"Iron Maiden changed my life," says Lady Gaga in this exclusive audio excerpt from an interview conducted by Brian Hiatt for the cover story of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. The singer tells an anecdote about sneaking on to the floor of a recent Iron Maiden show, and how her experience with that music and the band's fans gave her a clear vision of what she wants to accomplish with her own career. "Iron Maiden has never had a hit song, but they tour stadiums around the world, and their fans live, breath, die for Maiden," says Gaga. "That is my dream."
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Later on, Gaga talked about feeling flattered by "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody of her hit "Born This Way," saying that having a song parodied by Yankovic is a "rite of passage" to the next level of one's career. "I actually really appreciate the philosophy behind the song," she says of Yankovic's "Perform This Way." "It's actually very empowering, I think."
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