DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara has weighed in on IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson’s recent rant to concert-goers who smoke marijuana
During IRON MAIDEN‘s September 21 concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Dickinson took issue with a number of people who were smoking weed in the front row during the band’s performance.
“I don’t know what it is,” Bruce told the audience. “There’s so many fucking people smoking so much fucking dope down here, I’m amazed you can even see. Poor old Steve [Harris]. I don’t know if you know, but he absolutely fucking hates marijuana and the smell of it, all right? So when he’s trying to play bass, it fucks him up. It fucks me up. I’m a singer, all right? So duh.
“I would just ask for a tiny bit of respect,” he added. “If you want to go get completely stoned out of your fucking mind, go out the back and do it. All right? Otherwise you’re going to end up like this fucking knucklehead here going ‘uhhhh.'”
A week later, at IRON MAIDEN’s concert at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington, Bruce once again slammed those in the audience who were smoking pot, saying: “The smell of the crowd. Oh, I love the smell of sweaty human fucking bodies. It’s the weird shit that you smoke that fucks me up. And the bass player. We fucking hate it. Please, if you’re gonna go get fucking wrecked, fucking wreck yourself out the back and then come back, all right? ‘Cause we are having a fucking great time up here and I wanna enjoy every minute of it. I don’t wanna do [adopts stoner drawl], ‘Where the fuck am I, dude?'”
Well this past Monday (October 24), Fafara posted the following message to his Twitter account, while sharing a Metal Hammer article about Dickinson’s scolding of the cheeba smokers: “It’s a concert bro people smoke weed”. One person responded: “True. But not everyone smokes, nor does everyone like the smell so I see where Bruce is coming from as well.”
Earlier today, Dez elaborated his stance on the issue, posting: “When he’s in that concert hall he thinks it’s his but it’s not it’s the peoples those who bought tickets house not the bands house I’ve had this argument for years with bands bro your in their town in their house your just a fucking guest #smokeweed”.
IRON MAIDEN is currently touring in support of their latest album, “Senjutsu”, which arrived in September of last year.
It’s a concert bro people smoke weed 😆 https://t.co/Yy4KQ6Dx9f— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) October 24, 2022
When he’s in that concert hall he thinks it’s his but it’s not it’s the peoples those who bought tickets house not the bands house I’ve had this argument for years with bands bro your in their town in their house your just a fucking guest #smokeweed https://t.co/vDEY8f6SdF— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) October 26, 2022