Pyro can be a dangerous thing to work with, but it can also apparently inspire.
As reported by Loudwire, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has been taking part in some behind-the-scenes features, providing insight into the band’s performances. Among this footage, he reveals that a past pyro accident actually inspired the band to pursue an exciting theatric as part of their live show.
If you have attended an Iron Maiden concert, chances are that you have seen the band perform their song “Run to the Hills,” which also features Bruce running around the stage and avoiding explosions.
Well, per Dickinson, this theatric was actually inspired by the past pyro accident that he was involved in. Speaking to that gimmick and its origins, Bruce shares the following:
“That all started by accident. Early on in one of the shows, Keith let off a pyro as I was standing over the top of it, and it made me jump, ‘Whoa!,’ like that. It gave me a [fright]. I asked him afterwards, Keith …. and he was like, ‘Oh I’m so sorry,’ and I was like, ‘Oh no, was it funny?'”
Bruce followed up with Keith and says, “‘I said, ‘No seriously, was it funny? Come on, own up.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, it looked funny.’ I’m like, ‘Right! Good! So let’s have a series of them like Wile E. Coyote blowing me up around the stage and then we’ll have a big Wile E. Coyote TNT plunger blow up the stage at the end. So that’s how it started.”
That is some wild shit! Pyro is no joke, but when handled carefully, it can lead to some awesome theatrics!
You can check out two of Bruce Dickinson’s behind-the-scenes videos below.