Lady Gaga: 'I Live And Die By Iron Maiden'

The pop star continues her praise for classic heavy metal - but is it genuine?

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Once again, Lady Gaga has declared her love for heavy metal.

Speaking to SiriusXM, Gaga talked at length about bands including Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, which you can see in the player below:

"I just saw Iron Maiden on their 'Frontier' tour and it totally changed my life. It was my first Maiden experience and I just realized in that moment in the show that that was the kind of artist I wanted to be.

"I didn't want people 30 years from now coming to see my show to see if I've still got it. But rather I wanted them to be fully unified, fists in the air, wanna hear every song. Iron Maiden's a lifestyle and those fans live and die by Maiden."

We last reported on Gaga attending an Iron Maiden gig, where we shared a photo of the pop star posing with drummer Nicko McBrain, but now a new backstage image of Gaga with Bruce Dickinson has surfaced which you can see below.

The feeling between metal and pop seems to be mutual here. Ozzy Osbourne was quoted as saying "She's very clever, very interesting. She's wacky and I like the zaniness of that woman."

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    tntero
    And again i ask myself (and everyone that thinks he/she can answer xD) how can a girl that listens to such good music do such crappy music?
    killyerscene
    Headline says she 'lives and dies by Maiden'? But she just saw Maiden for the first time? All these articles ever say is that she listens to Sabbath and Maiden, and I can't understand why there have been about 6 articles on UG about this...
    Rob E
    Well i suppose it has been 2 months since this story last got aired... Let the shitstorm that is exactly the same as the last one commence.
    harpcicle
    Pop stars listening to rock music is nothing new Gaga. Stop giving these shite interviews and trying to win over the rock audience, it's boring and pointless
    K33nbl4d3
    I love Iron Maiden, why don't these guys make a news article 'bout that. Here's a tip, Gaga, nobody gives a flying **** what music you like, 'cause it sure as hell ain't improved your music.
    matt154
    She's just trying to gain some credibility and suck up to people by saying the likes these bands. It's a clever move but not really all that believable.
    Deathro
    Bruce is like, what the hell is she doing here? Look at his facial and body expression. Priceless. Hes probably thinking, couldnt they get me a better hooker for the night hahaha
    WhiteTempest
    timo96 wrote: Compared to most artist now a days, Gaga isn't bad. She has a lot more talent than most artist because A.) She can actually sing. B.) She can actually play instruments. and C.) She actually puts on a really good concert like most shock rock artist of the past... Watch the HBO special she did.
    are you retarded?
    jurnag12
    Tarsplitter wrote: Wait... so she'll start playing metal?
    I'd buy that album, to be perfectly honest, sounds like a decent idea.
    M3lodeath
    Then die, please die, for iron maiden, the world along with maiden would be much better off without you
    timo96
    Compared to most artist now a days, Gaga isn't bad. She has a lot more talent than most artist because A.) She can actually sing. B.) She can actually play instruments. and C.) She actually puts on a really good concert like most shock rock artist of the past... Watch the HBO special she did.
    Gman400
    Wait, so shes been talkin nonstop about how much metal "influences" her and how shes such a hardcore Maiden fan, but this was her "first Maiden experience?" WTF? I mean, I really actually like her music, and she seems alright as a person (a little obnoxious maybe,) but why make such a big deal about liking metal? To me it seems like she just wants to add to her image of "look, I'm not a typical pop star!!!!" Also, by the end of the article, it basically sounds like she just admires Maiden's longevity and diversely-aged fanbase more than anything.
    Igamikun
    Skullivan wrote: Does UG make these articles for flame wars? Some people like Gaga, but not Maiden. Some people like Maiden, but not Gaga. Soem like both, some like neither. And the fact that an artist likes another artist is not news. Paul Gilbert likes Katy Pery's music, and Freddie Mercury liked Aritha Franklin's music. Do we need all these stories, no we don't.
    But it is news, as much as pretty much all of us don't care. You explained it in your writing. Wouldn't know Freddy liked Aretha Franklin if he didn't tell a media outlet. Same with Paul Gilbert telling a media outlet he likes Katy Perry. We don't care, but there's some strange 5% population that is interested, and it spreads like wildfire. "OMG did you hear that Lady Gaga likes Iron Maiden!?" "Yeah totally, although that's not really news cause I've listened to them like forever, OMG they're so awesome" and then scenesters are going to be donning Maiden shirts like they've been lifelong fans.
