DICKINSON, Bruce



May 8, 1990 - 2020: 30 years of: Tattooed Millionaire.

The clairvoyant went back in the village ...like a stranger in a strange land !

After a taste of solo-work on the Nightmare On Elm Street 5 soundtrack with the "Bring Your Daughter ...To The Slaughter" to-be epic cut, Bruce got back to basics. No more masks, no more concepts, no more elaborate stage-set, no more Eddie ...this time, the vibe is of a local bar-band playing hard-bluesrock and their singer happens to be that bloke from IRON MAIDEN !

The classical-guitar intro sets the mood, slowly, for "Son Of A Gun", a nice laidback classicrock track and unto the title-track, which exposes all the excesses of the hardrock scene of Sunset Strip in the glorious 80s. The frontman sums it up like this: "You and all your entourage, to me are all the same, You and all you entourage, playing foolish games." Dickinson even calls-out MÖTLEY CRÜE's Vince Neil in the line: "He got a wife, she ain't no brain-child, ex mud-queen of Miami"

Balls to the wall British hardrock is found on "Hell On Wheels" and "No Lies", while the sing-along anthem "Dive ! Dive ! Dive !" is due for arenarock stardom. More rebel-rock is apparent on "Lickin' The Gun" ...the THIN LIZZY vibe is strong here. The MOTT THE HOOPLE-reprise in the immortal classic "All The Young Dudes" is a fine adrenalized addition. Imagine that: a British band covering another British band ...oh blimey !

Produced by legendary hardrock engineer Chris Tsangarides, the Tattooed Millionaire project is a bare-bones 70s hardrock collection filled with blues overtones. Sadly commercial success wasn't up to par with the MAIDEN-catalog, yet Dickinson was fine with that, the man just wanted to jam. After returning home for 2 more records, Bruce would then jump full-time as a solo-artist, until the inevitable reunion in 1999.

Heaven couldn't wait ...but in the meantime: welcome aboard Janick Gers !

PS: Sur la photo, voici mon catalogue original de la Maison Columbia de Octobre 1990. La Sélection Du Mois était Tattooed Millionaire, que j'ai évidemment acheté en disque-compact, un de mes premiers souvenirs de ce format. Ces catalogues mon fortement influencés lors de la création de mes propres catalogues de V.P.C. en 1997.

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Tattooed Millionaire - video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdpMx0-AlDs
All The Young Dudes - video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu4uzJsqIxE
Dive ! Dive ! Dive ! - video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lRyqd3zF9c
Full CD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8J1Vd2Kl1M&list=OLAK5uy_lSZ7a5wJHiGzoTAyyvhh-UsFNvnjfLnEM
Interview in 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gll-qtJZza4
Dive Dive Live in Los Angeles in 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZszIbWSrm3g
The Adventures Of Lord Iffy Boatrace - the paperback novel
https://www.amazon.ca/Lord-Iffy-Boatrace-Bruce-Dickenson/dp/0283060042/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=The+Adventures+of+Lord+Iffy+Boatrace&qid=1587753734&s=books&sr=1-3




The voice, the icon, the legend ...the airplane pilot !?

Life after IRON MAIDEN does not compute for most of us, but Mr. Bruce Dickinson, proved us wrong. After a taste of solo-work with 1990's bluesrock Tattooed Millionaire CD, Bruce officially left the almighty ones behind in '93.

A couple of lukewarm records were released throughout the nineties, yet it is in 1997 that the trooper returned to form ...returned to reclaim the flag !

Reenergized by the stale state of heavymetal of the late-90s and with producer/writer/guitarist Roy Z, Accident Of Birth is the true red-blooded British heavymetal album most fans were fantasizing of ...since 84's Powerslave !

THE voice, along with powerful hooks, brutal riffs, catchy rhythms and modern guitar-tones, made Accident Of Birth one of metal's strongest return, ever.

...and he brought a friend along: Ol' buddy and former MAIDEN-guitarist Adrian Smith is back from retirement. Both matured men were now loaded with attitude and inspiration, that would go on with one more Dickinson solo-CD and then: the monumental return in IRON MAIDEN in 1999.

Songs like "Road To Hell", "Starchildren" and "Accident Of Birth" are metal's best tracks of the entire decade.

Thanks Sonia !

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ACCIDENT OF BIRTH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92vvMEgDkA8
ROAD TO HELL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEOPm5Fl2Z0
CD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLfcJ7VS0vI&list=PLBFF526423537D26D
LIVE 97
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLj6i7zq5RM




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