Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson is working on a new solo album

“I am obviously coming over to [America to] do the one-man [spoken-word] show [beginning in late January],” he told Loudwire.

Bruce Dickinson (Picture: Press)

“When I get to the end of the one-man show thing at the end of March, then the idea is I’ve got about three weeks cooling my heels somewhere. I’ll lie down in a darkened room for a couple of days and recover from the tour and then put my singing head on and go and have a chat with Roy, because we’ve already got a bunch of material, but we need to organise it a little bit.

“We have demos and everything, but we need to organise it a bit more properly and be a bit more serious about it – maybe write a few more tunes. And then basically leave it down to Roy. [Once] we’ve got what we wanna do, he can go off and start doing backing tracks and things like that.”

Dickinson also said his work on the record won’t affect Maiden’s forthcoming 2022 tour plans.

He added: “Obviously, I’m gonna be going out on tour with Maiden [later in the year], but we made ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ that way. ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ was done not exactly remotely – well, kind of remotely in that I wasn’t physically present when some of the backing tracks were done but he sent me the backtracks and I listened to them and went, ‘These are cool.’ And some of them I wrote the words to the backtracks, and the tunes and everything.


“And some of them we had already done. So mixing and matching like that sometimes gets great results.”

Meanwhile, Dickinson recently admitted he doesn’t “really get” Drake after Iron Maiden went head-to-head with the rapper in a chart battle earlier this year.



Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson doesn’t “really get” Drake

In a new Interview with Yahoo, Dickinson spoke about Drake and said: “I don’t really get what he does.”

“Going head to head with him felt like, ‘No this is real music played by a bunch of old geezers who make no concessions to the times in which we live’,” he added. “People say, ‘You’re dinosaurs.’ And we go, ‘Yeah and there aren’t too many of those left.’ This is who we are, it’s what we do.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Dickinson explained that Iron Maiden fans are like “a table made of plywood”.

“By and large our audience has moved on with us,” he said. “Every year you just add a new layer and the table gets bigger and bigger. We’ve grown organically – not through social media or any of that stuff. We’ve grown by going out and doing it in front of people.”

Despite missing out on the top spot in the UK, ‘Senjutsu’ was Iron Maiden’s highest charting album in America.


The album landed at Number Three in the charts after shifting the equivalent of 64,000 album units. Their previous two albums, ‘The Book of Souls’ and ‘The Final Frontier‘, both peaked at Number Four.

Not everyone is a fan though. In October, parents at a Canadian school launched a petition calling for the removal of its principal, an ardent Iron Maiden fan, who shared two photos on social media.

One saw her posing in-front of an Iron Maiden banner and license plate whilst throwing a ‘horns up’ gesture while the other featured a figure of the band’s mascot, Eddie, sitting alongside a handwritten note saying “Eddie 666” inside a love heart. The “concerned parents” said the post’s affiliation to Iron Maiden demonstrates “satanic imagery”.

However, a week later, the petition was closed after amassing just over 500 signatures and it was confirmed that the teacher in question, Sharon Burns, would be keeping her job.



Bruce Dickinson reveals he recorded new Iron Maiden album on crutches

“I did the last couple of tracks of recording on crutches, in a boot – one of those big boots you have to wear to immobilise your leg,” he told the publication.

“So, I bust it at the end of April. Thirty-six hours later I was on the slab having it stitched back together. And then hours after the operation, I was in the studio, singing, with my leg the size of a fucking balloon.”

Bruce Dickinson (Picture: Press)

He continued: “It was a month in a boot. It took it off and then I had another two weeks of rehab. Then I had four months to try to learn to walk again before the tour.

“That tour of America and South America, all those big shows, I couldn’t walk properly, so I just faked it. Nobody figured it out. I was running around, but I was running around differently.

“I learned to move without using my calf muscles, which is difficult, but I couldn’t do it anything conventional. So I couldn’t jump, and I couldn’t run, and walking quickly was an issue. But if you walked like a crab, it was alright!”


‘Senjutsu’ will come out on September 3, and was recorded at Paris’ Guillaume Tell Studio with Iron Maiden’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley alongside Steve Harris.

Dickinson said that the band were “all really excited” about the record, adding that it was recorded in 2019 when the group were on a break from their Legacy tour.

“The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long,” he explained. “There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised – in a good way, I hope!”