Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden on Bands Not Making New Music: You’re Becoming a Karaoke Band

Photo by Ken Settle / Story by Anne Erickson

The Iron Maiden crew has never stopped making and performing new music, and that’s important to frontman Bruce Dickinson. When the band embarked on their recent “The Book of Souls” tour, much of the set list came from the band’s latest album by that same name.

Dicksonson is a firm believer in moving ahead and not just looking back. “If you take advantage of them (fans), as in you serve up the same old thing every single tour, you can expect some of them to walk away,” he said in an interview with Fortune.

He added, “That is just a band. If you’re not doing new music, why bother? We don’t share the idea that going and doing stadiums, playing thirty-year-old songs, is a success. It’s just making money.”

When asked about fans who come to his concerts just to hear the old stuff — the band’s classics from the 1980s — Dickinson said, “That’s tough. In that case, don’t come.”

Iron Maiden embarked on their “The Book Of Souls” world tour in early 2016 and returned to North America last summer to wrap up some dates.

“The Book Of Souls” marked Iron Maiden’s first double studio album. The album was also a commercial success for the guys, entering the charts at No. 1 in more than 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S. No word yet on when Iron Maiden might churn out a new record.

Publication date: November 11, 2017

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