Mirror.co.uk recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.
On touring the world:
"We've just come through Canada and they are much closer to the Brits in audience reaction than the Americans. They're familiar with football chants. Americans don't get going in quite the same way. They wave their fists in the air a lot and go 'woo hoo,' whereas the Canadians do a big chant of 'Maiden, Maiden.'"
On sticking to a winning formula:
That's one of the reasons we're now bigger than ever, whereas a lot of bands and people in general worry about what others think of them and change accordingly. We don't because we've never really cared what others think. We always thought that if people don't like it, that's tough we'll just have to do it for a smaller audience. But the opposite has proved the case."
On MAIDEN's phenomenal popularity:
"I think it's a variety of things. We started a whole new generation of metal bands and there aren't too many originals around. The STONES bless 'em are certainly one, and I'll be very happy if we are still running round like them at 65. With the internet, bands can come and go every five minutes and the music looks disposable. MAIDEN represents something that's not disposable."
On MAIDEN's fans:
"We literally wouldn't exist without our fans. Press and radio don't give us much of a leg up. Same with MTV. Fortunately, we get a lot of kids saying let's go and see MAIDEN."
On the excesses of rock 'n' roll during MAIDEN's early career:
"We were a bunch of 24-year-olds from England going round America in the 1980s. What do you think went on? We weren't vicars, but at the same time we're not daft. Nobody was married, nobody got hurt and we're all still here to talk about it. We're proud of the fact that we're fit, healthy, drink beer and have a laugh."
Read the entire interview at Mirror.co.uk.
IRON MAIDEN performing live in Porto Alegre, Brazil on March 5, 2008: