Maiden pay tribute to Monty Python
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden makes an appearance in the upcoming Monty Python documentary DVD, paying tribute to the iconic British comedy troupe.
Almost The Truth (The Lawyers’ Cut) includes over seven hours of material and extras, including new interviews with Pythons John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and “the dead one” Graham Chapman.
One of Chapman’s last onscreen appearances was as the star of Iron Maiden’s 1988 video for the single Can I Play With Madness, in which he played a strict schoolmaster who winds up a victim of band mascot Eddie.
Dickinson joins a cast of thousands (most of whom didn’t make the cut) in the DVD tribute which is released on Monday.
He tells Bryan Reesman: “Python is in your DNA. If somebody says ‘Upper Class Twit of
the Year’ it takes me right back.
“Python was huge – absolutely huge. It was compulsory viewing. Parents thought it was insane and morally reprehensible and the BBC were going to take it off the air.
“My parents just thought it was weird. That’s good, isn’t it? Anything your parents think is weird is a good thing to watch when you’re 11 or 12 years old.
“All the classic sketches stick with you. If you did Latin with a psychopathic Latin teacher, the bit in Life of Brian where Brian’s doing the graffiti and gets all his tenses wrong… it hits home, rather close and personal.”
Rock Radio will bring you the chance to win copies of Almost The Truth next week.