Iron Maiden flying to theaters with "Flight 666"
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's an unusual fashion choice for a heavy-metal singer.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is strolling about an airport, looking a little nerdy in a short-sleeved white dress shirt and a black tie.
If he looks like an airline pilot, that's because he is. The 50-year-old rocker flies large passenger jets for a British charter company when he isn't prowling concert stages bellowing out "2 Minutes to Midnight" or "The Number of the Beast" in his operatic wail.
Dickinson often combines his two passions, as seen on the new tour documentary "Iron Maiden: Flight 666," in which the band and crew fly on a customized Boeing 757 to 11 countries in 45 days.
The film lands in theaters in 45 countries on April 21, and rolls out on DVD one month later. In March, it won best music documentary at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Texas.
Dickinson was one of four pilots on the 2008 trek, and he dressed the part when it was his turn in the cockpit -- to the consternation of his less-stylish bandmates.
"I couldn't get my head around that for a couple of weeks," said drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain.
Some of the passengers had more pressing concerns: Is Dickinson a good pilot? Continued...