October 6, 1997
Bruce Dickinson Returns to South America with Adrian Smith and Original Balls To Picasso Line-Up
London, England - Bruce Dickinson, the distinct vocalist whose voice characterized Iron Maiden for 10 albums and four solo efforts, will be returning to South America for six shows, starting November 14 in Curitiba, Brazil.
Dickinson's latest release, Accident of Birth, features the reunion of Dickinson with his former Iron Maiden band mate Adrian Smith and writing partner/producer Roy Z, and a return to the heavier style Dickinson has been noted for.
"This is the best metal band that I've played with since Maiden," Dickinson said. "It is the first time that the original musicians who played on Balls To Picasso have toured with me. The whole band is hugely excited by the South American tour, especially because Roy Z and Eddie Casillas (bass) are from Mexican families and speak fluent Spanish."
Dickinson and his band recorded a b-side Spanish version of Accident of Birth's first single, "Man of Sorrows." The song is presently only available as an import from JVC in Japan.
Dickinson's popularity overwhelmed even his record company last year with 3,000 fans, instead of the expected 300, turned up at an in-store appearance at the Galleria in Sao Paulo, Brasil. "In all the years I've been in music, I've never seen a crowd quite so passionate," he said.
Touring South America with Dickinson will be: Adrian Smith (guitar), Roy Z (guitar, mellatron, piano), Eddie Casillas (bass), and David Ingraham (drums).
"South America was the first continent to fully embrace my solo work, and now with Adrian, Roy, Eddie, David, and myself, I feel ready to pay back your loyalty and support with interest," Dickinson said. "Be prepared for a hell of a show."