Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: Pilot Of The Airwaves
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Metal legend Bruce Dickinson has more talents than you might expect. Not only does he front one of the most successful heavy-metals bands of all time — Iron Maiden — but he's also an author of two books (on a cross-dressing 18th century toff, as it happens), a competing fencer who was once rated fourth in Britain, and a pilot.
Now he's added yet another string to his bow — or should that be electric guitar? — by becoming a radio DJ for digital station 6Music.
"I love doing the show and it's turned out really successful for us," he enthuses. "We can play whatever the hell we want and mix everything from Alice Cooper to more modern bands like Viking Skull."
Bizarrely, Bruce manages to fit his radio show in between touring the world with Maiden (selling 60m records in the process) and flying passengers around the globe as a pilot for a commercial airline.
"At the moment I'm flying planes full-time and it's now my proper day job until the Maiden tour next year.
"A few months ago I was flying overnight for seven hours to Africa. It was around midnight when the captain leaned over to me and quite unexpectedly showered me with vomit — so I had to spend the next five hours covered in it.
"It was then that I thought to myself, not even in my worst days in rock 'n' roll has anyone ever been sick on me. Sometimes flying airplanes is actually more rock 'n' roll than being in a band."
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