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by Wyatt Marshall
Iron Maiden at Austin's 360 Amphitheatre on Monday (more by Tim Griffin)
A spokesperson for Iron Maiden denied that noted pilot Bruce Dickinson received a $500 million contract from the United States military to manufacture drones after the blog Dorset Eye alleged that the singer accepted the money to manufacture "lighter-than-air" drones. The Dorset Eye, in a post titled "Bruce Dickinson: Rock 'n' Roll Warmonger," cited a post on the website of Conference Speakers International, a "speaker and entertainment bureau in South Africa," as the source of the information. The alleged post has since been removed.
In a statement to NME, the spokesperson said Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in Hybrid Air Vehicles, a company that manufactures aircraft that utilize "lighter-than-air" technology. The spokesman called the Dorset Eye article "spurious" and stressed that the aircraft made by Hybrid Air Vehicles are not drones and are non-violent in nature. Read more of the statement over at NME.
Iron Maiden are currently wrapping up a few North American dates, which included Austin earlier this week.