IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has slammed the British government regarding the impact Brexit has had on British artists’ international touring plans.
“Don’t get me started on the Government’s attitude to the entertainment industry,” Dickinson told Sky News. “We are probably one of the UK’s major exports. I mean … come on. And yet we’re sitting here, we can’t do anything.
“It’s very well known that I voted for Brexit. But you know the idea is after you’ve done it you then go in and be sensible about the relationship you have with people. So at the moment all this guff about not being able to play in Europe, and the Europeans not being able to play over here and work permits and all the rest of the rubbish – come on! You know, get your act together.”
In 2018, Dickinson defended his decision to vote for Brexit, saying: “If musicians were running Europe, Europe would run a lot better because we’d all get on with each other and say, ‘Yeah,’” the vocalist said (see video below).
“IRON MAIDEN music is global music; we have fans everywhere. 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. Now, do those musicians have problems coming to Europe? No.”