While talking to Fortune, Bruce Dickinson expressed the importance of playing new songs live. During the last IRON MAIDEN tour, the band included a lot of material from “The Book of Souls” album which took up around one-third of the setlist.
He said: “If you take advantage of them [fans], as in you serve up the same old thing every single tour, you can expect some of them to walk away. That is just a band becoming a karaoke band. If you’re not doing new music, why bother? We don’t share the idea that going and doing stadiums, playing thirty-year-old songs, is a success. It’s just making money.”
When asked about the fans who want them to play only the classic 1980s songs, he said: “That’s tough. In that case, don’t come.”