Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has described the experience watching an all-female cover band called the Iron Maidens perform live.
The Los Angeles-based group formed in 2001 and are fronted by Kirsten Rosenberg, who goes by the stage name of Bruce Chickinson.
Dickinson recently told Classic Rock that he saw the tribute act play in Mexico and felt “weird” about the possibility of fancying his female counterpart.
“We were watching them and I said to Steve [Harris, Iron Maiden bassist], ‘This is a really weird question, but looking at them, would you fuck yourself?’ And he went, ‘I don’t know, but we’ve all been thinking it.’ It was very, very weird.”
Dickinson added: “The only difference between us and and Iron Maiden cover bands is that we do new Iron Maiden albums. Funnily enough, while that’s a joke, it’s also a good point.”
“Without doing new albums, you just become a karaoke band of yourself. And that’s not a good enough reason for me to give up a big chunk of my life to go on tour. Hey, the money’s great. It’s not enough. There needs to be more than that, because this band is so important to so many people.”
Iron Maiden were recently announced as headliners of next year’s Download Festival, what will be their only UK tour date of 2016.
Bruce Dickinson also recently spoke about his recent cancer scare, suggesting that it may have been caused by oral sex.