During an appearance on a recent episode of Full Metal Jackie, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson discussed the band’s longevity and if the band has plans to retire in following years.
“We’re not planning to retire at all, really,” Dickinson said. “I think we’ll probably drop dead onstage. I can think of worse places to drop dead. But no, we’re not planning on retiring. We’re all still firing away [with] loads of energy and loads of enthusiasm, so I can’t wait to get back together [with the other guys to start rehearsing for the upcoming tour].
“With respect to our fans, we’ve got generations of fans now,” Bruce continued. “Even at [my] spoken-word shows, I can crack jokes about the age of the audience only because half the audience is, like, my age, but the other half of the audience is often way, way younger. So it’s brilliant.
“We’ve got this whole intergenerational thing going. And, obviously, at the MAIDEN shows, it’s even bigger, the emphasis on that. And huge numbers of women. It’s fantastic. ‘Cause it always used to be cliché, back when I was starting in the early ’80s, that heavy metal was just, like, misogynist, male-dominated stuff… But no, it’s not true. There’s loads and loads of heavy metal fans who are girls.”
IRON MAIDEN will return to North America in 2022 to bring the “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour to yet more cities this September. The show has already been seen by almost two million people across the globe, being hailed by fans and media alike as the most extravagant and visually spectacular performance of the band’s career to date, with a decades-spanning set list of fan favorites.
Tickets and dates for the tour are available at this location.