Bruce Dickinson Reflects on Calling a Fan a ‘C***’ During Iron Maiden Show

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Back in 2022, during the band’s show in Athens, Greece, Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson lashed out at a fan who lit a flare in the audience, the frontman going off shouting expletives at them.

As the English heavy metal band began to play their song “The Number of the Beast,” a flare was seen going off in the crowd. Dickinson laid into the fan, shouting the following:

“The cunt with the fucking flare. I’m trying to sing up here. You fucking cocksucker. You Greek cunt. I’ve gotta fucking sing. All right. Fuck you.”

Now roughly two years later since that incident took place, Dickinson has been asked to reflect on what went down. He recently took part in a conversation with Sakis Fragos of Rock Hard Greece, and among the topics brought up, Fragos asked about the frontman’s response during that concert.

Among the comments he provides, Dickinson expresses his frustration regarding the “very small minority of people” who do “selfish” and “disturbing” things that could harm/bother others in a crowd. Here’s exactly what Dickinson had to say:

“Oh, the guy swinging his thing and everything else. You know what? I probably got his nationality wrong. [Laughs]. I just lost my temper, because it was such… That activity that a very, very small minority of people do is so selfish and so disturbing. They think it’s really cool. Actually, it’s not about the band. It’s not about the audience. It’s about them drawing attention only to themselves and damaging the people around them who have this thing, this extremely toxic thing flying around. Of course, if you happen to be asthmatic, if you haven’t been having any lung conditions, ‘Oh, we don’t care about them. We’ll just fill the place with smoke, ’cause it makes me feel important,’ is their attitude. It just annoys the hell out of me. Anyway, yeah, I lost my temper. I shouldn’t have called him a Greek cunt; I should have just called him a cunt. [Laughs].”

You can find footage of this past incident involving Bruce Dickinson and the Iron Maiden fan by following this link here.

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