band's best-selling brew, launched a year ago (Mar13) and the band has achieved success without marketing the beer.
Robinsons brewery bosses, who helped Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson create the beer, unveiled Trooper at the Publican’s Beer Innovation Summit last year (13).
The beer makers have since been approached by Motorhead's management with a view to crafting a signature beer for Lemmy's band - but they declined the offer.
Anthrax rocker Scott Ian has condemned fans who tape live music shows on cell phones as "pathetic" and "idiotic". The guitarist feels strongly about the dangers of Internet piracy and another of his main concerns is seeing footage of his gigs pop up online.
Ian tells Examiner.com, "I think it's idiotic. I think the fact that someone would come to a show, spend the money to come to the show, and stand there holding their freakin' phone over their head for 90 minutes is pathetic. It completely defeats the purpose of coming to a live show. I think it's a joke. I've seen (Iron Maiden's) Bruce Dickinson go off on audience members for doing that...
"I think it's idiotic and I don't understand that mindset at all. You're standing at a live show and you're watching it through a screen on your phone."
The rocker is currently touring North America with his spoken word shows, during which he tells anecdotes about his life and career, and he is determined to keep all fan-filmed footage of his gigs off the Internet.
He adds, "I take it (videos) down when people decide that they're going to put my content on YouTube for free. Call me crazy, but I'm one of those crazy artists that thinks you shouldn't give your content away for free. I know that's a crazy way to think these days but I come from the old school. Where you used to buy albums and videos. And I still do, I still buy my music and DVDs. So I feel like if I have enough respect to do that, then everyone should have enough respect to do that."
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson launched a revolutionary new aircraft on Friday (28Jan14) and vowed to fly it from "pole to pole" around the world. The rocker, who is a qualified pilot, invested a chunk of his fortune in the project by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) to create the helium-filled aircraft which caries cargo and can stay in the air for up to three weeks at a time.
Dickinson branded the invention a "game-changer" and compared it to the futuristic green aircraft featured in kids' TV show Thunderbirds.
The HAV304 is due to make its first flight in the U.K. later this year (14), and Dickinson wants to use it for a headline-grabbing stunt. He tells Britain's BBC Radio 4, "It seizes my imagination. I want to get in this thing and fly it pole to pole... We'll fly over the Amazon at 20 foot, over some of the world's greatest cities and stream the whole thing on the internet."
Dickinson adds of the aircraft, "It's a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do. The air ship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up."
Iron Maiden and Metallica will headline Britain's Sonisphere Festival when it returns after a two year break next year (14). In 2012, the event was cancelled and the 2013 concert was pulled due to a failure to attract big name headliners, but it's back with a vengeance for a big show at Knebworth Park in England in July (14).
Announcing details of the hot ticket gig on Monday (02Dec13), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said, "We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent!
"Without being cliched, it really is an honour and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis."
Dickinson also announced that the Sonisphere Festival will be the band's last concert of its current Maiden England Tour.
He adds, "If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing."
Sonisphere 2014 will be held from 4 July to 6 July (14).
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson has blasted an online report suggesting he is involved in a $500 million (£333.3 million) contract to manufacture drones for the U.S. military. The singer was recently named in an article on news website DorsetEye.com, titled Bruce Dickinson: Rock 'n' Roll Warmonger, in which he was sensationally accused of investing in a company hired by U.S. officials to develop unmanned aerial vehicles for war.
The blog editors sourced their claims from an announcement made on a South African conference speakers' website, but on Thursday (12Sep13), a representative for Dickinson slammed the allegations and dismissed the story as false.
A statement released to NME.com reads: "This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy.
"Both Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in, and remain great supporters of, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company that has nothing whatsoever to do with drones, 'lighter than air' or otherwise!
"The future implementation of HAVs is a likely global trend which has massive positive implications in many areas of life and both Bruce and Rod are proud to be involved with a British company at the cutting edge of this technology.
"As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine... Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, as this writer has claimed in such an erroneously dramatic and defamatory manner, HAVs are designed to offer much needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles."
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson was shocked to discover octogenarian entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth was in the audience at one of the band's gigs over the weekend (03-04Aug13). The heavy metal legends are currently on the U.K. leg of their Maiden England trek, and took to the stage at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night (03Aug12).
Dickinson was stunned to find one famous face among the thousands of hard-rocking fans - 85-year-old TV star and gameshow king Forsyth.
Telling the audience at Sunday's (04Aug13) show, he said, "We had Strictly Come Dancing in the house last night.
"Bruce Forsyth was here, which is absolutely f**king unbelievable. I wish I'd have known, I would have said (Forsyth's catchphrase), 'Nice to see you, to see you nice.'"
Forsyth has hosted U.K. TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing since 2004.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is putting his pilot's licence to good use by supporting a charity scheme which teaches disabled Brits how to fly. The rocker, who is a licensed commercial airline pilot, is the vice-patron of the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP) scheme and he met up with a group of recent graduates on Saturday (15Jun13) prior to his band's set at Britain's Download Festival.
He tells the Leicester Mercury, "It's not just about teaching people with disabilities to fly, it's much more than that. It's about creating friendships, and there's a whole community around it and support system that comes with people encouraging each other. It's something I'm very proud to be involved in."