Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden vocalist)

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Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958), known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Dickinson began his career in music fronting small pub bands in the 1970s while attending school in Sheffield and university in London. In 1979, he joined the New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Samson, with whom he gained some popularity under the stage name "Bruce Bruce" and performed on two studio records. He left Samson in 1981 to join Iron Maiden, replacing Paul Di'Anno, and debuted on their 1982 album The Number of the Beast. During his first tenure in the band, they issued a series of US and UK platinum and gold albums in the 1980s, resulting in Dickinson gaining worldwide fame, and becoming one of the most acclaimed heavy metal vocalists of all time.

Dickinson quit Iron Maiden in 1993 (being replaced by Blaze Bayley) in order to pursue his solo career, which saw him experiment with a wide variety of heavy metal and rock styles. He rejoined the band in 1999, along with guitarist Adrian Smith, with whom he released four subsequent studio albums. Since his return to Iron Maiden, he issued one further solo record in 2005, Tyranny of Souls. His younger cousin, Rob Dickinson, is the former lead singer of British alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, while his son, Austin, fronts metalcore band Rise to Remain.

Outside his career in music, Dickinson is well known for his wide variety of other pursuits. Most notably, he undertook a career as a commercial pilot for Astraeus Airlines, which led to a number of media-reported ventures such as captaining Iron Maiden's converted Boeing 757 during their world tours. Following Astraeus' closure, he created his own aircraft maintenance and pilot training company in 2012, Cardiff Aviation. Dickinson presented his own radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2002–2010, and has also hosted television documentaries, authored novels and film scripts, created a successful beer with Robinsons Brewery and competed at fencing internationally.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Tattooed Millionaire 7
1994 Balls to Picasso 8
1996 Skunkworks 3
1997 Accident of Birth 3.5 4
1998 The Chemical Wedding 3 7
2005 Tyranny of Souls 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 The Best of Bruce Dickinson 3
2006 Anthology 3

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Alive in Studio A 1
1999 Scream for Me Brazil 1
2005 Alive 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Tattooed Millionaire 2
1990 All the Young Dudes 3
1990 Born in '58 1
1990 Dive! Dive! Dive! 2
1994 Shoot All the Clowns 2
1994 Tears of the Dragon 4
1996 Back From the Edge 2
1997 Accident of Birth 2
1997 Man of Sorrows 1
1998 Killing Floor 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Skunkworks Live 1

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