Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: We're Better Than Metallica'

Metallica fans may run to the hills after they hear the bold declaration made by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.

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Metallica fans may run to the hills after they hear the bold declaration made by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Speaking with Metal Hammer magazine, the erstwhile Astraeus airline pilot stood behind a recent boast that his band was better than a certain Big Four headliner.

"You've just got to have a sense of fearlessness," Dickinson said. "I got into trouble for saying that we're better than Metallica and, it's true! They might be bigger than us and they might sell more tickets than us and they might get more gold-plated middle-class bourgeoisie turning up to their shows but they're not Maiden. I did say it's a bit of a wind-up. I thought, if I'm going to turn into an (expletive), I might as well, you know, go for it!"

Meanwhile, Iron Maiden released the greatest hits collection, From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010, yesterday. A trailer for the two-disc set was posted online yesterday.

Thanks for the report to Gibson.com

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    S44M
    metallica144 wrote: i personally like metallica way more, but i'd say that Maiden still wins.
    haha what??
    jerrystar
    its a matter of opinion. However i dont think that heavy metal stars should go and talk shit about eachother
    GuitarViking
    Dick move by Bruce. Lars Ulrich has stated several times that Maiden is his biggest inspiration, he even said: "Iron Maiden is the blueprint for everything that we do." Yes, in my opinion, Maiden is better, but there's no need for Bruce to pick on his fans.
    bustapr
    couldnt care less, i like both bands. But bruce is looking like a real ass with these comments...
    Gexzilla
    Why would Dickinson say this????
    Yeah, I don't get it. Maybe he was drunk or something. I love both bands, seen them live, but Metallica is №1 for me.
    Phoenix Reborn
    Aw Bruce...you be trollin It seem like ever since they started touring last year that Bruce has become a bit of a...well...ass kinda. I love him for the performances he gives and his song writing talent. But he has become a little self-ritous. Rant aside I'm afraid I agree with him. Love both bands but Maiden beats out Metallica. Maiden has seniority, Maiden has gone through countless line-up changes and still put out great music, and they've never been afraid to try new things. Metallica, I still love you guys. But I'm afraid if I had to choose between seeing you or Maiden live I'd go for Eddy. Though those pyrotechnics are crazy
    Leather Sleeves
    Its all about the publicity, Bruce is just a wind-bag. I don't think I'd prefer one to the other, they're just awesome in different ways... (btw, its not "Maiden's better", its "IMO... ect").
    SlackusMaximus
    Metallica have done more for music and inspiring other to pick up instruments and start bands.
    von gelb
    SlackusMaximus wrote: Metallica have done more for music and inspiring other to pick up instruments and start bands.
    And Iron Maiden inspired Metallica to pick up their guitars...
    SGstriker
    I personally love both bands to pieces. Both are in my top 5. But having seen both of them live, I can honestly say that right now, in this very moment in time, Maiden far out-play Metallica. Metallica would be better, but Lars has stopped practicing drums, and we all know James can't sing like he used to. Maiden on the other hand...it sounded like I was listening to the album as far as quality goes.
    emphaticleech
    bartnijman wrote: I think that Metallica's good records (for example MOP) are the best metal tracks ever made: metallica's good music is better than Maiden's good music.
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son destroys MoP. I like MoP, but yeah.
    Macromaniac
    Iron Maiden are by far better than Metallica. Metallica are the typical overrated US rock band whose fans are constantly uttering the same boring Mantra of them being the biggest heavy metal band on the planet.Biggest by what criteria ?CHART POSITION AND RECORD SALES!But we know that this doesnt say anything about the Quality of the Music. Iron Maiden where from the beginning out there to play Music and connect with the fans, and this hasnt Change since.They have to much self respect and respect for the fans to put out crappy records for the sake of money.Metallica were at the beginning out there to party and screw Girls , later exclusively for increasing the amount of Dollars theyve already sacked in. Their career was decided with saint Anger.This could have easily been their last record if the fans had reacted like intelligent adults and dismissed it as a bad joke and and sent the band into retirement. But brainless fan Boys gave it a number one Chart Position, and so Metallica decided to continue with stretching their career by recording here and there something, a collaboration with lou reed for example, i mean the symphony Orchester Thing had worked well, also the cover Songs record they did at the end of the 90 ies,but with a minimal Output of original Music, because, my dear tallica fans, lets face it , the Inspiration has gone long ago,but who would let slip forty millions through the fingers, because thats their annual income.Iron maiden play in a totally diffrent league.Just compare the more recent realeses of the two bands, for example "Death Magnetic" to "A matter of life and death".
