In a brand new interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was asked about heavy metal’s “enduring appeal.”
“I can speak about what IRON MAIDEN‘s enduring appeal is: we exist in our own world. Our fanbase is a little bit like plywood. It’s formed of lots of layers of different age groups. Every layer sticks to the layer underneath it and doesn’t detach. People come to a show expecting to see people of my age, and they get a whole bunch of kids between fifteen and twenty-eight.
“I don’t want to go onstage and look out at a bunch of crumblies my age. People of my age go along to shows, but you never see them in the mosh pit — mainly they’re standing by the toilet, waiting to get their prostate problem solved.”
“We like seeing rabid kids leaping around. That’s what makes our hearts pump onstage. Our music is still fierce. It’s still in your face.”