Veteran rocker Bruce Dickinson was so disgusted with himself for drunkenly eating leftover food from room service trays in a Japanese hotel, he decided to change his lifestyle - and become a pilot.

The IRON MAIDEN singer elected to lead a more healthy existence after his humiliating on-the-road experience, and wanted to prove to himself he could achieve his ambition of flying a plane.

Dickinson, now a fully-qualified commercial pilot, says, "Afterwards I just thought, 'There's got to be more than this.' Nothing to do with that touchy-feely, must-check-into-the-Priory b**locks.

"That's when I took up fencing again and decided to learn how to fly."

19/01/2005 13:53