Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is to put his life to paper in a memoir.
The book will be published in autumn of 2017, initially in hardback, ebook and audiobook format, with a paperback to follow in 2018. It will be published by Harper Non-Fiction and Dey Street, with the singer anticipating adding to the tale on Maiden’s forthcoming tour. He said:
“It was flattering to be approached to write a book about my experiences and it seems an appropriate time to do this as I will have plenty of time on tour next year to work on a book. I am sure flying the 747 out round the world on tour will add to the tale with some unusual scenarios!”
Publishing director Jack Fogg, who negotiated the book’s rights, has spoken of his delight at landing the project, saying:
“There’s no one like Bruce. Which other rock musician can fly a 747, or fence at an international level? He’s a total one-off; engaging, funny, warm, self-deprecating — a British eccentric in its very best form. His book will be outstanding and I am so delighted we get to publish it and work with him.”
Dickinson is a qualified pilot, and has also recovered from cancer recently. He plans to fly the Boeing 747 that will take the band on their 35-country world tour of UK number one album ‘The Book Of Souls’, with the plane branded ‘Ed Force One’.
Bassist Steve Harris has spoken about how Dickinson was on top form during the recording of ‘The Book of Souls’, despite having cancer during the recording:
Harris says “there was no inkling of it [the cancer]” while the band made ‘The Book Of Souls’. “He’d finished all his vocal bits completely anyway and there were some other bits and pieces we were doing. Really, we didn’t know anything – he didn’t show any signs at all.”
The bass player went on to add: “I mean, his singing, when you hear it… he’s singing better than ever.”
Iron Maiden were confirmed as a Download 2016 headliner last month.