ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Iron Maiden say good-bye to the touring
By Myles DeRosse
Gazette file photo
THE ORIGINAL COCK
ROCK ATTITUDE. The guys in Iron Maiden plan to park their
tour buses permanently after the current tour winds up.
Backstage at the Molson Amphitheatre, Janick Gers of the legendary
heavy metal act Iron Maiden is looking calm and collected an
hour before going onstage.
"We're playing a retrospective set, not a hits set," Gers
says about the show to come. "They're songs we haven't really
done for a while. Some songs we haven't played since 1984."
Iron Maiden was on tour this summer trying to reignite the
Maiden flame before the release of their twelfth studio album,
Dance of Death.
"We never try to be Iron Maiden," Gers insists. "But when
you put the album on, it's immediately identifiable as Iron
Maiden. I think that's because we are not a contrived band.
The sound you get is who we are."
In order to make sure the recorded sound is actually who they
are, Iron Maiden recorded Dance of Death together as a complete
band live in the studio.
"That is what The Beatles did and what Zeppelin did," Gers
explains, "That is the way I like to hear music. I think a
lot of music nowadays is sterile. It's all perfect timing.
I like to hear music move and breathe. On Dance of Death the
music does move; you will hear the air and the breath between
the playing," Gers admits.
With Bruce Dickinson back as the frontman, Maiden's previous
release Brave New World was quite successful. The band has
high hopes for their current release as well.
"We are very excited about [the new album]," Gers says on
behalf of the band. "It's quite a diverse album. There are
some really different things on there - we traveled a few different
But where do these avenues come from and what is the inspiration
for a band that has been playing together for almost 25 years?
"I think whatever you do in life, whatever you see, wherever
you go, wherever you tour, you take things with you and regurgitate
them when you write six months later," Gers explains on his
philosophy for writing music. "All an album is really, is a
point in time where you are. You're actually writing where
you are at that moment; once it's gone it's gone. Six months
later you are somewhere else. Your mind is somewhere else.
Your body is someone else. It's organic, it grows. And hopefully
you grow along with it."
Although Maiden may be writing to convey a sense of who they
are right now, they are still trying to better the Iron Maiden
"You have got to be silly going in to make an album and not
try to top the last one," Gers laughs. "You have to make it
interesting for yourself. You are always trying to top yourself,
but you can't always do it. I think every Iron Maiden album
stands up on it's own. I'm proud of everything we have done."
Although Maiden fans should be excited for Dance of Death,
the release also marks the end of one of Maiden's most well-known
traits: their never-ending tour schedule. Maiden has reported
that after the Dance of Death tour going on now, they will
have no more major tours.
"We want to keep the quality up," Gers explains. "If you are
touring for two and a half years, about half way through it
you are going to feel a bit jaded perhaps. I don't want to
feel like that. I want to go out and make every gig special."