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Music: Bruce Dickinson

"Pilot, world class fencer (that's swords, not fence installation), author, radio DJ, historian… somehow Iron Maiden's frontman manages to fit world tours around all his other pursuits."
"Sometimes you're the pigeon, sometimes you're the statue."

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Full name: Paul Bruce Dickinson. He's possibly the biggest example of the Workaholic you'll ever find. Dickinson is known as the singer of Iron Maiden, yet he's also an airline pilot, fencer, broadcaster, author, director, screenwriter,actor, marketing director, entrepreneur and songwriter. Phew... Has a voice so powerful, he's been nicknamed the "Air Raid Siren".

Not The Bruce Dickinson, so hold your cowbell jokes.

Discography with Samson

  • 1980 - Head On
  • 1981 - Shock Tactics

Discography with Iron Maiden

  • 1982 - The Number Of The Beast
  • 1983 - Piece Of Mind
  • 1984 - Powerslave
  • 1986 - Somewhere In Time
  • 1988 - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
  • 1990 - No Prayer For The Dying
  • 1992 - Fear Of The Dark
  • 2000 - Brave New World
  • 2003 - Dance Of Death
  • 2006 - A Matter Of Life And Death
  • 2010 - The Final Frontier

Solo discography

  • 1989 - Tattooed Millionaire
  • 1994 - Balls To Picasso
  • 1996 - Skunkworks
  • 1997 - Accident Of Birth
  • 1998 - The Chemical Wedding
  • 2005 - Tyranny Of Souls

Tropes related with him and/or his works:

  • '80s Hair: In The Eighties, natch.
  • Badass Bookworm: Well-versed in history and an airline pilot, also very physically fit and talented.
  • Ballad of X: "Ballad Of Mutt", from the Tattooed Millionaire single.
  • Berserk Button: He's very protective of his voice - understandable, since its how he earns his living. So when he catches a wiff of someone in the concert smoking, he'll drop everything to yell at them.
    • Probably best not to talk on your phone during a Maiden gig either.
  • Captain Morgan Pose - The Iron Maiden Greatest Hits DVD collection includes some behind the scenes footage where a sound tech points out the features of various band member's monitor speakers. Bruce's are a) not actually used (he gets his monitor feed through an earpiece) and b) bolted down to the stage, so he can do this. Or jump on them. Or use them as a banked surface to run on.
  • Careful With That Axe: His scream in Maiden's "The Number of the Beast" was the result of pure frustration at the sound engineer forcing him to redo the opening for hours, which was thrown in.
  • Carpet of Virility: This way.
  • Catch Phrase: He often shouts to the audience, "Scream for me, [insert name of country/city]!" when playing live. The best moment of this Catch Phrase is before the appearance of Eddie himself in Maiden's concerts, generally in the Self-Titled Song.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Swearing is generally not something he goes all out on, but should you hurl things at him (or the band for that matter), abuse the fans or commit unspeakable atrocities, don't be surprised when he belts out one your way. See Berserk Button on this page too.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Pretty much no straight man has left a gig of Maiden's wondering how they could look as incredible as he does, and how they could be in top shape like him at his age.
  • Evil Laugh: He does this in a lot of songs. "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter", "The Evil That Men Do", "Can I Play With Madness" and specially "Fear Of The Dark" come immediately to mind. Of particular note, "Moonchild" climaxes with a bone-chilling, prolonged evil cackle from him.
  • God of Singing
  • Greatest Hits Album: The Best Of Bruce Dickinson.
  • Honor Before Reason: When Bruce found out his then-wife had slept with a member of Mötley Crüe, he challenged Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars to a fencing duel. Mars was confused, as he had not, in fact, been the one who slept with Bruce Dickinson's wife. That was bassist Nikki Sixx.
  • Large Ham
  • Like Father, Like Son: His oldest son, Austin Dickinson is the vocalist for the Metalcore band Rise to Remain.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: By day, Iron Maiden vocalist and more metal than a block of steel. By night, part time airline pilot and occasional fencer.
  • Metal Scream: He's a master of these. Particularly when it crosses with Punctuated! For! Emphasis!.
  • The Power of the Sun: The eponymous sun, from Tyranny Of Souls.
  • Precision F-Strike: Considering how Hot-Blooded he is, the live performances go into this, sometimes in rants, or during songs ("alright, fucking scream it!").
    • In a heartwarming moment, in tribute to deceased Ronnie James Dio, "You are the fucking rainbow in the dark!"
  • Renaissance Man: He has been described as this.
  • Shown Their Work
  • Signature Style: His Metal Scream and operatic voice.
  • Stage Names: He was known as "Bruce Bruce" during his Samson years.
  • Start My Own: His solo career started while he was in Maiden. After he left the band, the project went full-time for the rest of The Nineties. Even today, said career is still on.
  • Take That: "Tattooed Millionaire", the song, seems to be directed at Nikki Sixx.

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