Iron Maiden Frontman Blasts California Audience for Smoking Pot

Bruce Dickinson reprimands crowd for smoking weed at Anaheim show as bassist Steve Harris shows his agreement.

Move over, Roger Daltrey. The Who singer has railed against pot smoking at their concerts in the past. On September 21 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson did the same, stopping the show to complain about weed smoke coming from the front of the stage.

“I would just ask for a tiny bit of respect,” Dickinson said. “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, 'Ugh'... One fucking idiot out of 10,000 people. He's got a big ass as well."

Bruce Dickinson: "It fucks me up. I’m a singer, alright?"

Dickinson, 64, referred to band founder/bassist Steve Harris, 66,  as "poor old Steve" because "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.

"There’s so many people smoking so much fucking dope down here, I’m amazed you can even see."

The gray-haired frontman also commented: "After three years of being locked up, locked down and forbidden from doing everything we like to do, we can fucking get on with it now. Tonight all that shit stops right here!... You are part of one big fucking family, apart from the dickheads down there."

The British metal band formed in 1975. They won a Best Metal Performance Grammy for "El Dorado" in 2011. Iron Maiden is named after a mythic torture device


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