In a recent interview with Brazil’s 92.5 Kiss FM radio station, Bruce Dickinson shared his thoughts on Iron Maiden’s October performance at the Power Trip festival in Indio, California, revealing a stark contrast between the festival crowd and the band’s regular fans. He expressed:
“It was a bit strange for us because the people who should have been at the front of the stage, considering the expensive festival tickets, were at the back. Meanwhile, those at the front were predominantly affluent individuals focused on recording everything on their phones. Unfortunately, the kids we wanted to engage with were stuck at the back. That’s disappointing, actually.”
Looking forward to Iron Maiden’s 2024 tour, Dickinson continued: “It wasn’t our festival; it wasn’t our organization. Next year, we’re heading to America for our own tour. The individuals at the front will be those who truly deserve to be there—the genuine fans. That’s going to be fantastic.
Iron Maiden’s Genuine Fanbase
Dickinson took a moment to express gratitude to the Brazilian and South American fans for their passionate response to metal shows while pointing out the affluent attendees at the Power Trip show.
When questioned if the distinction between ‘real’ and ‘fake’ fans prompted his mention of the South American fans, the singer clarified:
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s, like, yeah. Go take a look at some genuine rock and roll fans — not a bunch of posers who just want to be at the front. ‘I paid 3,000 dollars for my ticket. Look at me.’ Forget that.”