IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON On His Stage Outfits: 'I Am Proud To Have Been Ridiculous'

December 25, 2017

During a recent interview with Finland's Radio Rock, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson spoke about his penchant for wearing outrageous outfits during the band's live performances. Asked if there is a costume that he has sported on stage that he looks back on in embarrassment now, Bruce said: "'Embarrassment' is not the word I would use. 'Cause 'embarrassment' sounds like you're not proud of it. I am proud to have been ridiculous."

Pressed about what his favorite piece of attire is out of all the outfits he has worn over the years, Dickinson said: "I think possibly the most ambitiously ludicrous was the 'Somewhere In Time'costume, which the description of that that I gave to the lady who was designing it was, 'Imagine a planet that was occupied by giant green space lizards. So we shoot a giant green space lizard, skin it, make a pair of trousers out of it. But the top half is kind of a space d'Artagnan, so we wanted a puffy shirt, like a sort of a Louis XIV-era musketeer. And then on top of it, we have an exploding jacket with a giant beating heart and rope lights.' And she just nodded at me and went, 'Okay,' and went away. And I think she thought I was completely mad. And there may have been some truth in that."

Dickinson's autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?", last month landed at No. 10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. It was released in the U.S. on October 31 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books),an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Following the massively successful global tour of 2016-17 in support of its 16th studio album, "The Book Of Souls", IRON MAIDEN will take to the road again in 2018 with a series of arena and festival shows in Europe on the "Legacy Of The Beast" world tour, opening in Tallinn, Estonia on May 26 and finishing at the O2 Arena, London on August 10.

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