    Shlecht
    i ****in* love metallica, but, embarrassingly enough, i dont know much about maiden. i really wouldnt even know where to begin. i do like "wrathchild," but i only know that from guitar hero...haha. wow.
    Macromaniac
    Iron Maiden are by far better than Metallica. Metallica are the typical overrated US rock band whose fans are constantly uttering the same boring Mantra of them being the biggest heavy metal band on the planet.Biggest by what criteria ?CHART POSITION AND RECORD SALES!But we know that this doesnt say anything about the Quality of the Music. Iron Maiden where from the beginning out there to play Music and connect with the fans, and this hasnt Change since.They have to much self respect and respect for the fans to put out crappy records for the sake of money.Metallica were at the beginning out there to party and screw Girls , later exclusively for increasing the amount of Dollars theyve already sacked in. Their career was decided with saint Anger.This could have easily been their last record if the fans had reacted like intelligent adults and dismissed it as a bad joke and and sent the band into retirement. But brainless fan Boys gave it a number one Chart Position, and so Metallica decided to continue with stretching their career by recording here and there something, a collaboration with lou reed for example, i mean the symphony Orchester Thing had worked well, also the cover Songs record they did at the end of the 90 ies,but with a minimal Output of original Music, because, my dear tallica fans, lets face it , the Inspiration has gone long ago,but who would let slip forty millions through the fingers, because thats their annual income.Iron maiden play in a totally diffrent league.Just compare the more recent realeses of the two bands, for example "Death Magnetic" to "A matter of life and death" .
    thebigredjj10
    Hahaha. This is such forum fodder. First of all, the title is misleading. The whole statement is tongue in cheek, can't you tell. He calls himself a windbag, and says, well he might as well go for it, and makes a boast. And then it's a war between fans. He's just talking, wouldn't take this statement too seriously.
    Raider76
    You all know hes right.. theyve put out good consistent music for the last 30+ years and havent sold out like metallica did in the 90's.. Musically speaking- Iron Maiden is far better.
    qrEE
    Metallica ripped off many bands, including Iron Maiden, from their early days on. The big songs that made them famous are rip off songs - "One" rips off "Darkness Descends" by Dark Angel, which I might add is a far better band than Metallica. And Enter Sandman rips off "Tapping Into the Emotional Void" by Excel. Iron Maiden was made big off of the songs "Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", "The Trooper", "Flight of Icarus", "2 Minutes to Midnight" and "Aces High". Bu the time of that tour, they were PAST huge. How many of those are rip offs? I can't find ANY songs they are ripping off. However, before someone says "they ripped off their own songs because every song sounds the same!" First off, NO, because you need to hear "No Prayer for the Dying", which is a radical departure from their original sound. Secondly, NO. Just because a band uses the same scale does not mean they are ripping themselves off by recycling material. The reality is, their music is far different from song to song if you take the time to analyze, which I DOUBT anyone does for any music these days. I'd also like to note that "Master of Puppets" ripped off "Phantom of the Opera" in multiple ways. First off, both of the songs have a "slow down emotional section", and both songs have the same notation used to BARELY different effect in the part that's slowed down. When James and Kirk do that harmony section, it's a rip off of Dave and Dennis' harmony section which makes up the most memorable part of the song, the part where the bass is playing along in a similar fashion to them. Bottom line, Metallica did not become huge because of their influence or originality. They weren't original, and the biggest influence on modern metal was MERCYFUL FATE, as they had influenced Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus (might I add, the founders of true Thrash Metal), Slayer, DEATH (huge influence on Death Metal, being the founders of it), Possessed, and all of Black Metal, and a huge amount of Power Metal too. Mercyful Fate is number one in terms of influence. Originality goes to Black Sabbath. Better band between Iron Maiden and Metallica? I still vote Iron Maiden, because despite everything else, Iron Maiden still DESERVES THEIR NAME. Meanwhile, Metallica needs to be changed to "Rockica" or "Therapica", because they really suck now.
