I’ve been an Iron Maiden fan since the early 80’s and even had an album by the band Samson, so I was always going to read Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography.
Iron Maiden were also the very first band that I saw live, in Hull back in 1984 on the Piece of Mind Tour. I’m also a big enough fan to know that some of their more recent albums have been a long way short of their classics.
There is so much about Bruce that I already knew, the fencing, author, DJ, pilot, brewer and solo recording artist that it is amazing that he managed to find the time to fit it all in. The book is a great read, and was also written by Bruce himself, not ghost written like most autobiographies. I also never knew about his recent battle with cancer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and even if you’re not a fan of Iron Maiden you will probably still be fascinated. Bruce also decides to leave out births, deaths and marriages, as he said that if he’d left them in the book would have been twice as long. It might have been nice to have had a little more details about his children and wife (wives), but in the end the book is about Bruce, which is what you really want.