A new Rolling Stone
magazine audio interview with pop superstar Lady Gaga
in which she describes the experience of attending IRON MAIDEN
's April 17, 2011 concert in Tampa, Florida can be streamed below.
"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."
A photo of Lady Gaga
hanging out with IRON MAIDEN
drummer Nicko McBrain
backstage at the Tampa concert can be seen below. She posted the picture on her Twitter
profile with a caption that simply said "Sexy Beast. 666."Lady Gaga
is recently appeared in photos with ANTHRAX
drummer Charlie Benante
and this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
inductee Alice Cooper
For her 666th tweet
, Lady Gaga
wrote the following message on April 10:
"The Number of the Beast. Having' beers listening to Maiden w the New York Boys. Happy 666 Twitterland."
's February 5, 2010 appearance on Ryan Seacrest
's radio show, Seacrest
played the singer an excerpt from an interview he conducted with Ozzy Osbourne
in which the BLACK SABBATH
frontman said of Gaga
, "She's very clever, very interesting. She's wacky and I like the zaniness of that woman."
According to MTV.com
, this news pleased Gaga
to no end. "Are you kidding? I'm the biggest BLACK SABBATH
fan on Earth!" She even told Seacrest
a story about how when she was a go-go dancer, one of her show-stopping numbers was to the SABBATH
tune "Black Sabbath"