Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson recalled the moment when he was asked to join Iron Maiden as their new lead singer and unveiled what he wanted from the other band members.
Iron Maiden’s original frontman was Paul Day but he couldn’t stay in the band for a long time and had to leave because he didn’t have enough charisma to become its frontman. Paul was replaced by Dennis Wilcock in 1976 and Wilcock was the one that suggested using special effects on the stage.
However, Wilcock decided to leave the band due to personal problems with the other band members so Paul Di’Anno was hired as the new frontman. His performance turned into a disappointment after the musician became heavily addicted to drugs that’s why they needed to find another singer.
While he was playing with Samson, Iron Maiden members and their managers watched Bruce Dickinson’S performance and wanted to invite him to the auditions. Dickinson knew that he was going to be their new lead singer so he told his conditions before auditioning for the band. Apparently, Bruce told them he would continue to create and perform in his own way instead of being the copy of the previous singer.
Dickinson said in his interview that:
“I did a special guest thing with Samson. The manager turned up in the audience and he was watching, and Steve, the bass player, was watching. He said, ‘Well, there you go, that’s what you get.’ So yeah, he invited me back to his hotel room, so I’m sitting there in his hotel room, and he says, ‘I’d like to offer you the chance to audition.’
I went, ‘Oh, OK, alright.’ I was like 19 years old or something like that, and Maiden’s already going to be growing, obviously, going to be one of the biggest bands in the world. I remember saying to him, ‘Look, mate, let’s not beat about the bush. You’re offering me the chance to audition but you know I’m going to get the job.“
He went on:
“‘So the question is not whether or not I’ll do the audition, the question is – do you actually want me when I get the job? Because I’m not going to be like the other guy, I’m going to be completely different, I’m going to have my own rules, my own stuff, I’m going to do things my own way. If you don’t want that, just tell me now and I’ll walk out.’
Where did that come from? But when you’re 20, you’re fearless. I did, obviously, audition for the band, we went to a rehearsal room, we sang a load of Maiden tunes, and then we sang all of our favorite tunes that we all liked, that we all knew together. It was great! Then in the recording studio, they did a few checks that I actually did sound like what they thought I sounded like.
Then that was it, came outside, handshake, none of this elbow bumping back in the day. Handshake and a hug, and then down to I think it was a UFO gig, and we all went down, we got absolutely blooded in the bar.“
You can listen to the interview below.