    TheReaper90
    What's up with the flame wars? Metallica would not excel at playing a Maiden-like song, but neither would Maiden on Trash-Metal or Metallica songs. There is a reason that its not one band called: Iron MetalMaidenica! Can't we just agreed that everyone has a different opinion? I personally prefer Metallica, but I have the intelligence to accept that have the right to have a different opinion.
    moretimetokill3
    SlackusMaximus wrote: Metallica have done more for music and inspiring other to pick up instruments and start bands.
    who do you think inspired metallica?? 'nuff said...
    strat0blaster
    If you have to get attention for your band by running off at the mouth about being better - which is opinion anyway - than another band, chances are you're not only a dick, but you're not actually better.
    mjosephw52
    SlackusMaximus wrote: Metallica have done more for music and inspiring other to pick up instruments and start bands.
    Yeah, no...
    thelosah36
    thebigredjj10 wrote: Hahaha. This is such forum fodder. First of all, the title is misleading. The whole statement is tongue in cheek, can't you tell. He calls himself a windbag, and says, well he might as well go for it, and makes a boast. And then it's a war between fans. He's just talking, wouldn't take this statement too seriously.
    YES.
    kneeseb
    im not gonna lie, i say this to very few people but metallica r over rated. Megadeth own thrash metal, in fact, he has made metallica who they are today. And of course Maiden kick their asses any day...period.
    Denjario
    alexx908 wrote: doesn't maiden have like 4 greatest hits albums? 0.o
    That's because they have enough hits to have that many albums
    Ghostmaker
    How do you rate which band is better? Maiden was and still is huge, and highly influential on other bands, but the exact same could be said about Metallica.
    JoeVro/BCRich
    So we aren't as successful, don't make as much money, and don't have as many fans, but somehow we are better. Cocky *****
    Macromaniac
    Iron Maiden are by far better than Metallica. Metallica are the typical overrated US rock band whose fans are constantly uttering the same boring Mantra of them being the biggest heavy metal band on the planet.Biggest by what criteria ?CHART POSITION AND RECORD SALES!But we know that this doesnt say anything about the Quality of the Music. Iron Maiden where from the beginning out there to play Music and connect with the fans, and this hasnt Change since.They have to much self respect and respect for the fans to put out crappy records for the sake of money.Metallica were at the beginning out there to party and screw Girls , later exclusively for increasing the amount of Dollars theyve already sacked in. Their career was decided with saint Anger.This could have easily been their last record if the fans had reacted like intelligent adults and dismissed it as a bad joke and and sent the band into retirement. But brainless fan Boys gave it a number one Chart Position, and so Metallica decided to continue with stretching their career by recording here and there something, a collaboration with lou reed for example, i mean the symphony Orchester Thing had worked well, also the cover Songs record they did at the end of the 90 ies,but with a minimal Output of original Music, because, my dear tallica fans, lets face it , the Inspiration has gone long ago,but who would let slip forty millions through the fingers, because thats their annual income.Iron maiden play in a totally diffrent league.Just compare the more recent realeses of the two bands, for example "Death Magnetic" to "Amater of life and death".
    KataklysmDeth
    imbaguitar wrote: They are so different its like saying Mozart is better than Bieber. Who gives a ****. All we know is that hes cocky or just trying to get some hype...
    bad....bad...sickening example. Even though Mozart is different to bieber...Mozart was an actual musician...you lost me.
    SkepsisMetal
    Slash181 wrote: i used to think iron maiden where good until this statement. its bullshit. you cant write music and state its better than other peoples. this just shows they write for money not for themselves. a good band will write the music they want to write and if people like it.... then its a bonus!! shame dickinson hasnt got much of an imagination on how to sing! stop following the guitars you PRICK!
    lol u jelly, u jelly funny shit really. it works to talk crap about tallica, because they have in many ways deserved it. Maiden are just supreme musicians, band members and consistent song writers. They may well take the piss occasionally, but they've earned the right to. All of you ass burned little kiddies sticking up for your precious Metallica are just being huge hypocrites, and just got trolled. Hard.
    KataklysmDeth
    Sorry for the triple post but when you said that metallica ripped off iron maiden and then gave examples of songs that were ripped off of other bands that weren't iron maiden you negated your argument. give a list of songs that metallica ripped off of them and well see how your almighty opinion stands.