    tacobellman2007
    WhiteTempest wrote: timo96 wrote: Compared to most artist now a days, Gaga isn't bad. She has a lot more talent than most artist because A.) She can actually sing. B.) She can actually play instruments. and C.) She actually puts on a really good concert like most shock rock artist of the past... Watch the HBO special she did. are you retarded?
    No, but it seems as though YOU are.
    snaaake
    Those Judas Priest/Gaga crossovers on YouTube own, maybe she should consider joining up with those guys.
    LostKeys
    Also I believe it sheds good light on good metal when popular acts show appreciation for them, so go her I guess.
    LostKeys
    nailsarecruel wrote: LostKeys wrote: It's funny how nobody talks about James Hetfield liking Shakira, or his brief obsession with Hello Kitty merchandise..... What's the problem? Shakira's nice, fun and makes decent music. If you're around Hello Kitty fans (fans, not fanatics) long enough, you'll find her charm irresistable. And while James Hetfield's had his good and bad patches, he doesn't come across in interviews as some contrived outrageous celebrity persona. Pop's pop and while her music is better than her genre peers, I don't get or care for the "I am Gaga" thing she does.
    Oh I have no problem. What I'm saying is you don't see pop fans getting on him for that and other metal or hard rock stars with similar issues. There's nothing wrong with shakira( hell I wouldn't mind listening to Pink once in awhile) but my point is that the overall personanlity of metal fans these days is very distasteful, and it shows how poor the quality of people are these days..
    thenight07
    Perhaps she is a legitimate IM fan and that she is trying to introduce some of her pop fans to a heavier genre rather than trying to pose for the insignificant metal minority?
    nailsarecruel
    LostKeys wrote: It's funny how nobody talks about James Hetfield liking Shakira, or his brief obsession with Hello Kitty merchandise.....
    What's the problem? Shakira's nice, fun and makes decent music. If you're around Hello Kitty fans (fans, not fanatics) long enough, you'll find her charm irresistable. And while James Hetfield's had his good and bad patches, he doesn't come across in interviews as some contrived outrageous celebrity persona. Pop's pop and while her music is better than her genre peers, I don't get or care for the "I am Gaga" thing she does.
    taylorhindman
    jetfuel495 wrote: moparhead wrote: pop stars are trolling metalheads...It's just too easy.
    Like trolling mods is any harder...
    rockgodman
    Alot of you guys are missing the boat big time on what to take away from this article. Gaga is famous for expelling tons of energy to learn how to become famous. So when she says she loves Maiden even though shes just discovered them, and admires their fan base, its because she wants to learn how to make such a large long living fan base. The whole point of her listening to maiden is to discover how they create such a long term huge fanbase. Theres now way she hadn't heard of them before in the 30 some odd years shes been alive. So im calling shenanigans
    umbrella666
    Lady Gaga makes fun music. She has talent in singing and playing classical piano. She loves metal music...people are so blind about her just because she makes pop music...I'm a total ****ing metal head but I'm defending Lady Gaga because I actually know what the **** I'm talking about. Think before you speak people. And one more thing, no her voice is not auto corrected so don't try arguing about that.
    oPINionHEAD
    So what!? SO WHAT!? Do we really need a news update every time an artist says they like a certain kind of music? Honestly, who cares? Lady GaGa likes Iron Maiden, big deal! Iron Maiden rocks!! Why shouldn't she like them! It doesn't make their music any less epic, or her music any less crappy. (Or vice versa if you feel that way..) Grow up you guys.
    Reagar
    Her music is fairly good. Quite enjoy it. Not a fan of her general celebrity persona. However, the points she made about Iron Maiden here were fair enough. For once it doesn't come across as some cynical attempt to win over some additional fanbase, she has actually drawn on what she enjoyed about a concert and tried to emulate it in her own work. I think that's perfectly respectable
    oPINionHEAD
    guitar_fingers wrote: oPINionHEAD wrote: So what!? SO WHAT!? Do we really need a news update every time an artist says they like a certain kind of music? Honestly, who cares? Lady GaGa likes Iron Maiden, big deal! Iron Maiden rocks!! Why shouldn't she like them! It doesn't make their music any less epic, or her music any less crappy. (Or vice versa if you feel that way..) Grow up you guys. Username and ending comment coupled with rest of comment makes me think troll. OT: I don't see the news being repeated about Lady Gaga liking metal very neccessary, but if she actually does like metal then good for her. Also at those complaining that writing her own music only makes her average, writing pop songs and singing them is much less common than in metal, most pop songs are ghost-written, so it puts her above average with regards to pop artists.
