Bruce Talks About FlyingRobert Reid of Lonely Planet has spoken with Bruce Dickinson. who is a commercial airline pilot in addition to singing in Iron Maiden, about flying:
LP: Why in the world does a guy selling 85 million records bother with a job as a commercial pilot?
BD: “I wanted to try to get my hands on something a little bigger than my little twin-engine, piston-engine airplane, and sadly I canâ€™t afford to get my own airport and jumbo like John Travolta, so I thought Iâ€™m going to have to get a job. I thought Iâ€™d get some sort of job flying cargo, I never expected flying on an airline. But ten years ago, I did. And been flying long enough, they gave me my fourth stripe, and Iâ€™m sitting here as a captain.”
LP: Any comparisons with flying and singing for Iron Maiden?
BD: “When Iâ€™m flying, I donâ€™t often get the luxury of putting my feet up and just daydreaming awhile. Because thereâ€™s just always something to do. Strangely itâ€™s same for me being in front of a hundred thousand people. I run on stage, I got two hours. And I got a lot of stuff to do. I got 30 pages of lyrics flicking through my head, and juggling with the crowd. You donâ€™t really have much time to stand there and go, â€˜wow, isnâ€™t this cool?â€™ Itâ€™s only afterwards.”
Read the entire interview here.