Lady Gaga: 'Iron Maiden Changed My Life'

Great music can change anyone's life. Even Lady Gaga's.

Lady Gaga: 'Iron Maiden Changed My Life'
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Great music can change anyone's life. Even Lady Gaga's. The pop star spoke with Rolling Stone recently about seeing Iron Maiden live in Tampa last month, and it was an eye-opening experience for her, to say the least. "I went to see Iron Maiden the other night, and I actually watched the show from a box," Gaga tells the magazine. "And we were laughing as we walked it was me and my two best friends as we were walking into the box, we had a bunch of drinks, we were all going, 'This is so not metal, to be in a box.' [laughs]" "So, we watched most of the show from the box and then we were gonna go meet the band," continued Gaga. "And we went down during 'The Number Of The Beast'. And when we got there, I grabbed Lady Starlight and I said, 'Let's go,' and we just booked it into the center of the crowd. And we were dancing and singing and everyone was just so into it. And it was one of the first times I've been able to just be at a rock concert in a long time." It would be hard to miss Gaga, even at a Maiden show. "People did recognize me, but it was so kind and warm and awesome," she said. "I mean, Iron Maiden is all about, 'We don't care who our fans are. We love everybody.' . . . I guess what I'm trying to say is the devotion of the fans moving in unison, pumping their fists, watching the show, when I see that, I see the paradigm for my future and the relationship I want to have with my fans. Iron Maiden's never had a hit song, and they tour stadiums around the world, and their fans live, breathe and die for Maiden, and that is my dream. That is my dream." "And not only that," she added, "but when we got into the crowd, there was no pretension. I'm a pop singer I didn't know what it would be like in a crowd of a Maiden [fans]; everybody was hugging me, high-fiving, fistpumps in the air 'Oh, it's so cool you're at Maiden.' Jumping and dancing I mean, it was like absolute no judgment, no prejudice, freedom and love for music. It doesn't matter who you are; you don't need to know anything about music to love it. And it was just so It was just awesome Maiden changed my life." Thanks for the report to Hennemusic.com.

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    Minkaro
    Really guys? Really? This is what gives metalheads a bad name. This "U R POP SINGAH, U GTFO OUR MUSAK" attitude. If Bruce Dickinson turned up to a Lady Gaga concert, or Slash went to a 50 Cent concert, I bet the fans of that artist wouldn't have this "how dare they?" attitude about it. How do we know that Lady Gaga hasn't been a fan of rock/metal from a young age? Just because she's a pop singer doesn't mean she only listens to pop music.
    Mobby32
    how come every horrible pop singer is now giving props to classic metal/rock bands? is it the new cool thing?
    2late2know
    I think the word that sums up this article would be, "So?" It seems like she's trying to get a larger demographic by relating to the music taste of either an older generation or metalheads in general. I know people that have very similar music tastes to mine but I still don't like them. If she legitimately likes them than fine. It makes no difference to me. If she doesn't and is just following a trend then it still doesn't make a difference. I still don't like her.
    HordesOfKailas
    There's a difference between not wanting here there and think that she doesn't belong there. A person genuinely interested in metal will be accepted pretty damn fast, but you can pretty easily tell when it's all for show. As it seems with this.
    Zoxfan1109
    I honestly don't think one bit of her is real. She says she loves iron maiden, that it changed her life, she said the same thing about Springsteen too. I'm not saying she can't like the music, I just feel like shes that kid whos trying to join a new friend group and tells them whatever they want to hear.
    OpethIsGod
    Maybe it's just me being a "closed minded metal head" but the only reason this stuff annoys me I because it just REAKS of falseness. Ever since she first hit the scene GaGa has just tried far to hard to seem different, her music I didn't think was bad just more of the same but of a better quality, but also every pop diva has been trying to ride the crazy train thinking they'll get their five minutes. I am not a close minded person, my musical tastes is massively diverse, but the mainstream pop scene (metal being pop music to I have to add) has just been marketed one hit wonders for years. Also on metal heads being afraid of exposure, that's because when a music scene gets too popular it just gets stagnated with awful, awful crap, something that is happening right now. We love our music and we just don't want it drowned in seas of shit. If gaga likes it, fine, if gaga thinks this is a new way she can look quirky and weird for publicity, she can **** off.
    nightruler666
    Oixord wrote: Just because a pop singer doesn't mean she's faking to like metal. Girls just don't make it in hard rock/metal.
