The last time we saw Iron Maiden around these parts was OZZFest 2004 — when frontman Bruce Dickinson roundly lambasted the tour’s management as well as namesake Ozzy Osbourne.
That led to a nasty and very public war of words with tour producer — and Ozzy’s wife — Sharon Osbourne as well as Maiden’s accusations of sabotage during one of its performances. Now, however, guitarist Dave Murray says the venerable British metal group considers the conflicts old news.
“Basically, we want to let it go,” says Murray, 49, who co-founded the group in the mid-’70s. I don’t want to bring up anything; it’s a redundant point and would just be opening another can of worms.
“I had a great time and really enjoyed that tour. Whatever you read about is probably correct. We forgot about it as soon as the tour finished. Life’s too short, you know?”
Murray and his mates certainly didn’t sit around brooding; instead, Iron Maiden headed back into the studio to record “A Matter of Life and Death,” the sextet’s first set of new material since 2003’s “Dance of Death.” It debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 last month, the group’s best chart showing ever and, to Murray, a sign that Iron Maiden’s appeal is not diminishing with age.
“We can feel a vibe,” he says. “We’ve been touring America for years and there’s always an anticipation and a sense of excitement, but this time it seems like there’s ... something more.
“Maybe it’s a sign of the times. Maybe Iron Maiden fans are looking forward to listening to this new record and seeing the band get out and play. It’s not something we try to analyze or understand, really. I just feel privileged to still be able to do it and have people get excited about our music.”
Iron Maiden and Bullet for My Valentine perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (October 17th) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $49.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit