Bruce Dickinson talks everything Iron Maiden, and a whole lot of other things : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Not only is he the lead singer of one of the most important and most influential metal bands of all time, Dickinson is also a licensed pilot, an accomplished fencer and a frontman with seemingly endless energy.

Bruce Dickinson talks everything Iron Maiden, and a whole lot of other things

Iron Maiden on World Cafe

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Playlist

  • "Senjutsu"
  • "Stratego"
  • "The Writing on the Wall"
  • "The Time Machine"
  • "Darkest Hour"

Since I started hosting World Cafe a couple years ago, I've been asked many many times who my dream interview would be. And my guest today has always been on my list. Not only is he the lead singer of one of the most important and most influential rock bands of all time, Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson is also a licensed pilot, an accomplished fencer, a frontman with seemingly endless energy — and, as you'll hear in our conversation, an incredibly thoughtful writer and performer.

Iron Maiden's new album is called Senjutsu. It's the metal band's first new record since 2015's The Book of Souls, the longest gap between two Iron Maiden studio albums. Dickinson will talk about why the album took that long, and we'll get into everything Iron Maiden ... and a whole lot of other things, too.

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