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BRUCE DICKINSON is ‘very proud’ of his upcoming solo album: ‘I Think It’s Gonna Be Quite Special’

During the question-and-answer portion of his spoken word performance on January 19 at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki, Finland, THE IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was asked when fans will finally get to hear his long-awaited new solo album. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Soon. Obviously one is coming THE MAID tours in between I finish the album and then you hear it later. I won’t tell you when. It will be a surprise. Not really. But there have been many things surrounding this particular record; it was a long time ago.”

He continued: “The record itself is, I think… I’m very proud of it. I think it’s going to be pretty special. I think you’re going to really dig it. There’s some other stuff I’m doing around the one which hopefully is It’s going to be pretty interesting too So I have a lot of things to do and be busy this year preparing it all. That’s all I can tell you at the moment. And there will be a trip. And we will coming, I hope, to Helsinki.”

last March, Bruce told Consequence of his next solo album: “I’ve been working on it, off and on, since (2005’s ‘Tyranny Of Souls’. But between lockdowns and albums and THE MAID trips and all that, I’m looking for a free space to actually nail down and say, ‘Okay, this is what it’s going to be’ and get (Bruce‘s long-standing partner Roy (‘Z’ Ramirez) to lay down some backing tracks. And then we can do it. So we’re at the point now where we already have – I don’t know – somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of the material for the album, depending on what we choose, from things we’ve already got. And I think we’d like to tweak it a little bit.”

Back in December 2017, Dickinson said that his next solo LP would likely feature a reworked version of “If Eternity Should Fail”opening track on THE IRON MAIDEN‘s 2015 disc “The Soul Book”. At the time, he said he had about “half” of his seventh record already written, and he also confirmed that “If Eternity Should Fail” was originally written as a Dickinson solo track.

He told Finland’s Chaos TV that the original plan was for his next solo record to be “a whole concept album to be called ‘If eternity should fail’. And ‘If eternity should fail’ was the title track of my new solo album,” he said. “And kind of like (Dickinsonsolo song from 1989) ‘Bring your daughter to the slaughter’ (laughing), it was commanded to THE IRON MAIDEN. So if I did another solo album, which I think I want to, I might just stick to my original plan and have that as the title track. I mean, I wrote it – that was the first track I wrote for it. So yeah, I’d probably still include that song. But it would be … the feeling would be slightly different – though not very much – from THE MAID version.”

In 2015 Dickinson told France’s Hard power magazine it “If Eternity Should Fail” ended up being used by THE IRON MAIDEN after bassist Steve Harris heard the demos that Bruce was working on what was to be his next solo album. “And (Steve) said: ‘It’s a really cool song. Can we use it? It’s going to be the opening song on the album,” he recalled. “And I said, ‘Yeah, okay.’ And he was already writing, I think… He was already thinking ‘The Book of Souls’ as being the title, he told me about the Maya thing. And I say, ‘Yeah, that’s cool. Okay. Yes, I see where you’re going.’ But in my case, that song was written as part of a story. So the spoken word at the end is the beginning of a story that runs through the entire album. And one of the characters is Dr. Necropolis; he’s the bad guy. And the good guy is Professor Lazarus; he raises people from the dead. So that introduces Necropolis in the spoken word. And I asked Steve… I said, ‘Look. Okay. I get the song…’ ‘Cause it opens with, ‘Here’s a man’s soul.’ ‘Yup. Take it. But what about the ending?’ I said, ‘Will people understand what this is about? Because it has nothing to do with the Mayans or anything. It has to do with… I wanted to come up with a concept album that’s not happening.’ (Laughing) And he (went), ‘No, no, no. It just talks about souls and everything, and it sounds fantastic’. I said, ‘Okay.’ (Laughing)”

Dickinson made his recording debut with THE IRON MAIDEN on it “Number of the Beast” album in 1982. He left the band in 1993 to pursue his solo career and was replaced by Blaze Bayleywho had previously been the lead singer in the metal band WOLFSBANE. After releasing two traditional metal albums with fhv THE MAID guitarist Adrian Smith, Dickinson rejoined the band in 1999 along with Smith. Since then, Dickinson has only released one more solo album (the aforementioned “Tyranny of Souls”), but has previously said that his solo career is not over.

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