Iron Maiden singer made a Sarajevo citizen

Sarajevo mayor Abdulah Skaka has thanked Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson for his 1994 concert.
Sarajevo mayor Abdulah Skaka has thanked Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson for his 1994 concert.

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

Sarajevo mayor Abdulah Skaka presented the award at a ceremony in Sarajevo City Hall, which was badly damaged during the Bosnian Serb siege of the city, but has since been restored.

He said Dickinson's visit in 1994 "was one of those moments when we in Sarajevo realised we will survive".

Saturday is Sarajevo Day, which marks the city's liberation during WWII and the start in 1992 of the Bosnian Serb siege that killed more than 11,000 people, including 1600 children.

Dickinson walked through the city centre greeting people and signing autographs.

"It's a great honour to be given the honorary citizenship of Sarajevo," he said.

"In a world where things only last for about five seconds on social media ... people are still remembering it. That's really quite something.

"This is a brilliant day, a lovely day and it's great to be back."

Australian Associated Press