When Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson heads out on tour next, for his spoken word dates this summer, he'll be even more metal. As Blabbermouth points out, speaking to Download Festival's Kylie Olsson, Dickinson said that he went through hip replacement surgery during the coronavirus pandemic, and called the Iron Maiden's last tour "really quite painful."
"I had a new hip installed several months ago," Dickinson told Olsson. "So I got five and a half inches of titanium hammered into my leg. ‘Cause I run around on stage and jump, and [after] 40 years of fencing left-handed, it was just worn out. I mean, the last tour was really quite painful. And I put it down to the fact that during the last tour, just shortly before the last tour, I also broke my Achilles as well — my Achilles tendon snapped... It’s horrible. That was two years ago, basically. So I got that stitched back together and went out on tour three and a half months later. So I couldn’t actually walk properly or run. So I modified what I did on stage, and nobody figured it out. I was amazed. I did the whole tour — South America, the whole lot — and I ran around. But my hip was giving me so much shit. And I put it down to the fact that people were telling me, 'You’re compensating for the other leg,' and everything else, and I thought, 'Oh, yeah. That’s it, then.'"