On his impending one-man show, lockdown, and Iron Maiden tour, Bruce Dickinson
Bruce Dickinson has had an extraordinary life. He’s a pilot, novelist, competitive fencer, businessman, brewer, and cancer survivor all rolled into one. You may also recognize him as the vivacious lead singer of Iron Maiden, one of Britain’s most successful exports.
Bruce, 62, will recount his time as a boarding school outcast and “explain how I ended up singing instead of drumming or entering the army, as well as the story of my ludicrous clothes.” “However, the last third of the show is fully improvised,” he continues. Cards are distributed to the audience for questions and comments. In the intermission, I view them, shuffle them around, and make up an improvised script. You must think quickly and laterally, but it can be rather amusing.
“When someone wrote, ‘Do you recall meeting my mother in 1983…,’ I paused, and the audience laughed. Another titter: ‘In a hotel.’ They’re now giggling as they say, ‘In Budapest…’ ‘By the way, you’re not my father, I double-checked.’ It’s hilarious.”
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Bruce admits, “We weren’t exactly choir lads.” “Especially at first, 23-year-old males in America… spoke with an English accent, and women’s clothes fell off in front of your eyes. But with us, the major event was always on stage, not off. We were always serious about it.”
Bruce joined Iron Maiden late, replacing original singer Paul Di’Anno in 1981, just in time to contribute his operatic vocal range to the band’s third album, the multiplatinum Number Of The Beast, and first top 10 song, Run To The Hills.
Not everyone was blown away. Bruce’s voice, according to one fan, was “like listening to my favorite tunes through an air raid siren.” Dickinson was dubbed “the Human Air Raid Siren” by Maiden, who turned the negative into a good.
Since then, the band has sold over 100 million albums around the world. Bruce, have you become a British institution?
He snorts, “I might wind up in one.” “We are quite proud to be British. We’re a little odd and weird, and we don’t simply fit into the heavy metal genre. We have our own identity, and we defy all attempts to confine us to a small box.
“We don’t have a relationship with the media; we have a relationship with our supporters. Every year, we add.”Brinkwire Summary News.” They’re like plywood.