Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Takes Shots at Bruce Dickinson During Fan Altercation
One-time Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno became agitated by a fan who shouted “Bruce Dickinson” at him several times during a recent show in the Ukraine. Dickinson, Maiden’s current singer, replaced DiAnno in 1981. Di’Anno grew angrier and angrier as the one-sided conversation continued, ultimately threatening to fight the man.
A fan video from the show allows one to hear the man, who repeatedly apologizes after Di’Anno calls him gay and threatens to beat him up. “If you don’t like me, f— off,” he says at around the 3:00 mark of the NSFW video below.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t say I was a nice guy. You f— me up, I’ll kick your f—ing ass.”
Aside from the threats, Di’Anno questions Dickinson’s sexuality by reminding fans that he doesn’t sing opera and he’s not gay. After a few songs Di’Anno limps backstage and returns to find the fan has left. The trash talk continues.
“I’m sorry, I’m a bit bigger than Bruce Dickinson,” he says. “And I fight like a motherf—er!”
The fan then returns (skip ahead to 15:45) and Di’Anno challenges him again, before admitting his bad knee is keeping him from walking out into the crowd. Indeed, he can barely adjust his microphone stand. It’s an all-around ugly scene from the Ukrainian bar his band is playing in. Throughout the video, the singer shouts “666” and pledges his allegiance to the Hell’s Angels.