Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has conducted a brand new interview with Consequence’s Greg Prato. When Greg asked if he was preparing for the new album, Bruce replied that between 50 and 70 percent of his upcoming solo album had already been written.
Bruce, who replaced Paul Di’Anno as the vocalist of Iron Maiden in the early 80s, gained his fame with Iron Maiden. Leading vocals on the band’s third studio album, The Number of the Beast, which was his debut with the band, Iron maiden achieved great success with it. The album peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 40 on the US Billboard 200.
After joining the band, Dickinson, who took part in 7 studio albums until he left the band in 1993 because he wanted to continue his career as a solo musician, had returned to the band at the end of the 90s and took part in 13 more studio albums with Iron Maiden until today. The band’s 2021 and latest release Senjutsu has been marking his recent contribution to the band.
Anyway, the legendary vocalist, who has released six solo albums to date, gave the good news to his fans. When Greg asked about the process of the new album, Bruce said that the preparations for the next album were between 50 and 70 percent complete.
“I’ve been working on it, on and off, since ‘Tyranny Of Souls’. But between lockdowns and albums and [Iron] Maiden tours and everything else, I’m looking for a clear space to actually nail and say, ‘Okay, this is what it’s gonna be,’ and get Roy to put some backing tracks down. And then we can do it.
“So we’re at the point now where we’ve already got anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of the material for the album, depending on what we pick, from things we’ve already got. And I think we’d like to tweak it a little bit.”
Bruce Dickinson Says The Album Might Be Ready After A Few Tweaks
Stating that he has been preparing for the new album since 2005 and has just reached the completion stage due to the intense tempo, Bruce says that he will have three weeks to a few tweaks for the album after his current U.S spoken-word tour ends.
“So I’ve got some time,” Bruce adds. “When I finish this [ongoing United States spoken-word tour] in March, I’ve got three weeks in L.A. And so I’m gonna be tweaking a few things with Roy. And we’ll see where we get to.
“And if we get to the point where we can start putting backing tracks down, then I’ll be off touring with Maiden and he can be chipping away doing the backing tracks.”
While he was on tour with Iron Maiden, Bruce stated that he would continue to progress in his solo album through technology and said that he experienced a similar situation during the Tyranny of Souls album.
“And the technology exists now, of course, which didn’t exist back in the day, to just get on a Zoom call with him and take a listen. We were already going that way on ‘Tyranny Of Souls’. He actually sent me a CD of the backing tracks — just rough; no guitar solos; just rough — and I put a set of headphones on.
“I was in Japan on tour at the time, and I just walked the streets of Tokyo at, like, nine in the morning with a notepad, mentally writing words and melodies, and then just flew back to L.A. and did the vocals. And that worked out great; ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ is a great album.”
When Bruce Dickinson Got Angry At Iron Maiden Fans
Back in January 2022, Bruce Dickinson had revealed the thing his band Iron Maiden decided to make during its live shows in 2022. According to him, Maiden fans would probably love the thing they are going to do. Meanwhile, he had expressed his anger at some Iron Maiden fans who would go to shows to hear the greatest hits of the band.
“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,” Dickinson says.
“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.
“Nobody has to buy a ticket,” he says. “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.”