Bruce Dickinson Takes a Shot At Other Rock Acts Over Performing Live
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson gave a spoken word appearance earlier this week in Vienna, Austria. During the appearance he talked about performing live and talked about how they don’t change the keys in which songs are played saying
“People ask me, ‘How do you warm up your voice before a show?’ And, actually, I do about five minutes — that’s all. Before that, if we’re just starting a tour, I do a bit more than that. Once we are into it and we’re [playing shows] three or four times a week, usually, I know my voice and I can get into it within five minutes — boom! — right from the first song, which is ‘Aces High’. So it’s [points finger to the venue’s ceiling to indicate high notes], followed by ‘Where Eagles Dare’, which is [points to the ceiling again]. So, we start off with some pretty high songs, and stuff like that, and then it calms down a bit, and then it gets super difficult at the end, where you get ‘Hallowed [Be Thy Name]’ and ‘Run To The Hills’ and things like that. So it’s quite a tough set to sing.
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“We do all of our songs in MAIDEN, we do all of them in the original key,” he continued. “We don’t detune, like some other people do. We don’t do any of that. I suppose if one day we have to, we have to, but we don’t have to do it now, and I think the songs sound better as a result of it. They’re meant to be played in that key.”
In 2017, Dickinson spoke to NME about the unexpected impact of his head and neck cancer on his voice saying“Obviously, the first thing you’re a bit paranoid about when you first start, and it was pretty ropey at first in rehearsals, because it wasn’t the voice so much [as] it was the actual shape of my tongue and my throat and some of the muscles had probably been cooked a bit by the radiation. My voice was quite wobbly and weak at first, but only in certain areas. But, ironically, the really top notes were probably clearer than they were before. How strange is that?”