During a recent conversation on the Crowcast podcast, Iron Maiden’s former lead vocalist Blaze Bayley talked about his time with the iconic band which corresponded to the height of grunge’s popularity, and said ‘grunge was trying to kill us.’

As you probably know, grunge has an important place in rock music and history. Grunge emerged from Seattle and rose to fame in the ’90s. Although some argue that it changed the rock music scene and contributed to the development of rock music, others claim that it tried to end the existence of some genres, such as metal.

During his recent interview, Blaze Bayley talked about his tenure in Iron Maiden, from 1994 to 1999, which were the years that grunge was at its best. Bayley said that as a metal band, Iron Maiden was ‘at war with grunge‘ as ‘grunge was trying to kill us.’ He went on to say that the media supported grunge bands as ‘they wanted Maiden to die.’

Then he recalled the show that they did in Seattle and said that people were looking at them like they ‘were some kind of dinosaur,’ surprised that they’re not ‘dead yet.’ However, Bayley said that they fought back with their albums ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Virtual XI’ and that today, while Iron Maiden still stands they are nowhere to be seen because ‘metal is forever, ’cause it’s in the heart of fans.’

Here’s what Blaze Bayley said about metal versus grunge:

“When I was in Maiden, we were at war with grunge. Grunge was trying to kill us. The U.K. press, they thought the sun shone out of various bands’ bottoms, and they wanted Maiden to die.”

This is what he said about their show in Seattle:

“There were these people looking at us like we were some kind of dinosaur, and they were going, ‘Why aren’t they dead yet?’ And then you’ve got a few rows at the front going, ‘Maiden! Yes!’ It’s just unbelievable.

And that’s the war that we had with ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Virtual XI.’ We were fighting for the very existence of real heavy metal. And where are they now? Metal is forever, ’cause it’s in the heart of fans.”

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