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-> ''"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."''
->--'''[=MusicRadar=], "[[http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/10-reasons-why-iron-maiden-deserved-their-brit-award-197372/ 10 reasons why Iron Maiden deserved their Brit Award]]"'''

-> ''"Sometimes you're the pigeon, sometimes you're the statue."''

Full name: Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958). He's possibly the biggest example of the {{workaholic}} you'll ever find. Dickinson is known as the singer of Music/IronMaiden, yet he's also an [[UniversalDriversLicense airline pilot, fencer, broadcaster, author, director, screenwriter,]] [[TheWorkaholic actor, marketing director, entrepreneur and songwriter]]. Phew... Has a voice so powerful, he's been nicknamed the "Air Raid Siren".

He was born in 1958, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, from an Army mechanic and a shopkeeper; since both of them were teenagers, his birth hurried them into marriage. He fronted several small pub bands until he joined ''Music/{{Samson}}'' in 1979 under the {{stage name|s}} of "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Bruce Bruce]]"; he released two albums with this band before leaving in order to replace Paul Di'Anno as the lead singer of ''Music/IronMaiden''.

With the Irons, [[GrowingTheBeard he gained world-level fame]] with the release of Maiden's Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast in 1982 and the five following albums since then, all of them considered [[UsefulNotes/TraditionalHeavyMetal heavy metal]] classics. Then Maiden's DorkAge of TheNineties (started with the departure of guitar player Adrian Smith) saw him singing in two more albums before leaving them in order to focus on his solo career.

Said career started with 1988's "Tattooed Millionaire" and this album was followed with Bruce's first solo album since departing from Maiden, 1994's "Balls to Picasso". Then, after the release of the [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly experimental]], grunge-sounding "Skunkworks" in 1996, fellow Maiden mate Adrian Smith joined Dickinson's solo band, with him he recorded the acclaimed "Accident of Birth" (1997) and "The Chemical Wedding" (1998) before both Dickinson and Smith rejoined the 'Irons in 2000, where they kept playing since then. He later released another solo album in 2005, "Tyranny of Souls", which, as of 2017, it's still his latest record.

In 2015, he was been diagnosed with tongue cancer and underwent treatment.

Not related to ''[[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]]'' [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Bruce Dickinson]], so hold your cowbell jokes.
!Discography with Music/{{Samson}}
* 1980 - ''Head On''
* 1981 - ''Shock Tactics''

!Discography with Music/IronMaiden
* 1982 - ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast''
* 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''
* 2015 - ''The Book of Souls''

!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:
* EightiesHair: In TheEighties, natch.
* BadassBookworm: Well-versed in history and an airline pilot, also very physically fit and talented.
* BalladOfX: "Ballad of Mutt", from the ''Tattooed Millionaire'' single.
* BerserkButton:
** He's very protective of his voice understandable, since it's how he earns his living. So when he catches a whiff 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.
** As shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EwJv3OK1Ys#t=143 this video]], do ''not'' beat up a fellow fan at a gig. He ended up verbally tearing the culprit a new one.
* CaptainMorganPose: 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.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: His scream in Maiden's "The Number of the Beast" was the result of pure frustration at the sound engineer [[EnforcedMethodActing forcing him to redo the opening for hours]], which was [[ThrowItIn thrown in]].
* CarpetOfVirility: [[http://bp0.blogger.com/_LXqBXJEfW0A/SITWIndcGjI/AAAAAAAAGuA/eXIQaOueTkA/s1600-h/bruce-dickinson.png This way]].
* CatchPhrase: He often shouts to the audience, "[[CheapHeat Scream for me, [insert name of country/city]]]!" when playing live. The best moment of this CatchPhrase is before the appearance of [[{{Mascot}} Eddie]] himself in Maiden's concerts, generally in the Self-Titled Song.
* ClusterFBomb: 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.
* CoolOldGuy: Now that he's pushing 60, Bruce qualifies among the coolest of the cool.
* DarkerAndEdgier: His solo albums are this compared to his albums with Iron Maiden. He sings them in a more gravely and less operatic style, the lyrical themes are grimmer ("Man of Sorrows" is about the tragic life of Creator/AleisterCrowley), and the guitar sound is more razor-sharp.
* DownerEnding: "Arc Of Space" from ''Accident Of Birth''.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: 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.
* EvilLaugh: 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.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''The Best of Bruce Dickinson''.
* HonorBeforeReason: When Bruce found out his then-wife had slept with a member of Music/MotleyCrue, he challenged Motley Crue 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.
* LargeHam
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Both his sons Austin and Griffin are vocalists. Austin is the former vocalist of Rise To Remain and current vocalist of As Lions, whilst Griffin is the vocalist of Shvpes.
* MetalScream: He's a master of these. Particularly when it crosses with PunctuatedForEmphasis.
** He seems to have passed this trait down to his sons too, although Austin has averted it since starting As Lions.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: His solo music is a bit more scattered in terms of hardness than his music with Iron Maiden. His harder songs are usually a 7, with songs like "Freak" bordering on 8. However, he also has quite a few softer and more ballad-like songs, which usually range from 2 to 4.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: The eponymous sun, from ''Tyranny of Souls''.
* PrecisionFStrike: Considering how HotBlooded 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 Music/RonnieJamesDio, "You are the fucking rainbow in the dark!"
* RenaissanceMan: He [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Dickinson#Other_work has been described as this]].
** HeAlsoDid: He also has an aircraft maintenance business, is a qualified 757 pilot, [[https://youtu.be/ndvFfC_cbkU starred in a PSA on aircraft safety]] ''and'' wants to start his own airline.
** [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ninja Pilot Zombie Robot]]: Bruce flew "Ed Force One" the 757 with Eddie's face and the band's logo that was modified to carry the band's equipment.
* ShownTheirWork: Does a lot of research on the subject of his songs, and as a result there are few mistakes.
* SignatureStyle: His MetalScream and operatic voice.
* StageNames: He was known as [[RepetitiveName "Bruce Bruce"]] during his Samson years.
* StartMyOwn: His solo career started while he was in Maiden. After he left the band, the project went full-time for the rest of TheNineties. Even today, said career is still on.
* TakeThat: "1000 Points of Light", a jab at UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush. Bonus points for ripping the title from Bush's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_points_of_light speech on promoting volunteer work and charity.]]