Bosnia’s capital has declared Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen for the concert the heavy metal band performed while the city was under siege during the 1992-95 war.

Sarajevo Mayor Abdulah Skaka on Saturday presented the award at city hall. He says Iron Maiden’s arrival to the city in 1994 “was one of those moments when we in Sarajevo realized we will survive.”

Saturday was Sarajevo Day, which marks the city’s liberation during World War II and the 1992 start of the Bosnian Serb siege.

Bruce Dickinson, left, poses with his honorary citizen certificate with Igor Gavric, head of the city assembly at the city hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
Bruce Dickinson, left, poses with his honorary citizen certificate with Igor Gavric, head of the city assembly at the city hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

Dickinson said “it’s a great honor to be given the honorary citizenship of Sarajevo.” He adds that “in a world where things only last for about five seconds on social media … people are still remembering it, that’s really quite something.”

Bruce Dickinson speaks at the city hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. Bosnia's capital Sarajevo has declared Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen in gratitude for the concert the heavy metal band held while the city was under siege during 1992-95 war. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
Bruce Dickinson speaks at the city hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo has declared Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen in gratitude for the concert the heavy metal band held while the city was under siege during 1992-95 war. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
Film producer Adnan Cuhara, left, poses with a hand made metal guitar, made of copper, for Bruce Dickinson, right, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
Film producer Adnan Cuhara, left, poses with a hand made metal guitar, made of copper, for Bruce Dickinson, right, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

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