Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, gave an exclusive interview to ‘Kerrang!’ this week to share the latest details about the band’s new album as well as a never-told-before story about a Maiden tour.
Iron Maiden recently announced the details of their new album named ‘Senjutsu‘ and revealed that it will be released on September 3, 2021. The album will feature ten unique songs and it’s the band’s first album after a six-year break following ‘The Book of Souls.’
As Bruce has been giving a lot of interviews to promote Maiden’s upcoming album, he was also the latest guest Kerrang!’s Nick Ruskell. While discussing the details of their upcoming album, Bruce also told an untold story about his accident and painful surgery.
Apparently, back in 2019, Dickinson had an accident and snapped his Achilles tendon, which takes about a year to heal properly. Nonetheless, Bruce had to power through because Iron Maiden had scheduled a North and South America tour which was going to start in just a couple of months.
Because the frontman didn’t want anyone to know about it, he acted like everything was fine. He couldn’t walk properly but instead he ‘just faked it’ and somehow, no one figured it out. He gave an example by saying that while it hurt to walk quickly, walking like a crab was pain-free.
Bruce shared the story in his last interview saying:
“I did the last couple of tracks of recording on crutches, in a boot – one of those big boots you have to wear to immobilize your leg. So, I bust it at the end of April. Thirty-six hours later I was on the slab having it stitched back together, and then 24 hours after the operation, I was in the studio, singing, with my leg the size of a fucking balloon.
It was a month in a boot. It took it off and then I had another two weeks of rehab. Then I had four months to try to learn to walk again before the tour. That tour of America and South America, all those big shows, I couldn’t walk properly, so I just faked it. Nobody figured it out.
I was running around, but I was running around differently. I learned to move without using my calf muscles, which is difficult, but I couldn’t do anything conventional. So I couldn’t jump, and I couldn’t run, and walking quickly was an issue. But if you walked like a crab, it was alright!”
The new album of Maiden has been available for pre-order since the beginning of July as an Audio CD for the price of $29.98 and the Vinyl for the price of $39.98 via Amazon and many other platforms like Iron Maiden Store.