brucedickinson400 Ethan Sacks of the New York Daily News reports:

Iron Maiden front-man Bruce Dickinson says one of his major regrets is not slugging Guns n’ Roses singer Axl Rose during a 1988 concert in Quebec City, Canada.

At the show, in which GN’R opened for Maiden, Rose incensed both the French Canadian crowd and Dickinson by acting petulant after the audience wouldn’t address him in English.

“I should have come onstage and given him a punch,” Dickinson told the French-language Le Journal de Montreal.

“How could he dare speak to my audience in that way? I always regretted not having done so.”

The notoriously abrasive Rose has a love/hate history with fans, having sparked riots at Missouri’s Riverport Ampitheater in 1991 and in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium a year later after he stormed off the stage in the middle of a set.

Rose may have softened in recent years, however, to the point that he’s reportedly open to the idea of a reunion with his original Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who famously exited the band in 1996 in a bitter feud with the singer.

Slash told Sweden’s Aftonbladet TV that there is no longer any real bad blood between them.

“It was probably way overdue, you know,” the guitarist said in the interview, according to “But it’s … you know, it’s very cool at this point. You know, let some of that, sort of, negative … dispel some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”


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  • Michael Monet on

    THE BOOK OF SOULS is great so if you’re keeping score MAIDEN, PRIEST and RUSH have all delivered big time with their most recent releases. The genre is not dead yet. As far as beating up Americans in Canada 30 years ago, you can let that one go. Bruce is a great front-man and total class up on that stage, you can see why an unprofessional like Axl would annoy him. Am I in heaven on this website? An Iommi article, followed by a Blackmore article and then a Dickinson article. Wow Dana, love your work. I won’t be going to Europe for Blackmore, so hopefully a DVD comes out of that but I think JUDAS PRIEST in November is a must. Anybody see the flame shooting guitarist in the new MAD MAX? The guy was swinging from a rope on a truck going 100 miles an hour. Freaking awesome. Totally metal.

    • Michael B on

      Well I’d agree with that, except there are 0 new bands that could ever fill the shoes of Maiden, Priest or most certainly Rush. So, when these guys are gone, all we are left with is 3 versions of Ratt, 2 versions of Queensryche and all their Casino shows, Kiss is a joke, I’d wager you’ll never hear new VH music. Def Leppard and Tesla are touring, but lets be honest, everyone wants to hear High and Dry, Pyromania and Hysteria, and radio won’t play any new material, George Lynch makes a new CD every month, and Motley Crue are finally giving it up. AC DC is probably on the cusp of leaving as well.

      Metallica takes a decade to put out new material, Mustaine’s revolving door of band members and weird political comments, and bands that should have been huge that weren’t, like Armored Saint and King’s X continue to slug it out as they get old. The only halfway new rock band that has the draw of a Maiden is probably the Foo Fighters, and the Foo’s have been around forever. Great bands like Rival Son’s will never reach those levels.

      Hard rock and metal may not be dead, but it’s really old.

      Long live Maiden.

    • Michael Monet on

      Boy that was cheery and uplifting. Thanks a lot. I think I’ll cancel my medical check-ups and listen to FADE TO BLACK for about 3 weeks. My team has a 1 in 32 chance of winning the SUPER BOWL, so the NFL is out. How about SOLITUDE by SABBATH, I’ll listen to that as well. WHY NOT KEEP YOUR NEGATIVITY TO YOURSELF YOU RASCAL?

    • Dana on


      Off topic, but since you brought it up, which NFL team do you root for?

      D 🙂

    • Michael Monet on

      I root for the JETS Dana and it is because I believe in God though I have never seen Him. I believe in the JETS and their only SUPER BOWL victory was three years before my birth. It is easy to route for great teams like the STEELERS and GIANTS and I respect that but the JETS are footballs equivalent to KISS. As you have seen through the years KISS creates more hype than way more talented acts and KISS often dissapoints but the moments of greatness make it worthwhile. CAPISCE. Imagine Bret Farve as THE SPACEMAN and Marc Sanchez as THE CATMAN. No just playing. The guy who punched out Geno is like Ace and Tommy Thayer.

    • Dana on

      Well, like Eddie, I bleed Giants blue. But, we have our crosses to bear as well.

      Since your a Jets fan, did you read that scathing report on ESPN regarding The Pats and their years of shenanigans? BTW, sorry to any potential Pats fans on this board, but I blame the unscrupulous Bill Bellicheat.

  • James K. on

    Bruce can still punch Axl now! You should never give up on your dreams.

  • MRTTMT on

    All but dead, check the sales figures for those 3 great albums.Priest’s album was very good and they’re playing 3,000 seats(Barclays with only 1/3 of tickets put up), so was Rush’s album and tour with dates spread out thin through the nation to help boost sales. Is the VH tour still going on ? It’s all but dead.Today’s show in Raleigh isn’t even half sold.Twisted Sister, for years ,Dee has made the claim that touring was a choice, do some home work,Live Nation weren’t willing to book a Farewell tour in venues above the club/theatre level. It’s the business limping along.

    Maiden’s Book Of Souls just might be right up there with their best ever and will come in at about 65,000 in sales in first week. Their US Tour will be about 30 choice North American dates.

    That’s while not quite dead,is so close it’s pathetic.

    And please ,please, no one please, don’t drag out the customary AC DC mention. They’re great but if they didn’t take off 5 years between tours ,they’d be in the same boat as all the other acts touring every year.

    • Michael Monet on

      Another one. I was at VAN HALEN last Sunday and it was packed and great. Why are you looking at album sales statistics you goofy goose? Learn to appreciate great albums and savor the moment. According to your AC/DC theory, no one should tour a lot or a little. If I get sick, I don’t want you or Mike B. To visit me. You guys are like Bea Arthur except she was funny and you’re not.

    • Tyger of Pan Tang on

      Where do you get these data? Please let me know. I’d like to be able to read these numbers critically, because I’ve heard that playing casinos for these bands is far more lucrative for them than the stadiums in the 80s. Casinos have ongoing sources of revenue and so can offer them better rates.

    • Michael Monet on

      That’s right. TELL THEM! TELL THEM! You are beautiful Tyger of Pan Tang.

    • Jason Falkinham on

      I’ve been to three Van Halen shows this tour and all three were packed…far from dead!

    • Michael Monet on

      Yes Jason, I too witnessed a huge VAN HALEN crowd. It was a great night. Like OZZY, I AM SO TIRED of these mooks with all their negativity. It’s like you give them a brand new car for free and they complain about the insurance.

  • Gary B on

    Bruce. The line of people who wished they’d punched Axl forms to the left,and it’s about 2 miles long…. Lol

  • D. Comiskey on

    Anyone proclaiming BOS to be one of Maiden’s best is high on crack. I’m SO disappointed in this album. They’re tired, incredibly repetitive/redundant and uninspired. They should have left it at the reunion album. I’ve been a Maiden fan since the Powerslave days. But what they’ve put out since Dance of Death is just pathetic and, ultimately, unmemorable.

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