Five dates into Iron Maiden’s U.S. leg of the Give Me Ed… ’Til I’m Dead Tour, the band’s drummer, Michael “Nicko” McBrain, was arrested for allegedly purposely driving his black Jaguar into a parking attendant before a concert at the Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater.
The 51-year-old drummer was trying to pull into the Wantagh, New York, venue’s VIP parking lot on Saturday at around 8:30 p.m. when he was stopped by attendant Mark Robinson, who asked for credentials, state park police said. McBrain flashed his identification, but the attendant couldn’t see it clearly and asked to view it again.
McBrain told the attendant he would hit him if he didn’t move out of the way. The attendant didn’t budge, so McBrain inched forward and struck him in the legs. The attendant backed up, but stood his ground, so the drummer warned him that if he didn’t move, he’d be struck again. McBrain then drove the car more forcibly into Robinson, who fell on the hood of the Jaguar. Robinson suffered bruises on his right hand and legs, and was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for examination.
Police arrested McBrain at the scene and charged him with third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. After the arrest was processed, the drummer was released on an “appearance ticket,” which allowed him to play the show. McBrain is scheduled to appear at First District Court of Nassau County in Hempstead, New York, on September 16. If convicted, McBrain could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Iron Maiden’s management had no comment.