Iron Maiden bassist and leader Steve Harris was asked by Louder Sound “if he sees a future for metal on the big stage,” to which he replied:
“It’s not easy these days, especially for new bands. It’s harder than ever to make a crust out of this.
“It’s different for us, because we’ve taken a long, long time to build up to this kind of level, but some bands will never even get to this level, or any level. They don’t get out of the pubs.”
Asked about what bands have to do to reach the next level from that pub scene, Steve replied:
“People have just got to push the boundaries and try and edge it up. I mean, we’ve never had songs that lend themselves to radio play. We’ve worked really hard for where we are.”