Fly Iron Maiden?

I’ve never cared for heavy metal but this story really tickled my funny bone:

After decades as the frontman ofIron Maiden,
Bruce Dickinson has a new second job – in middle management. The
English singer has been named marketing director of Astraeus, a
Gatwick-based charter airline, where he has worked as a pilot for
several years.

The announcement at the bottom of theAstraeus website
makes it sound like just another corporate position. “With the rapid
growth in the business we have increased our commercial team,” the
statement reads. “Bruce Dickinson as our marketing director, [and]
Claire Ronson has now moved to sales and marketing to support our sales
team.” They don’t even give Dickinson his own sentence, spilling more
words on new product and planning head, Seb Pelissier.

But
Dickinson isn’t just another suit. This is the man who sang Bring Your
Daughter … to the Slaughter, and, more aptly, Flight of Icarus. This
is the man who hosted a television programme on human combustion. This
is the radio DJ who recentlylost his job and, perhaps, decided he could use some extra grocery money.

“Bruce
is a great communicator,” explained Astraeus’s chief commercial
officer, Shaun Monnery. “[And] he knows the aviation industry inside
out.” A long-time pilot, Dickinson has not just flown commercial
charters for Astraeus, he has helmed Iron Maiden’s private jet and even
rescued stranded Britons. “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.”

“In
a demanding industry he is a man who can cope with pressure,” Monnery
said, “whether as a 757 captain or in front of 50,000 Iron Maiden fans,
or senior airline and aviation managers.” And Dickinson, 52, shows no
sign of quitting his other gig. “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?'”

I’m just relieved that Ozzy Osborne doesn’t fly. Imagine him at the helm of a helicopter. No, don’t…

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2 thoughts on “Fly Iron Maiden?

  1. joejoejoe says:

    I wonder if they let you hold up a lighter on takeoff. This story tickles my inner Bevis.
    Run to the Hills – http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=LqIFxArPdFY

  2. MapleStreet says:

    Imagine the traffic controller trying to understand Ozzie on the radio asking for clearance.

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