Iron Maiden dedicate new song ‘Tears Of A Clown’ to Robin Williams

Song from band's upcoming album 'The Book Of Souls' pays tribute to the late comedian

Iron Maiden have revealed how a song from their upcoming new album pays tribute to late comedian Robin Williams.

The heavy metal band will release new album ‘The Book Of Souls’ in September, their first record since 2010’s ‘The Final Frontier’.

Speaking to an Italian publication recently, frontman Bruce Dickinson revealed how his favourite track from the forthcoming LP is one penned by guitarist Adrian Smith and bassist Steve Harris about Williams.

“My favourite song is one I didn’t write,” Dickinson explained. “It’s ‘Tears of a Clown’, which talks about Robin Williams. I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy.”

Robin Williams committed suicide in August 2014 after struggles with depression and addiction.

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Iron Maiden’s new LP – which was recorded in Paris – will be their first ever double album. It comes out on September 4 and will comprise of 11 tracks, totalling 92 minutes.

Recording of the album was delayed after frontman Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer. Dickinson was recently given the all-clear after treatment.

Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous growth on the back of his tongue in February and underwent a seven-week course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.

‘The Book Of Souls” tracklisting is:

Disc 1
‘If Eternity Should Fail’
‘Speed Of Light’
‘The Great Unknown’
‘The Red And The Black’
‘When The River Runs Deep’
‘The Book Of Souls’

Disc 2
‘Death Or Glory’
‘Shadows Of The Valley’
‘Tears Of A Clown’
‘The Man Of Sorrows’
‘Empire Of The Clouds’

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said Dickinson’s recovery meant the band would be unable to play any shows until 2016.

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