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.