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Iron Maiden: Bruce Dickinson is singing better than ever

Bassist Steve Harris says their frontman Bruce Dickinson opted for more rehearsals following cancer scare and it's made him a better performer

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris says Bruce Dickinson is singing "better than ever."

The bassist says their frontman has upped his game with more rehearsal time since he won his battle with cancer last year.

He tells Planet Rock: "It’s a fantastic feeling just to be out there again, because last year we didn’t know whether we even had a band, let alone a tour. Obviously Bruce is fine, he’s singing fantastic – in fact, I think he’s probably singing better than ever.

"He wanted to do more rehearsals, which is unheard of, he never likes doing loads of rehearsals. So the fact after a month’s rehearsals, he was in such good shape was absolutely fantastic.

"We’re just pleased to be out on the tour, well I am anyway – I’m sure I can vouch for the rest of them when I say that."

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Harris also says Iron Maiden went with inflatables for their stage production so they could fit more in the cargo hold of their Ed Force One.

He continues: "We designed the show to include inflatable stuff so we could pack it down and get more in. It allowed us to have a little bit more in the cargo bay.

"For Bruce to be able to go and fly that about, he’s so into his planes anyway that it’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity. It’s great to be out there but to step up a level to go on a massive plane like that. When I first saw it, I couldn’t believe the size of the bloody thing."

The band are currently touring Europe in support of their latest album The Book Of Souls, which won Best Album at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods earlier this week.

Iron Maiden Book Of Souls tour

Jun 15: Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway
Jun 17: Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium, Sweden
Jun 19: Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 21: Herning Jyske Bank Boxen, Denmark
Jun 23: Kaunas Zalgirio Arena, Lithuania
Jun 25: Moscow Olimpiyskiy, Russia
Jun 29: Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland
Jul 01: Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Jul 03: Wroclaw Stadium, Poland
Jul 05: Prague Eden Arena, Czech Republic
Jul 06: Zilina Airport, Slovakia
Jul 09: Viveiro Resurrection Festival, Spain
Jul 11: Lisbon MEO Arena, Portugal
Jul 13: Madrid Barclaycard Center, Spain
Jul 16: Barcelona Rock Fest
Jul 22: Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
Jul 24: Rome Rock in Rome Sonisphere, Italy
Jul 26: Trieste Piazza dell'Unita D'Italia, Italy
Jul 27: Split Spaladium Arena, Croatia
Aug 02: Esch-sur-Alzette Rockhal, Luxembourg
Aug 04: Wacken Open Air, Germany

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