Iron Maiden Frontman Says Band Will “drop dead onstage” Before Retiring

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Bruce Dickinson photo: Ceedub13 (Wikimedia Commons)
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During a recent episode of Full Metal Jackie, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson made an appearance and talked about the band’s legacy and “dropping dead onstage” before planning for retirement. For context, Iron Maiden formed in 1975 – so it has been 47 years since then – and the band is still going strong!

In Dickinson’s conversation with Full Metal Jackie, as transcribed by Blabbermouth, the Iron Maiden frontman shared the following:

“We’re not planning to retire at all, really. I think we’ll probably drop dead onstage. I can think of worse places to drop dead. But no, we’re not planning on retiring. We’re all still firing away [with] loads of energy and loads of enthusiasm, so I can’t wait to get back together [with the other guys to start rehearsing for the upcoming tour].

“With respect to our fans, we’ve got generations of fans now. Even at [my] spoken-word shows, I can crack jokes about the age of the audience only because half the audience is, like, my age, but the other half of the audience is often way, way younger. So it’s brilliant. We’ve got this whole intergenerational thing going. And, obviously, at the Maiden shows, it’s even bigger, the emphasis on that. And huge numbers of women. It’s fantastic. ‘Cause it always used to be cliché, back when I was starting in the early ’80s, that heavy metal was just, like, misogynist, male-dominated stuff… But no, it’s not true. There’s loads and loads of heavy metal fans who are girls.”

Here’s to a 100 years of Iron Maiden! The Iron Maiden 2022 tour kicks off later this fall. You can find the Iron Maiden tour dates and locations below.

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9/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
9/13 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center
9/15 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
9/17 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
9/21 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
9/25 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/27 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
9/29 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
9/30 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
10/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
10/5 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/7 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
10/9 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
10/11 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Centre
10/12 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
10/15 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
10/17 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
10/19 – Belmont Park, NY @ UBS Arena
10/21 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/23 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
10/25 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
10/27 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena


Words by: Michael Pementel