Iron Maiden brand Oslo killer Anders Breivik an ‘arsehole’ at London show

Plus watch Bruce Dickinson and co bring their mascot Eddie onstage

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson branded Anders Breivik, the man responsible for killing 77 people in Norway, an “arsehole” at their London O2 Arena show last night (August 5).

The singer expressed his sadness over the recent tragedy which came just days after the metal veterans performed in the city of Oslo, where the attacks took place.

He told the crowd:

We played in Belfast a couple of nights ago and you always hear about the conflicts with religion. But it doesn’t matter if you’re Catholic or Protestant or what religion or race you are, whether you’re purple with black spots, Iron Maiden concerts unite people and it’s always a safe house.

Dickinson continued:

But our most recent trip to Oslo was sad and talk about bullshit, this guy [Breivik] calls himself a Christian and goes and does that. What an arsehole.

The metal veterans, who were playing the penultimate night of their ‘Final Frontier’ world tour, included five tracks from their recent studio album of the same name in the set, sandwiched between classics from their back catalogue.

These included ‘The Trooper’, which saw Dickinson don a red soldier’s outfit and wave a huge Union Jack flag as he ran across the stage.

The band, who were greeted with cheers of “Maiden, Maiden” throughout their two hour set, also brought on their giant mascot Eddie during ‘The Evil That Men Do’, fan footage of which you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below.

Later a giant version of the monster rose behind drummer Nicko McBrain for the title track to their 1980 debut album ‘Iron Maiden’.

The band ended the show with ‘The Number Of The Beast’, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and ‘Running Free’ before McBrain launched frisbees into the crowd as they left the stage.

Iron Maiden played:

‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier’
‘El Dorado’
‘2 Minutes To Midnight’
‘The Talisman’
‘Coming Home’
‘Dance Of Death’
‘The Trooper’
‘The Wicker Man’
‘Blood Brothers’
‘When The Wild Wind Blows’
‘The Evil That Men Do’
‘Fear Of The Dark’
‘Iron Maiden’
‘The Number Of The Beast’
‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’
‘Running Free’

The metal veterans will wrap up their world tour with a second show at London‘s O2 Arena tonight (August 6).