Iron Maiden’s frontman Bruce Dickinson is used to singing ‘Run to the Hills’ but at the moment he can’t even run to Europe because of something that he voted for.
During an appearance on Sky News on Monday, the 62-year-old frontman of the iconic British metal band told Kay Burley that Brexit is making it harder for British acts to do tours and concerts in Europe and that the government should be doing more to help.
However, during the interview, Dickinson makes reference to the fact that he voted to leave the EU but believes that the UK should have handled the departure much more sensibly.
He said: “We [the music industry] are probably one of the UK’s major exports...I mean come on and we are sitting here, we can’t do anything.
This comes off the back of comments made by Sir Elton John who branded the government ‘philistines’ for failing to properly deal with the implications that leaving the European Union has had on musicians.
Young musicians must now require visas, work permits and equipment carnets when touring the EU something which John claims is ‘crucifying’ performers.
While it would appear that Dickinson shares the sentiments of John, few had sympathy for him as he was one of the 52 per cent of the UK that voted to leave the EU back in June 2016. Cue the Iron Maiden song puns...
@KayBurley He supported it!
🎶 Can I play with hindsight? The Brexiteer stared at his begging bowl... 🎶
— Mike Czerski 🇸🇪🇬🇧🇪🇺🇺🇲 (@Mike Czerski 🇸🇪🇬🇧🇪🇺🇺🇲)
@KayBurley So, when he supported leave, he was only expecting it to impact other people's lives, not his own?
— Kurt "Rabble Alliance" McMoomoo (@Kurt "Rabble Alliance" McMoomoo)
@KayBurley God preserve us. Sounds like he wants the UK and European countries to set up some kind of agreement, to… https://t.co/WkEw5bcWFm
— Alan Wardrop Gov. are #wilfullynegligent (@Alan Wardrop Gov. are #wilfullynegligent)
@KayBurley The EU are simply honouring his vote.
Or is it that he didn't understand what he was voting for ?🤔
— Deborah F 🇪🇺🇬🇧🏴🐶 (@Deborah F 🇪🇺🇬🇧🏴🐶)
@KayBurley Bruce is a hero to me but he voted for this when the industry he is a part of has been screaming out sin… https://t.co/JywC10akVE