Bruce Dickinson Talks Sunflower Jam
But the Maiden man won't spill the beans on what songs he will be performingDickinson will be amongst the rock legends lining up at the Royal Albert Hall on 16 September for the Sunflower Jam. He will be joined on the night by Alice Cooper, John Paul Jones, Ian Paice and Brian May amongst others while the backing band will consist of Paul Wix Wickins as Musical Director & keyboardist, Uli Jon Roth on guitar, Steve Balsamo and Margo Bucanhan on vocals, Jerry Brown on drums and Nick Fyffe on bass.
In a new interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Dickinson, who has performed at the Jam twice before, will not reveal what songs he might be performing on the night.
"I’ve suggested a few songs that we might do,” says Bruce. "It depends what everyone else wants to do; once that’s been clarified then we can mix and match. It’s cool that there will be three female backing singers, including Sam Brown, so that’s something else to consider. Normally it’s a three-song set, and there’s a bash at the end where the whole gang comes back on.”
Dickinson also reveals why he is returning to the Sunflower Jam for the third time.
"The first time I went along I had an absolute ball,” explains Bruce. "It’s a great excuse to sing a few tunes that maybe you wouldn’t normally be associated with, and to play with some great musicians, also of course to raise cash and awareness for a wonderful cause.
"It’s a sad fact that so many people die from the treatment and not the cancer itself,” states the singer. "If it’s possible to diminish the side-effects of the treatment by keeping the body healthy, that can only help.
"Holistic medicine can also benefit those around the people that have cancer – it’s tough for them too,” he continues. "The Great Ormond Street project recognises that, and it’s been so successful that they now want to roll it out elsewhere. I believe that’s a terribly worthwhile cause.”