IRON MAIDEN Frequently Asked Questions, part 1/2 (monthly post)

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Any additions, deletions, corrections, suggestions, misspellings, ommissions, complaints or any kind of whining in general? I'm always looking to update this! Please let me know! Mail me at: Vartan Narinian <> I'll do my best to get back to people as soon as possible, and to keep this FAQ updated as best I can. Also, when the FAQ stabilises a bit, I will start posting diff files so that people don't have to grab the whole thing each time! The initial version of the FAQ was put together by Steve Payne <> to whom we're eternally grateful. If you're going to give credit to someone for this FAQ it has to be him! NO SYNTHESIZERS OR ULTERIOR MOTIVES UP THE IRONS!

Intro And General Background

IRON MAIDEN have been around in one form or another really since about 1975 or so, and was one of the most definitive forces in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) to come out into the world during the late 1970's and early 1980's. With 10 true studio albums, 4 live full-length albums, 2 E.P.'s, 9 videos, countless singles, special releases, re-releases and other goodies, one need not wonder why. With about 20 years of history behind the band (which includes about 24 different 'official' lineup changes), you wonder how they did it? Powerful music, with powerful lyrics. Always a heavy beat, and best played loud, loud, LOUD! Though the band's popularity has probably already hit its maximum peak several years back (let's at least admit that), there are many thousands of us die-hard fans out there who have professed and pledged devotion! What follows in this FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) List is a huge mass of IRON MAIDEN-related information, developed pretty much for the use of people on alt.rock-n-roll.metal.ironmaiden. (And just for your information, according to the Usenet readership report in January 1994, this group has an estimated worldwide readership of 30,000 people, and averages about 350+ messages/month, as of recently!) It answers many questions, but also provides a wealth of information about IRON MAIDEN's past and present. A lot of time (you don't even want to know!) was spent just typing the information in the computer, but even more time (and money!) was spent over the past years of *my* IRON MAIDEN fandom acquiring this information as well. I hope you get something out of it. UP THE IRONS!

FAQ Contents

1. Past and present IRON MAIDEN lineups. 2. Why all the lineup changes? 3. The IRON MAIDEN family tree. 4. The band and their birthdays. 5. IRON MAIDEN influences. 6. IRON MAIDEN Fan Club info. 7. The new singer and the band's immediate plans 8. What is the backwards message before STILL LIFE? 9. Where does the mascot's name, EDDIE, come from? 10. Who is Osiris/The Powerslave connection? 11. Who is Icarus? 12. Where are SANCTUARY and TWILIGHT ZONE in the UK/European albums? 13. Why is the CD version of LIVE AFTER DEATH missing tracks? 14. IRON MAIDEN songs, where to find them, and song tidbits. 15. Song credits and other information. 16. Cover Songs found on various singles/live recordings 17. Song chart positions. 18. IRON MAIDEN songs played/not played in concert. 19. Song and name origins. 20. Location of Derek Riggs' insignia. 21. SOMEWHERE IN TIME cover references. 22. Quotations. 23. Real life IRON MAIDEN references. 24. Interesting band stories. 25. Familiar names with the IRON MAIDEN crew. 26. Other IRON MAIDEN tibits. 27. IRON MAIDEN discography. 28. Bands who have opened for IRON MAIDEN. 29. Significant dates in IRON MAIDEN history. 30. The concert in Buffalo & the lawsuit. 31. Bruce's Final Concert - Raising Hell, 08/28/93 - Promo Ad 32. IRON MAIDEN equipment info. 33. Getting IRON MAIDEN from music clubs. 34. IRON MAIDEN music transcriptions. 35. Books related to IRON MAIDEN. 36. Quick bootleg info. 37. IRON MAIDEN ftp sites 38. Credits/Acknowledgements

Past Lineups Of What Is Now IRON MAIDEN

GYPSY'S KISS - Nov '73 SMILER - Oct '74 ====================== ================ Paul Sears - Drums Steve Harris - Bass Bob Verschoyle - Vocals Dennis (Den) Wilcock - Vocals Dave Smith - Guitar Doug Sampson - Drums Steve Harris - Bass Tony Clee - Guitar (Tim Wotsit - Guitar) Mick Clee - Guitar IRON MAIDEN - May '76 IRON MAIDEN - Nov '76 ===================== ===================== Dave Sullivan - Lead/Rhythm guitar Steve Harris - Bass Ron 'Rebel' Matthews - Drums Dennis Wilcock - Vocals Paul Day - Vocals Ron 'Rebel' Matthews - Drums Terry Rance - Lead/Rhythm guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Steve Harris - Bass Bob Sawyer (Bob Angelo) - Guitar IRON MAIDEN - End of '76 IRON MAIDEN - Spring '77 (1 gig!) ======================== ================================= Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dennis Wilcock - Vocals Dennis Wilcock - Vocals Ron (Rebel) Matthews - Drums Barry Graham (aka Thunderstick) - Drums Dave Murray - Guitar Terry Wapram - Guitar Tony Moore - Keyboards IRON MAIDEN - Mid '77 IRON MAIDEN - Mid '77 ===================== ===================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Barry Graham (Thunderstick) - Drums Dave Murray - Guitar Dennis Wilcock - Vocals Dave Murray - Guitar IRON MAIDEN - Mid '77 IRON MAIDEN - Mid '78 ===================== ===================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dave Murray - Guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Doug Sampson - Drums Doug Sampson - Drums Paul Di'Anno - Vocals IRON MAIDEN - Early '79 IRON MAIDEN - Oct '79 (the 2 day lineup) ======================= ======================================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dave Murray - Guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Paul Cairns - Guitar Paul Todd - Guitar Doug Sampson - Drums Doug Sampson - Drums Paul Di'Anno - Vocals Paul Di'Anno - Vocals IRON MAIDEN - End '79/Early '80 IRON MAIDEN - Jan '80 =============================== ===================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dave Murray - Guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Tony Parsons - Guitar Dennis Stratton - Guitar Doug Sampson - Drums Clive Burr - Drums Paul Di'Anno - Vocals Paul Di'Anno - Vocals IRON MAIDEN - Oct '80 IRON MAIDEN - Sep '81 ===================== ===================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dave Murray - Guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Adrian Smith - Guitar Adrian Smith - Guitar Clive Burr - Drums Clive Burr - Drums Paul Di'Anno - Vocals Bruce Dickinson - Vocals IRON MAIDEN - Dec '82 IRON MAIDEN - Jan '90 ===================== ===================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dave Murray - Guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Adrian Smith - Guitar Janick Gers - Guitar Nicko McBrain - Drums Nicko McBrain - Drums Bruce Dickinson - Vocals Bruce Dickinson - Vocals IRON MAIDEN - Sep '93 IRON MAIDEN - Jan '94 ===================== ===================== Steve Harris - Bass Steve Harris - Bass Dave Murray - Guitar Dave Murray - Guitar Janick Gers - Guitar Janick Gers - Guitar Nicko McBrain - Drums Nicko McBrain - Drums Blaze Bayley - Vocals

Why all the lineup changes?

* Steve Harris left GYPSY'S KISS for SMILER...who knows. * Steve Harris left SMILER to form IRON MAIDEN - SMILER was stifling Steve with its "tunnel vision" - no room to experiment...kinda "rockabilly" versions of rock songs. He left in end '75. * Terry Rance and Dave Sullivan were good at rhythm, but lacked in the 'lead' department. Murray came in, they kinda got the picture and said "either him or us..." They were dropped in late '76. :) * Paul Day's voice was good, but lacked energy on stage. So he was out in mid '76. He played with More and Wildfire after leaving. * Bob Sawyer had been dropped earlier along the way (end of '76), because he was always trying to upstage Dave Murray, instead of complementing his style. He played with Praying Mantis afterwards. * Dave Murray lasted about 6 months (until early '77), before he and Den Wilcock had a big argument at a Bridge House gig, Wilcock clocked him one, and Dave Murray went off to join pal Adrian Smith's URCHIN. * Ron Matthews had decided to 'rebel' no longer :), and took off in early '77. After his stint in Maiden he played with John McCoy and Bernie Torme. * Tony Moore was axed 'cos keyboards obviously didn't fit in with Maiden's style (after 1 gig), in mid '77. * Terry Wapram insisted he could only work with an organist/keyboardist, so that was the end of him too, in mid '77. * Den Wilcock decided he'd "had enough," right before a gig at the Green Man Plumstead, England. Mid '77. * Thunderstick quickly followed suit, with the band temporarily on ice. * Paul Cairns lasted under 3 months. Left in mid '79. * Paul Todd lasted less than a week (2 days), 'cos his girlfriend didn't want him to go on tour on the road. (What a wuss). Left in Oct '79. * Tony Parsons lasted about 10 weeks. Left at end '79, 'cos he just wasn't happy on stage...and wasn't a tremendous success on stage or anything. * Doug Sampson quit due to ill health upon touring. Jan '80. * Dennis Stratton left the band to form Lionheart around Oct '80, at which time rifts between he and the rest of the band were developing. He had a passion for 'classic rock' bands like the Eagles, was a good bit older than the rest of the band, and problems with "the general attitude to various aspects of the band" as well. The split wasn't particularly amicable at first (some name calling at first...Steve was said to have rather sacked a band member than tolerate dissent...), but after a few months things worked out okay. * Paul Di'Anno left the band in September 1981. According to sources, his biggest problem was that he just didn't respect his most valuable asset: his voice. He smoked, he drank too much, and generally lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle to the fullest. And naturally his singing suffered. He went on to several other projects, such as LONE WOLF, DI'ANNO, BATTLEZONE, PRAYING MANTIS, KILLERS, etc. * Clive Burr left the band in December 1982, despite getting voted 3rd best drummer in the world in a KERRANG poll (who was 1st and 2nd, I wonder?!). Clive said he was leaving "for personal reasons" and that he intended to quit the music business for good (although he has been around ever since here and there - see the section in the FAQ on the MAIDEN "family tree"). He was also tired of the very hectic touring schedule. It was an amicable split and Clive got a special thanks and "good luck mate" on the PIECE OF MIND album sleeve credits. * Adrian Smith left the band in January 1990 to pursue other things. He also was becoming more uncomfortable with his performance in Maiden, especially when songs couldn't be played perfectly, or if the show went off with little hitches here and there. You gotta figure that he also wanted a change of scenery, after a little more than 9 years in the band. His next musical project was A.S.A.P. (Adrian Smith and Project), and was quite a bit different than his typical Maiden stuff. It was a pretty amicable split from what I understand. He also made a guest appearance during the closing song, Running Free, when Maiden headlined the Monsters of Rock in August 1992. This has been recorded on the Donington video and the double CD/triple LP Donington Bootleg. * Bruce Dickinson left Maiden in September 1993, to pursue his solo career and other projects, spend more time with his family, and to do other things, like maybe another book, more fencing, and to take a break in general.

