While the invitation to play in the city under siege was rejected by Motorhead, the Rolling Stones and Metallica, only Iron Maiden's singer Bruce Dickinson was crazy enough to give an unforgettable night to the people of Sarajevo in 1994 with his band at the time. Twenty-nine years later, Dickinson is back in the Bosnian capital where he participated in a spectacle dedicated to the Deep Purple legend, Jon Lord.
Before the concert, Dickinson took the time to talk with N1’s Ika Ferrer-Gotic, to whose question “What would you say to your younger self if you were in the same situation?”, he answered: “I would do it all over again, it was worth it!”
When asked who was so crazy to come to Sarajevo under siege, in the middle of the war, Dickinson said he did not know whether he was crazy or stupid and that he thought no one would shoot him.
He admitted he was not informed enough regarding the situation and only after arriving in Split did he realise the reality because they had a very informative briefing from military personnel. Despite being promised bulletproof vests, they had no protection when we came to Sarajevo, said the Iron Maiden frontman.
He said that today's Sarajevo is a “great city to walk around” and that he likes to go from coffee to coffee as if he were a native Bosnian.
Chris Dale is a bassist who became famous for his performance with Dickinson in Sarajevo in 1994, and after that, he visited the BiH capital many more times.
“The simple fact is that in 1994 we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. We couldn't read the news on the internet back then. I assumed naively there had to be a ceasefire. Bruce wouldn’t do something crazy enough to go to an active war zone. I didn’t think the UN would let him. But were we out of our minds? yes,” Dale recalled.
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