In response to a claim made by the blog Dorset Eye (nope, we've never heard of it either) Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickisnon has been forced to deny receiving upwards of £300million from the US military to manufacture drone aircraft.
The blog, titled 'Bruce Dickinson: Rock'n'Roll Warmonger' alleges that the rocker is in cahoots with the US military services and has a contract to produce instruments of war for them. The blog appears to have gotten its information from a South African website, which is now offline. Someone call Fox Mulder..
In a statement posted on NME, an Iron Maiden spokesperson said: "This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy.
"Both Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in, and remain great supporters of, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company that has nothing whatsoever to do with drones, 'lighter than air' or otherwise!"
Dickinson holds an airline transport pilot's license and was once employed to fly Boeing 757's for the now defunct airleine Astraeus. The Daily Telegraph reported in the summer that Dickinson is considering starting his own airline.