Speaking with Italy’s Corriere Della Sera, Bruce explained that the track — which was penned by guitarist Adrian Smith and bassist Steve Harris — was inspired by Robin‘s sudden, tragic death.
Dickinson said: “My favorite song is one I didn’t write. It’s ‘Tears Of A Clown’, which talks about Robin Williams. I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy.”
Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014 after a long history of depression and health issues.
“The Book Of Souls” is due on September 4 through BMG in the USA. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world). The band’s first-ever double studio album was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from the tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.