Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson postponed the final two shows on his spoken word tour in the U.K. earlier this week citing a coronavirus case in his "immediate household."
After testing positive for COVID-19 himself, despite being vaccinated, the 63-year-old singer tells Rolling Stone in a new interview while under government-mandated quarantine that he’s "pretty much got no doubt that had I not had the vaccine, I could be in serious trouble."
After feeling cold-like symptoms for a few days, Dickinson is now recovering and preparing for Iron Maiden's upcoming tour. "I thought, 'Oh well, s***.' I was kind of sneezing a bit. For a couple of days, I felt a bit groggy, kind of like the flu, and that was it," he says. Bruce also shared his thoughts on vaccinations in general, believing "It is a personal choice," while also sharing his hope that fans will choose wisely with the coronavirus. "Personally, I think people are just very badly advised if they don’t go and get themselves double jabbed as quickly as possible, not for the reasons of going into concerts, but for their own health."
"Even if you’ve had a double jab, you can still get COVID," he explained, from personal experience. "Therefore you can spread it to other people who might not have been vaccinated and they might get very sick and die.”
As for his thoughts on the government having a role in all of this, "you cannot legislate against mortality," he says. "There are many things in this world that kill people and they’re not illegal but are unfortunate. Cancer kills a lot of people. Heart attacks kill a lot of people. Obesity kills a lot of people. Malaria kills a s***load of people every year... at some point, we have to just go, ‘We’re probably going to have to live with this. And if we’re going to live with it, then you have your vaccination.'"
While rescheduled dates have already been announced for Bruce's "Evening With Tour," Iron Maiden will hit the road behind their newest release, the double album Senjutsu, in June of 2022. Check out their very first new offering in six years, "The Writing On the Wall," here.
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