What can we expect from the upcoming Iron Maiden world tour? And how is Bruce doing in the run-up to Maiden’s gigantic 2016?
Kim Kelly of Noisey has conducted a brilliant interview with the one and only Bruce Dickinson. As you all know, this metal singer is doing inhuman amounts of interviews per day right now, but Kim makes this one a genuinly interesting interview for Maiden fans.
Make sure you check it out right here, and let us just bring you a few highlights in the following paragraphs.
WHAT WILL MAIDEN PLAY?
Bruce says they will play three or four or five songs off the new album, but he says they will definitely not play his own epic Empire Of The Clouds. According to Bruce, it would take too much instrumentation and it would dominate the set in a way that is not right for a Maiden show. He says a performance of this song should have a different setting.
As for the older stuff? Bruce says they are retiring one or two of the regulars: “We’ll bring one of the other classics back that’ll have people going, ‘Oh my god, they never play that song!’ “ Get speculating, Maiden fans! What the hell is Bruce talking about?
HOW IS THE VOICE?
Following a serious cancer diagnosis, and successful treatment, we’re all happy to see Bruce doing well. But surely a treatment for throat and neck tumors must have taken its toll on his voice? Indeed, Bruce does not deny it when asked if he’s nervous about the upcoming tour and the piloting of the jumbo.
“I’m not worried about [the flying], the only issue that I’ve got is getting the old voice back in shape, and having a really good long run-up, but I’m doing a bit of vocal rehab, you know?” As getting back to singing Bruce-style on stage with Maiden is nothing short of extreme sports. “It’s still healing up and the doctor said it should all go back to normal, but I might have to do a bit of work on some of the muscles around the throat to retrain them. So the voice is working okay, as you can hear me talking right now, but for singing, it’s a different set of muscles.”
Nah. Don’t expect them to want to. “You know, I just talked to the other guys, and I think that if everything’s working OK, I don’t see any reason why we should want to throw in the towel. I’m having too much fun.” What else do we want to hear? Nothing else.
WHEN DOES BRUCE FEEL GREAT?
This is a genuinly cool question, one of those rare instances of an interviewer asking a question that us nerds will not know the answer to already. Kim asked if there was one split second during a show when Bruce felt “the absolute best”. Make sure you read all of this great interview, from where Bruce’s answer is taken:
“[Long pause] That’s interesting. There’s always at least one song in the set which is an absolute motherfucker to sing. Usually because of just where it is in the set—and on the last tour it was ‘Aces High’, because it’s a difficult song to sing anyway—it’s very vocally demanding. And of course where do we put the song? Answer? In the encores, right at the end of the show. So when you’ve been belting it out for the entire show, then you come back out, and boom, ‘Aces High’, it’s very vocally demanding. So if I get to the end of ‘Aces High’ and I’ve managed to hit all the notes, and it was all put to bed and squared away, I’m a very happy bunny. I‘m going to give myself an extra pat on the back, and go away and drink a little beer to celebrate. Dodged another one. Dodged another bullet.”