The Iron Maiden Fan Club, according to MaidenNorway.com, has managed to gather up some pretty interesting questions from the IRON MAIDEN fanbase around the world for manager Rod Smallwood. An excerpt reads as follows:
Question: As the manager of IRON MAIDEN what was one of your proudest moments of the band?
Rod: “It’s obviously great to have No. 1 albums but l always get a much bigger kick out of the live end. In all this probably the proudest moment is unusual as it could have been so negative. This was when the band defied all the bullshit of turning off our PA and the wankers who were planted at the front to throw stuff at us at Ozzfest San Bernardino last year. Through all the interruptions the band stood their ground and ploughed on through the set despite all the distractions. All the crap just made them more and more angry and determined and the performance was immense, one of our best ever. I was also proud of the fans, the huge crowd who were also immense giving us incredible support and singing on, especially in ‘Hallowed’ after the power was cut one of the times. They were a credit to metal fans everywhere and showed what they thought of the pathetic antics by many leaving. Despite the frustration and bullshit there was no violence or stupid behaviour. l think the kids respected the fact that MAIDEN didn’t want that and didn’t want anyone hurt.
“Besides this, the most memorable shows are often the really big ones where a sea of people are getting off on the music. Normally l am on the mixing desk at our shows but at the big shows l go on stage so l can see the audience. It always makes me very proud to see the joy and commitment of so many fans. So l guess the top 3 of all these shows would be Donington 1988, Rock in Rio 2001 and Ullevi Stadium Gothenburg last year.”