Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden Plan To Perform “Senjutsu” In Full On A Future Tour

During an appearance on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson revealed that the band are planning a tour in which they will perform their latest album, “Senjutsu,” in full. However, it is unclear when the trek will take place since the group are still focusing on their “Legacy Of The Beast” tour.

Dickinson said the following:

“The plan we’ve got — it’s not really a secret; I think everybody else has chatted about it — we will, I hope, we’ve talked about doing the entire [‘Senjutsu’] album start to finish, but not this time around. And we all appreciate that that is something that really diehard fans will probably love and other people will go, ‘Hmmm, I’m not gonna go see that.’ So the answer is you play smaller venues so that they sell out with just your diehard fans. ‘Cause it’s a musical thing to do — it’s a musical thing.”

“The ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour, people have all paid their money to see the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ show, with Spitfires and flamethrowers and Icarus and everything that goes with. So they’re gonna get all that. But the first three tracks are probably gonna be the first three tracks on the [‘Senjutsu’] album. ‘The Writing On The Wall’ they already know, so everybody should know the first three tracks. And I just think [the] ‘Senjutsu’ [title track] is just such a great opening song — so dramatic. And then once you’ve done that — and we’ll have a stage set to go with it — once you’ve done that, you’re back to the kind of ‘Legacy’ world at that point. But I think ‘The Writing On The Wall’ is gonna be a great song — I mean, a crowd singalong song. You can imagine that. It’ll be fantastic.”

He continued when it was mentioned that the band angered some fans by performing “A Matter Of Life And Death” in full during a 2006 tour:

“Nobody has to buy a ticket. If you don’t wanna go [see us play an entire new album live], you don’t buy a ticket. It’s gonna be plain as the nose on your face. This is gonna be what they’re gonna do. So given that, don’t complain that they did what they said they were gonna do.”

[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]

Watch Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Etc. Members Perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra”

Singer Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), bassist Roger Glover (Deep Purple), guitarist Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey), and drummer Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, Don Airey) recently joined forces to perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” during a special show in Győr, Hungary. Fan-filmed footage from the event, which also featured the Győr Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paul Mann, can be seen below. Notably, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski was also in attendance and he shared some photos and footage as well.

[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

Dream Theater’s James LaBrie Says He Once Turned Down The Chance To Audition For Iron Maiden

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie revealed that he almost got to audition for Iron Maiden after Bruce Dickinson left the band in 1993. However, he ultimately declined the offer.

LaBrie said the following when asked if there was a discussion about him trying out for Iron Maiden:

“Yeah, sure. Absolutely there was. Because at the time, we were being looked at to be managed by IRON MAIDEN’s management. And so, [MAIDEN’s manager] Rod Smallwood, at the time, we were playing darts, and he took me aside and he said, ‘What do you think about…?’

You’ve gotta remember — I was in a very bizarre situation. DREAM THEATER, we had already recorded [1992’s] ‘Images And Words’, we were looking for management, we were getting ready to try and set up a tour and get out there. And I remember him saying to me — he takes me aside, and the rest of the guys in DREAM THEATER were there too, playing darts, because we were looking at him for management. And he says, ‘I just wanna throw something at you.’ And he had his assistant with him too — Merck — at the time. And they were both standing there. They were going, ‘What do you think about being the singer with IRON MAIDEN?’ And I said, ‘What? What are we talking about here? I’m confused. Are you not here for the reason that you might start managing DREAM THEATER? Or are you here to get me to become…?’ And I had already recorded the [DREAM THEATER] album. Can you imagine how bizarre that was?’

Anyways, so I just said, ‘No. No way. You know what? I’m gonna tell you the reasons why I’m not going to do this.’ And they said, ‘What’s that?’ And I said, ‘One: DREAM THEATER. That’s it. Period.’ And I said, ‘But if I need to go any further with this, way back when I was 22 years old, I sang for a band called CONEY HATCH for a year. And I walked [in as the replacement for] another singer [named] Carl Dixon,’ and I said, ‘and basically what I felt like was a glorified jukebox.’ And I said, ‘Because I came into the band, I was able to sing all that stuff no problem — no problem — but there was never that ‘This is me. And this is what I created.’ It was about, ‘Are you looking at me for who and what I am?’ I don’t think so. And I don’t think you ever will.

Bruce and I have mutual respect for one another. We’ve met several times. We’ve done several shows. I remember doing the BBC show with him. And there was that mutual respect between the two of us. And I remember just thinking, ‘I’m not gonna get out there and be singing MAIDEN every night — even though I think they’re a great band, and Bruce is a great singer. No, thank you.’ I need to create something that I can say, ‘No, this is what I created from the beginning.’ And we all know, okay, I wasn’t on the first [DREAM THEATER] album, ‘When Dream And Day Unite’.

And [the offer to audition for MAIDEN] came and went. As fast as it was asked, it was dismissed. And they went, ‘All respect. Totally get it. No problem.’ Boom. And we moved on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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