Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Says His Rock God Is Ian Gillan And Shares The Embarrassing Story Of Meeting Him

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Rickinson shared his opinion about Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan during a recent appearance on BBC Radio.

In the conversation, Bruce mentioned that Ian is his rock god and he first listened to Deep Purple when he was a teenager. Furthermore, he revealed the embarrassing story of meeting his rock god.

Bruce revealed that they were touring with Deep Purple when he was in a band called Samson. They recorded some songs in Ian’s studio, they went to a pub to chill out afterward.

After a while, Ian walked in and asked who is the singer of the band because he really liked the vocals. However, Bruce felt a sudden urge to vomit and puked up for about forty-five minutes. Later on, Ian put him in a taxi and sent him home.

Here is what Bruce Dickinson said:

“My rock god is Ian Gillan. There I was, a young spotty teenager – just a teenager, I should hasten to add – and there was this noise coming through somebody’s door.

I opened it, and I went, ‘What on earth is that?!’ And it was ‘Speed King’ by Deep Purple off ‘Deep Purple In Rock.’ And that was what got me started.

Having said all that, I met Ian Gillan – not only did I meet him, I actually went on tour with him when I was in a band called Samson.”

He continued:

“I’m in a studio, we’ve done an album in Ian Gillan’s studio, we’ve all been at the pub and had a few pints, in walks my god Ian Gillan and goes, ‘Hey, what a great vocalist. Who’s the singer?’

At that moment, I felt a sudden urge to vomit. I ran out of the room, puked up for about 45 minutes in the toilet when in comes my idol, kicks the door, and goes, ‘C’mon, mate. Out you come. Let’s get you wiped down with a towel.’

He put me in a taxi and sent me home. I’ve never forgotten that, and he’s never let me forget it either.”

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