Today, Iron Maiden’s new album, The Final Frontier, is available for commercial release in the U.S. and everyone is excited. MetalSucks is doing something special to commemorate this festive event, because the arrival of new Maiden is always a reason for epic celebration.
This week, Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain said in a new interview that Iron Maiden want to debut at #1. They care about selling records, and want to sell a fuck-ton and being #1 would just be an honor. Really? I wouldn’t have figured that. I would’ve thought maybe coming in around — I don’t know — #198 would have been preferred.
A number one record “would mean that our American fans listened! You know, [singer] Bruce [Dickinson] made it quite clear to all of our fans in America and Canada when we were on tour there during the summer that it would be great to go to No. 1, so hopefully everybody paid attention. Going No. 1 would be amazing, a great accolade, of course. Would it mean the same now as it might have 15 or 20 years ago? I can’t say. But at the end of the day, I know we have a great album. I think it’s a work of art. If it’s not the No. 1 album the first week, then hopefully it will be the second or third week — once people give it a listen, you know? It would be great to go No. 1 in the U.S., and I hope it happens. Really, that would be amazing. If it doesn’t, though, hey, it’s not the end of the world.”
No, it isn’t. Not like it’s going to make or break Maiden. Hey, poor sales haven’t seemed to hurt Ozzy Osbourne and his Scream campaign. So, we’ll see. I hope Maiden open on top. I hope the record sells a lot and makes them all a buttload of cash, so the guys can finally afford to retire.
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