Published Sep 17, 2010One of the world's most renowned rockers has just become a suit-and-tie guy.
For three decades, inimitable heavy metal vocalist Bruce Dickinson has been one of the genre's most recognizable faces, most notably for his time with stalwarts Iron Maiden.
Over the past decade however, he's also been garnering attention for another job: flying airplanes. The fact that Dickinson pulls in a second pay cheque for piloting iron birds on behalf of UK-based charter airline Astraeus isn't exactly hot news.
The big to-do as of late however, is a recent report highlighted by British paper The Guardian, announcing that the 52 year-old has received a promotion. According to a modest paragraph on the Astraeus website, Dickinson's been elevated to the rank of Marketing Director.
"With the rapid growth in the business, we have increased our commercial team...Bruce Dickinson as our marketing director (and) Claire Ronson has now moved to sales and marketing to support our sales team," the statement declares unceremoniously. Addressing this minor oversight for us 'bangers, the airline's chief commercial officer, Shaun Monnery, extended his commendations to Dickinson in regards to the singer's aeronautical skill and ability to relate to the masses.
"Bruce is a great communicator," he notes, undoubtedly referring to Dickinson's innumerable times in the interview hot seat. "He knows the aviation industry inside out...In a demanding industry, he is a man who can cope with pressure, whether as a 757 captain, in front of 50,000 Iron Maiden fans or senior airline and aviation managers."
Dickinson has always been upfront about his intentions to carry on with both soaring vocals and soaring airliners. "I did seriously think about going to fly aeroplanes as an alternative career," he told The Guardian in 2002. "I was putting out piloting CVs that said nothing about me being the lead singer of Iron Maiden."
"I could never contemplate giving up music," he told CNN last year. "People say, 'Why do you need a second job?' I say 'Why do you need to breathe?'"
Catch Bruce piloting Maiden's personal plane Ed Force One during their recent feature-length film Flight 666: