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Bruce Dickinson Quits Iron Maiden
Heavy metal fans far and wide will be saddened to hear that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has decided to once again leave Iron Maiden. The singer claims that he has become tired of performing so much and needs to focus on other projects. A statement from Dickinson reads as follows:
"Hello everyone, I'm sorry to confirm this but yes I have left Iron Maiden. There are a fair few reasons for my decision and I hope after hearing a few you'll support my decision. As many fans who follow the music industry know, life on the road isn't all it's cracked up to be and I'm bloody knackered to be quite honest with you! In my time with Iron Maiden I've got to visit the whole world and play heavy metal, living the dream as it were and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything, but it's an exhausting process. I also feel that at my age, I may be getting a little old to be running around the stage and dressing up. It's alot of fun but I don't want people to find it embarassing or to be considered a joke by the heavy metal community which I know takes things very seriously.
"However, retirement is not something I have planned for quite some time! I will be flying a little more now and I'm also opening a fencing school in Britain, though it could well prove to be quite expensive I'm afraid! I've also got a couple of books planned which I hope will please you all. Iffy Boatrace will be returning for a third adventure in "Iffy Boatrace: Two Pints Of Larger And A Packet Of Problems" which will hit book shelves late next year. Before that however, I'll be writing a detailed autobiography chronicling everything from my days at university, my time in Samson and of course, the time I spent in Iron Maiden. There's a few titles I'm considering right now like, "The Trooper" and "Rime Of The Ancient Vocalist" but I'll decide nearer the time of the completion. I'm going no-holds barred on this one so expect some frankly shocking facts to be revealed! I'm also kicking around the idea of doing another solo album. Myself and Roy Z have a few unreleased songs that we recorded back in 2007 so we may go back to those and see how we do. If I do release another album then I want to make sure it really is the best one I've ever done. So it may take some time.
"So that about wraps it up from me. I hope you'll look forward to my new projects as much as I do."
This news comes hot on the heels of Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith denying that the bands days are numbered. Bass player and founder Steve Harris has previously hinted that the band will do only one more album and he has announced that Dickinson leaving does not effect plans for another album. "I can't say I'm not disapointed," Harris stated; "but with every negative there's a positive and we'll be looking to do something special for the fifteenth album.
"Since Bruce is revealing all his plans I'll let you in on a project I've wanted to do for some time, but until now felt we were unable to do. Basically, the next album will be a two disc set with the second being a "Iron Maiden and Friends" collection. We'll be re-recording many of our classic songs with some of the biggest singers in heavy metal taking over the vocal spot. Being the all 'round great bloke that he is, Rob Halford has already agreed to do a song for the album and is very excited about it. We're also in talks with Klause Meine of Scorpions, Biff Byford from Saxon and even Ozzy Osbourne! We're getting alot of great responses about the project from these legends and can't wait to record these. Chances are, the singer we feel we click with the most will record the vocals for the new album too. Stay tuned for updates and news because this is one of the most important chapters in the history of Maiden!"
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