“When you’re into bands that much, you don’t really think about working with them,” he said. “You never really have a chance. You tend to put them on a pedestal.” Responding to the suggestion it was “weird” to hear Harris speaking like that, he noted, “Yeah, but I have people that I look up to too.
“I avoided meeting Ian Anderson for so long because I didn’t know what I’d say to him. I ended up playing tennis with Peter Gabriel once, just because he was on the court in the same hotel as me. I don’t know if he even knew who I was, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get tongue-tied. I didn’t want to act like a fanboy, even though I felt like one.”
But, he added, he didn’t have enough time to complete his current wish list between duties with Iron Maiden and his side project British Lion. “David Hawkins [of British Lion] said he’d love to do another album with me, doing some prog stuff,” he explained. “I went, ‘You’re joking, ain’t you? I ain’t got time to do these two, let along something else.’”
Rumors continue to circulate that Iron Maiden have completed work on a new album – but Harris refused to talk about whether an LP would arrive before the band appear at this year’s Download festival in the U.K. “You know I can’t tell you that,” he said.