    Really? I'm a troll for having a username that you don't approve of, and stating my opinion that it doesn't matter what kind of music Lady GaGa likes? And I'm the troll? Because I told people to 'grow up?' Clearly, you haven't read any of the other comments here. Besides dude, you and I are BOTH defending her right now!
    kildog40
    I'm Surprised that John Petrucci didn't make her head explode when the opened hahaha
    rockingamer2
    So much elitism in here. How can people who listen to such good music (subjective, of course) be such idiots?
    guitar_fingers
    oPINionHEAD wrote: So what!? SO WHAT!? Do we really need a news update every time an artist says they like a certain kind of music? Honestly, who cares? Lady GaGa likes Iron Maiden, big deal! Iron Maiden rocks!! Why shouldn't she like them! It doesn't make their music any less epic, or her music any less crappy. (Or vice versa if you feel that way..) Grow up you guys.
    Username and ending comment coupled with rest of comment makes me think troll. OT: I don't see the news being repeated about Lady Gaga liking metal very neccessary, but if she actually does like metal then good for her. Also at those complaining that writing her own music only makes her average, writing pop songs and singing them is much less common than in metal, most pop songs are ghost-written, so it puts her above average with regards to pop artists.
    Exxol
    tntero wrote: And again i ask myself (and everyone that thinks he/she can answer xD) how can a girl that listens to such good music do such crappy music?
    easy. its because she's smarter than you. she likes metal, but she likes money more... can you really blame her? the pop industry is so transparent and un-talented its like taking candy from a baby... well, an unintelligent baby with no taste in music. i gotta say though, the whole 'live and die by iron maiden' thing sounds pretty stupid coming from a first time concert goer.. its not like she has to scrape together money for a maiden concert trip like i do.
    backswmr360
    Headline says "I live and die by Iron Maiden"...article says GaGa just said the fans live and die by iron maiden. Where do they come up with these headlines?
    Guitarlord44
    To everyone saying "Gaga sucks because her music is generic pop shit". Who cares? She's good at what she does and she puts passion into her music. Iron Maiden also put passion into their music. Big deal, she likes Maiden. Just because she doesn't play metal and isn't br00tal enough doesn't mean she's bad.
    tomc2
    I give her some credit... she was on Howard Stern the other day and actually sang and played piano... and it actually was extremely good!
    LostKeys
    It's funny how nobody talks about James Hetfield liking Shakira, or his brief obsession with Hello Kitty merchandise.....
    Kingnichendrix
    Booohooo you sad ****s, its nice that she likes this music in the first place. Unlike the majority commenting on this, at least her taste in music isn't limited to 1 genre.
    skylerjames13
    jetfuel495 wrote: WhiteTempest wrote: timo96 wrote: Compared to most artist now a days, Gaga isn't bad. She has a lot more talent than most artist because A.) She can actually sing. B.) She can actually play instruments. and C.) She actually puts on a really good concert like most shock rock artist of the past... Watch the HBO special she did. are you retarded?He's actually right. And let's not forget, she also writes her own music. ITT: nobody has a clue about pop music. Haters gonna hate.
    This.
    False_God
    righ, great.. do we need an article every time some pop star says she likes a band?? Waste of ****ing time.
    Nigzy
    metal heads in 'being music snobs shocker' if its not metal, its shit. pop is the devil blah blah. i like maiden and gaga. she actually has a metal track on her new album
    Guitarlord44
    Also, big deal, she's only been to one Maiden concert. Boohoo. I love RHCP to death and I've never seen them. That doesn't make me any less of a fan though
    voodoochild23
    let's get something straight here. love or hate lady gaga's music, she's brilliant at what she does. she's clearly insane, but channels it into being utterly committed to her music. if that's something she got from listening to bands like iron maiden... then good for her. if it goes some way to taking down the psychological barrier mainstream music fans have about listening to heavy metal, that's a good thing. so what's all the fuss about? iron maiden's fanbase crosses over the predicted demographics of heavy metal bands... well i was already pretty aware of that. all i'd say is, UG, this is a bum article. is there on other news right now?
    LHmachinist
    Her popularity has taken such a dive, she's resorted to photo-shopping herself into pictures with musicians that actually matter.