Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will NOT be appearing at the Miller Strat Pack concert on Friday, September 24 at London's Wembley Arena, in aid of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. "Although he was asked to perform, Bruce had to decline the invitation due to prior commitments," reads a posting on MAIDEN's web site. "Some advertisements have recently included Bruce. This was an administrative error by the event organisers. If anyone has purchased tickets to specifically see Bruce Dickinson, they should be entitled to a full refund and should refer back to their original point of sale. Despite this mistake we hope that many of you will support this event in aid of a very worthwhile charity. [IRON MAIDEN drummer] Nicko [McBrain] will be playing so give him a big cheer!!!!"
In related news, Andy Taylor, the co-founder of IRON MAIDEN's management company, Sanctuary Group, was recently interviewed by the BBC News web site for its "Business" section. Asked what the proudest moment of his career was, Taylor replied, "My partner Rod Smallwood had discovered an amazing heavy metal band called IRON MAIDEN back in 1979 and much of our experience and knowledge has grown out of managing what became one of the best selling bands in the world (over 60 million albums). My proudest moment was probably when IRON MAIDEN was the headline act at Donington in 1988 as it represented a very significant moment in their career." Read the rest of the interview here.