Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Helps Heavy Metal Truants Raise Over £1 Million For Children’s Charities

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson recently took part in the Heavy Metal Truants’ “Nine Lives” ride. That event helped raise over £1 million for children’s charities.

The Heavy Metal Truants, who were founded in 2012 by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and ex-Metal Hammer magazine editor-in-chief Alexander Milas, bring together fans, musicians and entertainment executives for the annual cycle ride, which goes from London to Donington. They will also be serving as the official charity partners for the 2021 “Download Pilot” event. That limited capacity festival is scheduled to take place at Donington Park on June 18-20. Smallwood said the following:

“Download’s support for the Heavy Metal Truants from day one has been absolutely terrific and much appreciated. It’s especially important now given how hard these charities have been hit by the pandemic, we sincerely thank Andy and Melvyn for their incredible support. It’s all about the kids and these four amazing charities after all — that’s why we do it!”

Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn continued:

“We’re delighted to be able to support the Heavy Metal Truants as the official charity partner of the Download Pilot. It’s a very special event and a very special milestone for the Truants as they’ve hit over a million pounds raised for these four incredible charities.”

Live Nation and Download organizer Andy Copping added:

“It’s always an honor to be able to support the Heavy Metal Truants. Cycling the equivalent of the whole way around the earth in twelve days? That’s an incredible achievement. We couldn’t be prouder to be partners with them.”

Milas also commented:

“The Heavy Metal Truants are a tremendous expression of our musical community. So many people — fans, artists, and indeed industry — have joined us or supported us over the years so hats, or indeed cycling helmets off to them. A million pounds isn’t the finish line for us — we are just getting started so watch this space!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Recently Underwent Hip Replacement Surgery

During a recent interview with Download Festival host Kylie Olsson, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson revealed that he recently underwent hip replacement surgery. The frontman says the operation took place “several months ago.”

Dickinson said the following:

“I had a new hip installed several months ago. So I got five and a half inches of titanium hammered into my leg. ‘Cause I run around on stage and jump, and [after] 40 years of fencing left-handed, it was just worn out. I mean, the last tour was really quite painful.

And I put it down to the fact that during the last tour, just shortly before the last tour, I also broke my Achilles as well — my Achilles tendon snapped… It’s horrible. That was two years ago, basically. So I got that stitched back together and went out on tour three and a half months later.

So I couldn’t actually walk properly or run. So I modified what I did on stage, and nobody figured it out. I was amazed. I did the whole tour — South America, the whole lot — and I ran around. But my hip was giving me so much shit. And I put it down to the fact that people were telling me, ‘You’re compensating for the other leg,’ and everything else, and I thought, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s it then.’”

He also added:

“So then I get back and I start training again seriously — doing my fencing, doing some competitions — and it’s just seizing up. And then lockdown happens. I was in Paris in lockdown — locked down properly; you have to get a piece of paper and sign it to go outside and the rest of it.

So I was running up six flights of stairs as my exercise, doing that. We had a little balcony, and I set up a fencing target on the balcony. But it was giving me so much shit. So I went to the hip doctor and said, ‘Have a look at this.’ He went, ‘Oh, yeah. It’s stuffed, mate. [You have] osteoarthritis [of the hip].’ ‘Oh, no.’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ So I was getting addicted to Ibuprofen and all the rest of it, and it pissed me off so much.

I was just, like, ‘Look, it’s not gonna get any better, is it?’ And he went, ‘No.’ So I said, ‘It’s October. When the safety car comes out, Hamilton goes in for fresh tires. So let’s do it now in October. ‘Cause I might have a tour next year.’ Little did I know. But being an eternal optimist, it was the best thing I’ve done. So now, with my new hip, I’m back to fencing again. It’s absolutely incredible.

I’ve been doing physio and doing weights that I haven’t done since I was 16 or 17 years old. I’m squatting a hundred kilos. It’s mental what your body can do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Teams Up With Filmmaker Sacha Gervasi To Script Story Of Sarajevo Siege Concert

According to Deadline, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has joined forces with filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story Of Anvil!”) to write a narrative screenplay focusing on the 1994 show he played in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War as the city was under siege. This news comes after a documentary focusing on the concert was previously released and after Dickinson was officially named an “an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.”

