Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson spoke in an interview with Metal Hammer in 2011 and said that “we’re better than Metallica”.

“I got into trouble for saying that we’re better than Metallica… and it’s true. They might be bigger than us and they might sell more tickets than us and they might get more gold-plated middle-class bourgeoisie turning up to their shows, but they’re not Miaden. I did say it’s a bit of a windup. I thought, ‘If I’m going to turn into an asshole, I might as well, you know, go for it.'”

After 6 years, he talked on this comment in an interview with Rolling Stone. Here’s the statement:

“Look, I’m acutely conscious that when you say things in print, people are going to pick up on things. The stuff about Metallica, quite frankly, was a really good windup.

We have a great relationship with Metallica. It wasn’t aimed at Metallica. It was aimed at the rest of the world to say, ‘We’re back and we mean it. We mean it so much that we’re going to say something pretty outrageous, so why don’t you come to the show and find out. We dare you.’ It’s throwing down the gauntlet, and I’m the lead singer. It’s my job. It’s what I do.”

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