June 26, 2018
Bruce Dickinson is not just the lead singer of the British heavy metal band, Iron Maiden. He’s also their pilot.
In the 1990s, Dickinson launched a second career as a commercial airline pilot. Now, when the band embarks on a world tour, he’s behind the controls.
Dickinson’s singing career had begun in 1976, at a private school in Sheffield, England. There, he joined his first band and discovered the epic vocals which would eventually grant him worldwide stardom.
After graduating with high honors, Dickinson served for six months in the UK’s Territorial Army, before returning to his music career. It was in September of 1981 that Dickinson auditioned for Iron Maiden, performing such hits as “Prowler,” “Sanctuary,” “Running Free,” and “Remember Tomorrow,” leading to an enthusiastic induction into the group.
With Dickinson’s vocals, Iron Maiden went on to produce several chart-topping, multiplatinum albums to worldwide acclaim. When he left the band in 1993, Dickinson pursued a successful solo career but returned in 1999 to continue the ongoing saga of one of world’s greatest rock bands.
Outside of music, Dickinson has achieved great success in a series of business pursuits. After earning a commercial aviator’s license, he flew Boeing 757 airbuses for the UK Charter Airline, Astraeus, and has served as their Marketing Director. In May of 2012, Dickinson founded Cardiff Aviation Ltd, which specializes in the maintenance of Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft.
Dickinson has logged thousands of international flight hours, participating in dozens of high-profile flight operations: In 2016 he piloted Iron Maiden’s customized 747 plane, “Ed Force One,” to concerts in 35 countries.
Today, Dickinson is passionate about a business venture to develop an edible drone designed to deliver humanitarian aid into inaccessible disaster areas.
Further additions to Dickinson’s legacy include broadcasting work for the BBC, television appearances on the Discovery Channel, including the five-part historical series “Fly Heavy Metal,” and several bestselling books, including his 2017 memoir “What Does This Button Do?” Dickinson has also been internationally ranked at the combat sport of fencing.
When he takes to the stage at Magento Live Europe 2018, Dickinson will utilize a blend of wisdom and humor to draw parallels between his business and musical careers, while outlining valuable lessons from his successes and failures, in the air and on the stage.
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