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.

Tattooed Millionaire - video
All The Young Dudes - video
Dive ! Dive ! Dive ! - video
Full CD
Interview in 1990
Dive Dive Live in Los Angeles in 1990
The Adventures Of Lord Iffy Boatrace - the paperback novel

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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