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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to Debut Spoken Word Show in Norway

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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is a true Renaissance man who does it all. In addition to being one of the most energetic metal vocalists working today, as well as a commercial pilot, the singer will debut his new spoken word show in Oslo, Norway in the fall. The show will be based on his unique experiences as a pilot as related to Maiden. The Oslo gig, set for Nov. 2 at the Oslo Konserthus, will be a bit of a test run for the singer to see how he goes over with audiences. If it’s a success, he may take the idea further and to other cities.

“We haven’t really planned anything yet, but I was talking to my promoter and we discussed the John Cleese one-man show and he wondered if that was something I would consider,” Dickinson revealed to Norway’s VG newspaper (as excerpted by “I liked the idea — maybe because it was kind of crazy — but we’ll see how it goes and what the audience thinks of it. Maybe we’ll set up some more shows in other cities.”

The show is reportedly based on the band’s ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666′ film, which saw Dickinson piloting Maiden’s travel airliner from gig to gig on their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour in 2008. He pulled double duty in the cockpit and on the stage. Talk about pressure!

The footage that landed on the cutting room floor won’t go to waste and will be refashioned into source material for the spoken word show. “Everyone that attended one of those flights has a story to tell, but these never made it to the movie, so why not reveal the things that happened in the background that led to the movie ‘Flight 666’?,” Dickinson said.

He plans to answer questions during the show, but he will narrow his focus to what wasn’t in the film. One thing is for sure, though, his show is not about Iron Maiden — the band. Dickinson declared, “I won’t tell stories about Nicko’s [McBrain] drum heads or Steve’s [Harris] bass strings. It will basically be about my experiences as a pilot. I can talk about the technicalities and a lot of anecdotes from within the flight environment.”

Because, really, who wouldn’t want to know what it’s like to fly the metal skies from the person who actually does it?

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