Solution to Dilemmas and Conflicts
In high school, Bruce went through several bands that are already extinct today or would not even be known to half of their fans. However, Samson was the first band that achieved good recognition and concerts of higher magnitude than small-town bars. But Dickinson, after a short period in the band, realized that it was not really the place where he should belong. This was generated more than anything by the poor aspirations that several of his colleagues had regarding the music, and on several occasions, they paid more attention to fame or money than to the artistic development of the group itself. Amidst these different sentiments towards the band’s attitude, Samson performed at the same festival with Iron Maiden, and Bruce was able to see how amazing they were. Sometime later, their original vocalist was expelled from the band for substance abuse, and they were looking for a new lead singer. Immediately “Air Raid Siren” appeared at an audition and managed to join the band.
Maiden, Steve Harris, and Bruce Dickinson started building a high-level musical project, which allowed them to go on tours, have several successful albums, and reach a good fan base on a continental and even global level. But behind all these positives, Bruce felt a bit pressured, as it was tour after tour, album after album, and it was all happening too quickly. For this reason, he decided to leave Iron Maiden after the Fear of The Dark Tour was completed. He said that there were vibes that he did not like and that, as a result, he went out of tune or did not give his full potential in several of the concerts. Harris did not make any comments because he confessed that he hated him and what made him not sing properly was his own ego, in Steve’s words.
Criticism from fans, the press, and the world in general, embraced Bruce, who began a stage as a soloist who occasionally takes up and sits down to compose personal songs, with a more individual perspective and slightly separating from Maiden’s style. From the year of the band’s departure, 1993, to 1999, Steve and he did not speak directly again or at least without intermediaries, as the only form of communication was comments from interviews or the press that undoubtedly were negative and quite heavy. Despite all this, in the last year of the 20th century, the possibility of Dickinson’s return to the band arose. Harris initially refused a bit but eventually agreed to speak to him and see what was going on.
After all the inconveniences involved, Bruce had the ability to excuse Harris and to clarify the differences they could have, reaching a proper agreement in which the past should be removed, and the music would be the present and future of Harris, Dickinson, and Maiden.