Iron Maiden mastermind and bassist, Steve Harris, has spoken in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine and explained why he astonished when he was meeting with legendary Jethro Tull frontman, Ian Anderson.

Here’s what he said:

“Yeah, but I have people that I look up to too. I avoided meeting Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson for so long because I didn’t know what I’d say to him.

I ended up playing tennis with Peter Gabriel once, just because he was on the court in the same hotel as me.

I don’t know if he even knew who I was, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get tongue-tied. I didn’t want to act like a fanboy, even though I felt like one.”

The interview has asked for learning his dream collaboration, the musician answered:

“When you’re into bands that much, you don’t really think about working with them. You never really have a chance. You tend to put them on a pedestal.

I have people that I look up to too. I avoided meeting Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson for so long because I didn’t know what I’d say to him.

I ended up playing tennis with [Genesis’] Peter Gabriel once, just because he was on the court in the same hotel as me.

I don’t know if he even knew who I was, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get tongue-tied. I didn’t want to act like a fanboy, even though I felt like one.'”

Click here for the entire interview.