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Bruce Dickinson Reveals Solo Touring Band Members, Shares HEAVY Song Teaser

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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson will release his new solo album, The Mandrake Project, some time in 2024 and he’s just revealed the members of his live band as well as a teaser for the new single “Afterglow of Ragnarok.” He’s also shared details regarding a series of coinciding graphic novels and put more European tour dates on the books.
Hear a Teaser of “Afterglow of Ragnarok”
“It was important to set the tone of the project with this track,” Dickinson says of “Afterglow of Ragnarok,” a snippet of which can be heard in the Instagram post below.

“As befitting its title, it’s a heavy song and there’s a great big riff driving it…but there’s also a real melody in the chorus that displays the light and shade that the rest of the album brings,” he continues, setting up another tease, exclaiming, “and just wait until you see the video!”
The single will arrive in full on Dec. 1 and pre-order for a deluxe gatefold 7” vinyl that comes with an eight-page comic prequel is available here. It also features the original solo demo version of “If Eternity Should Fail,” which was repurposed for Iron Maiden’s 2015 album The Book of Souls.
Additional details about the album will be unveiled on Nov. 30 when Dickinson makes an appearance as a keynote speaker at Brazil’s Comic-Con event CCXP23.

About The Mandrake Project Graphic Novel Series
A press release describes the forthcoming graphic novel trilogy as “a dark, adult story of power, abuse and a struggle for identity, set against the backdrop of scientific and occult genius.”
A total of 12 episodes will span three graphic novels which were created by Dickinson, scripted by Tony Lee and illustrated by Staz Johnson and each will be released by the venerable Z2 Comics in 2024.
Bruce Dickinson’s Live Band
Bruce Dickinson – vocalsRoy Z – guitarTonya O’Callaghan – bassDave Moreno – drumsMistheria – keyboards
Dickinson’s live band features both familiar and fresh faces. His longtime collaborator and songwriting partner Roy Z will return, while drummer Dave Moreno (who played on Dickinson’s 2005 album Tyranny of Souls) will perform live with Dickinson for the first time. Moreno currently plays in Puddle of Mudd and has an esteemed career as an in-demand studio musician who has played on more than 100 albums as well as movie soundtracks, instructional CDs and commercials.
Meanwhile, Tonya O’Callaghan, who has experience in Whitesnake, Adler’s Appetite and Dee Snider, has been tabbed on bass. There’s also some familiarity with Dickinson as the two performed together earlier this year as part of the series of tribute performances in honor of late Deep Purple keyboardist/organist Jon Lord.
On keyboards is Mistheria (Giuseppe Iampieri), the namesake musician of the classical-inspired prog metal project Mistheria and a number of other like-minded outfits. He also contributed keyboards to Tyranny of Souls, but never played live with Dickinson.
New Bruce Dickinson 2024 Tour Dates
May 18 — Glasgow, U.K. @ Barrowland BallroomMay 19 — Manchester, U.K. @ O2 AcademyMay 21 — Swansea, U.K. @ ArenaMay 23 — Nottingham, U.K. @ Rock CityMay 24 — London, U.K. @ O2 Forum Kentish TownMay 26 — Paris, France @ L’OlympiaMay 28 — Tilburg, Holland @ 013May 29 — Groningen, Holland @ De OosterpoortJune 01 — Budapest, Hungary @ Barba NegraJune 03 — Bucharest, Romania @ Arenale RomaneJune 05-08 — Gdansk, Poland @ Mystic Festival *June 05-08 — Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival *June 09 — Oslo, Norway @ RockefellerJune 16 — Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue WeltJune 17 — Hamburg, Germany @ Grosse Freiheit 36June 19–22 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell *June 24 — Mannheim, Germany @ Zeltfestival Rhein-Neckar *June 25 — Munich, Germany @ Circus KroneJune 27–30 — Clisson, France @ Hellfest *June 30 — Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ RockhalJuly 03-06 — Ballenstedt, Germany @ Rockharz Open Air *July 05 — Rome, Italy @ Rock In Roma *July 06 — Vicenza, Italy @ Metal Park *July 09 — Koln, Germany @ E-WerkJuly 13 — Zagreb, Croatia @ HalaJuly 16 — Sofia, Bulgaria @ Kolodrum ArenaJuly 19 — Istanbul, Turkey @ Kucukciftlik Park
*Festival Performance

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