    Lita ford, Angela Gossow, Amy lee, Cristina Scabbia I'm sure there is more
    andreww1996
    Minkaro wrote: Really guys? Really? This is what gives metalheads a bad name. This "U R POP SINGAH, U GTFO OUR MUSAK" attitude. well if you wer a true metal fan you wouldt car about or reputaion If Bruce Dickinson turned up to a Lady Gaga concert, or Slash went to a 50 Cent concert, I bet the fans of that artist wouldn't have this "how dare they?" attitude about it. How do we know that Lady Gaga hasn't been a fan of rock/metal from a young age? Just because she's a pop singer doesn't mean she only listens to pop music.
    Rattlenix
    i don't know, why this is pissing me off... i quess, 'm just being close minded metal head...
    Veritas69
    haha, all the pop singers are realizing that people who listen to their music are usually just mindless retards who just wanna follow the next, newest thing.
    godofthunder178
    did she really say in the paragraph, "Iron Maiden's never had a hit song." you got to be kidding me....
    M15T3RJACK
    Gaga is awesome. Iron Maiden are awesome. I wanna see her at a Slipknot show, though.
    RIP-DIME&CLIFF
    It's funny how alot of you are so quick to judge. All these pop artists expressing their love for metal/rock and wat not, it seems to me that most of you believe that these artists are banned from listening to or being a fan of metal and rock and any other genre for that matter and for wat? just because they're pop artists? its pathetic! Are some of you even aware that kelly clarkson grew up listening to PANTERA!! Now i love both Kelly and LG and yeh there's no doubt kelly is by far the more talented vocalist but did it ever occur to any of you that these artists are still huge fans themselves? or is it that you think because they made it to fame that they've lost that Right? Hell, for all anyone knows britney spears grew up listening to Slayer,Sabbath and even bands like In Flames. Don't forget these artists had a childhood once too, they cud have grown up listening to ANYTHING!! I'm a Metal Fan/Guitarist/Musician at heart and love it til the end. I used to listen to just about anything but at one stage i felt that metal and rock was all i was aloud to listen to so i hated any mainstream/pop artist and wen i first heard of lady gaga i despised all of that stuff! could not stand it and was sick of hearing about it. But hey, there were songs of that genre i didn't mind and eventually thought "what is stopping me from goin back and listneing to it all again?" And so i do listen to different music again because it's fun to me again. you rememebr when music was fun? Also, for the people who bash kesha, there's a vid on youtube of metal hammer showing her releases from 2009 from Megadeth,Devildriver,Atreyu,Steel Panther,Rammstein,Everytime i Die,Protest The Hero,Kiss,Slayer and she expresses her love for the shred/thrashy stuff. The only band shown to her that she doesn't like was Horse the band who are indeed fu**ing shit! so no argument here.So Yeh why don't you kesha bashing peeps check that out and choke on it Lawyered!
    hudsonstradlin
    It's times like these when I hate being associated with metalheads. More closed minded than the goddamn KKK when it comes to other genres of music.
    andreww1996
    people she if likes metal i dought she does and its just pulbisity or maby she actually like rock and perfers to make pop ether wat i dont give a s**t but did you notice it seems like her crowds dont like music as much
    OpethIsGod
    Also if a band "changed your life" I would have thought you'd hear SOME kind of influence in her music.
    nailsarecruel
    HordesOfKailas wrote: There's a difference between not wanting here there and think that she doesn't belong there. A person genuinely interested in metal will be accepted pretty damn fast, but you can pretty easily tell when it's all for show. As it seems with this.
    I agree, but replace "in metal" with "in anything" and you've got a very strong statement there.
    outstandingloud
    Perhaps people would breath and die for her if she actually turned up for her gigs on time. psh. And yeah, it does appear that many pop artists seem to "owe" some kind of inspiration to rock,metal,etc. personally i just think its a publicity stunt to gain more respect and a larger audience. But what can you do eh? hardly affects me so i'll keep living my real life
    007dude
    OpethIsGod wrote: Also if a band "changed your life" I would have thought you'd hear SOME kind of influence in her music.
