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.

Bruce Dickinson On The Possibility Of Performing Iron Maiden Songs With An Orchestra: “You Never Know”

According to Eonmusic, Bruce Dickinson discussed the possibility of performing Iron Maiden songs with an orchestra during his spoken word event in Dublin, Ireland. The frontman revealed that the idea came about after he performed at the 50th anniversary celebration for late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra.” Dickinson said the following:

“I did talk to the conductor Paul Mann, and we just very tentatively said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something that might involve some Maiden songs, but only Maiden songs that are really appropriate for doing [with] an orchestra?’ ‘Empire Of The Clouds’ is one of them. So yeah, you never know.”

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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]

New Spider Species Named After Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Scorpions, & Angra Members

According to Public Radio International, Cristina Rheims, a biological researcher at Instituto Butantana in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has named four new spider species after several rock/metal musicians. Among them are Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, which was named after Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Extraordinarius rickalleni, which was named after Def Leppard’s Rick Allen, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, which was named after Scorpions’ Klaus Meine, and Extraordinarius andrematosi, which was named after Angra’s André Matos.

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Stops Show Following Confrontation Between Security & A Fan

During Iron Maiden’s September 5 concert at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA, frontman Bruce Dickinson stopped the show after seeing a confrontation between security and a fan. The singer believed the man got “the shit kicked out him by 10 security guards” and said that he should seek legal action to “take [the] building to the fucking cleaners.” Dickinson even told the crowd to send footage of the incident to the band so they could “help facilitate it to find the bullies and the fucking criminals who are responsible.” However, officer Loretta Cool has since told KIRO 7 that the fan was intoxicated and bothering other people in the crowd prior to the altercation. The “overly aggressive” individual then allegedly punched a responding security guard, before other guards and police came to help. The fan was ultimately cited and released. He also had a laceration, but refused medical attention.

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

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson: “I Don’t See Any Reason Why We Should Ever Retire”

During a recent interview with Andreu Buenafuente on “Late Motiv”, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was asked about the possibility of retirement. The singer responded with the following:

“As far as I’m concerned anyway, I don’t see any reason why we should ever retire. As an airline captain, I was always told that nobody ever dies on an airplane. Even if the guy’s head is severed from his body, he’s not dead, because…if somebody says, ‘The guy’s head has fallen off,’ you go, ‘Well, is he dead?’ And they say, ‘Well, he’s not dead until somebody legally says he’s dead.’ So, nobody dies until somebody stands up and says, ‘Yup. He’s definitely dead.’ ‘Ha! You’re responsible then. You’ve killed him.’ So, it’s the same with rock and roll bands. We will never die. Even if we are actually dead, we will still never actually die.”

[via Loudwire]