Saturday, August 07, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to Bruce Dickinson, since 1981 lead singer of the band Iron Maiden - and formerly of Samson - whose distinctive vocal stylings energized the moribund prog rock genre of the late 1970s into a vibrant British metal scene in the early 1980s. Something of a Renaissance man, Dickinson is also an airline pilot, radio show host, DJ, historian, television presenter, fencer and songwriter.
Fear of the Dark is the title track of a 1992 effort by Iron Maiden; it's seen here being performed at the third Rock in Rio festival, held in 2001. Their set was recorded and released as Rock in Rio to benefit the band's former drummer - and Dickinson's fellow former Samson-ian - Clive Burr, who now lives with multiple sclerosis while managing the charitable appeal Clive Aid.
Actual fear of the dark is known either as nyctophobia, scotophobia, or lygophobia, and is largely considered to be a manifestation of separation anxiety, which I guess makes this a love song...
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