June 8, 2011 9:59

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: 'We're better than Metallica'

Frontman makes bold declaration about heavy metal contemporaries

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: 'We're better than Metallica'
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has boldly stated that his band "are better than Metallica."

In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Dickinson explained: "You've just got to have a sense of fearlessness. I got into trouble for saying that we're better than Metallica… and, it's true!"

"They might be bigger than us," said the Brit singer, "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 Maiden."

"I did say it's a bit of a wind-up," admits Dickinson. "I thought, if I'm going to turn into an asshole, I might as well, you know, go for it!"

Iron Maiden will tour the UK in July as part of their Final Frontier World Tour. Support comes from Australian rockers Airbourne.

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