Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Has “Between 50 And 70 Percent” Of His New Solo Album Written

During a recent interview with Consequence, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson offered an update on his upcoming solo album. According to him, the effort is “between 50 and 70 percent” written.

Dickinson said the following:

“I’ve been working on it, on and off, since [2005’s] ‘Tyranny Of Souls’. But between lockdowns and albums and Maiden tours and everything else, I’m looking for a clear space to actually nail and say, ‘Okay, this is what it’s gonna be,’ and get [longtime collaborator] Roy [‘Z’ Ramirez] to put some backing tracks down. And then we can do it. So we’re at the point now where we’ve already got — I don’t know — anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of the material for the album, depend[ing] on what we pick, from things we’ve already got. And I think we’d like to tweak it a little bit. So I’ve got some time. When I finish this [U.S. spoken-word tour] in March, I’ve got three weeks in L.A. And so I’m gonna be tweaking a few things with Roy. And we’ll see where we get to. And if we get to the point where we can start putting backing tracks down, then I’ll be off touring with MAIDEN and he can be chipping away doing the backing tracks. And the technology exists now, of course, which didn’t exist back in the day, to just get on a Zoom call with him and take a listen. We were already going that way on ‘Tyranny Of Souls’. He actually sent me a CD of the backing tracks — just rough; no guitar solos; just rough — and I put a set of headphones on. I was in Japan on tour at the time, and I just walked the streets of Tokyo at, like, nine in the morning with a notepad, mentally writing words and melodies, and then just flew back to L.A. and did the vocals. And that worked out great; ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ is a great album.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson To Resume Work On New Solo Album This Spring

During a recent interview with Loudwire, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson offered an update on his upcoming solo album. The singer says he will resume work on the effort this spring.

Dickinson said the following:

“I am obviously coming over to [America to] do the one-man [spoken-word] show [beginning in late January].

When I get to the end of the one-man show thing at the end of March, then the idea is I’ve got about three weeks cooling my heels somewhere. I’ll lie down in a darkened room for a couple of days and recover from the tour and then put my singing head on and go and have a chat with [longtime collaborator] Roy [‘Z’ Ramirez].

‘Cause we’ve already got a bunch of material, but we need to organize it a little bit. We have demos and everything, but we need to organize it a bit more properly and be a bit more serious about it — maybe write a few more tunes. And then basically leave it down to Roy. [Once] we’ve got what we wanna do, he can go off and start doing backing tracks and things like that.

Obviously, I’m gonna be going out on tour with Maiden [later in the year], but we made ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ that way. ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ was done not exactly remotely — well, kind of remotely in that I wasn’t physically present when some of the backing tracks were done but he sent me the backtracks and I listened to them and went, ‘These are cool.’ And some of them I wrote the words to the backtracks, and the tunes and everything. And some of them we had already done. So mixing and matching like that sometimes gets great results.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Announces North American Spoken Word Tour

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has announced a North American spoken word tour. The trek is scheduled to take place in early 2022.

Tour Dates:

01/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
01/18 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
01/20 Tampa, FL – Theatre
01/21 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
01/23 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
01/24 Raleigh, NC – Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center
01/26 Nashville, TN – Polk Theater
01/27 Columbus, OH – Jo Ann Davidson Theatre
01/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
01/30 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/01 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY – Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
02/02 Albany, NY – The Egg
02/04 New York City, NY – The Town Hall
02/05 Boston, MA – Schubert Theatre at the Boch Center
02/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
02/08 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
02/10 Cleveland, OH – MGM Northfield Park
02/11 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
02/13 Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
02/14 Milwaukee-Racine, WI – Pabst Theater
02/16 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre
02/17 Oklahoma City, OK – Rose State College Hudiberg Chevrolet Center
02/19 Kansas City, KS – Uptown Theater
02/20 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
02/22 Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
02/23 Houston, TX – Stafford Centre
02/24 Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
02/26 Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
02/28 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
03/01 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
03/03 San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
03/04 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
03/06 Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre
03/12 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
03/14 New Westminster, BC – Massey Theatre
03/16 Victoria, BC – Royal Theatre
03/18 Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
03/20 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
03/21 Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
03/23 Montreal, QC – MTELUS
03/26 Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Commons Theatre
03/27 Quebec City, QC – Palais Montcalm
03/29 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
03/30 Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square

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]