BRUCE DICKINSON Kicks Off U.K. Spoken-Word Tour In Brighton

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson kicked off his first-ever U.K. spoken-word tour Sunday night (August 1) at Theatre Royal in Brighton. A one-minute video featuring Bruce’s impressions of the evening, as well as commentary from several of the fans who attended the event, can be seen below.

Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians after decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in IRON MAIDEN. A true polymath, his accomplishments include: pilot and airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist and Sunday Times best-selling author, radio presenter, TV actor, sports commentator and international fencer….to name but a few.

So there’s plenty to be entertained by throughout the evening’s cornucopia of fascinating tales and derring-do exploits, all delivered by Bruce with characteristically infectious enthusiasm and wry wit.

Split into two parts, the first section of the show sees Bruce taking a humorous and often satirical look at the world from his own very personal perspective, as told first-hand in his inimitable anarchic style, punctuated with photographs, videos and sometimes even erupting into song a capella, to illustrate a point.

The final section of the evening is devoted entirely to a question-and-answer session, with the opportunity to pose questions on any subject whatsoever. The more left-field and quirky the question, the more interesting and compelling the response is likely to be.

Speaking about what fans can expect from his spoken-word tour, Dickinson said: “Mainly it’s a sideways look at my life, which in some ways is pleasantly ridiculous. The show that is now the show has moved on quite a long way from what is just in [my autobiography]. Yes, it’s a bit autobiographical but there’s an awful lot more stuff. Part two gets interesting because it’s, dare I say, a bit improv. I give you cue cards upon which you can write whatever you want — insults, advice, questions perhaps. And I then rearrange those like some sort of bizarre crossword puzzle into what becomes the third third of the show. So, basically, that’s it — the last third of the show is created by you, with a little bit of help from me.”

Dickinson’s autobiography, “What Does This Button Do?”, landed at No. 10 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list. It was released in the U.S. in October 2017 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

“What Does This Button Do?” is Dickinson’s third book. He has previously published two satirical novels, “The Adventures Of Lord Iffy Boatrace” about the English upper classes and “The Missionary Position” about televangelism.

Dickinson, who will turn 63 later this week, joined IRON MAIDEN in 1981, replacing Paul Di’Anno, and made his recording debut with the band on the 1982 album “The Number Of The Beast”. He quit the band in 1993, pursuing several solo projects, and rejoined in 1999.

K.K. DOWNING Says Songwriting Process For KK'S PRIEST's Debut Album Was 'Very Automatic'

During an appearance on “The Adventures Of Pipeman” podcast, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing discussed the songwriting process for “Sermons Of The Sinner”, the upcoming debut album from his new band KK’S PRIEST. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The coolest thing for me, on this new record, is when I sat down on my own to put as much material together as I possibly could, first of all, it came very automatic. It was easy and natural. And it was kind of interesting for me to listen to, really, doing it on my own, especially doing it so fast. Because I had the backbone, in four or five days, of all the songs. And then I was able to compare, while I was listening to everything I had done previously, and I’m thinking, ‘Okay, this all sounds quite familiar. It all sounds extremely familiar,’ which I think I was really pleased about, really, to be honest. And I’ve already started writing… I had a session at the end of February — just a few days; two or three days this time — and I put down a whole another bunch of songs. And it all kind of just sounds like a continuation of this record, which I’m really pleased about as well. Now I’m joking with everybody — I’m going, ‘That’s it. I’m not gonna make individual albums ever again. It’s just all gonna be one long album.’ I’m interested to do that. And maybe — maybe — if anybody says, ‘K.K., let’s do a box set of the albums for KK’S PRIEST,’ if it has to be an MP3 or some new technology, it’ll just be one long record. That would be really cool to do that.”

KK’S PRIEST also features former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, along with guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE), bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX) and drummer Sean Elg (DEATHRIDERS, CAGE).

“Sermons Of The Sinner” will be released on October 1 (postponed from the previously announced August 20) via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.

Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance. He was replaced by Richie Faulkner, nearly three decades his junior.