The IRON MAIDEN Family Tree

Dennis Wilcock - original lead vocalist (Nov 1976 - Mid 1977). Left IRON MAIDEN permanently to form V1 with Terry Wapram (also former guitarist with IRON MAIDEN, Spring 1977). Also sang for WARLOCK in early 1976. Dave Murray - more or less a co-founder of IRON MAIDEN with Steve Harris (Mid 1976 - Nov 1976, Spring 1977 - present). Guitarist. Was in a couple of other bands previously: EVIL WAYS (1972 - 1974), a school group along with childhood friend Adrian Smith, URCHIN (early 1977, along with Adrian Smith). Also contributed to the HEAR'N AID project in 1986. Steve Harris - founder of IRON MAIDEN (Dec 1975 - present). Bass guitarist and back-up vocals. Was in bands INFLUENCE (which turned into GYPSY'S KISS) (1972 - 1973) and SMILER (1974-1975) previously. Several GYPSY'S KISS songs later became IRON MAIDEN songs, like "Burning Ambition" and "Drifter." Doug Sampson - original drummer for IRON MAIDEN (Mid 1977 - Early 1980). Also original drummer for SMILER (1974 - 1975). Only recordings on "The Soundhouse Tapes" EP, "Burning Ambition". Paul Di'anno - first recorded lead vocalist with IRON MAIDEN (Mid 1977 - Sep 1981). Recorded with IRON MAIDEN "The Soundhouse Tapes" EP, "Sanctuary" and "Wrathchild" on METAL FOR MUTHAS compilation, IRON MAIDEN album, KILLERS album, LIVE PLUS ONE live album, "Maiden Japan" (aka "Heavy Metal Army") EP, "Women In Uniform" EP, and "Sanctuary" EP. OTHER WORKS: BIRD OF PREY (before 1977) - not much around. LONE WOLF (1982 - ?) - not much around, but supposedly sounds like watered-down WHITESNAKE. This was a 6-piece band. GOGMAGOG (1985) - NWOBHM supergroup, featuring Di'anno on vocals, Pete Willis (DEF LEPPARD) and Jannick Gers (GILLAN) on guitars, Neil Murray (WHITESNAKE) on bass guitar, and Clive Burr (IRON MAIDEN) on drums. Released in 1985 a demo E.P. "I Will Be There." DI'ANNO (1984 - May 1985) - I don't know much about this band except it sounds like JOURNEY. Released an album Di'ANNO, as well as a single from this album "Heartuser" b/w "Road Rat" in 1984, under the FM Coast to Coast label (a division of Heavy Metal Records). Also released an album TWO SWIMMERS & A BAG OF JOCKIES in 1984 with Lee Slater (Guitars, Vocals), P J Ward (Guitars, Vocals), Kevin Browne (Bass, Vocals), Mark Venables (Keyboards), and Mark Stuart (Drums). Mark Stuart left the band before recording, so Dave Irving played drums on this album. (I *think* this information is correct!) PAUL DI'ANNO'S BATTLEZONE (1986 - 1987) - recorded in 1986 FIGHTING BACK and in 1987 CHILDREN OF MADNESS. Drummer on second album is Steve Hopgood of famed NWOBHM band PERSIAN RISK. "ALL-STAR" PROJECT (1989) - with Lea Heart back in '89. The album was recorded somewhere in the UK, and the participants were a Japanese band around Tak Yonemochi, Paul Di'Anno, Dennis Stratton, some of Saxon, etc. - about 15 - 20 people altogether. The album seems to have been produced for the Japanese market, so there is little English text on the cover, mostly Japanese... Either the band or the album is called "Kaizoku". Anybody have any more information? PRAYING MANTIS & Paul Di'anno, Dennis Stratton (1990) - recorded on the PRAYING MANTIS reunion in Japan LIVE AT LAST in 1990. Other members are Tino Troy and Chris Troy of PRAYING MANTIS and STRATUS, Dennis Stratton of LIONHEART, and Bruce Bisland of Weapon and Statetrooper. KILLERS (Jan 1992 - present) - featured Steve Hopgood on drums and Nick Burr (Clive Burr's brother) on guitars. Released MURDER ONE in 1992. Tony Parsons - first official 2nd lead guitarist for IRON MAIDEN (End of 1979 for 10 weeks). Recorded "Sanctuary" and "Wrathchild" on the METAL FOR MUTHAS compilation. Dennis Stratton - second official 2nd lead guitarist (Jan 1980 - Oct 1980). With IRON MAIDEN recorded on the IRON MAIDEN album, "Women In Uniform" EP, subsequent singles, and LIVE PLUS ONE live album. OTHER WORKS: REMUS DOWN BOULEVARD (Any more information?) LIONHEART (Oct 1980 - 1985) - first NWOBHM supergroup, with Jess Cox (TYGERS OF PAN TANG) on vocals, Stratton on guitar, Steve Mann on guitar, Rocky Newton on bass guitar, and Frank Noon (DEF LEPPARD, soon to be in WAYSTED) on drums. Though formed in 1980, never recorded anything until 1985, an album HOT TONIGHT, then split. All-Stars NWOBHM (1990) - all-star lineup which includes members and ex members of FASTWAY, SAMSON, GIRLSCHOOL, IRON MAIDEN, PRAYING MANTIS, WHITESNAKE, BLIZZARD OF OZZ, etc. Recorded an album ALL-STARS NWOBHM in 1990. PRAYING MANTIS & Paul Di'anno, Dennis Stratton (1990) - played on their reunion in Japan and in 1990 released LIVE AT LAST as lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist with the Troy brothers and Paul Di'anno. PRAYING MANTIS - after the reunion became their lead vocalist and guitarist opposite Tino Troy. Released album PREDATORS IN DISGUISE in 1991. Clive Burr - 2nd drummer for IRON MAIDEN (Jan 1980 - Dec 1982). Recorded on all that Dennis Stratton recorded with the band, KILLERS album, "Maiden Japan" EP, and THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST album. OTHER WORKS: SAMSON (Early 1978 - 1979) - original drummer, played on first NWOBHM single ever "Mr. Rock N Roll" with Chris Aylmer on bass and Paul Samson on guitars and vocals. CLIVE BURR'S ESCAPE (1983?) - Recorded a session for Radio 1 on the BBC in the UK. Anyone know anthing else about this one? STRATUS (1985) - With Tino and Chris Troy. Recorded "Throwing Shapes" on Steel Trax (Steel 31001), produced by Norman Goodman. TYGON (formely STRATUS) - The brief name change to TYGON was abandoned after a little while, 'cos they found several other things with that name. PRAYING MANTIS (?) - one of their many drummers in their history. Recorded "The Soundhouse Tapes Part II," and "Captured City" on METAL FOR MUTHAS compilation. Was very good friend of next PRAYING MANTIS drummer Dave Potts. TRUST (1983? - ?) - replaced Nicko McBrain as a session drummer for the album "Trust" (1982). This is not to be confused with their 1979 debut album, which is also called "Trust". TRUST is regarded by many to be the greatest French heavy metal band ever. GOGMAGOG (Jun 1985 - ?) - drummer on "I Will Be There" EP. That is all the band recorded. DESPERADOS (?) - formed by Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister fame. Recorded an album but it was never released. None of the members have legal access to any material on the album. ELIXIR (?) - drummer on second album LETHAL POTION. As far as I know he's still in ELIXIR. TRUE BRITS (1992) - Releasd an album READY TO RUMBLE in 1992 with Lea Hart (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Senczak (Guitar), Dennis Stratton (Vocals, Guitar), and Mel Gagbbltas (Bass). This might not actually be a band. I think they (Clive, Dennis, etc.) just joined the album of Lea Hart (ex-FASTWAY). There are many (36) names of special guests on this album, for example, Scott Gorham, Neil Murray, Paul Di'Anno, Eddie Clarke, Paul Samson, Gary Barden, Tino Troy, etc. Adrian Smith - guitarist for IRON MAIDEN (Oct 1980 - Jan 1990). Dave Murray's longtime friend and former guitarist of URCHIN, among many other bands. Played guitar on everything after Dennis Stratton left, and was permanent member for more than 9 years. His last recording with IRON MAIDEN is the "Infinite Dreams" EP, recorded live on the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour, leaving a legacy of one song "Hooks In You" on the next album NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING. OTHER WORKS: EVIL WAYS (1972 - 1974) - a school group with Dave Murray. URCHIN (1974 - Spring 1980) - guitarist and vocals. Released 2 DJM singles ("Black Leather Fantasy" and "She's A Roller", both of which are pretty hard to find apparently), then split up. Was originally offered Maiden gig early in 1980, but was still convinced URCHIN could make it. Band members were Andy Barnett on guitar, Barry Tyler on drums, and Alan Levett on bass. BROADWAY BRATS (Mid 1980 - Oct 1980) - along with Andy Barnett on guitar, Jeb Million on vocals (formerly with BLAZER BLAZER), Steve Wells on bass (also formerly with BLAZER BLAZER), and Ian Richardson on drums (also formerly with BLAZER BLAZER). A.S.A.P. (1990 - ?) - formed in 1989, featuring Zak Starkey, son of Beatles drummer Ringo, on drums. Recorded in 1989 SILVER AND GOLD and an EP. Changed their name (?) to the UNTOUCHABLES. Andy Barnett on guitars as well, Dave Colwell also on guitars, Robin Clayton on bass, and Richard Young on keyboards as well. Quite a different sound that IRON MAIDEN! UNTOUCHABLES (Aug 1992 - present) - his current band made up of half the people in A.S.A.P. (there were a lot of members in A.S.A.P.). We're still waiting for their release. Gary Liederman on bass, Huey Lucas on guitar, and Bob Richards on drums. Nicko McBrain - longtime friend of the band, Clive Burr's replacement (Dec 1982 - present). Recorded everything from the beginning of the PIECE OF MIND sessions and is still a member. Member of French heavy metal group TRUST, considered the best French heavy metal in all rock history by many), among many other bands he was in. OTHER WORKS: STREETWALKERS (Feb 1975 - Jul 1976) - Nicko's first pro band, with Roger Chapman on vocals, Charlie Whitney on guitar, and several others, including Billy Day. PAT TRAVERS BAND (1977) - Recorded on the album PUTTING IT STRAIGHT in 1977 along with Pat Travers (Gurtar, Keyboards, and Vocals), and Peter Mars Cowling (Bass). Also played on the album HEAT IN THE STREET JENNY DARREN (?) - Anyone know about this one? TRAUMA (?) - Anyone know about this one? McKITTY (?) - Anyone know about this one? TRUST (? - End 1982) - Legendary French heavy metal band, considered by many to be the best heavy metal in France. Apparently Nicko got pissed off with the musical direction (not to mention the commute to Paris everytime they had to rehearse). Bruce Dickinson - recorded everything with IRON MAIDEN since the THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST sessions up until A REAL DEAD ONE (Sep 1981 - Sep 1993). OTHER WORKS: STYX - (Help, any more information?) SPEED (?) - recorded nothing - were a cross between the STRANGLERS and JUDAS PRIEST, with keyboards. SHOTS (1977 - 1979) - based on street theatrics, sounded more like Deep Purple and Ian Gillan Band stuff as well as SPEED, but more hard rock. Also never recorded. SAMSON (Jun 1979 - Aug 1981) - Recorded SURVIVORS (1979) for the band but never released it. Dickinson was on this album but as guitarist and harmonica player. He was a kind-of member at this time since he said he didn't want to join the band until he graduated from college, which by this time was only two weeks away). A previous version of SURVIVORS was already on the presses and so they wrote HEAD ON, and then toured in support of the two albums. Last album with Bruce (aka Bruce Bruce) was SHOCK TACTICS, in 1981. In 1990 Paul Samson released LIVE AT READING '81 with Dickinson. During his tenure with SAMSON, SAMSON were regarded the most popular, equalled only by DEF LEPPARD, IRON MAIDEN, and SAXON. Paul Samson continued on with SAMSON with Nicky Moore (formerly with TIGER). The first 3 albums also had former IRON MAIDEN drummer Thunderstick (Spring 1977 - Mid 1977). OTHER PROJECT (1986?) - Appeared on "Lone Wolf", the B-side of XERO's "Oh Baby" single. MR. BEAN & SMEAR CAMPAIGN (1992) - Together with Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) and TASTE, Bruce Dickinson recorded ELECTED (Alice Cooper) to raise charity funds. The CD single contains: 1. (I want to be) ELECTED Mr. Bean & Smear Campaign (Featuring Bruce Dickinson) 2. (I want to be) ELECTED Smear Campaign (Featuring Bruce Dickinson) 3. THE MANIFESTO Mr. Bean The second track is the song ELECTED by TASTE with Bruce on vocals. The third track is an election manifesto read by Mr. Bean. The first track is a mix of both. Apparently there is also a video. The whole thing is rather humorous, it probably is more so if you are British. BRUCE DICKINSON SOLO PROJECT - released an album TATTOOED MILLLIONAIRE with future Maiden guitarist Jannick Gers in 1990, as well as wrote "Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter" for the Nightmare On Elm Street Part V - The Dream Child soundtrack. Though disbanded soon after the tour, it will probably be resurrected in some form or another soon enough. Solo band also included Andy Carr on bass, and Fabio Del Rio on drums, and toured a little while Mid 1990. THE EARTHQUAKE ALBUM / ROCK AID ARMENIA (1990) - This is a compilation the sales of which went towards helping the people of Armenia stricken by the 1990 earthquake. The first track is SMOKE ON THE WATER '90 and is a sort of all-star performance of the classic DEEP PURPLE song. Bruce sings the 2nd verse of the song. (This performance also features names like Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Dave Gilmour, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Bryan Adams, Keith Emerson and others). BALLS TO PICASSO (1994) - Bruce's continuing solo project. NATIVITY IN BLACK (1994)- The Black Sabbath Tribute features Bruce on the vocals in "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," with Godspeed. Janick Gers - Adrian Smith's successor in IRON MAIDEN (Jan 1990 - present). Performed on everything beginning with the NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING sessions. OTHER WORKS: WHITE SPIRIT (Mid 1975 - Jun 1981) - another very popular NWOBHM band. Recorded classic WHITE SPIRIT in 1980, then soon departed to join GILLAN. Mick Tucker of AXIS replaced him. GILLAN (Jun 1981 - Dec 1982) - Replaced former guitarist Bernie Torme and recorded DOUBLE TROUBLE (1981), a 2 LP set, 1 studio + one live (now available on one CD from Virgin). Live portion was from the Reading Festival 1981). Bernie Torme plays guitar on one of the live tracks, "If You Believe Me", recorded earlier. Janick also appears on MAGIC (1982), another studio LP, now also available on CD from Virgin, with some single b-sides and outtakes. When in GILLAN he used to play a cover of BLACK NIGHT which he later did with Bruce Dickinson and is now available on a Dickinson single. Gillan fell apart when Ian Gillan thought there was going to be a DEEP PURPLE reunion. When that didn't happen, Ian joined BLACK SABBATH, recording BORN AGAIN, before the DEEP PURPLE reunion eventually happened in 1984. DI'ANNO (Jan 1985 - May 1985) - With Frank Noon on drums, along with others. Anyone know about this one? GOGMAGOG (Jun 1985 - ?) - you've read this one enough times already. FISH (1988? - 1990?) - ex-Marillion singer's band. Janick was doing studio sessions for them for a while, he appeared live with them in March of 1989, and also on FISH's VIGIL IN A WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS playing guitar on "View From A Hill" and co-writing "View From A Hill" and "Family Business". BRUCE DICKINSON SOLO PROJECT - you just read it a few minutes ago. Blaze Bayley - (1995 - ) - joined IRON MAIDEN at the turn of the new year, following Bruce Dickinson's departure in September 1993. Currently singing on the new Maiden album which is being recorded and is to be released in October 1995. OTHER WORKS: WOLFSBANE (1987 - 1993) - Debuted with LIVE FAST, DIE FAST (1989) which according to Kerrang was good material but rendered impotent by an uncharacteristically weak Rick Rubin production. In 1990 an EP titled ALL HELL'S BREAKING LOOSE DOWN AT LITTLE KATHY WILSON'S PLACE restored their credibility. In 1991 they released DOWN FALL ALL THE GOOD GUYS which was their last record with Def American. In Feb. 1993 a proud and defiant live album called MASSIVE NOISE INJECTION was released with Bronze Records and another album titled WOLFSBANE was to be released in February 1994 and was in the process of being mixed when Blaze decided to front Iron Maiden. Blaze considers the Bronze releases to be the best of all Wolfsbane's albums.

