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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson : "Heaven, of course it's ironic"
Mr. Dickinson, you just shook hands in greeting. Are you insane?
Forgiveness. Was that inappropriate?
In your autobiography “What Does This Button Do?”, Which was recently published in German, you write that singers shouldn't do that. It's the fastest way to catch the flu and ruin your voice.
Oh yeah, shaking hands, air conditioning ... eventually you get paranoid. You really don't want to put yourself in front of a few thousand people and make a fool of yourself for just croaking. It's the worst feeling in the world. By the way, milk is not good either.
You speak amazingly deep. A critic once denigrated your singing voice as an "air raid siren", even if this trademark later made you one of the best metal singers of all time in various surveys.
Maybe someone will suggest me as a cultural heritage - like a building worth protecting.
You can watch children react to Iron Maiden's music on YouTube.
And? Are they all going crazy?
- Bruce Dickinson
Bruce Dickinson, 59, is the singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, founded in London in 1975.
With around 100 million albums sold and more than 2000 concerts, the rock group is one of the most successful in the world. On June 13th she will play as part of her “Legacy of the Beast” tour in the Berlin Waldbühne.
Dickinson was born in Worksop in Central England and studied history. In addition to his career as a singer, he got a pilot's license and not only flew his band in the tour jet, but also for a British charter company.
Dickinson has three grown children with his second wife and lives in London. After a script and three satirical novels, he recently wrote his autobiography “What Does This Button Do?” (Heyne, 22 euros), in which he talks about his love for fencing and surviving tongue cancer.
The interview starts a little late because Dickinson has to shower first. He'd gotten to bed late after the previous evening's reading. When he opens the door to his suite in Berlin's Regent, his hair is wet, he's wearing Popeye-printed jogging pants with army desert boots and politely apologizes for the delay. Without further ado, he takes the opulent breakfast buffet trolley that is rolled into his room to his bedroom. “Fuck that.” Instead he makes himself a coffee at the capsule machine and takes a seat on the sofa.
They are irritated. One child asks, “Is that a girl? He screams and sings at the same time. "
Wonderful. When you sing in a rock band, you almost inevitably have to be a high tenor or your voice will disappear between the guitar frequencies. The fault is the recording technology, one of the great limitations of rock music. It takes so much away from the dynamics, from what our ears can actually hear. I sang with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson a while ago for a benefit performance at Canterbury Cathedral. Without amplifier. You make a note and listen to it swell and swell until you think you are part of the building. There is no other way to experience that. I actually only use words to have an excuse to vibrate.
There was no telling that you would one day become a singer. When you sang for the church choir as a child, you were briefly rejected: "Dickinson - no singer".
Oh, I sang badly on purpose. I didn't want to join the choir because that meant dressing like a girl and spending your Sundays with the aged pedophiles. I was much more interested in acting back then. I stood on the stage and adapted pieces. The only problem was that I could never take it too seriously, but most of the actors found their work enormously meaningful.
When you started out in the late 1970s, punk and disco were the big thing. Even your manager didn't understand that you were serious about Heavy Metal. People thought your songs were about vampires and your horror masquerade was comedy.
Yes, and in a way, it was because that was how we got work. But I quickly realized that I don't want to make a living out of making stupid jokes. I liked heavy metal because the music felt good. It was exciting, you wanted to hop against the walls. But what I also wanted was to combine the music with acting. I thought that if there was music that was so kinetic, with so much energy, if you put stories and images into it, it would be like projecting a film directly into people's heads.
So are singers also actors?
Working on stage is always about that inexplicable feeling. The artist knows something that you don't know. And he tells you. Through his voice, his guitar, or an expression in his eyes. Why does someone like Marlon Brando rule the screen? Because you want to know what he's thinking. You want to look into his soul. When actors are good, you believe them.
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