Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson revealed how his opinion about Judas Priest changed over time during a recent appearance on Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion.
In the conversation, Bruce pointed out that he was never a fan of Judas Priest back in the days and said that he didn’t have any interest in the band besides their song, ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny.’
However, Bruce mentioned that his opinion changed about Priest when he started touring with them and admitted that they have been doing some crazy cool things on and off stage. Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson first met with Judas Priest in the latter’s ‘British Steel Tour’ back in March 1980, followed by Maiden’s self-titled tour in April.
In the next year, Iron Maiden started their first world tour, ‘Killer Worlds Tour,’ which was also supported by Judas Priest. Just some years later, in 1983, the Priest appeared in Maiden shows during ‘World Piece Tour.’ Thus, it seems like Judas managed to show their worth during those shows because they clearly changed Dickinson’s mind.
Bruce Dickinson shared his thoughts about Judas Priest in the interview:
“I was not that crazy about Judas Priest until I toured with them, till I toured with them in Maiden. And indeed the Scorpions the same.
I never really got into Priest that much apart from ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’ until I toured with them, and then I went, ‘Wow. They do some really cool stuff.'”
Further in the conversation, Bruce also discussed Maiden’s latest album, ‘Senjutsu,’ the band’s seventeenth and second double-album, which was released last week.
You can have a listen to ‘Senjutsu’ through Spotify below.