IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson reportedly fell head-first from one of the higher set platforms close to bandmate Nicko McBrain's drumkit during MAIDEN's headlining performance at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles Saturday (Jan. 31). "He seemed to be groggy for about a minute, lying on his back then rocking back and forth in pain, but as [guitarist] Janick [Gers] and some crew started to notice and went to help, he got up just in time for the verse 'as the guards march...] verse of 'Hallowed Be Thy Name'," according to a fan posting at MaidenFans.com.
"After the end of the song, the band huddled and talked about it, since they hadn't seen it happening. [Bassist] Steve [Harris] even looked in disbelief while Bruce was pointing out where he slipped. Understandably, Bruce was moving much slower for the rest of the show.
"He even said he wanted to get some X-Rays after the show, but maybe that the Air-Raid was only kiddin...
"Later on in the show, he went off to a security person who was pouring water on stage, telling him that he already slipped once and didn't want to do it again."
In other news, according to a posting at MichaelKiske.tk, Dickinson has confirmed his participation in the forthcoming solo project of THOTEN frontman Renato Tribuzy, dubbed EXECUTION. Dickinson and Tribuzy reportedly met at Bruce's hotel during MAIDEN's recent Brazilian tour and talked about projects and concerts. Bruce will reportedly record his track in Los Angeles with producer/guitarist Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD), who will also make a guest appearance on the EXECUTION album. Other musicians set to appear on the CD include ex-HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, ex-HELLOWEEN/current MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow, HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén, ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro, PRIMAL FEAR/SINNER bassist Mat Sinner, PRIMAL FEAR vocalist Ralf Scheepers, and THOTEN drummer Marco Barzo. A June 2004 release is expected.