Interview: Bruce Dickinson Talks 'What Does This Button Do?' and More!


Bruce Dickinson says he's never in his life been approached by so many attractive women as when he was writing his memoir at a local pub between tours.

The claim seems a bit far-fetched coming from the frontman of Iron Maiden, one of the biggest heavy metal bands of all time, but if he's telling the truth, it should give hope to burgeoning authors everywhere. 

Dickinson tells Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke that he's a lousy typist so he wrote most of his autobiography by hand in a notebook while sitting in his local bar.

"I wrote 50 percent of the book in the pub," he said. "You know I'd go down to the pub, sit in the corner, have a couple of beers, make it last a two or three hours, and at the end of that I'd have, you know, 1,500 words."

Dickinson chose to write at the pub even though he says people were constantly coming up to him asking what he was doing.

"I have never been so pestered in all my born days," he says, "and funny enough often by some quite attractive women."

"And you're suddenly thinking: writing a book is kind of sexy! Because there's something mysterious about it. There's a bit of magic happening, and people somehow seem to sense it."

So, there you go, if you're single and you need to get some work done, but think it'd be nice to kill two birds with one stone, leave your laptop at home and take your notebook to the bar!

Dickinson and Clarke cover a lot of topics in the interview besides breaking the ice with strangers. They discuss Dickinson's other job as an airline pilot, his dreams of being an astronaut, his first trip to New York, his battle with cancer and more! You can listen above!

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