The Band And Their Birthdays

* Bruce (Bruce Bruce/Air Raid Siren) Dickinson - August 7, 1958, born in Worksop Notts, England. * Michael (Nicko) McBrain - June 5, 1954 * Janick (Jan) Gers - January 27, 1957 * Adrian (H) Smith - February 27, 1957 * David Michael (The Blonde Bomber) Murray - December 23, 1956 * Steve ('Arry) Harris - March 12, 1956, raised in Leytonstone, England. * Blaze Bayley - May 29, 19??

IRON MAIDEN influences

Wishbone Ash, Montrose, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, UFO, Rainbow, T. Rex, Free, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Genesis. Former drummer Thunderstick (1977 era): He loved Kiss, make-up, etc. He even wore a hood on stage! For Steve's bass playing: Chris Squire, Mike Rutherford, Geddy Lee, Andy Fraser, John Entwistle. Dave Murray: even some blues music Bruce Dickinson: started listening to heavy metal at age 13...DEEP PURPLE'S "IN ROCK". Blaze Bayley: Favourite singers: Bon Scott (RIP), Ronnie James Dio, Geoff Tate, Elvis Presley, James Hetfield and Ozzy Osbourne. Favourite records: Highway to Hell (AC/DC), Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath), Ride the Lightning (Metallica), Jerry Lee Lewis Live at The Star Club Hamburg, Arise (Sepultura), Home Invasion (Ice-T). Favourite IM songs: The Trooper, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden, The Clairvoyant, Run To The Hills, 2 Minutes To Midnight, Fear of the Dark. Favourite IM albums: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Powerslave, The Number of the Beast.


The Official IRON MAIDEN Fan Club (IMFC), consists of a yearly membership (every year you have to pay again), and you get three publications throughout the year containing the latest news on their touring, new albums, sometimes a question/answer section, a pen-pal section, and tons of full color pictures. If you are a new member, you also get an official biography of the band, a pin, and absolutely tons of merchandising stuff. The address is: Iron Maiden Fan Club P.O. Box 10 LONDON SW19 3TW UK phone: +44 181 540 5545 (in England) +44 181 543 4105 (hotline) email: The cost: In the UK it is 10 pounds; in the USA/Canada it is 25 dollars; in the rest of Europe it is 12 pounds; in the rest of the world it is 14 pounds.

Who's the next singer and what are the band's immediate plans?

The new singer with IRON MAIDEN is Blaze Bayley (not Bailey!), formerly of WOLFSBANE. Rod Smallwood says about this decision: "It wasn't a difficult choice to make when it came down to it, but there was a lot of people to look at. The band finally all sat down at the end of August and listened to the hundreds of tapes and from there we got down to 16, who were auditioned at Steve's. They were given six songs to learn, and then they sang those six songs with the band a couple of times and from those 16 there emerged three possible people. We took those three back up to Steve's and took the vocals off some live tapes asked them to sing along in the studio to get an idea of how it sounded on tape and from the basis of those tapes we decided Blaze was the best man for the job" According to the Iron Maiden Fan Club, the producer of the album is Nigel Green. In an interview with the Greek edition of Metal Hammer (august 95 issue) Steve Harris said that the title of the new album will be X-FACTOR. The release date is beginning of October. Nigel Green said that "The title of the album 'THE X FACTOR' came about in the early part of the recording. We all felt that the way things were progressing - the songs, BLAZE'S new involvement, the sound, the commitment - the new album really would have that extra quality, that bit of magic....that X FACTOR. This became the working title for the album and we liked it, so we kept it. It is also very apt as this is our tenth studio album and "X" can bring up many images" The cover is not drawn by Derek Riggs but by an artist by the name of Hughes Simon (aka HUGH SYME) who is working for Disney. Harris said "Don't think that it will look like a comic because it won't." Hughes Simon has apparently done some covers for Rush, Queensryche, Megadeth and others. Wanting to get away from the 2 dimensional illustrated sleeves, the band asked HUGH SYME to bring "Eddie", the band's eternal and indestructable "Mascot", to life. SYME created a masterpiece, building and photographing the re-birth of "Eddie", encapturing the gore, complexity and horror of the warped surgery involved in creating a modern day Frankenstein. The striking visual is a cause of concern for the band's record companies around the world who fear that they will encounter potential problems getting the record racked in "conservative" chain stores. "MAIDEN" however refused to change the artwork, but decided instead to create an alternative for those of a "milder dispositon" which features "Eddie" being pumped up with 25,000 volts in an "Electric Chair". This alternative artwork will be featured on the back of the CD booklet, printed upside down, so that the booklet can be reversed to give an alternative cover. Earlier this year, when asked about the length of time taken on this album Steve replied: "This is obviously a very important time for us with a new line-up. It takes time to fully integrate a new singer- when Bruce joined we were able to quietly go off to Italy to tour before recording "The Beast". Now it's impossible for Maiden to do anything "quietly". We spent a lot of time in rehearsal just, playing, relaxing and getting the right feel before getting down to the actual recording. This way we felt we were a band once recording started." Everything went well with Blaze from the word go- we knew him before from touring together, I always loved his vocals... he's just very Maiden. Anyway we're close to finishing and we all feel that this album will have something very special. This will be reflected in the title. We're very proud of the songs. We're delighted with the way things have gone and can't wait for the fans to hear the new band and new songs. We're also dying to get out and tour again - it's the longest we've ever been between gigs." Blaze said "I can't wait to get out touring with Maiden. I wanted to get out and play the UK straight away, but the rest reckoned we should get some gigs under our belt first, get things really revved up." The tours starts in early October in South Africa, followed by Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary Slovenia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and then the first phase of the UK Tour. Then it's other Western European countries, more UK dates before going to South and North America, Japan, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The UK dates are as follows and tickets go on sale June 30th: NOV 4th WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC HALL 5th GLASGOW BARROWLANDS 6th MANCHESTER APOLLO 8th LEEDS TOWN AND COUNTRY 9th NEWPORT CENTRE 10th BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON Tickets are #14.50 for all venues. The gigs are all standing, so priority seats cannot be offered.

What is the backwards message before "Still Life?"

This is probably THE most frequently asked question. IRON MAIDEN was getting really fed up with the American bigots who'd condemned them devil worshippers and such, so they decided to stick this sucker on the new album (PIECE OF MIND). Right at the beginning of the song Still Life is two quick backwards messages, one after the other. Both are spoken by Nicko in a deep Rasta accent, not too much even understandable even when played backwards. Well, the first says "What ho sed de t'ing wid de t'ree bonce", which means "What ho said the monster with the three heads." The second says "Don't meddle wid t'ings you don't understand." And of course, the message ends with a belch! :) The Iron Maiden biography (see item 34, BOOKS related to Iron Maiden) says that the phrases are taken from Idi Amin's books. To the best of my knowledge Idi Amin has never written any books (I checked the Encyclopaedia Britannica). Some fellow netters sent me the following explanation: According to them both phrases come from a spoof '70s radio show about Idi Amin. In the show an english actor, John Bird, impersonates Idi Amin (complete with Ugandan accent) explaining how the disappearing Ugandan ministers are being sent to Pluto to sort out the economy there. The material is written by one-time editor of Punch and humourist Alan Coren. An LP containing the broadcasts exists: It's titled "The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin" (1975).

Where does the mascot's name, EDDIE, come from?

The original Eddie was just this theatrical mask. You can kind of see it in the band photos on the first album and on the "Running Free" single picture sleeve. It's a face right next to the band logo.It was connected to a pump that would spurt out various kinds of liquids and it would drool all over Doug Sampson or Clive Burr or whoever was at the drums that time. People would also try to sling stuff into it. Its full name was "Eddie The Head" (Edward T.H. on the Live After Death cover) and it comes from the following old joke: Eddie was born with no body and no arms and no legs. Just a head. But despite this slight birth defect his parents loved him very much cared for him and were always giving him all these presents like hats and blow things at parties and other cool stuff. So on his sixteenth birthday they run into a doctor that says "Hey, I can give Eddie a body" so the parents are going totally nuts because finally their kid can have a body and be like other normal people. They go home and are really excited and say "Have we got a surprise for you. It's the best present ever!" and Eddie says "Oh, no, not another fucking hat!" They gave the name "Eddie" to that mask. By the time of them being signed to EMI Records, they got Derek Riggs to do cover artwork. The first was the cover to the "Running Free" single, and you see that zombie in the back missing an arm (which somehow is in front of a guy who looks a lot like Bruce Dickinson running away from that zombie). The band liked the zombie guy so much that the name Eddie was transferred over to the zombie when they lost that mask with the pump.

Who is Osiris/The Powerslave connection?

The origin of Osiris is obscure but by 2400BC Osiris played a double role: He was both a god of fertility and the personification of the dead king. This dual role was in turn combined with the Egyptian dogma of divine kingship: The king at death became Osiris, god of the underworld; the dead king's son, the living king, was identified with Horus, god of the sky. Osiris and Horus, therefore, were father and son. The goddess Isis was the mother of the king and was thus the mother of Horus and wife of Osiris. The god Seth was considered the murderer of Osiris and the adversary of Horus. According to the most traditional form of the myth, Osiris was slain or drowned by Seth, who tore the corpse into 14 pieces and flung them over the earth. Eventually Isis and her sister Nephthys found and buried all the pieces except the phallus, thereby giving new life to Osiris, who thenceforth remained in the underworld as ruler and judge. Horus then successfully fought against Seth and became the new king of Egypt. Osiris was regarded as not only the ruler of the dead but also as the power that granted all life from the underworld, from sprouting vegetables to the annual flood of the Nile. From about 2000BC onward it was believed that every man, not just the deceased kings, became identified with Osiris at death. The process of becoming Osiris, however, did not imply resurrection, for even Osiris did not rise from the dead. Instead it was the assumption of immortality, both in the next world and through one's descendants on earth.

Who is Icarus?

In ancient greek mythology, there was once a king of the island of Crete called Minos, who received a curse for his kingdom: this curse was a monster, half man and half bull and was called the Minotaur. (I am leaving out the why and how this Minotaur was born, but you may find the relevant information in a good's rather amusing). After a son of Minos was killed by the Athenians, to avenge his death, king Minos demanded that seven Athenian youths and seven maidens be sent every 9th year to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur. When the third time of the sacrifice came, Theseus, son of the king of Athens was chosen to go. Theseus decided to take a shot at killing the Minotaur. Before Theseus entered the maze, king Minos' daughter, Ariadne, gave him a long string rolled into a ball, which Theseus unwound as he proceeded through the labyrinth so as to remember his way out. Our hero succeeded in slaying the Minotaur and escaped safely. The builder of the labyrinth was a famous architect called Daedalus, who was being held captive by king Minos so that he wouldn't divulge the secret of the labyrinth. Icarus was the son of Daedalus. At some time, Daedalus tried to escape from his prison by constructing two sets of wings made with feathers stuck together with wax, one set for himself and the other for his son Icarus who was to flee with him. Both father and son were able to fly out of Crete, but it happened that Icarus was overjoyous and flew too high, getting "very near the sun". The heat melted the wax that bound the feathers and he fell into the ocean.

Why don't SANCTUARY and TWILIGHT ZONE appear on the UK/European album pressings?

"Sanctuary" first appeared on the Metal For Muthas with "Wrathchild." This is why neither one made it on the first album. I guess by the time the single was issued Tony Parsons was no longer a member of the band so they redid it with Dennis. "Wrathchild" was Adrian Smith's audition piece, and I guess he must have done such a great job with it that they decided to stick that onto the next single. Already "Running Free" was a single, but only in Europe and I think this single was performed by the quartet lineup Di'anno / Murray / Harris / Sampson, which would make sense that "Sanctuary" would be the first thing done by the lineup that would appear on the album, but since by now there were two versions of "Sanctuary floating about in UK but never heard in USA, they stick on the new version of "Sanctuary" which has the same lineup as the rest of the album (in my opinion though it's the inferior version. Stratton's solos tended to sound more or less the same from song to song). "Twilight Zone" comes out as a single soon after Adrian joins, but again only in the UK but not in USA. This is why it appears on USA pressings of Killers but not in the UK and everywhere else, I guess. Again, it makes sense to stick it on this album because the lineup that did "Twilight Zone" is the same that did the second LP.

Why does the vinyl version of LIVE AFTER DEATH have more tracks than the CD version?

The CD version of LIVE AFTER DEATH includes everything that the first three sides of the LP version contain. The fourth side is not included. Also, RUNNING FREE is shortened from about 8:16 on vinyl to about 3:16 on the CD by eliminating the crowd interaction. An experienced listener can even tell where the track has been cut. The common factor between the first three sides of the LP is that they are recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, whereas the fourth side is recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon (now known as the Hammersmith Apollo) in London. The vinyl version of LIVE AFTER DEATH is around 100 minutes and there's no way these could fit on a single CD. Granted, they could have released a double CD but there might have been price considerations. In any case, I like to think of the fourth side of the LP as an extra bonus for buying the vinyl. :) The songs extra on the LP version are: WRATHCHILD, CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED, 22 ACACIA AVENUE, DIE WITH YOUR BOOTS ON and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. (The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA performance is brilliant, by the way.) The LIVE AFTER DEATH video is also recorded at the Long Beach Arena but on a different night and contains a full gig, complete with intro and encore. It closes with SANCTUARY which is neither on the CD nor the LP.

IRON MAIDEN songs, where to find them, and song tidbits

Studio Albums: -------------- Song Title LP Time Album ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 Acacia Avenue 6:32 The Number Of The Beast 2 AM 5:38 The X Factor 2 Minutes To Midnight 6:02 Powerslave Aces High 4:30 Powerslave Afraid To Shoot Strangers 6:54 Fear Of The Dark Alexander The Great 8:35 Somewhere In Time Another Life 3:21 Killers Back In The Village 5:03 Powerslave Be Quick Or Be Dead 3:21 Fear Of The Dark Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter 4:40 No Prayer For The Dying Can I Play With Madness 3:29 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Caught Somewhere In Time 7:23 Somewhere In Time Chains Of Misery 3:37 Fear Of The Dark Charlotte The Harlot 4:10 Iron Maiden Childhood's End 4:40 Fear Of The Dark Children Of The Damned 4:32 The Number Of The Beast Deja-Vu 4:56 Somewhere In Time Die With Your Boots On 5:23 Piece Of Mind Drifter 4:47 Killers Fates Warning 4:11 No Prayer For The Dying Fear Is The Key 5:36 Fear Of The Dark Fear Of The Dark 7:13 Fear Of The Dark Flash Of The Blade 4:06 Powerslave Flight Of Icarus 3:49 Piece Of Mind Fortunes Of War 7:24 The X Factor From Here To Eternity 3:34 Fear Of The Dark Gangland 3:49 The Number Of The Beast Genghis Khan 3:03 Killers Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:09 The Number Of The Beast Heaven Can Wait 7:18 Somewhere In Time Holy Smoke 3:49 No Prayer For The Dying Hooks In You 4:07 No Prayer For The Dying Infinite Dreams 6:08 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Innocent Exile 3:50 Killers Invaders 3:24 The Number Of The Beast Iron Maiden 3:31 Iron Maiden Judas Be My Guide 3:09 Fear Of The Dark Judgement Of Heaven 5:12 The X Factor Killers 4:58 Killers Look For The Truth 5:10 The X Factor Lord Of The Flies 5:30 The X Factor Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) 4:13 Powerslave Man On The Edge 4:14 The X Factor Moonchild 5:38 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Mother Russia 5:32 No Prayer For The Dying Murders In The Rue Morgue 4:16 Killers No Prayer For The Dying 4:22 No Prayer For The Dying Only The Good Die Young 4:42 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Phantom Of The Opera 7:05 Iron Maiden Powerslave 7:09 Powerslave Prodigal Son 6:12 Killers Prowler 3:52 Iron Maiden Public Enema Number One 4:10 No Prayer For The Dying Purgatory 3:18 Killers Quest For Fire 3:42 Piece Of Mind Remember Tomorrow 5:25 Iron Maiden Revelations 6:47 Piece Of Mind Run Silent Run Deep 4:34 No Prayer For The Dying Run To The Hills 3:49 The Number Of The Beast Running Free 3:14 Iron Maiden Sanctuary 3:12 Iron Maiden Sea Of Madness 5:38 Somewhere In Time Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son 9:50 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Sign Of The Cross 11:18 The X Factor Still Life 4:39 Piece Of Mind Strange World 5:40 Iron Maiden Stranger In A Strange Land 5:39 Somewhere In Time Sun And Steel 3:27 Piece Of Mind Tailgunner 4:12 No Prayer For The Dying The Aftermath 6:12 The X Factor The Apparition 3:55 Fear Of The Dark The Assassin 4:15 No Prayer For The Dying The Clairvoyant 4:24 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son The Duellists 6:08 Powerslave The Edge Of Darkness 6:39 The X Factor The Evil That Men Do 4:31 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son The Fugitive 4:54 Fear Of The Dark The Ides Of March 1:44 Killers The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner 6:31 Somewhere In Time The Number Of The Beast 4:48 The Number Of The Beast The Prisoner 5:59 The Number Of The Beast The Prophecy 5:06 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner 13:35 Powerslave The Trooper 4:10 Piece Of Mind The Unbeliever 8:10 The X Factor To Tame A Land 7:21 Piece Of Mind Transylvania 4:06 Iron Maiden Twilight Zone 2:31 Killers Wasted Years 5:04 Somewhere In Time Wasting Love 5:47 Fear Of The Dark Weekend Warrior 5:39 Fear Of The Dark Where Eagles Dare 6:09 Piece Of Mind Wrathchild 2:51 Killers B-Sides And Others: ------------------- All In Your Mind 4:31 b-side Holy Smoke Single Black Bart Blues 6:41 b-side Can I Play With Madness Single Burning Ambition 2:42 b-side Running Free Single Communication Breakdown 2:41 b-side Bring Your Daughter Single Cross-Eyed Mary 3:55 b-side The Trooper Single Doctor, Doctor 4:50 b-side Virus CD Single 1 Invasion 2:39 b-side Women In Uniform Single also b-side Virus 12" Single I Live My Way b-side Man On The Edge 12" Single I'm A Mover 3:29 b-side Bring Your Daughter Single I've Got The Fire (Live) 3:14 b-side Sanctuary Single Juanita 3:47 b-side Stranger In A Strange Land Single Judgement Day b-side Man On The Edge CD Single 1 Justice Of The Peace b-side Man On The Edge CD Single 2 Kill Me Ce Soir 6:17 b-side Holy Smoke Single King Of Twilight 4:54 b-side Aces High Single Massacre 2:54 b-side Can I Play With Madness Single Mission From 'Arry 6:43 b-side 2 Minutes To Midnight Single My Generation 3:38 b-side Virus CD Single 1 Nodding Donkey Blues 3:19 b-side Be Quick Or Be Dead Single Prowler (Soundhouse Tapes) b-side Virus 12" Single Rainbow's Gold 4:57 b-side 2 Minutes To Midnight Single Reach Out (Adrian on vocals) 3:31 b-side Wasted Years Single Roll Over Vic Vella 4:48 b-side From Here To Eternity Single Sheriff Of Huddersfield 3:35 b-side Wasted Years Single Space Station No. 5 3:47 b-side Be Quick Or Be Dead Single That Girl 5:04 b-side Stranger In A Strange Land Single Total Eclipse 4:29 b-side Run To The Hills Single Women In Uniform 3:11 Women In Uniform Single Covers: ------- Chevrolet 3:51 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Fighting Man 5:38 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Lady 6:58 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Rosalie 4:37 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 School Days 4:50 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 See Right Through You 3:23 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 She's A Roller (Cover) 12 Wasted Years video She's Gone 5:32 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Silver And Gold 6:29 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Try 4:07 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Tush 4:43 (Cover) Marquee Club - 12/19/85 Song Tidbits: ------------- Average (Studio) Song Length: 5:09.9 Total Studio Music: 8:05:32 1st Longest Song: The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner 13:35 2nd Longest Song: Sign Of The Cross 11:18 3rd Longest Song: Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son 9:50 4th Longest Song: Alexander The Great 8:35 5th Longest Song: Fortunes Of War 7:24 6th Longest Song: Caught Somewhere In Time 7:23 Other 7-something minute songs: Fear Of The Dark (7:13), Hallowed Be Thy Name (7:09), Heaven Can Wait (7:18), Phantom Of The Opera (7:05), Powerslave (7:09), To Tame A Land (7:21). 1st Shortest Song: The Ides Of March 1:44 2nd Shortest Song: Twilight Zone 2:31 3rd Shortest Song: Wrathchild 2:51 4th Shortest Song: Genghis Khan 3:03 Other 3-something-minute songs: Another Life (3:21), Be Quick Or Be Dead (3:21), Can I Play With Madness (3:29), Chains Of Misery (3:37), Flight Of Icarus (3:49), From Here To Eternity (3:34), Gangland (3:49), Holy Smoke (3:49), Innocent Exile (3:50), Invaders (3:24), Iron Maiden (3:31), Judas Be My Guide (3:09), Prowler (3:52), Purgatory (3:18), Quest For Fire (3:42), Run To The Hills (3:49), Running Free (3:14), Sanctuary (3:12), Sun And Steel (3:27), The Apparition (3:55). Instrumental Songs: Transylvania, The Ides Of March, Genghis Khan, and Losfer Words (Big 'Orra).

