IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Tries To 'Live Every Minute' Following Cancer Battle

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Tries To 'Live Every Minute' Following Cancer Battle

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was interviewed on the December 1-3 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

Asked how facing mortality following his cancer diagnosis three years ago made him even more enthusiastic about everything he does, Bruce said: "Well, I think the interesting bit is the 'facing mortality' bit, because, actually, that's the bit that has had the least amount of influence in what my life approach has been after getting over the cancer thing. Because the idea of being scared of dying is a pretty straightforward one, because it's gonna happen anyway at some point. So having had a little thought, when you get diagnosed [with] cancer, 'Oh my god, I might die.' But then you just take a step back and go, 'Do you feel sick?' And the answer is, 'Not very. Not right now.' You're not gonna die tomorrow, and you're not gonna die next week. So, in fact, what really has changed? Not a whole lot — except that you have this disease and you're gonna try and get rid of it. So, having got rid of it, I then really took the approach that it wasn't dying that was the issue, it was living. [Laughs] And living becomes even more important, because it's so amazing."

He continued: "When I got the diagnosis, I was surprised. I didn't think I would be… I thought I would be really worried about possibly never singing again, but, actually, I wasn't; it didn't concern me in the slightest. 'Cause I realized that life — all aspects of it: life, kids, family, getting up in the morning and looking at the sunshine, smelling the dead leaves in the autumn; all that stuff — was so much more precious than anything to do with work or job or anything. So, yeah, I think you just try and live every minute."

Dickinson's autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?", landed at No. 10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. It was released in the U.S. on October 31 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Dickinson told The Guardian that he "really enjoyed writing" "What Does This Button Do?" "It was nice to be able to tell stories and give an insight into how the world looks from your perspective, in a way that is not going to be edited by strangers," he said. "So you could get a real feel for what it was like to be viewing the world through my eyes as it were. It's only a short step from that to fiction, I suppose. But this book is obviously not fiction. I tried to write it so it would read like a really good page-turning story. And, fortunately, Jack Fogg, my editor, thought the same way and he edited the book, in his words, 'like a novel,' which I found interesting.

"My memory was good — I remembered things quite graphically in vivid detail," he continued. "We could have had a 600-page book but it would have been very unwieldy. And, in fact, had I completed all the various other bits and bobs in my little notebook, we'd have had an 800-page book and I'd still be writing it at Christmas. You have to have discipline about things. Fortunately, we've kept the book really tight."

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).