In 2019, Downing said that he reached out to JUDAS PRIEST about taking part in the band’s upcoming 50th-anniversary tour but that their response was that they were not interested in including him in the celebrations.

In 2018, Downing revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to quit JUDAS PRIEST. The first was described as “a graceful exit note, implying a smooth retirement from music,” while the second was “angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with specific parties.”

Downing later said that he believed the second letter was “a key reason” he wasn’t invited to rejoin PRIEST after Glenn Tipton’s decision to retire from touring.

FLOOR JANSEN: 'I Would Like To Find A Way To Combine A Solo Career With NIGHTWISH'

During an appearance on a recent episode of the “Breaking Absolutes With Peter Orullian” podcast, NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen discussed some of the things she would still like to accomplish in her career, both with the band and away from it. She said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Short term, I’ve been working on a solo album since the beginning of the pandemic, or let’s say a little bit before that when the solo career [picked up] in the Netherlands. And it really kickstarted my own creativity that I haven’t really been able to use over the years. It’s nice that it gets out. And I would like to do more of that and actually finish that album and make those steps and find a way to combine a solo career with NIGHTWISH and my life at home, which I even more value after spending so much time here in this green heaven [in Sweden] where I live.”

She continued: “And long-term, my biggest desire is to keep doing this in a good balance between everything. And that maybe sounds a bit cheesy or, ‘Yeah, of course,’ but if I see how difficult that is for everybody that’s been doing this for a long, long time, to keep a certain mental health, to keep a certain connection to the rest of the world, but not ‘we’re in a tour situation’ world but the world outside of that bubble, that would be something I highly envision and to not lose my mind halfway being Mrs. Rock Star or whatever. And being a very, very high-sensitive person, I’d like to keep my sanity in the overflow of impulses and impressions that I get throughout these days. And, yeah, if I can still come home to where I’m coming home to now, that would be a long-term dream.”

Floor played her first pandemic-era solo concert last month at Het Zomertheater in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band’s lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon.

Floor officially joined NIGHTWISH in 2013 and made her recording debut with the group on 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” album.

NIGHTWISH’s ninth studio album, “Human. :II: Nature.” , was released in April 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The effort is a double album containing nine tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.

Last Year, Jansen released a Dutch-language song called “De Beelden Blijven” which she recorded for the documentary “Kinderen In Oorlog: 75 Jaar Later” in cooperation with War Child.

Before joining NIGHTWISH, Jansen served as the vocalist in the Dutch bands AFTER FOREVER and REVAMP. More recently, she released a one-off album with a duo called NORTHWARD, in which she was joined by Jørn Viggo Lofstad, the guitarist of Norwegian band PAGAN’S MIND.

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Ex-ICED EARTH Singer STU BLOCK Officially Rejoins INTO ETERNITY: 'We Have Lots Of Exciting Things Coming'

Vocalist Stu Block has announced his permanent return to his pre-ICED EARTH band INTO ETERNITY.

Block, who left INTO ETERNITY in 2011 and was replaced by Amanda Kiernan, broke the news of his official reunion with his former bandmates two days after he performed live with them at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada (see video below).

Earlier today (Monday, August 2), Stu took to his social media to share the following message: “What an amazing time with @into_eternity_official at the @loudashellfestival !! I had such a killer time with my brothers Matt, Tim, Troy and Bryan and sister from another mister Amanda!!

“Soooooo I’m sure you are all speculating if I will be coming back to INTO ETERNITY permanently and the answer is…………YES!!! I will be coming back sharing lead vocal duties with the amazing Amanda Kiernan!

“The insane talent that is in this band needs to be showcased to the world again through new recordings and some touring.

“We will be working hard on new music and refining the live show to perfection for you to enjoy. We have LOTS of exciting things coming within the next few months! We can’t wait!!!”

Before joining INTO ETERNITY in 2005, Block began his musical career singing for various bands in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After two albums with INTO ETERNITY, Block joined ICED EARTH in 2011, with whom he recorded three LPs: “Dystopia” (2011), “Plagues Of Babylon” (2014) and “Incorruptible” (2017).

Block and ICED EARTH bassist Luke Appleton quit the band in the wake of leader Jon Schaffer’s involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot, with guitarist Jake Dreyer also believed to have departed.

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DEE SNIDER Has No Interest In Going Into Politics: Politicians 'Are Terrible People'

During a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment’s Lyndsey Parker, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider was asked if he has any intention of ever going into politics. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Many, many people asked me [that same question]. I got a call from a guy who said, ‘Listen, I’m not asking. I’m telling. This influential person said, ‘I’m starting a Super PAC,'” he said, referencing the political committee that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. “I said, ‘No. Thank you. I appreciate it.’ He said, ‘I’m not asking. I’m doing this.’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ”Cause I’ve seen the job. It’s terrible. These people are terrible people. They’re self-serving. They’ve got agendas. They’re not looking for the greater good.’ And the people who have actually gone in with genuine… Like Jimmy Carter, just a really decent human being, got destroyer. He got chewed up and spit out by Washington. There’s no place for a fair, honorable, decent, reasonable person. Nobody wants the voice of reason; they want the voice of insanity. And if I can tell you this, the loudest voices in the room are the extremes on the left and the right, and they are the smallest percentages.

“Most of us are somewhere in the middle,” Dee explained. “And these are the phrases that get used: ‘I’m sure it’ll work out’; ‘I trust things will be okay’; ‘It usually comes back to center.’ We’ve got all these sort of, like, ‘Things will be okay in the end.’ And as Dr. Phil says, ‘How’s that working out for ya?’

“The vast majority of people have been too willing to sit back and hope for the best while the extremes on the left and right are using that silence that we have to just try and control things. No. Push back, fight back, don’t shut up. Tell these idiots to shut up.”

Asked if he is feeling a little better about the state of the world in 2021 now that Donald Trump is no longer president, Snider said: “Well, not having a lunatic driving a bus is a great thing. But the fact of the matter is that lunatic is still in the bus; he’s just moved into the back seat. So he’s back there causing problems. You remember the bus, people. The troublemakers in the back? Yeah, they’re still in there.

“The biggest favor that Trump did… And it’s just… There’s what’s his name over there, Boris [Johnson] in England, with Brexit, in Brazil… They’re all over the world. There’s Trumps [all over the world]. They keep referring to it as ‘Australia’s Trump,’ ‘the U.K.’s Trump.’ Everybody’s got a Trump. But the favor they did us is that they got these awful people to come out of the shadows. ‘We thought we had a black president. Everything’s okay.’ No. It’s not. So now they’re out of the shadows, or if they slink back, now we know they’re there.

“So, no, I don’t think it’s better,” he added. “I think they’ve just been forced out of the forefront for a little bit, but don’t fool yourself people — they’re there. They’re going nowhere. They were hiding. They were biding their time. They were waiting. And when they finally got someone that spoke [to them], that they felt it was cool to come out and expose themselves, they did. So, just know full well they’re still there and you’ve just gotta stay vigilant.”

Snider found himself in the middle of controversy in 2016 when he asked Trump to stop using the 1984 TWISTED SISTER anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his campaign.

Dee, who got to know Trump personally after appearing more than once on “The Celebrity Apprentice”, had been an outspoken critic of America’s 45th president, tweeting incessantly against Trump’s administration and blasting Trump as “a commie-loving traitor” who is prostituting our democracy. He has also engaged in heated Twitter fights with Trump followers, some of whom had taken issue with his colorful delivery and unapologetic tone.

Last year, Snider criticized Trump over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that Trump’s response to COVID-19 had been “to politicize it and separate us more and make it about politics instead of about joining together and helping each other. This was an opportunity to really bring the country together over something really important, that rises above all the other B.S. in the world,” he said. “And he failed to do that, and we’re seeing the results.”

In eary September, Snider defended his “aggressive and intense” approach in dealing with “idiot Trump followers” on social media, saying that he was “trying to lead by example.”

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