Metal for Friday: Bruce Dickinson “Tears of the Dragon.” [live video]

Bruce Dickinson is one of the great men of heavy metal; that’s beyond any doubt. He cemented that reputation as the vocalist in the classic 1980s lineup of Iron Maiden, but it’s easy to overlook the fact that he also had a very successful solo career in the 1990s after leaving Maiden but before returning in 2000. Although Dickinson’s first solo album, Tattooed Millionaire, isn’t one of my favorites, and fans have critiqued the 1994 follow-up Balls to Picasso as not being heavy enough, no one can deny Bruce’s awesome achievement with 1998’s Chemical Wedding. Yet this song, “Tears of the Dragon,” which appears on Balls to Picasso, shouldn’t be forgotten. As an epic metal ballad it’s right up there with Blind Guardian’s “Nightfall” (in my opinion), and this song was such a personal favorite of mine that it was an intimate part of my personal soundtrack during the early months of 1995.

This particular live performance of “Tears of the Dragon” occurred in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1999. Bruce always puts on a great show whether he’s solo or with Maiden, and you can definitely see his impressive showmanship on display here.

Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom! \m/




  1. This is a high point of Bruce’s solo career. I was a huge fan of Balls to Picasso. Like you, this song was a major component of my 1995.

    Also interesting is an early version that Bruce recorded with Keith Olsen. It’s more pop and mainstream but still incredible.

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