Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to Fly in Air Show at 2014 Sonisphere Festival
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson can do everything. When not recording music or filling arenas around the world, the man tackles business ventures, practices fencing, fills millions of pints with 'Trooper' ale and flies planes. Piloting Iron Maiden's 'Flight 666' is extremely impressive, but it's just been revealed that Dickinson will take part in an upcoming air show during this year's Sonisphere festival, with Iron Maiden headlining that very same night!
Yes, Bruce Dickinson will be piloting an airplane for a full-on air show. Along with nine other members of the metal legend's pilot group, the Great War Display Team, Dickinson will fly for an event recognizing the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Even more fascinating, the voice of Iron Maiden will pilot a replica of the Red Baron's famous fighter plane.
“We’re planning an extravaganza of derring-do, especially when you consider the maneuvers we’ll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago,” says Dickinson in a statement. “What some of these fighter pilots achieved back then was nothing short of miraculous given the conditions they were working under and the seriousness of what was at stake. We hope to stage a memorable display which is equally entertaining and poignant, celebrating not only the bravery and heroics of all the pilots involved but remembering the sacrifices made on both sides.”
“We all got very excited when Iron Maiden approached us with this idea,” says Sonisphere festival organizer Stuart Galbraith. “It’s going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth. We’ve made sure we were able to squeeze a gap into the outdoor stage program on July 5 so that it has the impact it deserves.”
The display will last for 12 minutes and is set to take place on July 5 at 6PM. Iron Maiden will later cap off the night with a headlining set, officially finishing the band's incredible 'Maiden England' world tour.