Rocker has the write stuff

Iron maiden leader puts pen to pa­per after a bout with can­cer

Simcoe Reformer - - WORLD NEWS - JOHN CARUCCIL

NEW york — bruce dick­in­son used to think that writ­ing an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy should come at the end of his ca­reer. a bout with throat can­cer changed his mind.

after his re­cov­ery, the iron maiden front­man be­gan writ­ing his life story, fill­ing up a stack of le­gal pads in long­hand. Now the fruit of his labour has led to the re­cently re­leased, What does This but­ton do?

The 59-year old rocker re­calls turn­ing down an of­fer to do a book 10 years ago, say­ing “i’m not re­ally done yet.”

after be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer, “i thought there’s an out­side pos­si­bil­ity i might be done sooner than i in­tended.”

in the book, dick­in­son cov­ers the rise of iron maiden, his love of fencing, his dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing, the cre­ation of al­bums and be­com­ing a li­censed air­line pi­lot. he ends the book with his vic­tory over can­cer.

“When i got all clear of that, then the ques­tion got re­vis­ited, and i went, ‘you know what, this is a re­ally good end point for a book.’ Not that i’m plan­ning on go­ing any­where else and check­ing out, but this is kind of the be­gin­ning of the rest of my life,” dick­in­son said.

and while dick­in­son con­ve­niently ex­cludes the dirt on his per­sonal re­la­tion­ships and barely touches on band pol­i­tics, he does re­veal some per­sonal demons, espe­cially in a pas­sage that chron­i­cles be­ing bul­lied as a child. Those bad ex­pe­ri­ences at board­ing school had a last­ing ef­fect on him.

“a re­ally nasty bul­ly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, what­ever, it never leaves you,” he says.

“it leaves a per­ma­nent mark on your in­sides and that man­i­fests in dif­fer­ent peo­ple in dif­fer­ent ways. With me, it makes me very an­gry. i get re­ally cross, you know. if i see some­body else be­ing bul­lied, it makes me re­ally an­gry. so it’s a bit like hulk. you don’t want to see me when i’m an­gry.”

Bruce Dick­in­son of Iron Maiden shares a laugh with the crowd at Roger Arena, in Van­cou­ver, B.C., in April 2016.

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