BRUCE DICKINSON Expresses Concern That IRON MAIDEN Isn’t Pushing Hard Enough

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Bruce Dickinson explained why he occasionally questions whether IRON MAIDEN pushes themselves hard enough.

The singer revealed that he frequently worries the band restrains their creativity to satisfy their fans – and he also shared his solution to this issue.

Dickinson said in a recent interview with the Big Issue: “IRON MAIDEN fans are on another level. And it’s a whole life term. I don’t support a football team but I look with astonishment at how supporters react. And I don’t think there’s a word for the level of commitment and devotion people have to a football club. And people have that same level of devotion to IRON MAIDEN.

Part of me says, wow, that’s amazing. The artistic half of me worries that maybe we don’t challenge ourselves artistically because we have this devoted following and they’re happy with the way we are,” he continued. “One reason for doing solo records is to push the envelope of what you can do emotionally and get out of the tram line. The tram lines are great. They’re quite broad, but they do exist. 

Dickinson reflected that his teenage self would never have imagined his achievements and highlighted what matters most to him now.

“In spite of all the potential for turning into an absolute wanker, I’ve only partially turned into an absolute wanker,” he said. “And somehow, I think, I’ve managed to be quite helpful for people in their lives, whether through music or other stuff. And that does mean a lot.”

Dickinson released his latest solo album, The Mandrake Project, on March 1 via BMG. Alongside the album, Bruce also announced an exciting collaboration with Z2 for an upcoming comic series. To the delight of the international comic community, 2,000 exclusive versions of the comic were unveiled at CCXP, adding to the excitement surrounding this extraordinary project.