BRUCE DICKINSON 1/00 Interview Page 4
By Bob Nalbandian

BN: Will this also be coming out on Portrait?

BRUCE: No, no. I've got my own label, Air Raid. My solo albums Chemical Wedding and Scream For Me Brazil were released through Air Raid, which is through Sanctuary Records in America. Sanctuary is my partner; we just bought CMC Records.

BN: So, you and Rod Smallwood are partners with this label?

BRUCE: I'm 50% owner of Air Raid - it's all part of the Sanctuary label. I signed Roy Z's band, Tribe of Gypsies, the Samson re-issues and the two original Metal for Muthas compilations on CD.

BN: That's classic! I just got those sent to me. I remember when the first Metal for Muthas came out on vinyl back in '79 - I believe Neal Kay was the guy behind that record. That album is what originally introduced me to the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

BRUCE: Yes, it was Neal Kay. We released both Vol. I & Vol. II on CD.

BN: Back to the new record...I've obviously only had a chance to hear just the four song advance tape. It sounds like very traditional Iron Maiden, very epical! Are the other tracks in a similar vein?

BRUCE: Yes, in fact, some of the other tracks are 8 or 9 minutes long, like "Rhyme Of the Ancient Mariner," dramatic type of songs.

BN: Songs like "Bloodbath,"...what a great epic! I noticed a lot of keyboards and strings on that song. Onstage will you be using a back-up keyboardist?

BRUCE: No, there's really no need to. We rehearsed the whole thing without keyboards or strings and it really works out great live.

BN: Apart from "The Wickerman," it seems as though all the other songs on the album are well over six minutes long.

BRUCE: Yes, that's true. It's a 68-minute record.

BN: I know Maiden never really relied on radio play. On this album, especially with songs that are averaging 7-8 minutes long, what avenues apart from touring will you be doing to promote this record?

BRUCE: We're gonna hammer radio with "The Wickerman," we even have an edited version that's 4.10 minutes. We also recorded a special radio mix for that song.

BN: Who directed the video for that song?

BRUCE: Dean Carr (?), who also produced videos for Ozzy, Godsmack, Cypress Hill, and Nine Inch Nails.

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