In a recent chat with Consequence Heavy, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson opened up about the band’s longevity and the secret behind it.
Here’s what the singer said:
“First of all, we still have the capability of doing that as in we can still play. We’re actually a lot better players now in many ways than we were 20 years ago, certainly 25 years ago, because we’re not thinking quite so much down the same tram lines. Because of that, it’s enabled us to do an album like ”Senjutsu”. We’ve kind of been building to it for a while
”I can’t put my finger on exactly one aspect of the album that made things click because that’s not the way things are when you make a really amazing record. I think it really is an amazing record, by the way. You have a vague awareness of it that this might be good when you do it.
”It’s ”The Number of the Beast” when we did that album, which is also kind of fairly popular album, we all had a vague awareness that, ‘Wow, this feels like it’s something special.’ Indeed, it was, but exactly why? It was hard to put your finger on. It was maybe people’s mental state; they were relaxed, confident, and having a great time.
”As luck would have it, it was the last thing we did because suddenly the world went mad after we recorded it. It was like, ‘Oh my God! There is going to be no more touring for this year or next year.’ It just went on and on. So it was pure good fortune that we recorded it when we did.”