Bruce Dickinson Stops IRON MAIDEN Show After Fan Allegedly Beaten By 10 Security Guards
Update: Police reports indicate that the fan initially attacked a security guard after being warned about being too belligerent. Read the update here. Original story follows…
Iron Maiden played the Tacoma Dome on September 5, though the show didn't exactly go as planned. According to a few video accounts, vocalist Bruce Dickinson stopped the show for a moment to inform the crowd that one fan was just beaten by "ten security guards." The alleged beating happened prior to the band playing "The Evil That Men Do".
Here's what Dickinson had to say to the crowd, courtesy of Blabbermouth.
"We've got an Iron Maiden fan backstage who's had the shit kicked out of him by ten security guards. I saw one security guard lean over the barrier and punch a kid half his size in the face four times. There were ten people. Ten people! This is not the fucking mixed martial arts. If it was the mixed martial arts, you'd have a referee, you know. This is not that."
“We've played to several hundred thousand people so far on this tour. This is the first time anything like this has happened. I don't know if this happens in this building all the time, I don't know if this is an act of fucking madness, and I hope that kid is getting hospital treatment now because he's bleeding from head wounds. I hope that kid takes this building to the fucking cleaners.
"And if anybody has any footage — camera footage or anything — then we would be pleased to help facilitate it to find the bullies and the fucking criminals who are responsible. It's not necessary, it's not big, it's not clever. It's just called 'bullying' — it's as simple as that. So this is a very appropriate song. It's called 'The Evil That Men Do'."
No word on what warranted the violence, the status of the fan now, or what will happen next.
— Nicole (@RHandLMindCole) September 6, 2019
Dickenson told crowd he hopes the fan takes the venue "to the cleaners" after "bleeding from head wounds."
Security at the door declined to comment and declined to say who was in charge.
— Jimmy Lovaas (@jimmylovaas) September 6, 2019