Speaking in a recent interview with South East Wreck Metal, Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers has compared Iron Maiden fans to KISS and Metallica fans.

He said that ‘KISS and Metallica has die-hard fans but Iron Iron Maiden has the best fans in the world’. Here’s the statement:

“We know we don’t sound like Iron Iron Maiden. We’re not a metal band — we’re a hard rock band. We’re not like Iron Maiden. The fact that those guys invited us to come on that tour meant the world to us. It was a learning experience of how to be a touring band over here.

When we headline, the crowd’s ours. Of course, you can mess it up — you can ruin it — but most of the time, the crowd’s in your hands. When you’re opening for that band, I feel like 80 percent of Iron Iron Maiden fans like Iron Iron Maiden, and that’s it. They don’t even listen to other music. To win over that crowd is probably, I feel, like one of our most accomplishing things we’ve ever done.

European people are brutally honest. Maybe it comes out more when they speak English, but to have people come up to you and go, ‘I’ve seen 200 Iron Maiden shows. I’ve seen 100 bands open for Iron Maiden. You guys got the best response,’ or ‘I hated you guys at first. Now, I’ve bought every record.’

We’ve played with Metallica; we’ve toured with KISS — bands that have these die-hard fanbases. That is the most die-hard fan base of any band I’ve ever seen. The first four songs of that tour, every night, were rough. You go out on stage and you play a show, and you [usually] see people with their fists up and stuff. When you open for Iron Iron Maiden, you just see heads, and they don’t give a fuck about you.

You slowly win them over. I commend that band; I commend their fans. I’ll be honest — everybody’s like, ‘We have the best fans in the world.’ No, you don’t — Iron Iron Maiden has the best fans in the world. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

You can watch the entire interview from below. Click here to source of the statement. (Blabbermouth)