Bruce Dickinson Remembers The Time He Wished To Be In Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson remembered the time when he decided to join the band during a recent appearance on The Eddie Trunk Podcast.

Bruce played for Samson between 1979 and 1981, and Iron Maiden had already released two records when Bruce auditioned for the band in 1981. The singer joined the band shortly after his audition and some rehearsals and replaced Paul Di’Anno.

In the conversation, Bruce pointed out that he enjoys listening to Iron Maiden’s first two records as he thinks there is a Jethro Tull influence in those records. He added that there are many songs that he loves from that era, such as ‘Prodigal Son.’

Furthermore, Bruce recalled a night when Samson was headlining in a big club, and Iron Maiden was their special guest. He mentioned that there were around 500 people who came to listen to Maiden. Dickinson then revealed that it was the first time he heard them live and wished to be in Iron Maiden when they started playing ‘Murders In The Rue Morgue’ and ‘Killers.’

Bruce Dickinson talked about Maiden’s early days in the interview:

“I love ‘Prodigal Son,’ it’s fantastic. If you want to see a Jethro Tull sort of influence on the early Maiden, that, and in particular ‘Killers,’ the track, and ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue.’

Just great, great, great, great stuff. Those were a couple of tracks that I first heard Maiden play live when I was in Samson – the band I was in before Maiden, obviously. We were all playing together in the same three-band bills, and stuff like that.

I remember one evening, the first time I ever saw Maiden, we were headlining in this big club, and they were sort of like special guests. So I thought, ‘Well, I better go and stand at the back here and check these guys out.’

There were like 200-300 people in the audience, and then about 10 minutes before Maiden came on, about 500 people walked through the door, and it was just rammed, you could not move. And they came on and did ‘Killers’ and ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my god!'”

He continued:

“Up to that point – I had never seen Deep Purple in their heyday, and stuff, so I could only imagine what they did. Actually, they didn’t do a whole bunch, they kind of stood around, apart from Ritchie .

But in my head, it was Maiden that was doing what they would have been doing, and it was that same level of excitement. And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. God, I’d love to sing for that band!’

Later in the conversation, Bruce also talked about his favorite songs to sing live and said he really enjoys singing the ‘Rime Of The Ancient Mariner’ right now and admitted that he was just trying to improve his Iron Maiden pinball score.