Tanya O’Callaghan states that “Bruce Dickinson is a fascinating person”

Author Benedetta Baldin - 29.4.2024

On a recent episode of “The Rich Roll Podcast,” Tanya O’Callaghan, presently holding down the bass in Bruce Dickinson‘s solo ensemble, discussed her experiences performing alongside the iconic Iron Maiden vocalist. Her statement is:

He’s an airline pilot. He flew Maiden on the plane. He’s a commercial pilot. It’s hard enough to travel and go and play a show. I can’t even imagine having to fly your band. He’s also a champion fencer. He’s an avid reader and entrepreneur. He’s a fascinating person and obviously a legendary singer. He’s just a great guy. He’s a great guy to work with. We did a tour last year doing the music of Deep Purple with an 82-piece symphony orchestra, which is where we met and got along like house and fire. He’s just good people. And then now he’s decided to go and do his first solo tour in, I think, 18 or 19 years, because he’s obviously been busy doing Maiden and life happening between all that. I think it was interesting for him to see what the feedback would be when he brought out a new [solo] album. And the Maiden fans, it’s like the church of Maiden — they’re so supportive. So [his] entire [solo] tour is almost sold out, which is really cool to see for him, because it’s scary for any artist to put your own work out. But I can’t even imagine when you’re from such a big band.

When O’Callaghan is asked how old Dickinson is, her response was:

Uh, God, Bruce will murder me if I say this wrong. I don’t know. I think he’s in his early 60s, I guess. It’s actually quite hard to guess. I don’t know. But he’s so childlike, it’s great. Him, and his wife Leana is amazing as well, and they’ve got that very youthful — still happy to travel. He just loves playing, which is really nice to see, because a lot of artists kind of get burnt out and they get a bit sick of it all, but Bruce wants to be on the road. I mean, we’re shoving this tour in between Maiden tours.

Guitarist, songwriter and producer Philip Näslund and session and touring guitarist Chris Declercq will accompany Dave Moreno (drums), Mistheria (keyboards) and O’Callaghan. Bruce‘s long-term co-writer and producer Roy “Z” Ramirez will not be part of the touring lineup.