Song Credits And Other Info

IRON MAIDEN ----------- Prowler Steve Harris Remember Tommorrow Harris - Paul Di'Anno Running Free Harris - Di'Anno Phantom Of The Opera Harris Transylvania Harris Strange World Harris Sanctuary Iron Maiden Charlotte The Harlot Dave Murray Iron Maiden Harris Total Songs: 9 Total Time: 40:49 Produced by Will Malone Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs Recorded at Kingsway Studios, London Mixed at Morgan Studios, London KILLERS ------- The Ides Of March Harris Wrathchild Harris Murders In The Rue Morgue Harris Another Life Harris Genghis Khan Harris Innocent Exile Harris Killers Di'Anno - Harris Twilight Zone Harris - Murray Prodigal Son Harris Purgatory Harris Drifter Harris Total Songs: 11 Total Time: 41:22 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Managed by Rod Smallwood Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST ----------------------- Invaders Harris Children Of The Damned Harris The Prisoner Adrian Smith - Harris 22, Acacia Avenue Harris - Smith The Number Of The Beast Harris Run To The Hills Harris Gangland Smith - Clive Burr Hallowed Be Thy Name Harris Total Songs: 8 Total Time: 40:22 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Recorded and Mixed @ Battery Studios, London, England Managed by Rod Smallwood Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs PIECE OF MIND ------------- Where Eagles Dare Harris Revelations Bruce Dickinson Flight Of Icarus Smith - Dickinson Die With Your Boots On Smith - Dickinson - Harris The Trooper Harris Still Life Murray - Harris Quest For Fire Harris Sun And Steel Dickinson - Smith To Tame A Land Harris Total Songs: 9 Total Time: 46:04 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Recorded @ Compass Point, Nassau, Bahamas Mixed @ Electric Lady Sound Studios, NY Managed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor Sleeve Illustration by Derek Riggs POWERSLAVE ---------- Aces High Harris Two Minutes To Midnight Smith - Dickinson Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) Harris Flash Of The Blade Dickinson The Duellists Harris Back To The Village Smith - Dickinson Powerslave Dickinson Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Harris Total Songs: 8 Total Time: 51:01 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Recorded @ Compass Point, Nassau, Bahamas Mixed @ Electric Lady Sound Studios, NY Managed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs SOMEWHERE IN TIME ----------------- Caught Somewhere In Time Harris Wasted Years Smith Sea Of Madness Smith Heaven Can Wait Harris The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner Harris Stranger In A Strange Land Smith Deja-Vu Harris - Murray Alexander The Great Harris Total Songs: 8 Total Time: 51:26 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Recorded @ Compass Point, Nassau Bahamas and Wisselord Studios, Hilversum, Holland Mixed @ Electric Lady Sound Studios, NY Managed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON ---------------------------- Moonchild Smith - Dickinson Infinite Dreams Harris Can I Play With Madness Smith - Dickinson - Harris The Evil That Men Do Smith - Dickinson - Harris Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Harris The Prophecy Murray - Harris The Clairvoyant Harris Only The Good Die Young Harris - Dickinson Total Songs: 8 Total Time: 44:08 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Recorded @ Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany Mixed @ Sterling Sound, NY Managed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING ----------------------- Tailgunner Harris - Dickinson Holy Smoke Harris - Dickinson No Prayer For The Dying Harris Public Enema #1 Murray - Dickinson Fates Warning Murray - Harris The Assassin Harris Run Silent Run Deep Harris - Dickinson Hooks In You Dickinson - Smith Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter Dickinson Mother Russia Harris Total Songs: 10 Total Time: 44:07 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch Recorded @ Steve's Barn on Rolling Stone Mobile Mixed @ Battery Studios, London Managed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor Sleeve Illustrations by Derek Riggs FEAR OF THE DARK ---------------- Be Quick Or Be Dead Dickinson - Janick Gers From Here to Eternity Harris Afraid To Shoot Strangers Harris Fear Is The Key Dickinson - Gers Childhood's End Harris Wasting Love Dickinson - Gers The Fugitive Harris Chains Of Misery Dickinson - Murray The Apparition Harris - Gers Judas Be My Guide Dickinson - Murray Weekend Warrior Harris - Gers Fear Of The Dark Harris Total Songs: 12 Total Time: 58:39 Produced and Mixed by Martin Birch and Steve Harris Recorded @ Barnyard Studios, Essex, England Mixed @ Barnyard Studios, Essex, England Managed by Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor Sleeve Illustrations by Melvyn Grant THE X-FACTOR ------------ Sign Of The Cross Harris Lord Of The Flies Harris - Gers Man On The Edge Bayley - Gers Fortunes Of War Harris The Aftermath Harris - Bayley - Gers Look For The Truth Bayley - Gers - Harris Judgement Of Heaven Harris Blood Of The World's Hands Harris The Edge Of Darkness Harris - Bayley - Gers 2 AM Bayley - Gers - Harris The Unbeliever Harris - Gers Total Songs: 11 Total Time: 71:08 Produced and Mixed by Steve Harris and Nigel Green Recorded @ Barnyard Studios, Essex, England Engineered by Nigel Green Mastered at Chop 'em Out by Ronald Whelan Sleeve Illustrations by Hugh Syme Overall Song/Album Statistics ----------------------------- Total Studio Songs: 94 Steve Harris = 72 Songs ---> 76.6% Bruce Dickinson = 23 Songs ---> 24.5% Adrian Smith = 15 Songs ---> 16.0% Janick Gers = 11 Songs ---> 11.7% Dave Murray = 9 Songs ---> 9.6% Blaze Bayley = 5 Songs ---> 5.3% Paul Di'Anno = 3 Songs ---> 3.2% Clive Burr = 1 Song ---> 1.1% Nicko McBrain = Absolutely None! :)

Cover Songs found on various singles/live recordings

* "I've Got The Fire" - this is an old (Ronnie) MONTROSE song. Sammy Hagar used to sing for them. * "Cross-Eyed Mary" - this is an old JETHRO TULL song (actually written by Ian Anderson) from the album AQUALUNG. * "Women In Uniform" - by an Australian band SKYHOOKS * "Tush" - this is an old ZZ TOP song, played at various places, including the Reading Festival 1992 and a secret concert at the Marquee in London, December 19, 1985. It wasn't a frequent closer but they did it every once in a while. * "Chevrolet" - Another ZZ TOP song from the 1972 album "Rio Grande Mud". Played at The Marquee 12/19/85 * "Try" - ??? also from the Marquee 12/19/85 * "School Days" - ??? also from the Marquee 12/19/85 * "Fighting Man" - This is an Adrian Smith song. It is on the B-side of the 12" single of "Silver And Gold." also from the Marquee 12/19/85 * "Lady" - ??? also from the Marquee 12/19/85 * "Rosalie" - this is a BOB SEGER song of which THIN LIZZY have also done a cover on "Fighting" (1973). The Thin Lizzy version is probably the most widely known. Also from the Marquee Club gig, 12/19/85. * "Juanita" - ??? * "That Girl" - this was originally done by British 'rockers' FM. Apparently, the MAIDEN version is much better, since the FM version is heavily drenched in keyboards, etc. * "See Right Through You" - ??? also from the Marquee 12/19/85 * "Reach Out" - this was written by Andy Colwell later for A.S.A.P. But it was written sometime around 1985. (Also performed at the Marquee gig 12/19/85). * "Silver And Gold" - This is an Adrian Smith original, probably used from the times of URCHIN and BROADWAY BRATS. He probably just threw it out this night (also from the Marquee 12/19/85), and it sounds like him singing it actually. I think he also used other versions of this later in A.S.A.P. * "She's Gone" - originally by BLACK SABBATH from "Technical Ecstasy", also from the Marquee 12/19/85 * "King Of Twilight" - originally done by NEKTAR. * "Rainbow's Gold" - originally done by BECKETT. Written by Terry Slesser and Kenny Mountain. * "Massacre" - originally done by THIN LIZZY. * "All In Your Mind" - originally done by STRAY. * "Kill Me Ce Soir" - originally done by GOLDEN EARRING. * "I'm A Mover" - originally done by FREE. * "Communication Breakdown" - originally done by LED ZEPPELIN, of course. * "Space Station No. 5" - originally done by MONTROSE. * "Roll Over Vic Vella" - this is a parody of CHUCK BERRY's "Roll Over Beethoven", based on main roadie/driver Vic Vella (who has been with IRON MAIDEN since their beginning). * "She's A Roller" - this was an URCHIN song (Adrian Smith's original band), one of 2 songs released as a single actually - from the 12 Wasted Years video. * "My Generation" - originally done by THE WHO (written by Pete Townshend) * "Doctor, Doctor" - originally by UFO (written by Michael Schenker)??

Song Chart Positions

All chart positions are in the UK, unless otherwise noted. Albums ------ IRON MAIDEN #4 KILLERS #2 (#59 on Billboard chart, on for 17 weeks) THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST #1 (#33 on Billboard chart, in top 100 for 8 months) PIECE OF MIND #3 (#14 on Billboard chart, on for 43 weeks) POWERSLAVE #2 LIVE AFTER DEATH #2 SOMEWHERE IN TIME #3 SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON #1 FEAR OF THE DARK #5 (#12 in US) Singles/E.P.s ------------- Running Free/Burning Ambition #34 Sanctuary/Drifter #29 Women In Uniform/Invasion #35 Twilight Zone/Wrathchild #31 Purgatory/Genghis Khan #52 Run To The Hills/Total Eclipse #7 The Number Of The Beast/Remember Tomorrow #18 Flight Of Icarus/I've Got The Fire #11 The Trooper/Cross-Eyed Mary #12 2 Minutes To Midnight/Rainbow's Gold #11 Aces High/King Of Twilight #20 Running Free (Live)/Sanctuary (Live) #19 Run To The Hills (Live)/Phantom Of The Opera (Live) #26 Wasted Years/Reach Out #18 Stranger In A Strange Land/That Girl #22 The Evil That Men Do #4 The Clairvoyant #6 Infinite Dreams #6 Can I Play With Madness #3 Holy Smoke debuted at #3 (highest debut ever for a single by any group or singer) Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter #1 Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live) #9 on Billboard chart

Songs Played/Not Played In Concert in IRON MAIDEN's History

Like most other bands, IRON MAIDEN has a pretty constant mainstay of songs they play at concerts. Through a collection of bootlegs and being at many concerts, this is pretty much a compilation of their 'maximum playlist' I'd say. If anyone has a bootleg or has heard of Maiden playing any of these songs below, please let me know! IRON MAIDEN: All KILLERS: All except "Prodigal Son." THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST: All except "Gangland." "Invaders" has been played during their Auckland, NZ 1992 concert, about 3/4 of the way through the set. PIECE OF MIND: All except "Quest For Fire" and "Sun And Steel." "To Tame A Land" has been played live but a live recording has never been released. POWERSLAVE: All except "Flash Of The Blade", "The Duellists", and "Back In The Village." SOMEWHERE IN TIME: All except "Deja-Vu", and "Alexander The Great." SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON: All. "Only the Good Die Young" played less often. NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING: All except "Fates Warning", "Run Silent Run Deep", "Mother Russia". FEAR OF THE DARK: All except "Fear Is They Key", "Childhood's End", "The Fugitive", "Chains Of Misery", "The Apparition", "Judas Be My Guide", and "Weekend Warrior." OTHER NON-ALBUM SONGS: "Women In Uniform" (yes), "Invasion" (yes), "I've Got The Fire" (yes), "Total Eclipse" (yes), "Burning Ambition" (no). (I think).

Song And Name Origins

* The name IRON MAIDEN was gotten from the movie "The Man In The Iron Mask." * The nickname "Bruce Bruce" (used during Bruce's days in Samson) is originally from Monty Python's "no pooftas" sketch. * The nickname "Air Raid Siren" was actually well-earned in Samson when he managed to shatter a huge glass globe at Chelsea College with one particularly well-placed scream). * "Where Eagles Dare", underlying theme: Whatever is going on wrong in the world, Clint Eastwood will fix it (quote by Bruce Dickinson, Hannover, Germany, 4/15/93). Also taken from the movie of the same name, with Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton. The book is by Alistair MacLean. There's also a part in here that supposed to sound like a machine gun (an instru- mental section), but it's not very loud in the mix. This song was done in only 2 takes. For the Piece Of Mind tour, this used to be the opening song, putting a good bit of pressure on Nicko, since he was still new to the band. * The Charlotte series: "Charlotte The Harlot" (from IRON MAIDEN), "22, Acacia Avenue" (from NUMBER OF THE BEAST). It is argued by some that "Hooks In You" (from NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING), and "From Here To Eternity" (FEAR OF THE DARK) are continuations of the storyline but others disagree. * "Run To The Hills" tells the tale of the massacre of the native Americans by the pillaging pale-faces from both points of view. The first part of the song tells the side of the Indians. The second part tells the side of the soldiers. This was the band's first BIG hit single, especially in the states. * "The Number Of The Beast" was inspired by the movie "Omen II." It's about a dream/nightmare that Steve Harris supposedly had (not devil worship!). The scream at the end was originally a sort of attempt to get a great blood-curdling scream at the end like on THE WHO's "You Won't Get Fooled Again." * "Children Of The Damned" is a song inpsired by the movie of the same name. * "Murders In The Rue Morgue" is based on Edgar Allen Poe's detective short story by the same name. This story is mainly the reason why Edgar Allen Poe is considered the inventor of the detective genre. * "Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter" is loosely based on the poem "To Coy His Mistress." * "The Sheriff Of Huddersfield" (b-side "Wasted Years" single) is a song about Maiden's manager Rod (Smallwallet) Smallwood. He is notoriously a cheapskate, skimping tips wherever possible, and pinching pennies wherever. Just listen to the song! * "Still Life" is about a guy who's drawn like a magnet to a pool of water, sees his face in the lake, has nightmares about it, and in the end jumps in and takes his unfortunate girlfriend with him. I think it is inspired by Ramsey Campbell's "The Inhabitant of The Lake." (This one's from an old posting in alt.rock-n-roll.metal). * "Quest For Fire", inspired by the movie of the same name, is a little less convincing than some of the other epics, although the vision it conjures up of dinosaurs and Racquel Welch wobbling about is pretty agreeable. * "Sun And Steel" is a song about Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary Japanese Swordsman. The lyrics make many references to Musashi's book "A Book Of Five Rings." Musashi's first fight was at the age of 13, where he (untrained) supposedly beat his opponent, a samurai warrior, to death with a stick. At the age of 16 he had his second fight, and he killed that guy, too. The line "Through Earth and Water, Fire and Wind, you came at last, Nothing was the end" is a reference to "A Book Of Five Rings." Musashi also wrote his book in five sections (books): Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void. "You make your cut by Fire and Stones, take you and your blade, break you both in two". The Fire and Stones cut is a movement that Musashi decribes in the aforementioned book. Also, according to the book "Kenjutsu: The Japanese Art of Swordsmanship" by Charles Daniel, Musashi died of natural causes at the age of 61. * "To Tame A Land" is based on the novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert. The song was actually originally titled "Dune," and Steve wanted to use a spoken quotation from the book as the intro. Out of courtesy they applied to Herbert's agent for permission, and back the word came from Herbert: "No. Because Frank Herbert doesn't like rock bands, particularly heavy rock bands, and especially rock bands like IRON MAIDEN." Pretty narrow-minded attitude if you ask me. Even though the band thought it would be a good advertisement for the book "Dune" and everything, Frank Herbert still said no, and that *if* IRON MAIDEN went through with it, then he'd sue them into next week, etc. Bastard! :) * "Purgatory" is an old song, and in a slightly different form used to be called "Floating". Then Maiden changed the lyrics and a couple of bits in the middle section. * "Gangland", written by Clive Burr and Adrian Smith, is a bit jazz influenced, with the drum intro written by Clive (of course). * "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is about someone with only a few hours left to live. He is about to be hanged, and this deals with how he faces his future. * "The Trooper" is based on the Crimean War with the British against the Russians. The opening is meant to try and recreate the galloping horses in the charge of the light brigade. Based on Lord Alfred Tennyson's "Charge Of The Light Brigade." * "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", as many people know, is an epic (Maiden's longest song by far, clocking in at 13:45), based on the poem of the same name written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (required reading in many high school literature classes that I know of!) The song is much easier to understand than the actual poem, if you ask me! :) * "Invaders" (from THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST) is actually an extension of the old standard song "Invasion" (heard on The Soundhouse Tapes, and as a b-side to the Women In Uniform single). It is about the Viking invasion(s) of England. * "King of Twilight" - a cover song (the b-side on the Aces High single) originally done by NEKTAR, from the album "A Tab In The Ocean." Other NEKTAR albums are: "Remember The Future", "Down To Earth", "Recycled", and "Magic Is A Child." * "Genghis Khan" is an instrumental about what Genghis Khan's advancing army was like. * "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" has taken its title from the book by the same title by Robert Heinlein. It is based on the Alan Sillitoe short story. It was also a British movie, 1962. (is this correct?) * "The Assassin" is based on a killer's motives and how he goes about his business. * "Moonchild" is the name of a book by Aleister Crowley, the most prominent ceremonial magician of this century, with the worst reputation. The lyrics from Maiden's Moonchild are based to some extent on Liber Samekh, by Crowley. It is sometimes referred to the "Preliminary Invocation of the Goetia" or "The Barbarous Names of Evocation." Contrast this excerpt with the Maiden lyrics: Thee I invoke, the Bornless One. Thee, that didst create the Earth and the Heavens. Thee, that did create the Night and the Day. Thee, that did create the Darkness and the Light. Thou art Asar-Un-Nefer (myself made perfect) whom no man has seen at any time. Thou art Ia-Besz (the Truth in Matter) Thou art Ia-Apophrasz (the Truth in Motion) etc.... The Scarlet Whore is a deity in Crowley's pantheon. The Scarlet Whore is, of course, the Scarlet Woman of Liber AL vel Legis, and the Whore of Babylon in Revelations. The Beast was of course, supposed to be Crowley. * "The Evil That Men Do" has taken its title from a Shakespeare quote. The quote is "The evil that men do lives on after them, But the good is oft interred with their bones." This is from Mark Antony's soliloquy in "Julius Caesar." * "Run Silent Run Deep" is based on the movie. * "Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter" was written during Bruce Dickinson's solo project for the Nightmare On Elm Street Part V movie. * "Prowler" is supposedly about a guy streaking and flashing women, while masturbating at the same time. * "Alexander The Great" tells the life and times of the famous conqueror Alexander The Great (duh!). * "Weekend Warrior" is (possibly) about weekend soccer matches with your friends, and especially about the 'hooliganism' that goes on. * "Holy Smoke" is about the bullshit televangelists, and some of their weird scams. * "The Duellists" is loosely based on the British movie of the same name, directed by Ridley Scott (his debut film). Also, see the book "The Duel" by Joseph Conrad. * "Remember Tomorrow" is, according to a Paul Di'Anno interview with Metal Hammer, about his grandfather. This track was very special and personal to him. * "The Prisoner" is based on the 1960's British TV series of the same name, starring Patrick McGoohan. This series has become kind of a cult and you can buy the whole set on video. In the series, a British secret agent quits the secret service and is gassed as soon as he gets home. He wakes up in a place called "The Village" where people have their names replaced by numbers. He is number Six and the numbers get smaller as you go up the hierarchy. Number One runs the place. See also the FAQ on * "Back In The Village" also has something to do with The Prisoner series. * "Stranger In A Strange Land" is about an expedition that got lost in the North Pole. Their bodies were found almost perfectly preserved in the snow. Adrian met one of the survivors and this inspired Maiden to write the song. Apparently the man has become a Maiden fan since :-). The title is borrowed from the famous Robert Heinlein book but the song is not related to the book in any other way. * "Childhood's End" is an Arthur C. Clarke Sci-Fi book. The song does not have anything to do with the book, apart from the fact that they have the same title, just like "Stranger In A Strange Land." * "Man On The Edge" appears to be based on the film "Falling Down" starring Michael Douglas. * "The Edge Of Darkness" is based on Joseph Conrad's "Heart Of Darkness," on which the film "Apocalypse Now" is based. * "Sign Of The Cross" may be loosely based on the book "The Name Of The Rose" by Umberto Eco. There is also a film by the same name, starring Sean Connery. The "Eleven saintly shrouded men" who "came to wash my sins away" is the holy Inquisition. * "Lord Of The Flies" is based on William Golding's novel by the same name.

Location of Derek Riggs' insignia on IRON MAIDEN albums

Derek Riggs trademark symbol is something like the following. It seems to be his initials...a (mirrored) D, and the R on the right-hand side. Or some- thing like that! /--|--\ / | \ \ | / \--|--/ \ | \ .--, | \--, |__| | |__| \./ * IRON MAIDEN: check the second brick from the left, six rows down * KILLERS: in the window at the bottom on the right * THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST: just right of the Devil's ankle * PIECE OF MIND: On the back cover, as part of a necklace held within a skeletal hand. (The signature is not on the cd version since part of the picture has been cut off) * POWERSLAVE: at the pyramid's entrance, where Eddie's privates would be * LIVE AFTER DEATH: Open up the CD case and follow the stone path back through the center of the cemetery. There's a tombstone in the middle back there with his symbol on it. Did you notice that another tombstone behind the cat and the red rose has 'Here Lies Derek Riggs'? This painting also has religious references in it. Just look over all the crosses and tombstones, and of course the shadowy figure in the sky. * SOMEWHERE IN TIME: Eddie's breastplate * SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON: in the water (plain as day) * NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING: out in the grass somewhere OR the "dot" over the 'i' in Dying appears to be the signature * FEAR OF THE DARK: (This cover done by Melvyn Grant, see note at end) * A REAL DEAD ONE: On the outside corner of Eddie's right eye * A REAL LIVE ONE: On the inside of Eddie's right thigh * Running Free single: on the cardboard box to the right of the uncovered trashcan * Sanctuary single: on the folded over part of the IRON MAIDEN poster * Women in Uniform: on the stone wall just right of the trashcan, beneath Margaret Thatcher's right elbow. * Purgatory single: plain as day left of Satan's throat * The Trooper single: on the ground beneath Eddie's legs. * Aces High: on the front of the plane, just below the cockpit, on the left hand side. * The Judge (First Ten Years) - It appears to be sideways on the righthand corner of the book in front of Eddie. * The Prophet (inside 7th son): on the right hand corner of the book that Eddie is writing in. * Maiden Japan: between Eddie's ankle and the 81 * Maiden England video: at the corner of the Union Jack flag closest to Eddie * A REAL LIVE ONE: On the head of the bass guitar * A REAL DEAD ONE: On the wrist of the hand that is pulling down on Eddie's mouth. Note: The Fear Of The Dark illustration was not done by Derek Riggs. According to page 15 of the CD booklet: "Illustration: Melvyn Grant". I don't know if Melvyn Grant is a total unknown, or if he has done other work or not... (According to an interview with Bruce Dickinson on MTV shortly after FEAR OF THE DARK was released, they picked three different artists to do a cover for the album, and they would pick the best one out of the three submitted. He went on to state that Derek would still be involved with future artwork and that he wasn't fired or anything).

