Lady Gaga Says She’s “The Next Iron Maiden”, Not The Next Madonna

Lady Gaga‘s passion for English metal heroes Iron Maiden is no secret, but the pop singer-songwriter has now revealed that she loves the band so much that she would rather be known as “the next Iron Maiden” and not “the next Madonna”.

In a recent interview with CR Fashion Book (Via Blabbermouth), Gaga says Iron Maiden are “one of the greatest rock bands in history, in my opinion”.

“Some people really don’t know the importance of metal and the scope of it. Those guys were filling stadiums, and they still are,” she says.

“And it’s because of the culture of the music, the poetry that’s so powerful, that whenever the fans come together they unite in the essence of what Iron Maiden is all about. I always used to say to people, when they would say, ‘Oh, she’s the next Madonna.’ No, I’m the next Iron Maiden.”

Mother Monster appears on the cover of the latest issue of CR Fashion Book, and can be seen in a black wedding outfit complete with an Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast t-shirt.

In a recent tweet directed at Iron Maiden, Gaga says, “I wore my own personal Iron Maiden ‘NUMBER OF THE BEAST’ tee-shirt on a major fashion cover @ironmaiden I’m so proud to be a fan. 666.”

Sharing the love right back, the metal legends replied with, “Looking good, your ladyship.” Catch the full series of tweets, below.

In May 2011, Gaga said an Iron Maiden show had changed her life. Speaking with SiriusXM, Gaga said, “I just saw Iron Maiden on their Frontier tour and it totally changed my life. It was my first Maiden experience and I just realized in that moment in the show that that was the kind of artist I wanted to be.

“I didn’t want people 30 years from now coming to see my show to see if I’ve still got it. But rather I wanted them to be fully unified, fists in the air, wanna hear every song. Iron Maiden’s a lifestyle and those fans live and die by Maiden.”

Iron Maiden’s 16th studio album, The Book of Souls, will be released worldwide on 4th September, and has already been previewed with the album’s debut single, Speed Of Light.

Watch: Iron Maiden – Speed Of Light

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