Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s message to the school friend who broke his nose is: “Look where I am now – fuck you!”
He’s made the light-hearted comment while recalling the childhood incident that left him with his trademark flat features.
In a video that’s been given entertainingly cautious subtitles, McBrain tells The Drummer’s Journal: “I had a fight at school with one of my best mates, Peter Beecham. He beat the fuck out of me, he did. He broke my nose – I didn’t know he’d broken my nose.
“It started off with a duffle bag fight, then he clobbered me. We started a slapping fight and I clapped him one. He hated it, ‘You fucking bastard!’ And the fists came out.
“It was after school, everybody came in the circle, ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ He clobbered me good, the bastard.”
McBrain and Beecham haven’t seen each other in years, leading the drummer to speculate: “I wonder where he is today, if he’s still with us. You never know.
“You bastard. Look what you did. Look where I am now, though – fuck you!”
He adds: “That was really bad. On that note, or on that nose, shall we say…”
Iron Maiden continue their world tour in support of 16th album The Book Of Souls, which includes a headline appearance at the Download festival (opens in new tab) next month. McBrain recently said he’d love to play a month-long UK tour.
Iron Maiden The Book Of Souls World Tour remaining dates
May 21: Johannesburg Carnival City Festival Lawns, South Africa
May 27: Dortmund Rock Im Revier Festival, Germany
May 29: Munich Rockavaria Festival, Germany
May 31: Berlin The Waldbuehne, Germany
Jun 03: Lucerne Sonisphere Allmend Rockt, Switzerland
Jun 05: Rock In Vienna Festival, Austria
Jun 08: Arnhem Gelredome, Netherlands
Jun 10: Paris Download Festival, France
Jun 12: Donington Download Festival, UK
Jun 15: Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway
Jun 17: Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium, Sweden
Jun 19: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 21: Herning Jyske Bank Boxen, Denmark
Jun 23: Kaunas Zalgirio Arena, Lithuania
Jun 25: Moscow Olimpiyskiy, Russia
Jun 29: Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland
Jul 01: Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Jul 03: Wroclaw Stadium, Poland
Jul 05: Prague Eden Arena, Czech Republic
Jul 06: Zilina Airport, Slovakia
Jul 09: Viveiro Resurrection Festival, Spain
Jul 11: Lisbon MEO Arena, Portugal
Jul 13: Madrid Barclaycard Center, Spain
Jul 16: Barcelona Rock Fest
Jul 22: Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
Jul 24: Rome Rock in Rome Sonisphere, Italy
Jul 26: Trieste Piazza dell’Unita D’Italia, Italy
Jul 27: Split Spaladium Arena, Croatia
Aug 02: Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Aug 04: Wacken Open Air, Germany