    Not necessarily... I mean, The Beatles changed the lives of Paul Gilbert, Mike Portnoy and Ozzy Osbourne. Do you hear any Beatles influence in their music?
    OpethIsGod
    007dude wrote: OpethIsGod wrote: Also if a band "changed your life" I would have thought you'd hear SOME kind of influence in her music. Not necessarily... I mean, The Beatles changed the lives of Paul Gilbert, Mike Portnoy and Ozzy Osbourne. Do you hear any Beatles influence in their music?
    Hmmm....good point sir.
    ninjagayden777
    Baconator1228 wrote: This site is full of douches
    Amen. You like, the music, fine. You don't, ****ing leave it alone. I'm sick of these metal elitists that claim black and death metal are the only ways to go, and that "Scene music" is a disgrace to metal. It's all the same: it's ****ing METAL. Enjoy it, or don't listen, but don't flame others because of it. Also, mad props to Gaga. A fan of good music that can actually write a decent pop tune herself? She's a true artist.
    emphaticleech
    theotherguy7145 wrote: GrungeHippie26 wrote: UG when are you are going to start reading the comments and realize that we dont give a $#IT. We're tired of hearing old news, mainstream drama, and crap about pop stars like Gaga and kesha. Please put something that the majority of your users would find interesting or useful. I agree. While some users may like her music and respect her, it's not 'guitar related' news. I'll bet this article wasn't released in all the mainstream music magazines was it? That'd be advertising a style of music that isn't 'mainstream'! :O Also- it kinda made me cringe the way she talked about how people are dedicated to the band. It's all true, but it's kinda an unspoken mutual thing people at a gig have. If that makes sense? Sounds so cheesy when you put it into words. Good for Gaga for seeing Maiden. But the bottom line for me is NO MORE GAGA NEWS
    Yet, people like you.. who apparently don't care... comment on these articles. Either way, ...metalheads wonder why people can't stand them? It's attitudes like yours in the comments. Pop stars jumping the bandwagon? GTFO ... pop stars have been liking rock/metal for years and years. This is not a new thing.
    Veritas69 wrote: haha, all the pop singers are realizing that people who listen to their music are usually just mindless retards who just wanna follow the next, newest thing.
    Yeah. Because musical purists aren't the same way with "lolz0rs...bands from teh 70s and 60s!!!!!111!!!"
    emphaticleech
    Oh, and side note... Nicko likes GaGa's music. Guess that means he lies about that simply because he's in a metal band?
    emphaticleech
    theotherguy7145 wrote: GrungeHippie26 wrote: UG when are you are going to start reading the comments and realize that we dont give a $#IT. We're tired of hearing old news, mainstream drama, and crap about pop stars like Gaga and kesha. Please put something that the majority of your users would find interesting or useful. I agree. While some users may like her music and respect her, it's not 'guitar related' news. I'll bet this article wasn't released in all the mainstream music magazines was it? That'd be advertising a style of music that isn't 'mainstream'! :O
    1. You're ignorant. 2. It's under "General Music News" ... not "Guitar Related News". Reading is fun!
    6-String_Madman
    OpethIsGod wrote: Maybe it's just me being a "closed minded metal head" but the only reason this stuff annoys me I because it just REAKS of falseness. Ever since she first hit the scene GaGa has just tried far to hard to seem different, her music I didn't think was bad just more of the same but of a better quality, but also every pop diva has been trying to ride the crazy train thinking they'll get their five minutes. I am not a close minded person, my musical tastes is massively diverse, but the mainstream pop scene (metal being pop music to I have to add) has just been marketed one hit wonders for years. Also on metal heads being afraid of exposure, that's because when a music scene gets too popular it just gets stagnated with awful, awful crap, something that is happening right now. We love our music and we just don't want it drowned in seas of shit. If gaga likes it, fine, if gaga thinks this is a new way she can look quirky and weird for publicity, she can **** off.
    +100000. Definitely agreed!!! And to those artists who claim that they are to save Rock and Metal, quoting the great lyrics of Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, "The world don't want to be saved, only left alone." An "awful" lot of Lady Gaga fans here in UG. hmm...
    childofbodem
    GodzillaDeth wrote: well lady gaga is soooo much better than kesha
    This, and I'd rather hit Gaga.
