Bruce Dickinson – Scream For Me Sarajevo
Label: Sanctuary Records
Date: June 29, 2018
So, this is a compilation CD with 14 songs you probably already know by one of the best singers in the history of Metal music, and his band. End of discussion about the musical side of this release.
Let’s talk about the background. The year is 1994. Bruce Dickinson is already highly praised for his work in Iron Maiden and he is just at the beginning of his solo career. Be that as it may, he is still a huge international rock star. Yet, he decides (at the same time convincing the rest of musicians from his band) to take on the opportunity to perform a one-off show in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Nothing strange there, right? Well, here’s the interesting part: Sarajevo was in the middle of a very bloody civil war at the moment, and for already two years under siege. Stranger yet, Bruce intentionally misses a couple of opportunities to cancel the show and against all the common sense decides to go on. The show actually took place and left a spot of bright light in the hearts of everyone involved or attending in the middle of pitch-black darkness hovering over the city for the full 4 years under siege. For the full story you should buy the CD and read a long story written in the booklet by Chris Dale, Bruce’s bass player at the time.
The mentioned story waited for 18 years to appear in the public eye, and even then didn’t make too big of an impact. I’m sure most of the people, even those living on the war infested areas at the time, had no idea that the show ever took place. At least I didn’t. Talk about humanitarian work without taking credit. You all know the celebrities visiting orphanages just to take photos for the magazine covers. Not these guys!
The story came into focus when a couple of Sarajevo enthusiasts, led by Jasenko Pašić, decided to make a documentary movie about the event. At this moment I must recommend watching the movie as well as getting this CD. If this epic story doesn’t leave you in tears, I’m sorry to say, you are a soulless bastard that doesn’t deserve to be called human.
I will leave the moral to this story for you to find it yourselves. It shouldn’t be too hard. I just have a couple of messages for the end. First of all, to the ever restless people of the former Yugoslav countries. Stop picking into the scars of the past! It’s OK to have scars, they are all a part of the human experience. But to constantly pick on them is just a sign of stupidity. Let them heal in peace. Never forgive and forget. Only forgive! The second one goes to my brothers and sisters of Metal. Glorifying war is another form of stupidity. Test it for yourselves. Live in it. Have your friends and families at risk and only then sing about your feelings about war. You’ll sing a different tune, I can guarantee you that!