Bruce Dickinson Slams Judas Priest for Using an Autocue

"People pay good money and you can't even remember the sodding words," says Dickinson.

Bruce Dickinson Slams Judas Priest for Using an Autocue
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Bruce Dickinson appears to be on the warpath. Having previously berated Metallica for headlining the "too middle-class" Glastonbury festival, the Iron Maiden front man is now taking aim at another metal giant - Judas Priest. In an interview with Frank Turner for the Guardian, the singer criticized Priest for needing an autocue to sing their 1980 anthem, "Breaking The Law":

"We still don't have an Autocue. Yay! I never realised that people were using Autocues. What the f--k is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the sodding words. The daftest one I ever saw was [Judas Priest's] 'Breaking the Law.' It's on the f--king Autocue. 'Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law' - guess what? - 'breaking the law.' It's ludicrous."

In the interview, Dickinson also had some harsh words to say about the "cultural snobbery" surrounding heavy metal, claiming that the art establishment embraced punk over metal because punk was rubbish:

"The closest the 'art establishment' ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: 'Oh yeah, we're punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can't play our f--king instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art.' Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: 'What a f--king bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll f--k off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.' But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."

Iron Maiden are set to co-headline Sonisphere with Metallica and The Prodigy from July 4th-6th.

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    EvilAlienSquid
    Ozzy uses an Autocue for almost 20 years... But considering his drug abuse, we should be lucky he remembers his name
    vikkyvik
    I'm surprised he can still read the words. Eventually they'll probably have to start putting little pictures on it. Like a photo of witches gathered at black masses or something....
    Lightning_Ray
    Ozzy uses it mostly for new songs though, not on his or Sabbath's most recognizable tunes like Priest apparently do.
    dothetoxicwaltz
    When I saw Sabbath last year he could only step away from his autocue for the real big songs, like Paranoid and Iron Man. The others (not just new ones), he'd try to walk away from his mic stand, then a few seconds later he'd come stumbling back, muttering words.
    Lightning_Ray
    I wrote "mostly", but it's obvious he relies on autocue very often. Funny enough, at least on the "Live... Gathered In Their Masses" gig there's an impression that he used it only for the "13" songs, more than likely some nice video editing.
    javdoc
    Yeah, I noticed the same when I saw them: he'd start to turn away from the mic stand - like he wanted to go interact with the crowd, then seem to realize that wasn't a good idea, and turn back.
    Mdawg291
    Apparently Bruce Springsteen uses an autocue too, but that's just because he has so many songs that he can't remember some of his older tunes.
    Crackheadrich
    Ye he took acid every day for two years, being able to speak at all after that is an achievement!
    l0ld4v3
    Acid stays in your system no more than half an hour.
    Crackheadrich
    For a kickoff you clearly have never taken it or even googled it despite being at a computer (you moron)and its not how long it is in your system (which is way more than half an hour since it takes longer than that to take effect), its psychosis and psychotic episodes that can be triggered any point onwards, which is why you cant be a pilot if you have ever taken acid (look it up if you don't believe me!) Don't chat sh*t on the internet to try make yourself seem smart, 'cause it can really backfire!
    Izzy-Sweet
    I agree with blackone666, you need to chill out, l0ld4v3 was clearly just misinformed, the way you responded was completely uncalled for.
    d3th03
    Saw Sabbath on the latest tour, Vip right up at stage and Ozzy wasnt using Autocue for much on any of the old Sabbath stuff. Eyes never left the crowd or really looked at his monitors. Guy doesnt leave his mic stand much probably because he cant exactly move fast and run across the stage and get back in time
    SteveDoninger
    "Give us the money and we'll f--k off and stick it up our nose and shag birds." I wish this could have been my senior quote.
    D4CE
    Looks like Bruce is having a bad week..
    postmortem2006
    Bruce, have you been hanging out with Dave Mustaine? That boy is a bad influence on you, y'know.
    waderain
    Everyone forgets lyrics, its no big deal to have a cheat sheet of some sort. At least Bruce forgets lyrics with style.
    Izzy-Sweet
    "Santa Claus, play guitar! Oh my god... help me out... I've forgot where I am!" He never forgot the lyrics, he just wanted to show off his mad improv skillz!
    K33nbl4d3
    I take back what I said. He has every right to feel superior to people who use autocues, this is gold.
    archangels
    Bruce, I hate to break it to you, but Judas Priest is just a bunch of old dudes now. It's not their fault they're losing their memory.
    Zaqua
    Bruce is a crusty old man these days. Can't give an interview without jabbing at someone for some petty reason.
    Shredder666
    Oh, relax Bruce. There's nothing wrong with a reminder. Look at how many times Hetfield stumbles on his lyrics live. If the singer needs a little reminder sometimes here and there to make the live experience a little more magical for the fan, so be it. Is Bruce going to "slam" classical musicians for having sheet music in front of them?
    paulyg
    I don't think it's such a big deal, i'd rather see a band that sings the right words, even if it means they need an auto-cue.