Paul DiAnno Bashes Bruce Dickinson: 'I Don't Sing Opera and I'm Not a Ballerina'

Singer lashes out at fan for shouting Dickinson's name at a show.

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Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno lashed out at a fan for shouting Bruce Dickinson's name during an October 4 concert in Greece, calling the fan a "fa--ot" and dubbing current Maiden vocalist "Brucy baby." As Rock Overdose reports, Di'Anno's outburst occurred less than 15 minutes into the show. "You think that's funny? You co-k-sucking motherf--ker. There's always one gay guy, always one fa--ot. Man, I'm not even gonna come off stage and beat the p-ss out of you. I'll get my security boys to take you out. Yeah. So shut your f--king mouth. Always one douchebag." The singer then shifted his rage towards Dickinson. "So, Bruce Dickinson," he began. "Listen, I do not sing opera and I'm not a ballerina. I just play f--king straight-ahead punk heavy metal. If you wanna go listen to Brucy baby, f--k off home. Otherwise, I'll play for my f--king friends tonight. So if you don't mind it, suck my d-ck, you c-cksucker." Di'Anno continued his performance, charging through "Marshall Lockjaw" track and the rest of the setlist. A similar incident took place last year in Ukraine, when another fan essentially did the same thing. Paul's reaction was also similar. "I'm sorry I don't do opera," he told the crowd and mimicked Dickinson's vocals on "Run to the Hills." He added: "It's too f--king easy and I'm not gay." Di'Anno got back on the road in August 2011 after serving time for conducting a benefit fraud. He fronted the metal giants on their first two records and was replaced by Dickinson in 1981. Check out the clip below for the incident and let us know what you think in the comments.

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    not necessary the way he reacted, but we can't deny that the fan is kind of a douche too
    This is just Paul being Paul. One incident where he lashed out at an audience member where I feel it was more justifiable was when he was about to play Remember Tomorrow to pay tribute to Clive Burr who had recently died. Some woman shouted "I don't like Iron Maiden" and he went in for the attack. XD
    Bloated bitter homophobic wife-beating benefit-cheating has-been. Up the Irons.
    Can you blame the guy? I mean he probably has to hear this crap every week. I'd be pissed off too if I was him. Why the hell would you go to a show to see him and start chanting for another band/singer?? One word-TROLLING Go ahead and downvote this you bunch of hypocrites lol
    Yeah but he couldn't get past his Maiden years, he hasn't put out anything new that's worth it and still milks the songs of his Maiden period. The guy in the crowd is a douche too anyway
    That's totally irrational. If he's playing songs that he played with Maiden back in the day theres nothing wrong with that. Bands that care even a little bit about their fans play songs that their fans want to hear. it only makes sense. now if this guy is singing songs that Bruce Dickheadson co-wrote, then I would totally understand. Nice try though.
    Bruce "DICKHEADSON", okay your comment is completely biased as you seem to hate Bruce. This guy keeps bashing Maiden, yet he only plays Maiden songs, and he barely has co-writing credits in less than 6 songs. Of course is stupid for someone to go and chant Bruce's name in there, but Paul doesn't do anything to make himself a respectable person. These rants are childish, looks like he couldn't get past his alcohol and drugs problems
    He's said this a couple of times before. In fact, pretty much every time someone makes the mistake of giving him air time. I saw him play in Wellington a year or so ago... In a word: "Fuckingterrible"
    i dont condone DiAnno's comments but why are fan's going to shows that DiAnno is at and shouting Bruce's name? kinda crass if you ask me. Bruce has been the signer in Iron Maiden for a long time. why the jabs at Paul now? its 2013. maybe i have missed something.
    I'll be the first person to say I don't want to hear Bruce Dickinson singing Paul Di'Anno songs, and the first to say I don't want to hear ANYTHING coming out of Paul's mouth.
    I for one, actually like his aggressiveness. Reminds me of the old Maiden and other bands around that time. The whole attitude is what attracts me to Metal and Punk to begin with. I love Bruce and all, but I love this guys non-shit giving hateful attitude which the genre was pretty much built on.
    bruce has more people in his wine cellar than this guy has at this concert and dam it play freebird
    I can't stand opera, but it requires a lot of talent to sing! Why would he joke about it? His comments are messed up too!
    Funny. What a Homophobic loser. Meanwhile Iron Maiden just played a epic show at the Rock in Rio. While he plays a little shit hole.
    Wasn't this a story around a year ago? This isn't news. Plus Paul can't hold a candle to Bruce, its painfully obvious. Sour Grapes.
    Wow... Personally I think this guy is a loser... not because hes all like "blah blah Dickinsons a fag" - but because he thinks his opinion TRULY matters. Thats funny.
    He already said the opera thing a while ago. Pretty sure UG posted it
    A similar incident took place last year in Ukraine, when another fan essentially did the same thing. Paul's reaction was also similar.
    The only good thing about this man I can say it that he sang on my favourite Maiden album(the first one). Bashing Bruce Dickinson? It's ridiculous.
    Not sure what's worse; the amount of homophobic crap he said, or the fact that crowd seemed cool with it.
    This is especially disgusting being the second time he's said it. It wasn't funny the first time, it's really not funny this time. I guess Maiden's success has led to some major jealousy and apparent resentment. All I can say is.. Deal with it Paul. There are only a handful of rock vocalists in Dickinson's ballpark.. And YOU are NOT one of em.
    This guys such a douchebag! He's just pissed off because Maiden gained much more popularity after this tool left. What a tosser. Someone needs to pull the monkey out of DiAnno's ass for sure.
    How old is this complete idiot. Using "gay" as an insult, real tough. Bruce has been and always will be a better singer and human being than him.
    Hasn't this happened exactly before? EDIT: Ah, you mentioned it. Also, lol'd at opera style singing being easy. That's why there are hundreds of singers like Bruce, right?
    Metallica : Mustaine; Maiden : DiAnno
    except Dave has gotten over it. But Paul did sing two full albums where as Dave was never featured on a commercial recording for Metallica, and Dave is in a relevant band.
    Ha! From the title I was expecting a tirade of abuse from DiAnno about Bruce.....may be the title should have been sensationalist journalism gets UG readers frothing at the mouth.. Meh whatever.
    Whoa whoa whoa whoa... What's with all the homophobic shit Paul? Ya, the fan is an ass shouting out like that and you can say you and Bruce have very different styles... But come on, no need to gay bash
    Wow. I liked Paul's work with Maiden, but it turns out he's just a grade A **** and a homophobic shit head.
    What an *******, even though i like his work with Maiden
    I love their debut and Killers. I'd like to hear Maiden go back to that raw sound again. Paul was an excellent singer back then, it's a shame he became such an asshat...
    Bruce is flying planes, fencing at an olympic level and still touring with the real Maiden. This homophobic moron is still playing tiny venues and hanging out in pubs.
    paul is a moron but so is the fan shouting bruce's name. that would be pretty disrespectful to paul, if paul actually deserved any respect whatsoever.
    The man performed for years whilst claiming incapacity benefit. He's the very definition of *******.
    Thank goodness this guy isn't in Iron Maiden anymore. He probably would have held them back with his "people skills"...
    Also take note that he's insulting gays in Greece. You know, the gay capital of the world. What a bloody idiot. Anyway, up the Irons! Paul was great on the 1st two albums, but Bruce is the man. He is the Iron Maiden sound!
    "I don't sing Opera and I'm not a ballerina! I'm a drunken, overweight skinhead who's past his prime! Oh god, I wish I was a ballet dancing Opera singer, they actually have talent."