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...
    jurnag12
    Tarsplitter wrote: Wait... so she'll start playing metal?
    I'd buy that album, to be perfectly honest, sounds like a decent idea.
    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?
    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
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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...
    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!
    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
    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?
    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.
    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
    snaaake
    Those Judas Priest/Gaga crossovers on YouTube own, maybe she should consider joining up with those guys.
    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.
    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.
    LostKeys
    Also I believe it sheds good light on good metal when popular acts show appreciation for them, so go her I guess.
    kildog40
    I'm Surprised that John Petrucci didn't make her head explode when the opened hahaha
    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..
    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.
    False_God
    righ, great.. do we need an article every time some pop star says she likes a band?? Waste of ****ing time.
    aahlstrom93
    If she keeps staying this stuff more people are going to start listening to metal... omg it's going to become to next pop music... NOT GOOD!
    $hithappen$16
    For those of you saying that "if gaga lives and dies by iron maiden then why bla bla bla" read the article and not just the title. she said the FANS live and die by iron maiden. Although her true devotion and love for rock/metal is a tad bit questionable, the influence musicians like alice cooper, rob zombie, and manson have on her live shows are, in my opinion, pretty obvious. though i would never buy her music nor pay to see her show (though i did watch her HBO special), i do respect her as an artist. What separates her from other pop stars is that she can ACTUALLY sing and play an instrument.
    nnb
    [quote]I love Lady Gaga. Anyone who says she puts out "genereic" pop clearly hasn't listened to the Born This Way album all the way through./quote] Heres the thing, most people who said they like a pop star normally mean they like their singles most won't go out of their way to listen to their music. Thus is no shock that people say she puts out generic music because most of her singles are generic catchy pop songs.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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?
    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.
    LostKeys
    It's funny how nobody talks about James Hetfield liking Shakira, or his brief obsession with Hello Kitty merchandise.....
    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!
    rockingamer2
    So much elitism in here. How can people who listen to such good music (subjective, of course) be such idiots?
    Ortizsensei
    Deathro wrote: 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
    haha nice
    Lemoninfluence
    theshadow180 wrote: at my uni and at my old 6th form metalheads are/were social pariahs and then you get this one dickhead who then comes up to you and acts really nice until you realise theyre either making fun of you or reaching out to you like a charity....thats all i see gagas doing here: shes seeing metal as a genre to be supported because it makes her feel better about being undeservedly popular herself...at least in this case maiden can just tell her to go **** herself (which she probably could as well)
    Or she could like Iron Maiden. She's a Zep fan so I don't see why it's so unlikely that she's an Iron Maiden fan. checked.
    Tarsplitter
    Deathro wrote: 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
    Oh my god. Ahahah!