Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson To Launch “Psycho Schizo Espresso” Podcast

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson and Oxford University psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton will be launching a new podcast, called “Psycho Schizo Espresso,” on October 31. After that date, new episodes will air every other Tuesday.

The following was said about the podcast:

“If psychology was a country, then it would be the world’s top tourist destination bar none. It’s an enchanted territory with something for everyone: from aliens to drug lords, from serial killers to conspiracy theories. Join intellectual explorers Bruce Dickinson and Dr. Kevin Dutton for an Indiana Jones style adventure through some of its most far-flung corners as they delve into the psyches of rock icons, sporting superstars, and special forces soldiers and get the latest tips and insights from some of the most respected thought leaders and brain scientists on the planet. If you’ve ever wondered whether psychopaths like Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman really exist outside the imaginations of Hollywood screenwriters and film directors, why ghosts only seem to appear at night, and about the true meaning of the Book of Revelation’s most enduring and enigmatic mystery — 666, the number of the beast — then welcome aboard Flight Psycho Schizo Espresso and observe the ‘fasten seatbelt’ sign!”

Dutton added:

“Not long after meeting Bruce, it became instantly clear to me that we shared a number of wide-reaching interests and that we should channel that into a podcast. ‘Psycho Schizo Espresso’ is certainly a journey of exploration for the both of us, and we are sure our listeners are going to learn a lot from our guests. Whether from the music industry, academia or elsewhere — you may, for instance, share our interest in psychopaths, both good and bad — this is certainly a podcast that we feel everyone will enjoy and should go and subscribe to straight away.”

The first episode will be part one of a discussion with New Testament scholar Professor Steven J. Friesen from the University of Texas. That chat will be “exploring the devil’s role in heavy metal and decoding one of the Bible’s most impenetrable secrets — the hidden meaning behind 666, “The Number Of The Beast” — a number that’s certainly featured prominently in Bruce’s career.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Announces More UK Spoken Word Shows

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has announced two more spoken word UK shows. Here’s his updated schedule:

10/16 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10/17 Birmingham, UK – The Alexandra
12/09 Liverpool, UK – Philharmonic Hall
12/10 Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Says His Next Solo Album Has Been “A Work In Progress” For “Three Or Four Years”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion,” Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson confirmed that he is working on a new solo album. He said the following about that:

“Not only would I like to. I’ve got a work in progress right now that’s been kind of on and off, on the backburner, for, well, three or four years now. And basically, since the pandemic happened, I may have had loads of time, but I can’t go to America to do it — to finish up the writing for it, start the recording process and all that stuff. So I’m just waiting for Uncle Joe to let me into America.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Tests Positive For COVID-19: “I’ve Pretty Much Got No Doubt That Had I Not Had The Vaccine, I Could Be In Serious Trouble”

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has tested positive for COVID-19. The frontman has already been fully vaccinated, but some breakthrough cases like his are expected considering the vaccines are not 100% effective at stopping infection. Despite this, the shots are still effective at preventing death and severe illness.

Dickinson told Rolling Stone the following:

“I thought, ‘Oh well, shit.’ I was kind of sneezing a bit. For a couple of days, I felt a bit groggy, kind of like the flu, and that was it. And I’m 63 years old. I’ve pretty much got no doubt that had I not had the vaccine, I could be in serious trouble.”

He went on to say that he believes vaccines are “a personal choice,” but added that he still hopes that everyone will decide to get the shot:

“Personally, I think people are just very badly advised if they don’t go and get themselves double jabbed as quickly as possible, not for the reasons of going into concerts, but for their own health. Having said that, even if you’ve had a double jab, you can still get COVID, and therefore you can spread it to other people who might not have been vaccinated and they might get very sick and die. Now you cannot legislate against mortality. There are many things in this world that kill people and they’re not illegal but are unfortunate. Cancer kills a lot of people. Heart attacks kill a lot of people. Obesity kills a lot of people. Malaria kills a shitload of people every year… So at some point, we have to just go, ‘We’re probably going to have to live with this. And if we’re going to live with it, then you have your vaccination.'”

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Announces Rescheduled Spoken Word Dates

As previously reported, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson recently postponed the last two dates on his spoken word tour due to a positive COVID-19 test within his household. Now, the frontman has officially announced the rescheduled dates for both events:

10/16 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10/17 Birmingham, UK – The Alexandra

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Postpones Last Two Dates On His Spoken Word Tour Due To Positive COVID-19 Test Within His Household

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has postponed the last two dates on his spoken word tour due to a positive COVID-19 test within his household. Tickets will remain valid for the new dates, which have yet to be announced

The following statement was posted on Iron Maiden’s Facebook page:

“Due to a member of Bruce’s immediate household having tested positive for Covid-19, it is with great regret that the final two shows of his “Evening With” tour cannot go ahead as planned tonight at the Birmingham Alexandra or tomorrow at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London. Despite Bruce himself having tested negative today and throughout this tour, he now has to isolate for the next 10 days under current UK Government rules. He is understandably very upset that he won’t see you all for these final 2 shows but the safety and well-being of the fans, as well as the crew and venue-staff, obviously comes first.

Please keep hold of your tickets for now and bear with us while we work with our promoter to endeavour to reschedule the dates. We thank you for your patience and understanding, in these still very uncertain times of the global pandemic. We’ll post all news and updates on ironmaiden.com as soon as we have a solution.”

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!”