In a brand new interview with Aftershock TV, Blaze Bayley, the former singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, shared his honest opinion on Iron Maiden fans who hates him for being in the band at the time.

As you remember, Blaze Bayley was a member of Iron Maiden from 1994 to 1999. Throughout his career with the band, the singer made two studio albums with Iron Maiden, The X Factor and Virtual XI.

Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley

However, when the interviewer asked him that what he thinks of people who hate him for being a member of the band, Blaze said that it’s a good thing for him.

“I’m not trying to be big,” he said. “I’m not trying to play stadiums. I’m not thinking, ‘I’ve gotta get back into big theaters. I’ve gotta get into arenas.’ I’ve done it – I’ve done all of that.

“And now, I don’t want too many fans. Maybe I’ll get a few more fans with ‘War Within Me’. I don’t want a lot more fans. I don’t wanna be really popular.

“I’m happy where I am, doing what I’m doing. And if people wanna say, ‘Well, the worst albums Iron Maiden ever made are with Blaze Bayley,’ that’s a good thing for me.”

Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley

Continuing his words, the musician said that he hopes that people still hate him. He also explained why he thinks like that and said he still in touch with the band and this is what the important thing for him.

“The people that hated Blaze Bayley for being in Iron Maiden, I hope they still hate me,” Blaze adds. “Because then at least I’m something. If they say, ‘Who’s Blaze Bayley?’ ‘He’s the worst thing to ever happen to Iron Maiden,’ then I’m OK with that.

“Because I’m still friends with the guys in the band. I still talk to Steve, have the odd call to the management, check everything’s OK, and all of that.

“So I really don’t care what people think. Why should I? The only opinion that really matters to me is the people that supported me for so many years and make it possible for me to live my dream.”