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Bruce Dickinson Addresses IRON MAIDEN's Censorship by Chinese Gov't On-Stage in Shanghai

"The most important thing is the music, the most important thing is that we are here, and you are here, and we are gonna have a great [mouths the word ‘fucking’] time!"

"The most important thing is the music, the most important thing is that we are here, and you are here, and we are gonna have a great [mouths the word ‘fucking’] time!"

Earlier this week, we posted about Iron Maiden's first shows in China, a huge coup for the band, who surely had to jump through a ton of rings to get the government's approval. Part of the agreement meant the band couldn't use their signature fireworks, play politically charged songs live "Powerslave" or curse.

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Well, frontman Bruce Dickinson could give a shit. During Tuesday night's performance in Shanghai, the second Chinese performance the band had, the Iron Maiden frontman addressed the censorship from the stage:

“It’s great to be here tonight. It’s great to be in China tonight, I tell ya. We ripped it up in Beijing, and we thought, ‘Ooh, that was a bit serious,’ you know. So they had a few rules, so we kind of stuck by the rules, and we didn’t do any swearing. You know what I mean? There’s another thing I can’t do. See if you can guess what it is later on. But we don’t really give a [mouths the word ‘shit’] about all that kind of stuff, because, you know what?

Bruce Dickinson doesn't care about yo' damn censorship. Later in the night, he says:

The most important thing is the music, the most important thing is that we are here, and you are here, and we are gonna have a great [mouths the word ‘fucking’] time!”

I think Maiden are certainly making the best of the situation and Dickinson is ultimately right. The band wanted to see its Chinese fans, so if they had to abide by a few rules to bring their ruckus to China, so be it. Here's video of the two speeches:

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