Saxon frontman Biff Byford recalled the time when they were on a tour with Iron Maiden and claimed that they were taken off the bill because of Bruce Dickinson in his recent interview with Metal Rules.
Iron Maiden released their fourth studio album entitled ‘Piece of Mind’ on May 16, 1983, and it was the first album featuring their new drummer Nicko McBrain. Also, the band announced their upcoming world tour while they were working on their latest album back then.
The World Piece Tour started on May 2, 1983, in Hull and ended on December 18, 1983, in Dortmund. Various bands such as Grand Prix, Fastway, Michael Schenker Group, and Saxon performed the opening acts for Iron Maiden. In addition, Saxon released their fifth studio album ‘Power & the Glory’ in March 1983, so it was a great chance to promote their record.
However, Biff Byford revealed that it turned out to be a disappointment for them when they got kicked off after playing during a few concerts in the tour’s North America leg. The frontman stated that some people told him they were asked to leave the tour since Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson didn’t like their performance, but he doesn’t know whether it’s true or not.
Byford stated in his interview that:
“I don’t think we ever did. I don’t think I can ever remember cashing a big fat check. You have to remember in 1983 around ‘Power & the Glory’ is when we started to break in America. I think something happened with the record company at that point. We were on a pretty big tour with Maiden, and about halfway through, we just sort of stopped.
I really don’t know what happened, just that we were taken off the bill. Fastway was moved up and someone on before that as well. Perhaps there was some talking going on behind the band; who knows. There were people who said that we got kicked off because Bruce Dickinson didn’t like us. He may not have liked the way we were going down; I’m not sure if that is true or not.”
You can check out the interview below.