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brucedickinson400 Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, never one to censor himself, has reportedly taken a couple of potshots at Metallica and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.

According to Loudwire, the singer recently chastised Halford for apparently using a teleprompter to help him remember lyrics during live shows. “People pay good money and you can’t even remember the sodding words,” exclaims Dickinson. “The daftest one I ever saw was Breaking the Law.”

Also, back in 2011 Dickinson told Metal Hammer that Iron Maiden were a much better band than Metallica.

“I got into trouble for saying that we’re better than Metallica … and, it’s true!” Dickinson added, “They might be bigger than us 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. I thought, if I’m going to turn into an a–hole, I might as well, you know, go for it!”

In a new interview with the Guardian, Dickinson’s comments were brought up to Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, who offered a humble response. “I will never argue with that,” says Ulrich. “I will always support Bruce Dickinson in whatever nonsense he says. That’s part of the fun. So go Iron Maiden! It’s fine.”

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  1. Bruce was on a roll!

    As reported, Dickinson called punk music rubbish and the genre’s musicians wannabe metallers.

    “The closest the ‘art establishment’ ever came to embracing metal was punk,” the vocalist told the Guardian. “The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it.

    “They could say: ‘Oh yeah, we’re punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can’t play our f–king instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art.’

    “Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: ‘What a f–king bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we’ll f–k off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.’ But what they’d really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars,” he concluded.

    During the rest of the interview, Bruce was in quite a slamming mood, continuing to rip Glastonbury festival for being snobbish and fellow metal legends Judas Priest for using autocue.

  2. I’m a fan of all three bands but JP has the most impressive catalog–every album from Rocka Rolla to the latest is excellent, although I am still not a big fan of Turbo. I love Maiden, but the last album to blow me away was Brave New World–sorry Bruce. I love Lars response to this, LOL!

    1. I respectfully disagree, in a way. The Black album, but especially Load and Reload are just exceptional. And they sold. A lot. I like JP. They are consistent. With RH with them their gonna produce a solid album. The did with R and Rolla and their last is solid. Metallica has at times issues amazing albums, not solid ones. Maiden’s are below average. And the last two have gotten even worse. I won’t be seeing Maiden again until they have something new that is good, I’m sick of The Trooper, the laughable The Iron Maiden, and those songs so old my grandfather probably heard them. No one plays any harder than Maiden, but some play just as hard. Maiden needs new material. Badly. JP’s last was outstanding, Maiden’s last two are terrible. Death Magnetic was average. Metallica needs to produce something special. But even DM was better than the last 2 Maiden flops. JMHO.

  3. I agree that Bruce should ramp it down a bit. Theres being blunt but he is being brutal. I still think Maiden can do no wrong and Dana, I have to respectfully disagree about Maiden sounding the same. I think the albums since the six man incarnation formed have been some of their best especially matter of life and death. I do think they are way better than Metallica though I thinks Lars response had a lot of class. Metallica lost me after load but they seem to be finding their way back. I love Judas Priest too but think they do sound tired. To last you have to take care of yourself. He may run his mouth but Bruce still delivers powerful vocals which was evident when I caught the Maiden England tour in San Francisco in 2012. Still blew me away!!

    1. A little? Say a Metallica fan is on the fence about Maiden. Dumb Bruce just gave him–maybe thousands–of Metallica fans a reason to blow Maiden off. Fine if Bruce thinks Maiden is THE best band ever. But his narcissism is even slowly turning me off, and I’ve been a Maiden fan forever.

      Bruce? Sell some albums. The Final Frontier didn’t sell one million world wide. It only sold 100,000 in the U. K. Brave New World didn’t hit one million. It has been several albums ago since they broke one million. They’ve made their money touring, which is fine. Good for them. But I find it hard to see them as a heavy hitting band when they can’t break a million world wide with a new album. It’s laughable.

      Dickinson cannot seem to stop running people down–just keep his mouth shut so we won’t know how arrogant he is. Halford, Metallica, Axl Rose, Ozzy. Who is next? He acts like a child and if isn’t embarrassing his bandmates, they are as ignorant as he is.

      Any intelligent band member would want the so-called “middle-class bourgeoisie” buying their albums and going to their concerts. He seems to think that’s a bad thing. Who cares what class a person is in that buys a band’s albums?

      Joe, I’ve seen them several times to. Question: Why can’t many bands be great bands instead of just one? Why can’t I like Maiden and AC/DC and Metallica and The Darkness? People want “their” band to be better thus other bands are crap. That’s simply not reality.

