BRUCE DICKINSON Interview Page 5
By Fredrik Hjelm

FH: No, I'm rather referring to you being very diversified as an artist, and you possibly saving something up as a "Plan B", like renegotiating in three years or something like that?

BD: "Renegotiation in three years"? Jesus Christ, that's like buying a house isn't it? No, lawyers renegotiate, rock bands work in a different way. Rock bands stay together because they want to stay together, because everybody in the band wants to be in the group. It's a group thing on every level. Let's say I write five songs for next Iron Maiden album that I think are brilliant, and the other guys think only one of them is any good. Obviously, I'll be disappointed, but since it is a group, I'll go with what they say. The answer to the question is really that if anybody wants to take some time off from Maiden, all they have to do is say it. If one of the guys in the band says "my arm fell off - I need a break" or something like that, we're going to have to be mature and act like adults about it. I mean, come on, I'm the youngest in the band, and I'm 43. Nicko's pushing 50, and it is what it is. If anybody needs a break we deal with it in a mature way, even though we're nowhere near that stage. I'm probably fitter now than when I was 28.

FH: From your performance point-of-view, does a certain amount of acting come in handy on stage, or does the "scream for me" always come straight from the heart?

BD: It's not acting. That's why actors find it very hard to try to become rock performers. An actor is used to playing somebody else. Compared to other band members, the singer doesn't have anything to hide behind. The guitarist, the bass-player and the drummer all have something to "hide" behind when there's a momentum in a song when there's nothing much to do on-stage performance wise. As a guitarist, you can always play with the buttons on the guitar or something. What you actually have to do, particularly as a singer, is to communicate with the audience and something called "charisma" is crucial. I really think that's a strange thing, though. To me, somebody's charisma goes way back - all the way from their childhood. It could be about something that pissed you off or so that makes you crave the limelight. As an actor, you don't get noticed in the same way. You get noticed for portraying somebody else, not yourself. On the rock'n'roll stage - it's you up there, isn't it? People think it's you, whether it is or not, it's certainly a part of you for it to be real.

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