Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson appeared as a guest on Anders Bøtters Tiny TV and reflected on the band’s dedicated fan base. Dickinson stated that they are aware that people trust them, and they have preserved their identity by relying on themselves rather than external comments.
Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album and latest release ‘Senjutsu’ achieved great commercial success after their six-year break. ‘Senjutsu’ is among the band’s most successful albums as it managed to reach top spots in various music charts. Their dedicated fans have had a significant impact on the band’s success as they have never seized to support them.
During his recent conversation, the interviewer also drew attention to the great support Iron Maiden receives from their fanbase. Bruce Dickinson stated that each Iron Maiden fan likes a different aspect of what they do and said their fans might naturally hold counter opinions at some points, but in the end, they all stand by Iron Maiden.
Then, Bruce Dickinson went on to explain how the band has managed to preserve their identity over the years. The singer stated that they could keep their identity because they are commercially independent. For Dickinson, they carry on doing everything independently, far from any external concerns.
He noted that everyone has their own opinions, but they only care about trying to do their best in their subsequent work. Dickinson added that people don’t have to agree with what they are doing, but they should trust them and realize that the band is doing it for a reason.
Here is how Bruce Dickinson explained Iron Maiden’s secret to preserving their identity:
“We’ve retained the identity because we are commercially independent. We don’t ever change what we do in response to external pressure. Everything we do is developed internally, and therefore even if we screw up, at least we screwed up for the right reasons. What that means is people trust you. So, some albums are better than others. Fine — I’m going to let other people comment on that, because I’ve got my opinions; other people have other opinions. And we know that — we’re not stupid.
But nevertheless, we don’t go in there trying to make a rubbish album. We make the best album we can do that’s in front of our face on the day, on the week, in the month of that period of our lives. And that’s like a document for us, and it’s where we were at when we did that right then. And I think for a lot of Maiden fans, albums work like that for them too.
So the album becomes like a document for their life as well at the same time. And in order for that to work, you don’t necessarily have to agree with what the band is doing at the time — and frequently, obviously, some people do, and some people don’t — but you’ve got to believe that the band is sincerely doing it for the right reasons, and therefore you still keep that loyalty.”
Below, you can watch the full conversation in two parts.