Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson has disputed the stereotype that heavy metal is a ‘working-class genre’ in a new interview.
Speaking about his recently released autobiography, ‘What Does This Button Do?’, Dickinson also chatted about attending Oundle, a prestigious English boarding school.
During the interview with The Irish Times, the interviewer pointed out that boarding schools are regarded in the U.K. as a very middle-class thing while heavy metal is stereotypically thought of as a working-class genre.
“I’m not too sure about that. I’m not sure you can allocate any style of music to a particular class,” he responded. “You would imagine that punk was terribly working class, but it was actually quite full of quite posh people at the top end of a lot of punk bands. At the top of a lot of punk bands were a bunch of middle-class or aristocratic anarchists. It had also had its fair share of working-class people as well.
“I’m not one to start class warfare in music,” he continued. “Class warfare is one thing that I would be extremely eager to avoid in any way shape or form because it is bollocks. People are people. Where they come from and their backgrounds are very varied. Money shouldn’t or doesn’t enter into it unless people want it to.”
In 2005, Iron Maiden‘s Ozzfest performance was personally sabotaged by Sharon Osbourne after she took exception to comments that Dickinson had reportedly made about their MTV reality series.
She reportedly ordered interference with Iron Maiden’s PA system, delayed the stage entrance of the band’s mascot Eddie, and even encouraged the crowd to throw bottles at Dickinson.
Now, he’s opened up on the feud and described Ozzy Osbourne as an “icon” but stopped short of offering an olive branch to the Black Sabbath singer.
“It’s a complete storm in a teacup. I grew up listening to early Sabbath with Ozzy. Ozzy and Sabbath are icons so that’s that, end of story”, Dickinson exclusively told NME.
“The fact that I don’t like reality TV shows, well I’m not gonna offer an olive branch to the Kardashians either.”