Bruce Dickinson Contemplates Iron Maiden Replacing Him


Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden performing live.

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Would Iron Maiden exist without frontman Bruce Dickinson? He thinks so

Bruce Dickinson seems to be an irreplaceable heavy metal singer. That said, he doesn’t seem to think he would be irreplaceable in his band Iron Maiden, according to a new interview.

In the chat, Dickinson said that if wasn’t able to make through at least four songs a concert, he would want his band to find a replacement right away. He also implied that he would still perform a couple of songs every night before having the new singer take over for the majority of the performance.

“If tomorrow I don’t feel able to sing more than four songs a night, I’d like the guys to continue and I should be able to choose my replacement,” Dickinson told Daily Star (via NME). “I would stick my head in from time to time and the other singer would do the rest.”

He continued, “When you look at Keith Richards, who suffers from arthritis, he’s not on top form every night but he’s supported by other guitarists. It’s the Rolling Stones. I don’t think it upsets anyone.”

It doesn’t seem likely that Dickinson will have to give up the mic anytime soon. He’s 63, in good health and continues to tour incessantly with Maiden, consistently delivering towering performances. Dickinson even admits in the interview that a replacement isn’t likely, stating, “In any case, everything I’ve said isn’t going to happen.”

Iron Maiden recently headlined the Download Festival in the U.K. and got rave reviews. The band will return to the U.S. this fall for their “Legacy of the Beast” tour, which takes them through the end of the year. For more information on that run, visit Iron Maiden’s official website.

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