      And Bruce? Book of Souls is one of the worst albums in Maiden’s career. It ain’t selling. The chart rankings mean nothing, sales mean something. Write a good album, or a great one. Then proclaim your greatness.

      I saw Maiden England and hated it. God, the same old, worn-out songs. A Matter of Life and Death is a brilliant album. That’s it. Some others are decent. Some are terrible. Be glad, Bruce, you can tour for your band sure doesn’t sell. So shut up and produce a great album.

      BTW, I am a Maiden fan. I’m slowly started to dislike BD. Man, that arrogance turns me off of anyone.

      Bruce? Produce a commercially successful album and shut up about other bands.

  4. UFO. Phil Moog, Michael Schenker & Pete way! This is where the conversation should start & end! Those three other bands your talking about couldn’t even hold a candle to Moogs voice, Schenkers guitar & Ways bass. Your wasting my time.


  5. Bruce shouldn’t be criticising of all people Rob Halford…..IMO he is wrong there. But he maybe have a legit point with Metallica. Seen both bands several several times….I just thank the good Lord that they are all still around. Joe in The Cuse

  6. Excuse me Mr. Halford. Can you see? Sing this one. I love it?

        I WANT YOU..
        One of the best Priest songs ever.

      1. Nope you are mistaken with peter criss , you know the guy who fucked up every change he got wth kiss. And still complaning about it. But since this is the eddie trunk site i’m not supriced about the remark toward paul stanley. P.s. sorry for the bad englisch , but being dutch and all …you get the idea

  7. I love Maiden and have always loved Dickinson’s voice and writing contributions, but I think when he opens his mouth it should be to sing or say “Scream for me Meadowlands!” (or whatever venue/city Maiden is in at that moment) and not to comment in a negative way about two great metal bands. One that preceeds Maiden and one that came after. Regarding his jab at Halford, hey if ya need a little help remembering some lyrics from time to time, so what?! I’d rather hear hear the singer sing the right words than substiute the wrong ones. And what’s the point of someone who’s in a metal band saying that his band is better that another metal band? That’s for fans to debate/fight about when they’re sitting around knocking back a cold one; or for Eddie, Jim and Don to kick around when something like that comes up on TMS. Dickinson’s comment about Metallica reminds me of the time I heard/read Jack Bruce say that Cream was better than Led Zeppelin. Please. And cheers to Lars for taking the high road on Dickinson’s Maiden-Metallica comparison.

  8. Is this even a big deal? Iron Maiden is worlds better than Metallica, and if Halford needs a teleprompter for “Breaking the Law” he derserves to be slagged.

    1. Robert,

      While it may not necessarily be a big deal per se, it a poor reflection on Bruce Dickinson as a person. He should carry himself with a bit more class and decorum, especially since he likens himself an intellect. He comes off as arrogant, and as a self described, “a-hole.”

      Furthermore, if it true that Halford needed a teleprompter during Breaking the Law, he does not deserve to be slagged. The humane response should be one of concern. You sound like a really compassionate person-LOL!

      BTW, I do believe if the situation was reversed, guaranteed Halford wouldn’t criticize Dickinson.

      Dana from 🙂

      1. Come one Dana! This is rock and roll, not a charity! These guys charge substantial amounts of money, people take off of work, get babysitters, etc. etc. If his health is in poor condition he should give people a refund. (Shaking my head) honestly, we are his fans not his wet nurse. This guy is a pampered rock star…

        1. To each their own Shannon,

          But I think it really says something about Dickinson’s character when he has to slam Halford in the press, for what essentially seems to be, no good reason. Unless he was asked directly, that was an opinion that he could have kept to himself.

          If one were to apply what you are saying about Halford to the world at large, then I guess we should eliminate all the old people and animals because they cannot possibly perform as well as they did in their youth.

          It’s simple, if you feel it’s a rip off, or that you are being cheated, don’t go. But, one shouldn’t impose their beliefs on others. You have no right to expect that Halford, Jagger, McCartney, Osbourne and any other artist who uses a teleprompter to “retire” simply because they cannot perform up to your standards. Obviously, the demand is still there as people comtinue to pay for what you deem to be an inferior product. If you don’t agree, as Eddie says, vote with your wallets.

