The world’s most-loved heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, is all set to perform in India for the third time today. The group is performing at the DNA Networks Rock In India festival in Bangalore with four international and several Indian bands.
Speaking exclusively with HT City, the band’s guitarist Janick Gers says that they’re thrilled to come back to India and that never for once did they rethink their tour in the wake of the recent terror attacks. “We don’t feel particularly scared, India is a big country. I actually never thought about it,” says the man.
Gers finds the Indian audience “like the crowd in a football ground.” He says, “They try to enjoy and soak in as much as they can, also listen more intently, like Spanish people. You get a sense of the audience right with the first song…” He says that this tour, titled Somewhere Back in Time (that started with India last February 2008) will be about a lot of old songs that “we may not play ever again.”
The band along with AC/DC brought back the heavy metal category in popular music awards. So, what keeps them going? “We’re very honest about what we do... One of the reasons we’re still around is that we just did what we felt was right. We have a sound that defines us, but each album is different.”
Vocalist Captain Bruce Dickinson also has a message for his fans. “We’ve decided to put in a few surprises, changed a few songs around… So I’ll tease you a little bit there. It’s going to be a little cryptic.”