Watch Bruce Dickinson’s Spoken-Word Performance In Dublin!

December 16, 2019

Bruce Dickinson recently did a spoken-word performance (Dec 13) at National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland and a fan has uploaded some video! The performance, called “What Does This Button Do?”, featured a comedic routine and a Q&A with fans!

Dickinson talked to New Zealand TV show “The Project” about the speaking tour: “The show I do, basically, it’s a one-man show. And it morphed out of being initially promo for the book. The publisher said, ‘We’re gonna rent a little theater and you just do some readings,’ and I thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of dull, really.’ So, years ago, when I was an undergraduate in college, my then-girlfriend persuaded me to go and see a one-man show by a guy called Quentin Crisp. So I had to be dragged along: ‘Oh, who is this guy?’ Anyway, it was absolutely brilliant. And one of the things he did in the second half was he took cue cards from the audience who wrote questions down, and he basically came and did almost like an improv thing where he answered the questions. So I thought that would be nice to do. So I sort of constructed this show, as it were, and just winged it. And it was so good, they asked me back to do the Edinburgh [International Book] Festival. And then the next thing after that was I’ve ended up doing a bunch of them in Scandinavia, and I’m now doing Israel and Greece and more shows in Scandinavia and everything else. So, all of a sudden, I’ve got myself this little extra gig.”

Dickinson’s book “What Does This Button Do?” (released in the U.S. in October ’17) got to #10 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list and is Bruce’s third. book. He previously published two satirical novels, “The Adventures Of Lord Iffy Boatrace” and “The Missionary Position”.

Dickinson joined Iron Maiden in 1981, taking over for Paul Di’Anno. His debut album was 1982’s “The Number Of The Beast”. He quit the band in 1993, pursuing several solo projects, and rejoined in 1999.
Which other frontmen/women would you like to see do a spoken-word tour? If you haven’t seen Henry Rollins’ spoken word, that’s a do-not-miss!

Written by Todd Hancock

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