To all the Iron Maiden fans who want to get stoned out of their gourd when they see the band live, Bruce Dickinson has one request — don't light up near the fucking stage. During a recent show in Anaheim, California, the NWOBHM frontman took a few minutes to excoriate a handful of fans who were allegedly smoking weed right in front of the band while they were playing.
The Air Raid Siren was none too happy about it, claiming that Maiden bassist Steve Harris "absolutely fucking hates marijuana" and that both the smell and the fumes have a negative effect on Dickinson and Harris' performance.
"I don't know what it is," Dickinson told the crowd on September 21st. "There's so many fucking people smoking so much fucking dope down here, I'm amazed you can even see. Poor old Steve. I don't know if you know, but he absolutely fucking hates marijuana and the smell of it, alright? So when he's trying to play bass, it fucks him up. It fucks me up. I'm a singer, alright? So duh.
"I would just ask for a tiny bit of respect — if you want to go get completely stoned out of your fucking mind, go out the back and do it. Alright? Otherwise you're going to end up like this fucking knucklehead here going 'uhhhh.'"
Sheesh. Watch Dickinson's lecture above via YouTube.