In a classic case of putting a foot in one’s mouth, Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer for heavy metal heroes Iron Maiden, has spoken out about the impact of Brexit on musicians, having voted for the proposition and been a supporter of leaving the EU.
During the long-running Brexit referendum, Dickinson made his feelings painstakingly clear that he believed the UK could operate more freely when not a part of the European Union. However, as reality has set in, the singer is furious with the situation he voted for.
At the time, Dickinson said that leaving the EU would make Britain “more flexible”, saying that there were “a lot of nonsense and scare stories being made up by both sides, which I think is pretty immature.”
Like Roger Daltrey before him, Dickinson leant on his own situation as the basis for his vote, not really paying much attention to the destruction it could cause lower down the musical ladder.
“Iron Maiden music is global music – we have fans everywhere,” he said. “I don’t see any problem with touring Australia – that’s not part of the EU. There’s no problem with touring in Japan – that’s not part of the EU. I don’t see any problem with touring America. Oh, let me see – that’s not part of the EU. Do those musicians have problems coming to Europe? No.”
Now, speaking with Kay Burley for ITV, the singer has shared his frustrations at bands being unable to tour the EU without the need for bureaucracy. So far, being able to book even the simplest tour across the continent has proved extremely difficult.
Dickinson said he was left frustrated that politicians couldn’t be “sensible” when discussing the plight of music in post-Brexit Britain. “All this guff about not being able to play in Europe”, he said, clearly agitated, “c’mon! Get your act together!”
You can watch the clip below.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is frustrated by the impact of #Brexit on UK artists performing abroad, and feels the government can do more to help.#KayBurley UF pic.twitter.com/FHB8tNj9gZ
— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) June 28, 2021