This year, the Iron Maiden founder, bassist and main lyricist Steve Harris is touring with Maiden and with his other band British Lion. In an interview with Sweden Rock Festival (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) he talked about how difficult it is to keep a good performance on the road and praised the band’s vocalist Bruce Dickinson, saying that he is singing better than ever.
Dickinson first joined Iron Maiden in 1981, replacing the previous singer Paul Di’Anno. His first album with the band was the famous “Number of The Beast” released in 1982 and it was the beginning of a bigger career for Maiden that reached a bigger audience and became one of the best-selling bands of all time. The group have sold an estimated amount of more than 130 million records worldwide.
“I started (British Lion) 11 years ago; I’ve been playing with them [for] 11 years. But before that, I wouldn’t have been able to do it, ’cause Maiden was too busy. In the last 10 years, Maiden’s not been so busy; we’ve not been touring as long. So, basically, it enabled me to have a bit of time to do something else.”
“I still enjoy playing, so, yeah, I play as much as I can. I’ll be happy to play four or five nights a week, but you can’t do it — for singers, you can’t do it. It was tough for Bruce (Dickinson) back in the day, let alone now. I think he’s singing better than ever, but it’s quality, not quantity with Maiden now,” Steve Harris said.
The group has only more four concerts scheduled for 2023 that will happen in Canada and United States.
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