IRON MAIDEN’s BRUCE DICKINSON says he saw “All the designs and pictures” for the Senjutsu set – “It’s really going to happen!”


It’s normally the case that it’s the “worst kept secret”, but when it came to Iron Maiden releasing their 17th studio album, Senjutsu, last September, it was quite the opposite. It was the “best kept secret” as fans the world over were literally in shock when they listened to the first single, “The Writing On The Wall”, last June. But unlike any other album in their long and precious history, they couldn’t embark on the usual breathtaking world tour.

Singer Bruce Dickinson, a man who is always ready for action, decided to make lemonade from lemons.

“This is why I had a really long conversation with (manager) Rod (Smallwood) during the lockdown,” he told BraveWords in an upcoming episode of Streaming For Vengeance, which will air this. Saturday, January 15, just before he embarks on his spoken word tour, An Evening With Bruce Dickinson 2022.

“And I said, ‘Look, that’s not going to happen this summer of 2021, is it? All over. It’s going to have to happen next year. But we have to do something. Why not make an amazing video, something that really wows people. Because we haven’t done it for ages like this. Let’s do something.'”

“That’s when the idea for animation was born,” Dickinson continues. “I scripted the video (for ‘The Writing On The Wall’). Then we found Andrew Gordon and Mark Andrews, the old Pixar guys who then found us the animators at BlinkInk, and then we were in the process of doing that. Which was fascinating. And we just got such a good result in every way. There was nothing negative about this video. And what I love about it is beyond my wildest imagination, because what I had hoped for was that the video would be enough to be everything for everyone. And it sort of is. And if you’re a conspiracy theorist, you’ll love the video. If you think we are all oppressed and it’s the end of the world, global warming, then this is for you. There is something about this video that absolutely everyone likes without taking a stand. It’s a weird reality that we’re creating and it kind of has a happy, ironic ending. The ending is a complete nod to Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove ending, with all the bombs going off.

Fans around the world are watching this stunning new Senjutsu artwork and the imagination is wild as to what it will look like in a live setting. Where are you in design and construction?

“I saw the drawings, I saw the photos,” reveals the singer. “I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s really going to happen! I’m guessing it’s April or something that we’re going to start dragging the set and putting it back together. And obviously, we still have all the Legacy stuff we’re going to do on the tour. Everything will happen. The Spitfire will be there and Eddie will be there, the sword fight will be there, the flamethrowers, Icarus, it’s all there.

During the interview, Dickinson also talks about his upcoming solo effort he’s working on with longtime partner Roy Z and reveals the Trooper beer plan for 2022. So grab a cold 🍻 and watch / listen to Streaming For Revenge this Saturday January. 3 to 3.33 p.m. EST on BraveWords Facebook page or the BraveWords Youtube channel. For more information on Streaming For Vengeance, visit this location.

Dickinson is bringing his spoken word tour, An Evening With Bruce Dickinson, to a vast expanse of the United States and Canada starting next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Divided into two parts, the first section of the show sees Bruce take a humorous and often satirical look at the world from his very personal perspective, offering audiences a private glimpse into his motivation and ambition, peppered with plenty of Maiden anecdotes. , and a myriad of other experiences encompassing not only vertigo but also extreme lows, told firsthand in his inimitable anarchic style, punctuated with photographs and sometimes even broken up into a capella song, to illustrate a point.

The last part of the evening is entirely devoted to a question and answer session, with the possibility of asking questions on any subject. As Bruce’s answers will all be completely improvised – the more left-handed and eccentric the question, the more interesting and compelling the answer is likely to be!


17 – Ft Lauderdale, Florida – Parker Playhouse
18 – Orlando, Florida – Plaza Live
20 – Tampa, Florida – Theater
21 – Jacksonville, Florida – Florida Theater
23 – Atlanta, Georgia – Tabernacle
24 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center
26 – Nashville, Tennessee – Polk Theater
27 – Columbus, Ohio – Jo Ann Davidson Theater
29 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
30 – Detroit, Michigan – The Fillmore

1 – Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York – Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
2 – Albany, New York – The egg
4 – New York City, New York – The Town Hall
5 – Boston, Massachusetts – Schubert Theater at Boch Center
7 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Fillmore
8 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
10 – Cleveland, Ohio – MGM Northfield Park
11 – Chicago, Illinois – Vic Theater
13 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Pantages Theater
14 – Milwaukee-Racine, Wisconsin – Pabst Theater
16 – Des Moines, Iowa – Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
17 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Rose State College Hudiberg Chevrolet Center
19 – Kansas City, Kansas – Uptown Theater
20 – Denver, Colorado – Paramount Theater
22 – Dallas, Texas – Majestic Theater
23 – Houston, Texas – Stafford Center
24 – Austin, Texas – Paramount Theater
26 – Phoenix, Arizona – Mesa Center for the Arts
28 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theater

1 – Los Angeles, California – Orpheum Theater
3 – San Francisco, California – Palace of Fine Arts
4 – Portland, Oregon – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
6 – Seattle, Washington – The Moore Theater
12 – Las Vegas, Nevada – House Of Blues
14 – Vancouver (New Westminster), British Columbia – Massey Theater
16 – Victoria, British Columbia – Royal Theater
18 – Edmonton, Alberta – Winspear Center
20 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Burton Cummings Theater
21 – Calgary, Alberta – Jack Singer Concert Hall
23 – Montreal, Quebec – MTELUS
26 – Ottawa, Ontario – Algonquin Commons Theater
27 – Quebec City, Quebec – Palais Montcalm
29 – Hamilton, Ontario – FirstOntario Concert Hall
30 – Kitchener, Ontario – Center in the Square

(Bruce live photo credit: Thomas Mazerolles)


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