    Guy101
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: Most pop singers, I agree yeah, they're jumping on the bandwagon. Give the whole "Born this way" album a listen. It's nothing like her old stuff. It's got quite a few guitar solos and a LOT of genre influences. Not just metal, but latin, opera, and even Western soundtracks, amongst the obvious pop, rock and 80's though. People get so butt hurt when it comes to metal. This "Oh we MUST have our fences put up and not let outsiders in" thing is absolute bullshit. In the end, how does it affect any of our lives? It doesn't. If it offends you guys so much, skip the article. And people who lump Lady Gaga with other pop stars like Ke$ha or Miley Cyrus don't have a ****ing clue what they're talking about. That's like lumping Iron Maiden with Black Tide and Trivium just because they're metal. Like her or not, Gaga is leagues above the rest and is one of the few mainstream singers who is actually doing her own thing. Yes, her early stuff was absolutely shit, but respect is due because she at least wrote it all herself and didn't use auto tune on every track. She's a music graduate and does almost everything herself. Ke$ha hung on Flo-Rida's coat tails into fame and is fighting to stay there by using auto tune and acting like a slut. Gaga may be over the top and annoying wth her fashion, but theres still no comparison.
    This whole thing is spot on, kudos! Also it's proven that she likes rock/metal music. There's videos on youtube of her when she was 19 (pre-lady gaga) covering Led Zep songs.
    takearide
    Mobby32 wrote: how come every horrible pop singer is now giving props to classic metal/rock bands? is it the new cool thing?
    I agree, Something we have loved all our lives... we cant help but want to protect from someone who is just gonna fowllow a trend becouse there "pop Icon" mentions they love a "certian" band.They"ll get into it for a month until a new flavor so to speak.
    GrungeHippie26
    UG when are you are going to start reading the comments and realize that we dont give a $#IT. We're tired of hearing old news, mainstream drama, and crap about pop stars like Gaga and kesha. Please put something that the majority of your users would find interesting or useful.
    Mobby32
    if it changed her life, why is she making horrible pop music and not being a kick ass metal singer?
    theotherguy7145
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: UG when are you are going to start reading the comments and realize that we dont give a $#IT. We're tired of hearing old news, mainstream drama, and crap about pop stars like Gaga and kesha. Please put something that the majority of your users would find interesting or useful.
    I agree. While some users may like her music and respect her, it's not 'guitar related' news. I'll bet this article wasn't released in all the mainstream music magazines was it? That'd be advertising a style of music that isn't 'mainstream'! :O Also- it kinda made me cringe the way she talked about how people are dedicated to the band. It's all true, but it's kinda an unspoken mutual thing people at a gig have. If that makes sense? Sounds so cheesy when you put it into words. Good for Gaga for seeing Maiden. But the bottom line for me is NO MORE GAGA NEWS
    Pagan_Poetry
    Most pop singers, I agree yeah, they're jumping on the bandwagon. Give the whole "Born this way" album a listen. It's nothing like her old stuff. It's got quite a few guitar solos and a LOT of genre influences. Not just metal, but latin, opera, and even Western soundtracks, amongst the obvious pop, rock and 80's though. People get so butt hurt when it comes to metal. This "Oh we MUST have our fences put up and not let outsiders in" thing is absolute bullshit. In the end, how does it affect any of our lives? It doesn't. If it offends you guys so much, skip the article. And people who lump Lady Gaga with other pop stars like Ke$ha or Miley Cyrus don't have a ****ing clue what they're talking about. That's like lumping Iron Maiden with Black Tide and Trivium just because they're metal. Like her or not, Gaga is leagues above the rest and is one of the few mainstream singers who is actually doing her own thing. Yes, her early stuff was absolutely shit, but respect is due because she at least wrote it all herself and didn't use auto tune on every track. She's a music graduate and does almost everything herself. Ke$ha hung on Flo-Rida's coat tails into fame and is fighting to stay there by using auto tune and acting like a slut. Gaga may be over the top and annoying wth her fashion, but theres still no comparison.