          Dana 🙂

          1. Well…1) Priest perform at a higher level of intensity than any of those other artists you mentioned. 2) The comparison of an average vocation to an entertainer doesn’t apply here. I.E. a performer is much like an athlete, that is what applies here, So old people and animals?( This is misplaced compassion, we are talking about a millionaire +! ) They have to retire before it becomes obvious that they can’t do it anymore. I have watched Priest for decades, I can tell, that he is going through the motions (and even if he isn’t doing it purpose, as you say, that my perception is there is enough, I am their fan, it’s not like I want to see them do poorly). 3) He probably, deep down agrees with me, but money is a great deodorant!

          2. Okay Shannon,

            I think there are way more important issues to worry about than a Rock Star using a teleprompter, and another one, who is much younger and certainly isn’t infallible, slamming him about it.

            Again it’s a product, pay as you wish.

            D 🙂

            PS-Some people might disagree about the level of intensity for Jagger. Although, I have never seen the Stones myself, from concert footage I have seen over the years, Jagger is all over that stage.

          3. I agree, so let’s discuss some of my favorites: Pierre Auguste Renior, Michelangelo, Jaques Louis David, François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard 😉

            D 🙂

          4. It wasn’t meant as a comparison, but for a man of an advanced age (a septuagenarian, I believe), he can still bring it despite the ole teleprompter. Speaking of which, Halford can still kill it on Victim of Changes. Try doing that night after night.

            D 🙂

        1. Yes and that doesn’t mean you have be a tool 🙂 Especially since Dickinson seems to think he is in a higher class than most rock stars, due to his education and years of being a pilot, you would think his behavior would match his own standards.

          D 🙂

      2. What gets me is that it seems as though some one rather attribute Rob’s recent performances to his health, rather than the much more plausible (and, wouldn’t this actually mean that Rob is, in fact, better off?) notion that he just doesn’t care anymore.

          1. I agree with Dana. This isn’t about Halford’s health. It is about Dickinson acting like a tool. He had absolutely no cause to slam Priest or Metallica, neither of those bands, or any of their members has ever said anything negative about Maiden or Bruce. These are just high school level insults, thrown for no reason at all. Maiden used to be great, but they have convinced themselves (or at least Bruce has, I haven’t heard this clap trap from Steve Harris) that they are elevated beyond being a rock band, that they are some sort of intellectual art piece, and therefor superior to all, ie. arrogant.

  9. No, no. Maiden up until Somewhere In Time is better than Metallica. Maiden post Somewhere In Time is just godawful. I’d rather listen to fucking Justin Bieber than listen to The Final Frontier again. Metallica only ever made one shit album, that was Lulu. Now if he said Maiden has a bigger influence than Metallica, then I’d agree. But if he’s gonna sit there and say that current Maiden is better than Current Metallica, then he’s just a fucking moron. And I’m not defending Metallica, ok. I have no fucking reason to. This is just my opinion. And if Halford needs a teleprompter then so fucking be it. Stupid Ass-Hole’s just upset because Priest has been, is and always will be a better band then Maiden. And on his comments about punk, motherfucker has no idea what he’s talking about. Plain and simple, Bruce Dickinson is an idiot in a band that hasn’t been worth a damn since 1986.

  10. Really? Is bruce friggin serious??? Wow what a douche! The last great maiden album was brave new world…………… Everything else was ass. Metallica is over the hill but overall a waaaaaaayyyyyyy better band than maiden. Sorry but it’s fact!

  11. 30 plus years on…. bruce really?? i think you proved your self long ago , as did ‘tallica and priest.. can we all just get along an rock?? are we back in middle school??

  12. Blah,Blah,Blah////These guys, even though they may be, or have been larger than life to us,are only human.I’ve seen Halford quite a few times and he’s always delivered,and so what if he uses a teleprompter how many albums do priest have,and they’re no spring chickens!!Enjoy each other, each day these bands can give it a go…There will come a time when you wished he could be using that teleprompter and playing great hard rock/metal music!! I don’t know if I’m mistaken but didn’t Axl Rose use a teleprompter on the Illusion tour? I could be wrong,hey at least Lars doesn’t let little things bother him,the proof is in the ticket sales,who cares who thinks whose better.They’re all better than the crap main stream music tries to slam down into our ear drums….I would love to listen to the”Winery Dogs” on mainstream radio,At least we have Eddie and a few other diehards to help get new great music out there,with the limited air time they get on their respective radio shows…..I have and always enjoy all three no matter what B.D.thinks,maybe he has a bad case of L.ead.S.ingers.D.isease……..

  13. There is absolutely no reason for Janick Gers to still be in that band. He must have serious dirt on Bruce or Steve. When I saw them a couple of summers ago, it was crazy how little playing he actually does.

