Btw I don't feel like Lars belittled The X Factor in any way. First the question was about recent albums, not the last one. And then he goes on to say that he did not follow his main heavy metal influences since late 80s. Which is completely normal.
It’s 1996. Brucie’s left and we are at the point where 5 guys love what they’re doing. I read it as he means the new era, TXF.
Lars is talking about the past avoiding to touch the quality of music, insisting on more organization -oriented aspects.
Steve tries to bring him back to the present. He seeks feedback on the thing that matters: present tense. Also I feel he wants to know about music quality not tee shirts, ok subjective this is how I read it.
Also the “Gentlemen please” shows there were some kind of tension.
[to Lars] I know you were a fan in the early days, but sometimes when you're a fan of the band for a long time you can lose interest a bit. What do you think about the recent years?
Lars, who these days is more likely to listen to Oasis than Iron Maiden, cleverly juggles honesty, tact and diplomacy.
In the late '80s, our horizons really started expanding, so a lot of the harder rock stuff I was listening to got pushed to the side. I've changed a lot over the years. But I remember in '86 having an advance tape of Maiden's Somewhere in Time album and playing it over and over again. I really, really liked it, even though Kerrang! weren't so keen on it.
But I remember in '86 having an advance tape of Maiden's Somewhere in Time album and playing it over and over again. I really, really liked it, even though Kerrang! weren't so keen on it.