Iron Maiden shocked the world back in the day for their hellraising imagery and firey tracks, but the one thing frontman Bruce Dickinson won't tolerate is something lighting up at one of their concerts.

During a recent gig in California, Dickinson stopped the gig for a few minutes to give a bollocking to fans who were smoking marijuana near the stage, claiming it hinders his performance.

"I don't know what it is," Dickinson told the crowd, "but there's so many fucking people smoking so much fucking dope down here, I'm amazed you can even see."

"Poor old Steve. I don't know if you know, but he absolutely fucking hates marijuana and the smell of it, alright? So when he's trying to play bass, it fucks him up. It fucks me up. I'm a singer, alright?"

"I would just ask for a tiny bit of respect — if you want to go get completely stoned out of your fucking mind, go out the back and do it. Alright? Otherwise, you're going to end up like this fucking knucklehead here going 'uhhhh.'"

Dickinson attracted headlines earlier this year for calling a Greek fan who lit a flare a "fucking c***"

The unfortunate fan set off a flare during 'Number Of The Beast', which ticked off the Iron Maiden singer.

The Irons are on a worldwide tour in promotion of their 2021 album 'Senjutsu', and are also playing tracks from their classic 1986 album 'Somewhere In Time', meaning that fans will get the chance to hear classics like 'Wasted Years' and the album's iconic opening track in concert.

The mighty Iron Maiden are rolling into Dublin next May for their first Irish gig in years, but fans are being advised to leave the lighter at home, lest they feel the wrath of Bruce Dickinson.