I thought this war had been fought years ago but Bruce Dickenson of the frankly not that exciting rock band Iron Maiden who once bored is rigid with their listless whining and endless guitar twiddle at some festival and were having a hissy fit at not boring even more people at Glastonbury has been slagging off punk about 40 years after the event.
If it had been Lemmy or AC/DC coming out with this sort of stuff then people may listen but it’s the posh bloke from Iron Maiden!
Anyway he told the Guardian that there was a big difference between heavy metal and punk.
“The closest the art establishment ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish.
“The reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: ‘Oh yeah, we’re punk, so we can sneer at everybody. We can’t play our fucking instruments – but that means we can make out this whole thing is some enormous performance art.’
“Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going, ‘What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much – give us the money and we’ll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds.’
“What they’d really love to be doing was being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars.”
Now Rat Scabies of the Damned fame has posted a brief Facebook comment, saying: “Bruce Dickinson can think what he likes – but I defy Iron Maiden to play Smash It Up as it was written.”
And the Dead Kennedys observed: “I don’t think he has ever heard East Bay Ray play guitar.”