‘The only other band I’ve seen do that is Metallica’: Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris Compares Trivium To Metallica

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Matt Heafy: Trivium Facebook / Steve Harris: adels, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia
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Trivium and Iron Maiden were recently out on the road together, with the former acting as a supporting act; at one point during their run, Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris talked with Matt Heafy and expressed a sentiment about Trivium that hit Matt hard.

During a conversation with Meltdown, Matt Heafy talked about how he and the band prepare for their shows (the following was transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“We definitely put the time in. I think we prep more than any band that I’ve heard of. I’ve got an hour-plus warm-up that’s very specific for my vocals, and we do like a 30-to-45-minute band jam as well with this mini set-up. We’ve got like a V kit [electronic drums] and tiny amps; we learned that from Megadeth and Metallica. And we also do a long soundcheck just to make sure we’re really dialed in. So when people come out, they really get their money’s worth.”

Heafy then goes on to talk about this particular interaction with Maiden bassist Steve Harris – where Steve expressed a very flattering comment involving him comparing Trivium to Metallica.

“It’s funny. We did the Maiden run [as the support act on the summer/fall 2022 U.S. tour] and [Maiden bassist] Steve Harris came in at the end to thank us for being on the bill. We’ve toured with them before a lot. He looks around and he’s, like, ‘You guys play a lot, huh?’ I was, like, ‘Yeah, we just love to make sure we’re nice and warm.’ And he was, like, ‘The only other band I’ve seen do that is Metallica.’ So the fact that Steve Harris compared us to Metallica in a small way, it’s another one of those amazing, amazing little instances. I’ll never forget that.”

That is super cool of Harris to provide such a meaningful comment to Matt and the band. Trivium have worked their asses off over the years, and it’s so cool that the guys have gotten to play alongside such legends. The band is currently on the road as part of their headlining tour right now! You can find all their upcoming tour dates below.

  • 10/16 — Orlando, FL — House of Blues
    10/18 — Norfolk, VA — The Norva*
    10/19 — Philadelphia, PA — Franklin Music Hall*
    10/21 — Cincinnati, OH — The Andrew J Brady Music Center
    10/22 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
    10/23 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore
    10/25 — Toronto, ON — Rebel*
    10/26 — Montreal, QC — MTELUS
    10/28 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
    10/29 — New York, NY — Palladium Times Square
    10/30 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore
    10/31 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore
    11/2 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
    11/4 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
    11/5 — San Antonio, TX — The Aztec Theatre
    11/6 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom
    11/8 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theater
    11/9 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
    11/10 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern
    *Not a Live Nation Date