Bruce Dickinson Doesn’t Regret Saying ‘Iron Maiden Is Better Than Metallica’

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Reflecting on a bold statement he made in 2011, Bruce Dickinson unflinchingly stands by his declaration that Iron Maiden surpasses Metallica. Addressing the controversy that ensued, the frontman, in a recent interview with Classic Rock, not only reaffirms his assertion but takes pride in the ripple effect it caused.

Dickinson clarifies that his intention was not merely to incite rivalry but to herald a promising future for Iron Maiden, promising to outshine the past with unparalleled excellence.

In the face of skepticism and negative feedback, Dickinson remains unapologetic, emphasizing the need for a rockstar’s unyielding attitude to achieve notoriety. Drawing parallels to Mick Jagger’s unapologetic self-assuredness, he asserts that sitting back with modesty won’t propel a band to greatness. Dickinson emphasizes that Iron Maiden’s commitment to crafting new, exceptional albums, as exemplified by the success of ‘Brave New World,’ catapulted them back into the limelight.

Delving into the reasons why Iron Maiden might not have achieved the same astronomical success as Metallica, Dickinson candidly admits that the key lies in the willingness to take risks.

He, along with Judas Priest and Pantera, acknowledges that they reached a pivotal juncture where seizing the opportunity to elevate to the next level was imperative. However, unlike Metallica, these bands, including Iron Maiden, lacked the audacity to make the bold moves required for mainstream dominance.

Praising Metallica’s transformative ‘Black’ album, Dickinson recognizes the immense credit due to the band for their calculated risk-taking that reaped monumental rewards.

He underscores the significance of Metallica’s impact on pushing metal into the mainstream, particularly through chart-toppers like ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ Despite acknowledging the effectiveness of Metallica’s approach, Dickinson playfully concedes that Iron Maiden’s chaotic nature and aversion to strict control would likely derail any attempt at a comparable album, with the wheels potentially coming off the bus.

In essence, despite the stir caused by Dickinson’s controversial words, it’s evident that beneath the bravado lies a genuine respect for Metallica and an acknowledgment of their trailblazing influence on the metal genre.

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