Iron Maiden Frontman Talks Fame

Bruce Dickinson calls it creativity’s excrement



I have an immense amount of respect for Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.

He’s an accomplished gent who can bounce around that stage like a 20-year-old. He’s worldly and intelligent. Well-spoken, as it were. Like Randy Blythe, he’s a good spokesman for metal, in my opinion.

Bruce now says in a new interview he is not “interested in being famous,” even though it’s too late for that.

He tells Frank Turner:

“I can’t be bothered to have those big, self-congratulatory moments. People say, ‘What’s it like standing onstage in front of quarter of a million people?’ I say, ‘I really can’t tell you, actually, because I’m too busy.’ You have no time to stand there and go, ‘Let me just stop thinking about the song, stop performing and let me just look at all these people looking at me … OK, thank you very much!’

“I see these wankers onstage at places like fucking Glastonbury wandering around as if they had a mirror attached to themselves, gurning for the fucking cameras and paying no attention whatsoever to that kid in the front row.

“We should be self-obsessed; actually we’re audience-obsessed. That’s what makes the difference between Maiden and everything else.

“I’m not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it’s the shit that comes out the back end, it’s a by-product of it. People think it’s the excrement that you should be eating. It’s not. It’s the creativity and the audience and being there in the moment.”

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