    007dude
    Minkaro wrote: Really guys? Really? This is what gives metalheads a bad name. This "U R POP SINGAH, U GTFO OUR MUSAK" attitude. If Bruce Dickinson turned up to a Lady Gaga concert, or Slash went to a 50 Cent concert, I bet the fans of that artist wouldn't have this "how dare they?" attitude about it. How do we know that Lady Gaga hasn't been a fan of rock/metal from a young age? Just because she's a pop singer doesn't mean she only listens to pop music.
    Quotes for truth! It's like the people here are jealous that she likes Maiden.
    SumFX
    I don't mind Gaga but for christ sake, do we really need news about her on here constantly?
    raoooos
    I may be slightly sick of all the Gaga news, but I'm WAAAAAY more sick of all the idiots coming on and speaking out of their arses about how they are convinced she doesn't like Maiden because she makes pop music, or because she's not allowed to like Maiden/Springsteen/any metal like they do because she's famous. When bands as shit as Linkin Park and Slipknot are worshipped worldwide, frankly Lady Gaga is a breath of fresh air.
    FREAKAZOID_69
    Pretty sure this article was already published, just this version is shorter. 100% positive.
    Minkaro wrote: Really guys? Really? This is what gives metalheads a bad name. This "U R POP SINGAH, U GTFO OUR MUSAK" attitude. If Bruce Dickinson turned up to a Lady Gaga concert, or Slash went to a 50 Cent concert, I bet the fans of that artist wouldn't have this "how dare they?" attitude about it.
    Lady GaGa is an act. It's stage name. She as a person my like and appreciate it but Lady GaGa couldn't give 2 S**ts. "Any publicity is good publicity." That's what Lady GaGa is living by. She dresses weird just to get coverage, she makes 'profound statements' just to get in the camera and news. I personally don't care whether or not she likes Iron Maiden, it doesn't change my life or anyone else on these forums. There's better news than some attention wh**e, which is why everyone is hating. No one here really cares about GaGa. Hence the Metal and Rock.....
    Oixord
    Just because a pop singer doesn't mean she's faking to like metal. Girls just don't make it in hard rock/metal.
    KingCheesehead
    Has anyone noticed that the only song Lady Gaga has referred to in every one of these articles is "Number of the Beast"?
    Megadethfan245
    Mobby32 wrote: if it changed her life, why is she making horrible pop music and not being a kick ass metal singer?
    well in metal the goal is to heavier then the band you were inspired by, well that's not 100% true lots of bands tried that (until extreme stuff came around so you really couldn't get heavier). but she just took it backwards thats all.....
    megadeth4ever
    Jesus, why is everyone so butt-hurt? I mean really. One of the reasons I love metal is because of the sense of unity and acceptance most of the fans tend to have. Then I read articles like this and everyone is up-in-arms. Let whoever wants to listen to metal and Iron Maiden do it. If it's all for show, then oh well, get over it.
    KingCheesehead wrote: Has anyone noticed that the only song Lady Gaga has referred to in every one of these articles is "Number of the Beast"?
    This, but have you also noticed she hasn't complained about the set like most "fans"?
    carlos1536
    raoooos wrote: I may be slightly sick of all the Gaga news, but I'm WAAAAAY more sick of all the idiots coming on and speaking out of their arses about how they are convinced she doesn't like Maiden because she makes pop music, or because she's not allowed to like Maiden/Springsteen/any metal like they do because she's famous. When bands as shit as Linkin Park and Slipknot are worshipped worldwide, frankly Lady Gaga is a breath of fresh air.
    ^This! Ya I'm sick of a lot of close-minded ****s always complaining about small things and thinking these pop stars are a "threat" to their music when it's a lot of poser bands that are making anyone who listens to metal look like freaks (because metchulcore and detchcore makes us look like we listen to screamo shit because people think those shit-genres are metal). Ya I don't have much against Gaga a lot and I respect her. It shows that she's not a close-minded **** (not like some "metalheads" aka total douchebags or 12 year old slipknot fans). I play power and thrash metal on guitar yet I listen to more music rather than metal all the time. Is someone going to not like me because I listen to a little old school rap? Labeling oneself is the most pathetic thing ever.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Those saying she probably doesn't like Springsteen, she got Clarence Clemons to play on her album. People can be so funny.