Hi everyone, this is more of a opinion type question so hopefully will get some discussion going. As the title says, is Iron Maiden the largest heavy metal band in the world right now.? Oddly enough 30 + years after there first album I would have to say... yes. Obviously most of the 80' and 90's were consumed by Metallica's fan base. Whether these fans were genuine or not doesn't really make a difference. As it stands there are not many metal bands ranking charts like Maiden, so are they? My last concert was in Mansfield Ma last year. There were almost 10,000 people (Bruce said 14k but I think he was wrong.) Is any other metal band doing that? There closing at Rio and headlining donnington, they are pretty big. I hope I didn't just make ignorant points, I'm very biased to Maiden a lot of the time so tell me like it is lol.