How Lady Gaga Used a Legendary Metal Band as the Blueprint For Her Concerts

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Few things in the world are more powerful than a good metal concert. Nothing quite beats the communal energy generated by adoring fans entranced by pure volume and the spectacle of the stage.

Lady Gaga was already selling out arenas when she saw Iron Maiden perform in 2011, but according to an audio interview with Rolling Stone (as reported by NME) the experience left her a changed person, dreaming to achieve the kind of power that Maiden wield. 

“We were dancing and singing, and everyone was just so into it. Jumping and dancing… I mean, it was like absolute no judgment, no prejudice, [just] freedom and love for music. It doesn’t matter who you are; you don’t need to know anything about music to love it. Everybody was hugging me, high-fiving, fist-pumps in the air.”

She continued: “The devotion of the fans moving in unison, pumping their fists, watching the show, when I see that, I see the paradigm for my future and the relationship I want to have with my fans,” she said. “Iron Maiden’s never had a hit song, and they tour stadiums around the world, and their fans live, breathe and die for Maiden, and that is my dream. That is my dream.”

Lady Gaga elaborated on these comments in an interview with CR Fashion Book, saying: “Some people really don’t know the importance of metal and the scope of it. [Iron Maiden] were filling stadiums, and they still are. And it’s because of the culture of the music, the poetry that’s so powerful, that whenever the fans come together, they unite in the essence of what Iron Maiden is all about. I always used to say to people, when they would say, ‘Oh, she’s the next Madonna.’ No, I’m the next Iron Maiden.”

Fortunately for Gaga, the sense of admiration is mutual from at least one member of the Iron Maiden camp. In an interview with Corus Radio (reported by NME), frontman Bruce Dickinson said:

“I think she’s great, and I agree with her: she’s not the next Madonna; she’s way better than that,” the singer said. 

Never short for words, Dickinson went on to explain: “First of all, she can sing — she’s got a belter of a voice — [and] she’s a really good instrumentalist. And, I mean, she’s got a great sense of drama. And anybody that could turn up to an awards ceremony dressed as a bacon sandwich gets my vote. I mean, she’s great.”