Fact: Bruce Dickinson's aviation company has set up a pop-up stall at London department store Harrods to sell private jets to super-wealthy customers. The Iron Maiden frontman is chairman of Aeris Aviation, the company behind the initiative.
Fact: Heavy rocker Bruce Dickinson is a favourite to take home the Face of Travel 2010 prize at the World Travel Awards for his celebrity contribution to jet-setting. The Iron Maiden star, who is a top pilot and marketing manager of Astraeus Airlines, joins Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham and Kevin Costner among the nominees for the big prize, which will be announced in London this weekend (07Nov10).
Fact: Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson took to the skies this week (beg18Oct10) to fly British soccer team Liverpool FC to Italy ahead of a match in the country on Thursday (21Oct10). The singer is a qualified pilot and often flies the band around the world while on tour.
Fact: Legendary British broadcaster John Peel's son, TOM RAVENSCROFT, will replace Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson as the host of a Friday night show on digital station BBC 6. Peel was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ at the time of his death in 2004.
Quote: "When you walk away from the aeroplane and you close the door, that's it - job done. Nobody follows you up and says you've got an interview at three, and I thought wow, amazing people have lives like that. The one thing with rock 'n' roll is that you're never off-duty." Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson would prefer to be a full-time pilot.
Quote: "With Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter we did a service to the nation by knocking SIR CLIFF (RICHARD) off the Christmas number one. I'm still waiting for my C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)." Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson believes he is owed huge praise for surpassing the British crooner on the U.K. charts in 1991.
Quote: "I was drunk and called Bruce Dickinson a devil-worshipping, Satan's c**k-sucking w**ker. And he just came over and put my nose in his mouth. It was the first encounter I'd had with a famous person, too." Blur star Alex James didn't make a good impression on the Iron Maiden frontman when they met.
Quote: "We were in our mid-20s, we were rock stars, we had gold cards and we were in a convertible driving around LA, so yeah, we had a great time. I see bands like Lostprophets now, and it's the same sort of s**t, and why not?" Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has no regrets about his debauched younger years.
Quote: "Some of the new songs are quite angry. It's just the times we're living in. We've got global fundamentalism, state-sponsored terrorism, dirty bombs, global warming and everything else. I think this is our response to all that." Rocker Bruce Dickinson describes Iron Maiden's forthcoming 'angry' album A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.