Bruce Dickinson Says, “I’ve Got No Interest In Paying $1,200 To See U2”

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In a recent conversation with ATMósferas Magazine from Mexico, Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of IRON MAIDEN, opened up about the shifts he’s observed in the music industry over the past forty years. He noted a significant contraction in how artists are compensated for their work, pointing out that the financial landscape has largely favored those who have managed to harness the power of social media or those in the DJ scene who, unlike bands, don’t have to share their earnings among multiple members. He humorously critiqued how DJs can earn substantially more by simply performing with a memory stick, highlighting a bizarre turn in how value is perceived in the music world.

Despite these challenges, Dickinson has no interest in becoming a DJ. As a dedicated musician and singer, he focuses on ensuring his band and fellow musicians can earn a living and continue to produce great music together. He expressed concern over the current state of music distribution, including streaming services like Spotify, which he believes underpay artists while struggling to profit themselves. This dynamic has made it tough for new bands to emerge, though many still do out of a passion for their craft. Dickinson suggested that if streaming platforms could adjust their payment models to fairly compensate artists, it might lead to a more sustainable ecosystem, even if it means listeners might have to pay more.

Dickinson also touched on the impact of soaring concert ticket prices, distinguishing between the need for fair pricing for true fans, especially those who wish to be close to the stage, and the higher prices that might be warranted for more casual attendees seeking comfort. He empathized with the challenges promoters face in balancing costs to avoid financial loss, acknowledging their crucial role in the live music ecosystem.

Highlighting his recent solo work, Dickinson mentioned the release of his new album, “The Mandrake Project,” which has been well-received by critics. He talked about the collaborative effort behind the album and the exciting addition of new guitarists to his touring band, emphasizing his commitment to delivering high-quality music both in the studio and live. Dickinson reflected on his extensive career with IRON MAIDEN and his solo projects, underscoring his ongoing passion for music and performance.

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