Tattooed Millionaire is the first single from Bruce Dickinson’s debut solo album, Tattooed Millionaire. It was released on 11 April 1990.
Tattooed Millionaire reached number 18 on the UK charts. The promotional video was directed by Storm Thorgerson. According to the lyrics, the song is about American rock stars using each other, flaunting their wealth and excess, stabbing people in the back and failing to fulfill their obligations to others.
Nikki Sixx has stated that the song is about him, inspired by Dickinson’s then-wife cheating on him with Sixx and then Dickinson finding out about it after reading The Dirt, though that is doubtful since the song was released eleven years before The Dirt was published.
The verse section of the song in its style is very reminiscent to Photograph by Def Leppard. Which is understandable as Def Leppard where at there height when the album was released.
Janick played 2 guitars on the original recording, the 2nd guitar being very laid back in the mix and being used to arpeggiate the chords used in the chorus.
Janick Gers began his career as the lead guitarist of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal band White Spirit, before joining Gillan, a group formed by then-former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. After Gillan disbanded, Gers undertook a Humanities degree before joining Gogmagog, which included former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno and drummer Clive Burr. The project came to nothing; however, Gers went on to work with Marillion vocalist Fish before being asked to record a song called “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter” with Bruce Dickinson for a soundtrack. The project expanded into the album, Tattooed Millionaire, and during its recording Gers was asked to join Iron Maiden in place of Adrian Smith. He has remained with the band ever since, even after Smith rejoined the band in 1999, contributing to a total of nine studio albums.