Bruce Dickinson in September 1999
|Birth name||Paul Dickinson|
|Born||7 August 1958|
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, author, pilot|
|Associated acts||Samson, Iron Maiden|
Dickinson was born on 7 August 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. He was born as Paul Dickinson, but changed his first name to Bruce. As a teenager, he lived in Sheffield. This was where he started to listen to heavy metal music. He sang in local bands during this time, after trying to play the drums.
In the early 1980s, Dickinson was part of the band Samson. He left Samson in 1981. Later that year, after Paul Di'Anno left Iron Maiden, Dickinson was chosen to be the band's new singer. During the 1980s, Iron Maiden was very popular, and Dickinson's singing was a big part of this.
In 1990, Dickinson made his first solo album, called Tattooed Millionaire. In 1993, he left Iron Maiden to become only a solo artist. He released five solo albums during the 1990s, but they were not as popular as his work with Iron Maiden had been.
In 1999, Dickinson joined Iron Maiden again, and soon after the band made a new album, Brave New World. Since then, he has stayed as a part of Iron Maiden as well as recording music both by himself and with other people.