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Overview (4)

Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Birth NamePaul Bruce Dickinson
Nicknames Bruce-Bruce
The Air Raid Siren
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bruce Dickinson was born on August 7, 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England as Paul Bruce Dickinson. He has been married to Paddy Bowden since 1990. They have three children. He was previously married to Jane.

Spouse (2)

Paddy Bowden (1990 - present) ( 3 children)
Jane (1983 - 1987) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

His high pitched singing voice which has given him the nickname "The Air Raid Siren"
Various song-specific trademarks, such as holding a Union Jack and wearing a 19th century British cavalry uniform for "The Trooper".
Often says "Scream for Me" in concerts to the audience

Trivia (26)

Lead singer for British heavy metal band Iron Maiden since 1982.
Has written two novels "The Adventures of Lord Iffy-Boatrace" and "The Missionary Position".
Joined Iron Maiden in 1981 after they fired their original singer Paul DiAnno. He auditioned by singing three songs over Paul DiAnno's original vocal tracks on the "Killers" album. There's actually a recording of this going around in the bootleg market. Bruce's first shows were in Italy from 10/26/81 to 10/31/81. His first album with Iron Maiden was "The Number Of The Beast" in 1982. Bruce recorded 10 Iron Maiden albums and left the band in 1993 to further his solo career. He recorded 7 solo albums including a "best of" with added bonus tracks. Bruce rejoined Iron Maiden in 1999 and has since then recorded four albums with Iron Maiden; "Brave New World", "Dance of Death", "A Matter of Life and Death" and "The Final Frontier", the last of which debuted at number one in the album charts of 27 different countries.
Before Iron Maiden, he was the lead singer for London-based Metal band Samson, led by Paul Samson.
Iron Maiden's 1988 album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" came 30th in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]
He went to the wedding of Marillion frontman Fish in 1987.
Enjoys the hobby of professional fencing.
When Bon Jovi headlined at Donnington Park, Bruce, Dee Snider and Paul Stanley joined Bon Jovi onstage for the last song of the evening. Bruce was wearing Union Jack shorts and didn't know the words to the song being played so he had to run around stage reading the lyrics from a sheet of paper.
Was asked to join the United Kingdom's Olympic fencing team. Dickinson turned it down since he was on tour with Iron Maiden.
Hosted "The Friday Night Rock Show" on BBC 6 Music Radio until May 28, 2010.
Currently a first officer for the UK-based charter airline Astraeus. He flies the Boeing 737-300 and slightly larger 737-700. [2004]
His employer, Astraeus Airlines, has acquired Boeing 757 jets and he now flies the jet on charter. On a recent flight AEU666, he flew to Iceland as co-pilot, with a jet full of Iron Maiden fans and did the Iron Maiden show, then flew back to London Gatwick.
Released his first solo album, Tattooed Millionaire, in 1990.
Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter, the classic Maiden tune, was originally performed by Bruce as a solo artist.
Upgraded to Captain for Astraeus Airlines flying Boeing 757 series jets.
He has three children with his wife Paddy Bowden: Griffin Dickinson, Austin Dickinson and Kia Michelle Dickinson.
Has an estimated net worth of 20-30 $million.
Before being the long time singer for Iron Maiden, Bruce was in the bands Speed, Shots and Heavy Metal band Samson. His first studio recording was a song called 'Dracula' for the band Shots.
Currently on the "Dance of Death World Tour" with Iron Maiden (19/10/2003 - 12/12/2003). [June 2003]
Hosts "The Rock Show" on BBC 6 Music Radio at 23:00 London Time (6:00 Eastern). [August 2004]
Iron Maiden are currently scheduling tour dates and preparing. Tour begins Summer 2005. [October 2004]
With Iron Maiden, set to release their latest album, "A Matter of Life and Death". [August 2006]
On the worldwide "Somewhere Back In Time" Tour with Iron Maiden, visiting many new countries, and others the band haven't been in a while (i.e. Australia) [February 2008]
Scheduled to release his new solo album "Tyranny Of Souls" on May 23rd. [April 2005]
Iron Maiden (Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Janick Gers, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrain) is currently on "Give Me Ed... Til I'm Dead" tour and working on a new album titled "Dance of Death" scheduled for release in September of 2003. [June 2003]
Wrote his Autobiography "What Does This Button Do?" which was originally published October 19, 2017.

Personal Quotes (53)

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.
Iron Maiden is an institution, and I'm delighted that I'm involved in it, but there was a time that I wasn't delighted so I quit.
If you really want to annoy me, ask me when I'm going to retire from rock n' roll.
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.
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.'
The joke in aviation is, 'If you want to make a million, you'd better start with £10m.'
Everything you need to know about Iron Maiden is onstage.
If your only arbiter of anything is money, really you should... go and rob banks.
I do like Marylin Manson, actually. I think, he's very talented and he did make some great music.
Apart from death and taxes, the one thing that's certain in this life is that I'll never be a fashion icon.
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.
Teachers need to be more inspirational. But it's also up to engineering to make itself more interesting.
If heavy metal bands ruled the world, we'd be a lot better off.
I find that fencing and training give me more stamina and help me deal with the craziness of being on the road so much.
Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.
When I write with Maiden, then I write only with the guys in Maiden, we don't do songs from outside people.
I'm very good at daydreaming. Ask any of my schoolteachers.
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.
Engineering stimulates the mind.
Life is too short to do the things you don't love doing.
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.
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.
The celebrity thing, I mean, Lindsay Lohan - what's she for? I look at that and throw my hands up in despair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things.
I shall refract myself, yes, I shall no longer be known as the prism.
There are a lot of bands using self-abuse as a marketing gimmick.
Business is just about enabling human beings, nothing more, nothing less. Businesses need to recognize this fundamental fact.
I was an accident - my mum was only 16 when she had me.
I don't like being recognised, I have no interest in being famous at all, I just do what I do. If I could be like Captain Kirk and beam myself up and then beam myself down, I would!
Don't ask me to put up a shelf, but I love engineering.
Well, yeah, sometimes I get a little too creative.
I don't have interns. I don't have a manager. I don't have assistants. I don't have a secretary. I can't figure out Outlook Express. I'm the worst person in the world answering e-mails, and my phone is probably the oldest, most battered phone you can find. So I just talk to people.
With the Internet, bands can come and go every five minutes and the music looks disposable.
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.'
The more guitars we have onstage the better, as I'm concerned.
A guy called Arthur Brown... was a big influence of mine... and also Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull.
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.
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.
South Wales is a hub of aviation.
The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also forms the basis for the album cover.
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.
A few of these interviews have gone slightly awry, because every now and again there has been the odd conflict of interest between interviews because of the Iron Maiden record, and I am a bit long-winded.
I'm not going to do any more solo touring.
Major labels blow all their money massively and blame it on the band.
As long as there is Iron Maiden, there will be a concert in Chile.
I still think that Clive Burr was the best drummer Maiden ever had. That's not taking anything away from Nicko. Technically, NIcko's far more competent than Clive. It's just that Clive had this incredible feel, and I regret that he wasn't given enough time to go and sort himself out.

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