Iron Maiden: 'Our Fans Are Truly Loyal And We Never Want To Let Them Down'

An interview with a drummer Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden after the band's August 15 concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Iron Maiden: 'Our Fans Are Truly Loyal And We Never Want To Let Them Down'
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Jim Beal Jr. of the San Antonio Express-News spoke to drummer Nicko McBrain of British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden ahead of the band's August 15 concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. A couple of Blabbermouth excerpts from the chat follow below. On Iron Maiden's enduring popularity: McBrain: "A couple of things [have contributed to Iron Maiden's longevity]. The obvious one is the strength of the material. If we didn't have good songs we wouldn't still be here. And there's our passion for the music. Each of us loves the playing and the music. We love to play live. We make great records, but we also have a great love of playing live." On whether the Iron Maiden bandmembers have a competitive nature: McBrain: "Without a doubt. But we don't physically verbalize that to each other. Our competition is in-house. When we go in to make a record, we don't talk about the last record and what we're going to do the same or what we're going to do differently. Our favorite album is the one we're working on now. We know there are great bands out there, but we don't worry about competing with them. We're competing with ourselves." On reprising, with updated production, the 1988 "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour" on the current "Maiden England World Tour": McBrain: "Last year we toured with the album "The Final Frontier". We didn't want to do that again. We've done a couple of history tours in the past, playing the greatest hits. This year we decided to back to the year 1988 and revisit "Seventh Son Of a Seventh Son". We sat down and pieced the tracks together for a set then got down to rehearsing and working out the stage production." On Iron Maiden's strong ties with the fans: McBrain: "Every band in the world will say their fans are the best, but Iron Maiden fans become part of the family. It's pretty hard to please all of the fans all of the time. We know some of them have a bit of a moan if a certain song is not in the set, but our fans are truly loyal and we never want to let them down." On having three lead guitarists in Iron Maiden: McBrain: "Steve [Harris, bass] and I lock in to what we do. Having three guitar players gives us fuller sound and they're all fantastic players. Sometimes I think they're almost too polite when it comes to splitting up the solos. We have a great time. After all these years, there are no egos in this band."

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    Maiden95
    Guess what Nick, you don't have to worry about letting your fans down. Even a half assed Iron Maiden show would be better than most. Not to say Maiden would ever put on a half assed show... They are incredibly special.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Best band in the world! Anyone who hasn't seen them on this tour seriously needs to. They'll blow your mind!
    HighVoltageMT
    Harris is a legend, he has every right to an ego!
    DexterF
    So he has, and people even justify him. But then vote me down for speaking it loud. Fanboidom at its best. Funny how nobody has a problem slagging off Mustaine with the only difference between the two being that Harris does not make official statements on the media.
    Agent 00Awesome
    MetalFreakje wrote: Our favorite album is the one we're working on now they are working on new material? can't wait!
    As much as I would LOVE if they were working on a new material, I think he's just meaning that their favorite album is the album they're working on at that given time.
    MetalFreakje
    Our favorite album is the one we're working on now they are working on new material? can't wait!
    jannick
    competing with the best live band to ever walk the earth... gotta be tough..
    Minivirus2
    edgeyyz wrote: Saw them in Buffalo, and it was certainly kickass! I was pleasantly surprised at how much of Seventh Son... they played.
    Ughhh, you know it's essentially a Seventh Son tour,right...?
    seanjtysoe
    yes i agree agent. and mr oblivious it doesent say after it says ahead of the show you dumb ass. dont comment again before you finish pre school.
    DexterF
    "After all these years, there are no egos in this band." What, did Harris pack it in?
    Machineflame
    Our favorite album is the one we're working on now. We know there are great bands out there, but we don't worry about competing with them. We're competing with ourselves
    That is exactly what I love about Iron Maiden: They try to be the best band in the world.
    edgeyyz
    Saw them in Buffalo, and it was certainly kickass! I was pleasantly surprised at how much of Seventh Son... they played.