Dickinson commented:

“The few incredible days I spent in Sarajevo with my solo band pre-Christmas in 1994 were some of the most intense of my life. Crafting a story to bring the emotions, madness, tragedy and triumph to the screen is no easy task. My own journey was as a long-haired heavy metal singer driving through firefights into a city that had been under siege longer than Stalingrad. Mine was not, of course, the only journey taken on that day, and afterwards, at home in London, I left behind in Sarajevo travelling companions on the road of life. This movie is actually dedicated to their story, not mine.”

Gervasi added:

“I first met Bruce Dickinson as a 15-year-old Maiden fan in London in 1982. Now, nearly 40 years later, to be co-writing this extraordinarily intense and personal story with Bruce himself is a genuine and unexpected honor. The real story of the kids and local musicians who attended that show is as poignant as it is inspiring. Many of them didn’t make it. As Bruce has already said, we hope this film will be a tribute to them.”

A clip of Dickinson and Gervasi discussing the project on Alex Ferrari’s podcast “Next Level Soul” can also be found over at Deadline.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) Announces UK Spoken Word Tour

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has announced a UK spoken word tour. Tickets will go on sale on April 29 at 10am GMT.

Tour Dates:

08/01 Brighton, UK – Theatre Royal
08/04 Salford, UK – The Lowry
08/05 Bradford, UK – St. George’s Hall
08/08 Nottingham, UK – Theatre Royal
08/09 Birmingham, UK – The Alexandra
08/10 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The following was said about the shows:

“Split into two parts, the first section of the show sees Bruce taking a humorous and often satirical look at the world from his own very personal perspective, treating the audience to private insights into his drive and ambition, peppered with plenty of Maiden anecdotes, and a myriad of other experiences encompassing not just the giddy heights but also the extreme lows, as told first-hand in his inimitable anarchic style, punctuated with photographs, videos and sometimes even erupting into song a-capella, to illustrate a point.

The final section of the evening is devoted entirely to a Q&A session, with the opportunity to pose questions on any subject whatsoever. As Bruce’s answers will all be completely improvised – the more left-field and quirky the question, the more interesting and compelling the response is likely to be!”

1996 Rehearsal Recordings And Demos From Bruce Dickinson’s “Skunkworks” Surface Online

According to Blabbermouth, Chris Dale, who previously played bass for Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), has uploaded some rare “Skunkworks” rehearsal recordings and demos from 1996. This includes an unreleased song titled “Falling,” one unnamed track, and early versions of various other songs. You can check those out below:

Estranged Wife Of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Passes Away

Paddy Bowden, the estranged wife of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, has sadly passed away. Her body was found in a London home that the couple shared prior to their 2018 split. Dickinson and Bowden got married in 1990 and had three children together including Griffin Dickinson (SHVPES), Austin Dickinson (As Lions, ex-Rise To Remain), and Kia Dickinson. Bruce told The Sun the following:

“This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated. Out of respect for Paddy we won’t be making any further comment at this hugely difficult and painful time for our family.”

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Becomes Honorary Group Captain In Royal Air Force

According to the Forces Network, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has been attested into the UK’s Royal Air Force as an Honorary Group Captain. The singer may compete in fencing at the RAF Championships in May and could attend the Royal Air Force Fencing Open in June. Depending on his performance, he might also be selected to represent the RAF at the Inter Service Championships in July.

Watch Bruce Dickinson Sing An A Capella Version Of “Chemical Wedding” In Lisbon, Portugal

During his December 8 spoken-word event in Libson, Portugal, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) wrapped things up by singing an a capella version of “Chemical Wedding.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Footage Of Iron Maiden Frontman Bruce Dickinson Performing At 50th Anniversary Celebration For Late Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra”

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was among the musicians that performed at the 50th anniversary celebration for late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra.” That event took place at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, QC last night (November 21) and footage from it can be seen below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Announces Fall 2019 European Spoken Word Tour

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has announced the dates for his “What Does This Button Do? An Evening With Bruce Dickinson” European spoken word tour. Here’s where you can catch him:

10/26 Zagreb, Croatia – Lisinski
10/27 Vienna, Austria – Vienna Stadhalle F
11/02 Budapest, Hungary – Congress Centre
11/04 Athens, Greece – Pallas Theatre
11/13 Oulu, Finland – Madetoja Hall
11/29 Seville, Spain – Cartuja Centre
12/01 Barcelona, Spain – Hotel Catalonia
12/07 Alicante, Spain – Teatro Principal
12/08 Lisbon, Portugal – Alua Magna
12/13 Dublin, Ireland – National Stadium