Lady Gaga: "MAIDEN Changed My Life"
Lady Gaga was recently interviewed by RollingStone and during the discussion, Gaga brought up recently attending an Iron Maiden show in Tampa, FL (photos from the show here) and had nothing but extremely positive things to say about the band and their fans. Gaga eventually said that seeing how fans react is exactly how she wants the relationship with her fans to be. She even talked about sneaking down into the pit of the show and how welcoming everybody was, eventually saying that Maiden show changed her life. Listening to this interview put a really huge smile on my face. Take a listen:
Update: Here is a transcription of the audio courtesy of Blabbermouth:
"I went to see IRON MAIDEN the other night, and I actually watched the show from a box," Lady Gaga can be heard saying in the clip. "And we were laughing as we walked — it was me and my two best friends… as we were walking into the box, we had a bunch of drinks, we were all going, 'This is so not metal, to be in a box.' [laughs] So we watched most of the show from the box and then we were gonna go meet the band. And we went down during 'The Number Of The Beast'. And when we got there, I grabbed Lady Starlight and I said, 'Let's go,' and we just booked it into the center of the crowd. And we were dancing and singing and everyone was just so into it. And it was one of the first times I've been able to just be at a rock concert in a long time . . . People did recognize me, but it was so kind and warm and awesome. I mean, IRON MAIDEN is all about, 'We don't care who our fans are. We love everybody.' . . . I guess what I'm trying to say is 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. 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. And not only that, but when we got into the crowd, there was no pretension… I'm a pop singer — I didn't know what it would be like in a crowd of a MAIDEN [fans]; everybody was hugging me, high-fiving, fistpumps in the air… 'Oh, it's so cool you're at MAIDEN.' Jumping and dancing… I mean, it was like absolute no judgment, no prejudice, freedom and love for music. It doesn't matter who you are; you don't need to know anything about music to love it. And it was just so… It was just awesome… MAIDEN changed my life."
It's pretty wild to think that a pop star the stature of Lady Gaga had the same "life-changing" experience that many of us feel when seeing Maiden live. Thanks for keeping it real, Gaga!