Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson turned passionate commercially-licensed aviator has responded to and refuted a sensational article that labeled him a "Rock 'n' Roll Warmonger," and accused him of being part of an venture that accepted a U.S. military contract to manufacture drones.

The report claims that the drones are lighter than air and that the extremely lucrative contract is worth up to $500 million. It refers to another source that has since been removed.

Despite the sensationalistic claims, Dickinson felt the need to respond to such lies being printed about him. A statement was provided to the and read as follows:

"This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy. Both Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in, and remain great supporters of, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company that has nothing whatsoever to do with drones, 'lighter than air' or otherwise!"

The statement continued: "As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine. Possible military use of HAVs in future could be for heavy-lifting, transportation or high altitude detection of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), or similar, thus saving lives, both military and civilian. Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, as this writer has claimed in such an erroneously dramatic and defamatory manner, HAVs are designed to offer much needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles."

Dickinson effectively schooled the writer and was angry enough to feel that he needed to respond to what felt like baseless accusations to begin with. Carry on...