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Bruce Dickinson

  • English musician
  • Born August 7, 1958

Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, airline pilot, entrepreneur, author, and broadcaster. He is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and is renowned for his wide-ranging operatic vocal style and energetic stage presence. Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Dickinson began his career in music fronting small pub bands in the 1970s while attending school in Sheffield and university in London. In 1979, he joined the new wave of British heavy metal band Samson, with whom he gained some popularity under the stage name "Bruce Bruce" and performed on two studio records.


With the Internet, bands can come and go every five minutes and the music looks disposable.




Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.




I'm trying to be as green as I can. As an airline pilot, I have a carbon footprint that's a size 10, so it's pretty hard.




Apart from death and taxes, the one thing that's certain in this life is that I'll never be a fashion icon.




I find that fencing and training give me more stamina and help me deal with the craziness of being on the road so much.




In my teenage years I was put off the idea of a career in flying, because I'd convinced myself that you had to be a boffin with degrees in maths and physics, which were my weakest subjects.




Teachers need to be more inspirational. But it's also up to engineering to make itself more interesting.




When you cut human beings down to size, we're really quite simple creatures; food, shelter, warmth, light, heat and you build it up from there really until you finally go Gucci shoes or whatever it is or whatever your consumer desires are. All those desires are ultimately, they're about gratification.




I never intended to become a professional pilot. But, as I became more curious about aircraft, and, well, not being John Travolta, I realized that the only way I was ever going to fly a jet is if I got a job.




Life on the road can get a little one-dimensional. I didn't want to reach 40 and have to say all I'd done was look out the window of a tour bus and get drunk.




Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you'll have an engineer for life.




The celebrity thing, I mean, Lindsay Lohan - what's she for? I look at that and throw my hands up in despair.




A guy called Arthur Brown... was a big influence of mine... and also Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull.




The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also forms the basis for the album cover.




One of my earliest ventures was when I was nine years old. I realized there was a shortage of pencils at school, so I started Rent-a-Pencil. But I made a fundamental mistake. Everybody stole my pencils.




If it all just happens like this for the rest of my life, it's going to be one endless Groundhog Day. I determined that I was not prepared to submit to this regime, so I thought I had to do something about it.




I'm very good at daydreaming. Ask any of my schoolteachers.




Everything you need to know about Iron Maiden is onstage.




I enjoy making solo albums because over the years it's evolved into more of a genuine personal expression of story-telling and day dreams, and I work in a way that has more control.




If your only arbiter of anything is money, really you should... go and rob banks.




Major labels blow all their money massively and blame it on the band.




I've had a bit of experience at lots and lots of different arenas as it were, some of them completely creative, some of them quite technical. The interesting thing is, is that I found that the technical arenas actually are also very creative or can be very creative.




My son is in a band, and he's a singer, and his vocals... they're screaming-growling stuff... and he's got a pretty reasonable voice. Yet he practices really hard to get the screaming-growling thing without losing that voice every five minutes. So I'm, like, 'Hats off to you.'




I shall refract myself, yes, I shall no longer be known as the prism.




My aim as a frontman is always to try and shrink the venue, if you can, to turn that football stadium into the world's smallest club. At least you have to try.




My dad always told me, 'I don't care what you do. Just aim to be the best at it. Even if it's the world's best window cleaner.'




There are a lot of stuff on the record that I am thinking is generic but actually it is just as good as everybody else who is putting stuff out at the time.




The joke in aviation is, 'If you want to make a million, you'd better start with £10m.'




If heavy metal bands ruled the world, we'd be a lot better off.




When I write with Maiden, then I write only with the guys in Maiden, we don't do songs from outside people.




Best two rock voices I've heard in a last few years both have been from grunge bands: it's Eddie Vedder and the other one is Chris Cornell from Soundgarden.




I think the best way to find out about something is to try to do it to the max. A lot of people take up a hobby or sport and then find an excuse not to carry on with it. Once I start something, I won't stop until I'm as good at it as I'll ever be.




Well, it's a nice quiet time for Iron Maiden, and I'll be releasing a new solo album next year, so this is a really good time for the managing out my solo career, which is quite well.




If you really want to annoy me, ask me when I'm going to retire from rock n' roll.




I am taking a break, but not a huge break because the Maiden record is actually happening right now, and I am recording it as we speak, well not right as we speak, but close.




Engineering stimulates the mind.



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