Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson given honorary doctorate

Singer returns to his old London university

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has picked up an honorary degree for his contribution to music.

The singer received the Honorary Doctorate Of Music title at London‘s Queen Mary University on Tuesday (July 19), reports He previously studied history there back in 1979. Dickinson said he used it as a smokescreen for his pursuit of music.

That was what they [my parents] wanted to hear so that was my cover story. When I got down there, I started immediately finding and playing in bands.

The singer is also a champion fencer and airline pilot. He is currently flying Iron Maiden around for the band‘s world tour in their Boeing 757 called Ed Force One after the band’s mascot Eddie.

Maiden are set to play two nights at London‘s O2 Arena on August 5-6.

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