SOMEWHERE IN TIME cover references/neato things

* "This is a very boring painting" - backwards message just behind Eddie's right leg * Ruskin Arms reference (old pub they started playing at) * Clock says 23:58 (2 Minutes To Midnight) * West Ham 7 Arsenal 3 - soccer score, showing their favorite team West Ham well in the lead. Incidentally, West Ham are THE IRONS - see section 24 * Aces High bar, complete with a spitfire flying above. * The Rainbow bar (another old club they frequented in the early days) * Live After Death, Blade Runner on the movie theater * The movie theater is the Philip K. Dick cinema, who is the author of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", on which the movie Blade Runner is based. * Marquee Club (another old club they frequented in the old days) * Phantom Opera House * "Bollocks again and again" under "Phantom Opera House". This might be a reference to the hidden "Bollocks" message on the Powerslave cover. * Ancient Mariner Seafood Restaurant * Herbert Ails on the overpass (probably a reference to Frank Herbert, author of DUNE, who wouldn't allow Maiden to use it as a song title). * "Tonight GYPSY'S KISS", under the 23:58 sign (hard to see) - reference to Steve Harris' very first band * Hammerjacks - a reference to one of the band's favorite bars in the US, Hammerjacks Night Club in Baltimore, MD. The Night Club closed on Jan 1 94. The concert hall is still open, however. * Long Beach Arena * Nicko is dressed in old-time flight goggles (reference to his being a pilot). * Nicko is also wearing a shirt saying: "Iron What?" * On the back cover there is Icarus falling from the Sun with burning wings in the top right corner, in front of the Bradbury Hotel. This of course refers to "The Flight Of Icarus." * The "Bradbury Hotels International" sign - is this possibly a reference to the popular futuristic author Ray Bradbury (author of such classics as "The Martian Chronicles", "Ice Nine", etc.)? * If you look closely, you can see the shadow of the reaper on the back cover in front of the pyramids. * The pyramids refer to the sleeve of "Powerslave". * All the Japanese around the covers could be connected to "Maiden Japan" and IRON MAIDEN's other performances there. * "Maggies revenge" on the back cover refers to Margaret Thatcher. She and the British government had a dispute with IRON MAIDEN back in 1980/1981 with the "Sanctuary" and "Women In Uniform" singles, depicting her as dead on the ground (killed by Eddie, of course) and hiding behind a wall observing Eddie picking up chicks, respectively. * The street Eddie is standing on is Acacia Avenue, a reference of course to "Charlotte the Harlot" and "22 Acacia Avenue", the Charlotte series. (You can see this above the IRON MAIDEN poster on the extreme right side). * In one of the windows on Acacia Avenue, you can see a girl (supposedly Charlotte the Harlot herself) sitting in a chair. * Bruce Dickinson is holding a brain, ala PIECE OF MIND. * Tehe's bar is where they got the guys to sing backup vocals in the sing- along part in "Heaven Can Wait." * Batman standing under Tehe's bar sign * Tardis from Dr. Who is above the Rainbow Club sign * Asimov Foundation Building in background * Tyrell Corp. right above the causeway (replicant manufacturer in Blade Runner) * Cat with halo, which seems to pop up all over the place * Eye of Horus above Webster sign to left of Eddie's gun * One of Eddie's eyes is actually a 'laser'. This probably comes from the "2 Minutes To Midnight single"... Just remember the picture from this single: Eddie has a "pirate's eye", probably because of the nuclear holocaust (the nuclear mushroom-cloud in the background). * There is a litter box right under Eddie's left leg attached to the lamppost. This is exactly the same as the litter box attached to the light post on the IRON MAIDEN debut album, to the left of Eddie next to the wall. Pretty obscure! :) * Also, there is a metal plate that connects Eddie's nose to the top of his head. If you look at the wall to the right of sign that has the football (excuse me, 'soccer' for y'all in the US!) score on it, you will see that little metal plate with two screws that Eddie always has on his head (since the PIECE OF MIND era at least, when he was lobotimized. The screw is there now to keep his head all together in one piece!). * There are also these neon signs, one of which says something in Hebrew, the other one in Russian. The Hebrew bit probably means "God" (?), the Russian bit is pronounced KEPHIR and means "yoghurt". This is (or rather was) a rather common sign on the buildings indicating a milk-store in Russia.


* The quotation at the beginning of the song "The Number Of The Beast" is from Revelations (ch. xiii v.18): "Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, beacause he knows the time is short...Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and sixty six." The person speaking this intro is NOT Vincent's actually a spaker found by an ad agent friend of Rod Smallwood's). [Actually, the proper quote from the Book of Revelations is "... its number is six hundred and three score six."] * "The Prisoner" was a song inspired by the sixties acid-tab TV series of the same name and open with a phrase from the series. The phrase "I'm not a number, I'm a free man!" sums up the spirit of the central rebel character portrayed by the series writer, maverick Danger Man Patrick McGoohan. British heavy DJ Tommy Vance had the tapes so Steve Harris could find the quote he wanted; all that remained was to get permission to lift it from the man himself. Rod Smallwood was quite nervous in doing it, but called up McGoohan and told the actor the details. "What was the band's name again?" he asked. "IRON MAIDEN", replied a terrified Rod. "A rock band you say?" McGoohan mused and then snapped the command "DO IT!" The full dialog at the beginning of "The Prisoner" is as follows: "We want information...information...information..." "Who are you?" "The new number two." "Who is number one?" "You are number six." "I am not a number!...I am a free man!" "<laughter>" * The quote on the back of the Piece Of Mind LP sleeve: again from Revela- tions (ch. xxi, v.1): "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death. Neither sorrow nor crying. Neither shall there be any more Brain." (where 'pain' was replaced by 'Brain', obviously). This refers to Eddie's brain being removed in Piece Of Mind. * The first and last verses of the song Revelations are taken from an old English hymnal by G. K. Chesterton. * At the end of Still Life, if you crank up the volume right after the last note you can hear someone (Nicko I think) say "that was fuckin' great!" But it's almost gotta listen hard. * During the bridge of "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", the following is actually a quotation from the original poem of the same name, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "Day after day, day after day, we stuck nor breath nor motion, As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean; Water, water everywhere and all the boards did shrink, Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798 - 1834). * During the middle slow part of "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", the following is also a quotation from the poem of the same name, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "One after one by the star dogged moon, too quick for groan or sigh; each turned his face with a ghastly pang, and cursed me with his eye; four times fifty living men, (and I heard nor sigh nor groan), with a heavy thump, a lifeless lump, they dropped down one by one." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798 - 1834). * On the LIVE AFTER DEATH cover: "That is not dead/which can eternal lie/ yet with strange aeons/even death may die." This is from H. P. Lovecraft's "Nameless City." The proper quote is "AND with strange aeons" instead of "yet." In the story, this is written in the Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred. The complete works of H. P. Lovecraft consist of only three volumes and I think it's worth buying and reading them. * At the beginning of the LIVE AFTER DEATH album and video, right before the beginning of the song "Aces High", there is a Winston Churchill speech, from back at the beginning of World War II (the exact date is June 4th, 1940.) I think it's the speech he gave as the official "Declaration Of War" speech. It goes like this: "We Shall go on till the end. We shall fight in France, We shall fight in the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cause may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight on the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!" * From the sleeve of the "Stranger In A Strange Land" single: "The android with no name walked into the crowded spaceport bar, eight foot tall, with death in his cold android eyes, he strode across the room. Small green aliens scuttled out of his path, fearsome martian warriors would not meet his gaze and the air froze when he croaked in his dark gravelly voice, "A pint of bitter please, mate". * At the beginning of the song "Alexander The Great": "My son...ask for thyself another Kingdom, for that which I leave is too small for thee." by King Philip of Macedonia - 339 B.C. (Alexander the Great's father, obviously). King Philip had a wild horse that none of his men could break (i.e. stay on!) Then Alexander who waas around 13 then, jumped on the horse and broke it. The king laughed and said "My kingdom's not gonna be big enough for you!" Twisting the English around a little you get a more sophisticated version which is what appears on the album. * "Hello, let me to introduce myself, my name's Rodney, I'm immensely strong... The reason I never took up martial arts is because I'm immensely fearsome. And I'd probably kill everybody that I came into contact with. I was phenomenally with eagle my lad, fly with the eagle, 'cos it's what makes the world rotate. And everybody knows that the center of the universe is Huddersfield, that's why I don't live there anymore... I live in Los Angeles - it's great... I think. I don't know why you make such a fuss about it... I'm not in it for the money! I like it here, the sun shines all night..." "Also I used to be able to lift 95 navvies on a're not bloody listening to me are you?" - courtesy of Rodney Smallwood, Bloody Yorkshireman * On A REAL DEAD ONE, the first track, "The Number Of The Beast" has something weird going on before the song starts. During the Revelations quote, at approximately 0:10, 0:18, 0:20 and 0:25, if you turn up the volume a good bit, you can hear some sort of gibberish in the background, After it says "For it is a human number", Bruce says "What is it please?". Anybody know anything else about this?! * On A REAL LIVE ONE, Bruce Dickinson takes out about a minute of time speaking French to the audience, right before going into the song "Wasting Love." Below is a pretty accurate transcription of what he says in French, and its equivalent English translation, more or less... :) Original version (in French) ---------------------------- Eh bonsoir, bienvenue C'est la premiere fois que je parle le francais pour une annee et demie, tres dangereux. Nous avons un nouveau album, oui c'est ca, Fear Of The Dark, oui. Cette chanson, c'est un peu different pour nous de faire ce type de chanson, mais pour nous c'est important, parce qu'il est un chanson qui est pour le coeur. L'amour ce n'est pas seulement un homme fuck(*) un ami, ce n'est pas. L'amour c'est, c'est plus en bas, dans la tete, dans le coeur, dans toute la forme. In English ---------- Eh Goodnight, welcome It's the first time I've been speaking French for one year and an half, very dangerous. We have a new album, yes that's correct, Fear Of The Dark, yes. This song, it's somehow different for us to write this type of song, but for us it's important because this is a song which is for the heart. Love, this is not only a man fuck a friend, no this is not Love is, it's more deep, in the mind, in the heart, in the whole of the being (is that correct?)

Real Life IRON MAIDEN References

* The movie "Phenomena" (UK title) or "Creepers" (US title) by Dario Argente, 1984 has "Flash Of The Blade" in a chase scene. * The movie "Morons From Outer Space" shows "The Number Of The Beast" LP cover in a scene. A person is going crazy, and a person holds up the album, points to Eddie, and points back to the person, as if "you're nuts." * The Beavis and Butt-Head episode "SCARED STRAIGHT" has Beavis and Butt-Head visiting a prison, supposedly to deter them from a future life of crime. They meet two guys in a cell, one of which has an IRON MAIDEN tatoo on his left arm. Beavis thinks it's cool, the guys says "Yeah...Maiden rules." And they start jamming...playing air guitar and singing a piece of "The Prisoner": "Not a prisoner!!! I'm a free man!!! And my blood is my own now!!!" in a painfully awful Beavis & Butt-Head-like voice! This is quite cool, I think. :) * The FAQ where the name Iron Maiden and the songs THE PRISONER and BACK IN THE VILLAGE are mentioned * The Stephen King wannabe author Shaun Hutson seems to be a big Maiden fan because several of his books feature quotes preceding chapters, and characters wearing Maiden shirts or listening to their music. I think his novel "Slugs" has several such examples. * Bruce Dickinson and Eddie did a Public Service Announcement for television with "The Seat Belt Dummies" circa 1991. The seat belt dummies were in the audience jamming to Maiden and then Eddie came out later and they made some remark that, "if you don't wear your seatbelt, you may end up looking like this (points to Eddie)". At the end, Bruce says something like "Don't forget, buckle your safety belt, mate". * It seems that a computer virus author who goes by the name of Dark Avenger is an Iron Maiden fan. Many of his viruses contain references to Eddie. Quoting from the book "Inside the Norton Anti-virus": 'Eddie is the "dead dude," a character throughout the albums of heavy metal group Iron Maiden. The "The Somewhere in Time" album cover shows Eddie as a sci-fi Cyborg warrior.' 'Other Dark Avenger viruses also contain references to Iron Maiden, such as "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son." The Seventh Son virus is the title of an album by Iron Maiden. The idea is based on the fantasy novel series by Orson Scott Card. In this fictitious history of colonial America, magic and folklore are more powerful than science. The seventh son has magical power, and Alvin, the seventh son of a seventh son, and a messiah figure, has the power to fight the Unbuilder.' 'The Evil Men virus, a variant of the Dark Avenger virus, contains the title of a song from the Iron Maiden album, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, "The Evil That Men Do." The Evil Men virus and the V800 virus, both from Bulgaria, also contain an encrypted reference to the Iron Maiden album Live After Death.' * The Beavis and Butt-Head episode "TAKE A NUMBER" has Beavis and Butt-Head watching (most of) the video of "From Here To Eternity" in it. * In the movie BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, Bill and Ted travel back in time, and are in medieval England, when they are caught talking with the King's daughters. The King orders "put them in the Iron Maiden." And they look at each other and say, "Iron Maiden?! EXCELLENT!". And then find out they are to be executed. "Bogus!".

