Vocalist Bruce Dickinson of British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN has told Daily Star that the band will make "at least one more album" to follow last year's acclaimed "The Final Frontier".
Dickinson revealed that the bandmembers often struggle during the songwriting process, explaining: "We try to keep things on an even keel. Being English, we still have some reserve when we're communicating ideas to each other.
"[In the old days] we'd have a stand-up knock-down fight about anything. But we know each other better now and people do mellow."
He added, "[When it's time to write an album] we go off on our own, scribble ideas into our notebooks and come back to throw everything into the melting pot.
"We know the boundaries of what we can do musically.
"We're not the kind of band who could say, 'Hey, let's do an album with Kanye West,' because that wouldnt interest MAIDEN fans at all.
"Things have been going a bit more prog-rock on our recent albums and the fans seem to love that."
In other news, IRON MAIDEN did not perform its classic song "The Trooper" during the band's headlining concert last night (Wednesday, August 3) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Although no official explanation was given by the group for its decision to omit the track from the setlist, MAIDEN fans are speculating that this is because the band's mascot, Eddie, has been an inspiration for several Irish loyalist paramilitaries who have used its image from "The Trooper" single on wall murals throughout the North of Ireland (Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3).
Back in 2003, MAIDEN's Irish fans erupted in fury when Dickinson provocatively waved two giant Union Jacks during the band's first concert in Ireland in almost 10 years.
In addition to Dickinson, 52, MAIDEN features guitarists Adrian Smith, Janick Gers and Dave Murray, all 54, plus bassist Steve Harris, 55, and drummer Nicko McBrain, 57.