Bruce Dickinson at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL

Bruce Dickinson made a stop in Chicago as part of his spoken word tour, where he discussed life on the road, becoming a pilot, and more.

Bruce Dickinson has packed a whole lot of living into his 63 years. Best known for being the frontman of Iron Maiden, he is also a trained and highly experienced pilot, a fencer, and a cancer survivor, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. During this current spoken word tour, Dickinson talks about his life in as much detail as you can pack into one evening, beginning from the moment he was born through to being the singer of one of the most recognized metal bands out there. 

This tour is something any fan of Iron Maiden should get themselves along to. If you’ve read his book, you’ll know a great deal of the stories he tells, however, it is so much better seeing them brought to life in person by the man himself. We all know how well versed he is at commanding the attention of an entire arena full of fans, so it’s no surprise seeing how confident he is as talks about his life in these more intimate settings. This time, instead of hearing the fans singing along to Maiden’s iconic songs, he is met with laughter as he humorously discusses questionable fashion choices over the years, with some rather detailed photography to back him up. 

During the first section of the evening, Dickson reminisced about his early musical career, which began at boarding school, through to performing in local bands, and eventually evolved into him performing with his first professional band, Sampson. Throughout the night, we got a peek behind the curtain of what it is like being the frontman of metal giants, Iron Maiden, from performing at Rock in Rio to holding in wind when meeting Queen Elizabeth. 

If you are heading out to one of these shows, be sure to find the “Ask Bruce” question forms. After an interlude which included the full animated video for “The Writing on the Wall,” Dickinson returned to the stage to answer a selection of the questions asked by audience members. This section saw him more animated than he’d be all night, and even saw him bursting into song as he was asked to sing “Man of Sorrows.” Obviously, he obliged and left the audience in awe as his powerful voice boomed around the theatre.  

Not one to do anything by half, Dickson’s current tour is comprised of an impressive 44-date schedule. He is currently almost halfway through the tour, however, the energy he projected throughout the evening made you feel as if it was the very first night. All of those years touring relentlessly with Iron Maiden have obviously paid off. Compared to the energy and effort he puts into the Maiden shows night after night, these shows must feel like a walk in the park for him. 

There are still tickets available for the remaining dates of the tour, so make sure you get along to this must-see show for any Iron Maiden fan. 

13 Feb – Minneapolis, Pantages Theatre
14 Feb – Milwaukee-Racine, Pabst Theater
16 Feb – Des Moines, Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre
17 Feb – Oklahoma City, Rose State College Hudiberg Chevrolet Center
19 Feb – Kansas City, Uptown Theater
20 Feb – Denver, Paramount Theatre
22 Feb – Dallas, Majestic Theatre
23 Feb – Houston, Stafford Centre
24 Feb – Austin, Paramount Theatre
26 Feb – Phoenix, Mesa Arts Center
28 Feb – San Diego, Balboa Theatre
01 Mar – Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre
03 Mar – San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts
04 Mar – Portland (OR), Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06 Mar – Seattle, The Moore Theatre
12 Mar – Las Vegas, House Of Blues
14 Mar – Vancouver (New Westminster), Massey Theatre
16 Mar – Victoria, Royal Theatre
18 Mar – Edmonton, Winspear Centre
20 Mar – Winnipeg, Burton Cummings Theatre
21 Mar – Calgary, Jack Singer Concert Hall
23 Mar – Montreal, MTELUS
26 Mar – Ottawa, Algonquin Commons Theatre
27 Mar – Quebec City, Palais Montcalm
29 Mar – Hamilton, FirstOntario Concert Hall
30 Mar – Kitchener, Centre in the Square

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!