IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris has told the Miami New Times in a new interview that his band's 2011 "Best Metal Performance" Grammy win for "El Dorado" was less deserving than some other MAIDEN nominations, such as "Blood Brothers", "Fear Of The Dark" and "The Wicker Man".
"To be honest with you, I think we ended up getting it for a song which I thought was not one of our best ones," he said. "I didn't think we really deserved it for that one, but maybe one of the others. So it was a bit off, really."
During the same chat, Harris credited MAIDEN's longevity to "years and years on the road" and a diverse, international fan base that is particularly robust in Europe and South America.
"When we started off, we weren't even thinking of being a global band. We just ended up becoming that," he said. "That wasn't the goal to start with. You just try different things, and here we are."
"El Dorado" is the second track from MAIDEN's 2010 album "The Final Frontier". Singer Bruce Dickinson explained that the lyrics are a cynical critique of the financial crisis of 2007-08, comparing the bankers responsible with the people who sold the myth of El Dorado.
MAIDEN's "Legacy Of The Beast" tour will hit 33 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning in July. Support on the trek comes from THE RAVEN AGE. Additionally, FOZZY will be guests for the Banc Of California Stadium show in Los Angeles.
MAIDEN's 2019 North, South and Central America trek comprises 44 shows in six countries, which, combined with the band's 2018 European dates, means that by the end of this tour, the group will have taken the "Legacy Of The Beast" show to over one and three quarter of a million fans around the globe.