    1. Totally agreed! I CANNOT STAND Janick Gers! Listen, I love Maiden, and it depends on the day whether I like them or Metallica better. They aren’t competitors people! It’s not like every season they’re fighting it out for the top seed in the global metal band tournament! Metallica AND Maiden have had their low points. And at their best they BOTH have knocked the world upside the head with brilliant music!

  14. I agree that Dave Mustaine is way better than Kirk Hammett!
    Oh wait… Wrong thread. Queensryche is way better than Queensryche. Wait that doesn’t make sense either. Oh well – have a metal 4th everyone!

  15. Wow! This subject has really got us all going! I stated in a post earlier this week how this is just Bruce being Bruce and I’m sure Rob himself will realise that. But afterwards I thought about this: I wonder what the rest of the guys in Iron Maiden think about this? I mean, it’s the band’s name itself Bruce risks hurting by saying things like he did about Rob and Metallica. Personally, it doesn’t diminish my love of Maiden’s music and legacy but there’s a chance not everyone will feel the same way. It’s going to be interesting how everyone at the center of this reacts in the days and weeks ahead.

  16. (Sigh). Why do we bother arguing about this stuff, there’s no objective way to measure who’s “better”. Sales don’t tell it, concert attendance doesn’t tell it, critics don’t tell it, it’s all subjective opinion. Metallica and Maiden are both great, and both have sucked at times. Let’s see if Bruce needs a teleprompter at 63. The last Metallica album was good. The last couple of Maiden albums were good, but I do think there’s a generous helping of “been there, done that” to them. They can both still bring it, but I’ll give Iron Maiden the edge for overall best live show(s), taking the whole thing from sound to visuals to stage set into account. Real “intellectuals” don’t throw unprovoked insults to their peers through the media.

    1. I agree. Bruce disagrees. He’s made that clear.

      Bruce has a pattern. Ozzy. RH. Axl Rose. Metallica. Does he feel inferior and thus attacks or is he really THAT arrogant?

      I bet his bandmates wish he would shut up and just be normal. Not all publicity is good. I am a Maiden fan but BD is slowly losing me. I am tired of his diatribes.

  17. Most people seem to forget. Everyone is entitled to an opinion even someone whos is constantly in the public eye. It does not make him a bad guy for speaking his opinion. I am sure everyone who comments on this site has their own opinion too. If not, we would not be having this debate!

    1. Glenn,

      Again, that’s not the point. It would be one thing if Mr. Dickinson was asked directly for his opinion on the topic by the interviewer, then let the chips fall where they may. However, he offered his thoughts without provocation and came across as though he was taking an unnecessary swipe at Rob Halford. Halford, as far as I know, has never said anything disparaging in the press about him.

      A debate is one thing, but trying to embarrass and denigrate someone else, is something entirely different. As I’ve posted before, Mr. Dickinson has a history of saying controversial things. Obviously, he loves the attention despite the fact that he sometimes comes of like the first part of his name.

      Dana from 🙂

  18. Yeah, while Dickinson is a talented singer, he’s always been a dick. To my knowledge neither Metallica nor Halford has ever said anything negative about Maiden publicly. I feel Priest is the strongest band of the three. Metallica and Maiden are pretty much a dead lock, two bands who started out like gangbusters and then the wheels came off (Load, and Somewhere in Time respectively). Despite his noted vocals, Dickinson never had the range of Paul Di’Anno. Their best stuff is their first two albums as those albums showed a greater range that made you say ‘This is Maiden?’ Cool stuff. Dickinson needs to get over himself. He’s not even the best vocalist Maiden ever had.

  19. Bruce has been hangin out with Dave Mustaine. They sound so much alike now. Including the Metallica bashing. Why bash Metallica? Or priest? Maiden is already more successful than both of them. What’s the point?

    1. Maiden more successful? Metallica has sold 110-million albums; Maiden hasn’t sold 25-million. How is Maiden more successful? Look at the RIAA numbers–not what Maiden claims– and you’ll see Maiden doesn’t sell. They make money touring. Metallica does it both ways. A hundred bands have sold more albums than Maiden. Every band on the below list. Without touring Maiden wouldn’t make any money for they don’t do well commercially with album sales. Don’t take my word, don’t take Maiden’s, take RIAA’s word. Look at their numbers. Or any independent group’s word. Maiden hasn’t sold 15-million albums with their last 7 albums combined. This is success?

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