Iron Maiden were ‘at war with grunge’

Metal Hammer

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley says that the British metal legends were “at war with grunge” during his time fronting the band, and claims that UK music magazines at the time “wanted Maiden to die.”

Speaking to the Crowcast, a podcast hosted by South Wales hard rock group Those Damn Crows, Bayley, who joined Maiden in 1994 following the departure of Bruce Dickinson, recalls that the rise of the Seattle grunge movement spearheaded by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, presented a genuine threat to heavy metal acts, including Steve Harris’ band.

“When I was in Maiden, we were at war with grunge,” says Bayley, who recorded two albums with the East London metallers, The X Factor (1995) and Virtual XI (1998). “Grunge was trying to kill us. The UK press, they thought the sun shone out of various bands’ bottoms, and they wanted Maiden to die.”

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