Interesting Band Stories

* When the group went down to Nassau, Bahamas in early 1983, they earned some nicknames. H was Melvin (the name for his alter-ego, basically whenever he was *drunk*!), Dave was Nobby, Nicko was Boomer (because of his really foul farts), Bruce was Conan The Librarian. * Also in Nassau, the boys almost ran out of money. Credit cards were full, and no cash on hand, and taking forever to cable money over from England. So they put their faith in manager Rod Smallwood, and he walked down to the casino with $50, and came back with $300, 6 nights in a row. :) * The drum intro to Where Eagles Dare is another interesting story. This was done right after Nicko entered the band in Dec '82/Jan '83, and when they had begun recording Piece Of Mind. Steve Harris mentioned to Nicko that they needed some kind of drum intro. Nicko was still kind of nervous, etc., but he stayed in working almost all day on a drum intro for Where Eagles Dare. At the end of the day, he had a little 6-7 second thing, that entailed hitting basically every piece of his drum kit, going from small tom to big tom, like a kind of ending to a song - and then jumped into the chorus. The next day, Nicko played it for Steve and Steve said " like that...just something simple like rat-tat- tat-tat....rat-tat-tat-tat (you get the idea)". (Steve apparently tried to play something on Nicko's kit, but he's about as good as that as his grandmother would be...) Nicko said " mean like this?" and played it. "That's it!" replied Steve. What you hear on the LP is what it was in the end. * After a concert on October 13, 1979 at the Umist in Manchester, England, Dave Murray apparently hit on (or did something to!) enough girls, and pissed off enough boyfriends/guys, etc., that the next week there was actually an article in SOUNDS magazine threatening to kick his ass! The article read: "I would just like to warn Dave Murray the lead guitarist of Iron Maiden that if he steps foot inside Manchester again I will personally pummell his brains in, cos he's ruined what I thought was an ace relationship with my girlfriend. And may I point out that no matter how much she rubs his name in my face I still think Deb Brown of Wythenshawe is the best yet. --- Jealous Dave" What a loser! :-)

Familiar names with IRON MAIDEN

Rob Loonhouse - His picture is on the sleeve of "The Soundhouse Tapes" with a Flying V carboard cutout, which many people think is real. He was actually a wedding photographer in the early days, and used to go to the Maiden gigs acting real weird, and used to hop up on stage and jam out with the cardboard cut out. Ross (Mr. Manners/I don't want to spend my birthday in Poland/King Pervert) Halfin - Famous band photographer, initially made famous (I think) through his connections with IRON MAIDEN. Dave (I'm already working on the next tour) Beasley (aka Dave Lights) - Lighting Engineer Rod (Smallwallet/The Raiders/I can tak' it-I'm a Yorkshireman/Sherriff Of Huddersfield/Bloody 'ell Fire/Rufus The Red) Smallwood - Co-manager of IRON MAIDEN, along with Andy Taylor, since December 1979. Andy (L.B.C./Aye, a large Bacardi and Coke) Taylor - Co-manager of IRON MAIDEN, along with Rod Smallwood. Martin (The Headmaster/The Farmer/Live Animal/Pool Bully/The Bishop/Bunter/ Disappearing Armchair/The Juggler) Birch - Producer of all albums from KILLERS through FEAR OF THE DARK. Formerly worked with DEEP PURPLE and other such famous bands. Tony (Computer Man) Wigens - Tour Manager Derek (R.I.P./The Master/Blood N' Guts Everywhere) Riggs - Illustrator Neal Kay - DJ at The Heavy Metal Soundhouse who used to have a heavy metal chart, and publish the music magazine SOUNDS, which Maiden first started out getting press back in the early days. Garry Bushell - Author of the IRON MAIDEN biography, and has been hanging around with the band (doing what, I'm not sure!) for quite some time. He's also a big rock-band writer guy (hence, the author of the Maiden biography "Running Free."). Vic (Crazy Innit) Vella - Maiden's first and present-day head of road crews. Dick (Dicky/Course I'm pissed-it's a day off) Bell - Production Manager, Tour Director Doug (Megawatt) Hall - Sound Engineer Warren (I've gotta get going real fast) Poppe - Personal Road Manager Will Malone - Producer of the debut album IRON MAIDEN, which the band was apparently very disappointed with. Keith Wilfort - Head/Secretary of the official IRON MAIDEN fan club. Management: Sanctuary Music (Overseas) Ltd. and Sanctuary Music Ltd. Publishers: Zomba Music Publishers Limited.

Other IRON MAIDEN tidbits

* Steve's first bass was a copy Fender Telecaster. It cost him 40 pounds. * Steve actually studied to be an architectural draftsman for about 5 years or so, and actually received a license. * Steve Harris is the band's main songwriter, having written or co-written approximately 75% of all songs. I first discovered this fact when I used to watch the LIVE AFTER DEATH video and see Steve Harris mouth along to all the lyrics while playing bass! Now I understand why! :) * Steve believed the best song he had written was "Phantom Of The Opera", then changed to "To Tame A Land", then changed to "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" (as of 1985). Anybody know if that's changed again since? * Steve Harris also thinks the best Maiden song that Adrian Smith wrote was "2 Minutes To Midnight." * Dave Murray writes a song about once every 3 years, a process that Bruce Dickinson has described as being something like "trying to give birth to an elephant!" Some songs are "Charlotte The Harlot". Also, "The Prophecy", "Still Life", "Deja-Vu", "Public Enema Number One", "Fates Warning", "Chains Of Misery", "Judas Be My Guide", and "Twilight Zone" (the main riffs but not the lyrics, which were written mainly of course by Steve Harris). * The MAIDEN JAPAN E.P. happened because the Japanese wanted a live product. It was produced by IRON MAIDEN and Doug Hall, and released in November of 1981. * IRON MAIDEN is apparently included in the Guiness Book Of World Records Museum in Las Vegas, NV. The Guiness book of Records (1990 ed. p. 155) says: "Largest PA system: On Aug 20th 1988 at the Castle Donington 'Monsters of Rock' Festival a total of 360 Turbosound cabinets offering a potential 523kW of programme power, formed the largest front-of-house PA. The average Sound Pressure Level at the mixing tower was 118dB, peaking at a maximum of 124dB during Iron Maiden's set. It took five days to set up the system." * Nicko McBrain used to play with Pat Travers, but doesn't think too highly of him or the experience. When asked about it in 1988, Nicko replied "I wouldn't stop to PISS on him!" * Nicko McBrain has (at least) 1 kid, Nicko Junior I believe. He was born sometime around 1982 or so. Nicko also married an American woman sometime in 1988 I think. I'm not sure what number marriage this was, and if he's still married or not... * The video for The Trooper contains a vicious cavalry charge which the BBC wouldn't play un-edited (even though the film it was lifted from, "Die With Your Boots On" (do I see trend here?!) was ironically screened at 7pm one evening when the band had been told their video was 'too bloodthirsty for young people'). * Most concerts during the Piece Of Mind tour clocked it at a little over 2 hours (for the first time now at this point)! * Bruce is an avid fencer, and carries a full set of epees on the road with him. * Bruce is also a 'train addict' - fascinated by trains, etc. * Adrian is an avid fly fisherman. * It's hard for Nicko to even take a break from playing (even after months and months and months on the road) - he likes playing so much! Even so, he is also an avid fisherman, and has pursued and obtained a private pilot's license. During the last part of the World Slavery Tour, he preferred flying his private plane to most gigs, as opposed to the guy's tour bus. * The whole band are huge soccer fans. West Ham (England) is their favorite team, but they used to play often on the road, especially gruelling matches with Rainbow and Def Leppard guys. You can also see references to West Ham on the SOMEWHERE IN TIME album cover, and even a reference or two in a few different songs. * POWERSLAVE was mixed at famed Electric Ladyland Studios in New York, NY. * Rehearsals for the World Slavery Tour were done in Fort Lauderdale, FL, beginning 06/20/84. This was followed in early August by 5 days of pre- production in Hannover, Germany, where the whole stage set, P.A., lights, etc. were put together complete for the first time. * The World Slavery Tour entailed over 300 gigs in 13 months, enslaving 28 countries en route. On this tour they took 120,000 watts of PA, and over 800 lamps. For the US, it took 6 45-foot trailers and 5 buses to carry all the equipment and crew and personnel (the permanent crew of 12 people expanding to 42 on the road). * Maiden has always tried to avoid playing big prestige arenas, like Wembley and the NEC (both in England) in favor of taking the music to the people for as many nights as the people want them there. Well, at least most of the time. :) * Steve Harris lives on a farm in Romford, just outside of Essex, England. * Another popular hangout: Harrow, London (bowling alley, favorite of Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers) * Derek Riggs lives in Ashwell, Hertforshire - and supposedly owns a very good pub there. * As of 1984, Maiden had never played "Invaders" live (even though it was thought of as a good 'rock n' roll opener'), or "Gangland". * The song "Wrathchild" is misspelled on the IRON MAIDEN CD release (it is incorrectly spelled "Wratchild"). This is not limited to the U.S., it's also appeared in Canada. * The CD releases of the first 2 albums, IRON MAIDEN and KILLERS, were not originally available when CDs first came to be. They were released later on, and subsequently don't have a full inner sleeve, like all current CDs. They contain only a front and back cover - the inside is blank, so beware! Kinda cheesy! * Martin Birch has produced all of Maiden's albums, except IRON MAIDEN (produced by Will Malone), and A REAL LIVE ONE and A REAL DEAD ONE (produced by Steve Harris). * The show for the Monsters Of Rock Festival, August 22, 1992, was about a 2 hour Maiden gig. On the very last song of the show, "Running Free", Adrian Smith comes out there to play on it! Bruce said later on that he "didn't miss a note" and they saw tears in his eyes. * The auditions for guitarists in Maiden's history has differed greatly. When Adrian Smith tried out, all he had to do was apparently play the song "Wrathchild", down a pint of beer in like 5 seconds, and play soccer halfway decent with the guys. Janick Gers' audition was more difficult: he had to learn "Iron Maiden", "Children Of The Damned", and "The Trooper" in one night! You gotta think though...both of these guys were good friends with the band and had some kind of connections to IRON MAIDEN even before they joined. * Bruce Dickinson was required to learn 5 songs for his audition. He apparently also went above and beyond the call of duty and learned like 10 or something. * Paul Sears (ex-GYPSY'S KISS drummer, an old band with Steve Harris) took over IRON MAIDEN's management temporarily for a short time in 1977. * One of IRON MAIDEN's earliest fans was Keith Wilfort, now the head of the official IRON MAIDEN Fan Club. He caught Maiden's first ever performance at the Cart & Horses tavern by accident - he was giving a barmaid's boy- friend the slip at the time after getting caught taking her out, and came in. He was completely blown away by "Transylvania" and was converted on the spot. One night Keith walked into the Bridge House (another popular early gigging spot) with a home-made t-shirt proudly proclaiming "Charlotte Rules OK", and soon followed it with a more elaborate "Invasion" t-shirt. So, he is pretty much the inventor of the first IRON MAIDEN t-shirt. He later 'graduated' to pushing the band's merchandise, turning his home into a pit with thousands of copies of THE SOUNDHOUSE TAPES E.P., and has since progressed onto the Fan Club. * All the b-sides for the SOMEWHERE IN TIME album were played pretty much totally by Adrian Smith. Nicko did drums, Bruce did some vocals, but everything else was done by Adrian...some vocals ("Reach Out", for instance), all guitar and bass (that's why you don't hear the Steve Harris- esque dink-dink-dink all the way through on the bass line). In fact, it was supposedly only these 3 guys in the studio the whole time for these singles: "Reach Out", "That Girl", and "Juanita." "Sheriff Of Huddersfield" was done by the whole band, by the way. * Think about this: the first 6 studio albums were in alphabetical order by chance: IRON MAIDEN, KILLERS, (THE) NUMBER OF THE BEAST, PIECE OF MIND, POWERSLAVE, and SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Then the go in reverse order after that: SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON, NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING, and FEAR OF THE DARK. * Here's something else interesting: with the exception of the FROM THERE TO ETERNITY video (which was released sometime in 1992), IRON MAIDEN has released a video about every 2 years since their first, LIVE AT THE RAINBOW, in 1981. * All proceeds from the sale of the official IRON MAIDEN biography "Running Free" are donated to the Anti-Heroin campaign (as well as sales from the 1985 "Running Free" 7" poster bag single). * The song "Moonchild" from SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON was recorded in only 1 take! * "Nosferatu" movie, 1922 - German film, FR Murnau. Another influence for the band. * Iron Maiden is one of only 3 bands to have made multiple appearances at Donington as the headlining act. The others are Whitesnake (twice) and AC/DC (3 times). * The Irons is a nickname for West Ham United, a soccer club from London. This is Maiden's 'fave' club. If you have any doubts about it, check out Steve's bass - it's got West Ham logo on it. The club uses 'Up the Irons' as its 'motto' and that is why Maiden uses it as well. Besides they are Irons, too... :-) * Iron Maiden visited Russia for the first time during Fear of the Dark Tour (date indicated in Real Dead One). And connected with that (or may be not) they issued a full collection of Iron Maiden albums on vinyl to be sold in the stores around Russia - finally a legitimized distribution of their albums (before this they used to copy the albums from friends or from by-western-laws-illegal so called recording studios.)
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