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And I also like on the live version of Fear of the Dark when the band bring it down and Bruce sings "Fear of the Dark" then says to the hordes beneath him "you", and they roar out "Fear of the Dark" and he says "yes," all dark and mysterious like. Yes? Yes??? Hahahahahahahaha. What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Sorry. For some reason that really tickles my toes.

-- Roger Fascist (RogerFascis...) (webmail), November 11th, 2002 12:06 PM. (Roger Fascist)


=[[ (eman), Saturday, 19 August 2006 22:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

Listening to A Matter of Life and Death right now. Wow, people! Brave New World was great in its own way, but this sounds a lot more like mid-'80s Maiden. I'm honestly thrilled by it.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 24 August 2006 02:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

They are touring US again, and I am so fukcing there, .. i won't miss this for the fucking world

most rulest

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE!!! Oh, c'mon Bruce ... please do 1 or 2 songs for the headz...

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 29 March 2008 04:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

As mentioned in the rolling metal thread, their five Western Canadian dates all sold out within a couple hours today...60,000 tickets. The Calgary pre-sale outsold the one for MSG. We've missed them a lot out here. Can't wait for June 8th!!!

A. Begrand, Saturday, 29 March 2008 04:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

"flight 666" is showing here tonight, i think it's sold out though ;_;

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 1 May 2009 17:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Dying to see that.

Alex in NYC, Friday, 1 May 2009 19:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

i got "the early years" a 2-dvd thing from netflix in the mail yesterday and watched 30 min of concert footage from a gig in late '80 or '81 (copyright) from a place called 'rainbow'? where they played iron maiden the song. it was paul di'anno, adrian smith and clive burr with dave murray and steve harris. they looked so much like fuckin spinal tap! my mouth was open when i wasn't head-banging. so awesome! can't wait to see the rest of this thing

a fool committed to a VISION of SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS (jdchurchill), Thursday, 6 May 2010 22:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Early Years is great! You are in for a treat and a half. But 'Beast Over Hammersmith' blows Rainbow away. Hearing/seeing Bruce with full pipes back then...glorious.

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 6 May 2010 23:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh man i can't wait to get to my dvd player, dudes

a fool committed to a VISION of SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS (jdchurchill), Friday, 7 May 2010 00:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Why did we never talk about this:

From metalsucks back in 2008.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

i'm shocked (shocked!) the final frontier is being ignored in year-end roundups. it's too bad, since "isle of avalon" is one of their great epics

kamerad, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 17:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's really good but a combination of High On Fire and Cathedral has booted it out of my end of year list.

Carl Jung Jeezy (Doran), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 18:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

that cathedral album is GREAT and i cannot knock high on fire ever. seems like maiden somehow always gets the shaft though

kamerad, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 18:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Yes. YES. They're touring North America this summer...

Clarke B., Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

V. sad news -- Clive Burr has passed on:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

So sad. Such a lovely-seeming guy, and man what a beast of a drummer.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

ah fuck it, play this whole thing

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

ragh screw that link, it's way out of sync

this one's better

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

got home from a morning appointment and my daughter immediately runs up to me and says "I have something very sad to tell you. One of your drummers died"


his girlfriend was all 'ugh and he wears a solar backpack' (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink


set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 19:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

yr daughter is the cutest

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

That guy could pull off drum fills like no other. I remain a big fan of Nicko's, but Clive really did bring a lot of personality to those early Maiden songs.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah Nicko is terrific. I do think there was something special about Clive's drumming though (possibly sheer nostalgia for him talking but I'd like to think not) - I feel like he helped to set the speed and the punk feel of that first album and helped informed their early style through full-out metal transition with Dickinson and NOTB. I don't know if you could do that with just any drummer.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, Clive definitely brought the speed that the first two records demanded. Like Nicko, he was one of a kind, the perfect fit for that era of Iron Maiden.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's funny how Nicko still feels like the new guy to me and he's been playing with them for how many years now?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

RIP to a great drummer

u r the best magician ever. my bad levitate me pls (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Why did he leave Maiden?

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Thursday, 14 March 2013 13:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

So Piece of Mind is thirty years old today, sez Ade.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2013 15:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

i recommend CRANKING THE HELL out of this

happy birthday Piece of Mind!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 May 2013 16:26 (1 year ago) Permalink


set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 May 2013 16:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well yes.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2013 16:37 (1 year ago) Permalink


AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING (DJP), Friday, 17 May 2013 17:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

I've been listening to a lot of Maiden the past week because I finally read Garry Bushell's Iron Maiden Running free, which has been out of print for a long time, but revived on Kindle earlier this year for $5.99. I hoped it would be better as he does have writing/journalism credentials, and covered the band for various magazines over the years. However it's largely fanboy stuff, with a lot of fawning about what a blast it was partying with the band, relating (largely in heavy cockney slang) had-to-be-there inside jokes/pranks, and boring play-by-play accounts of their soccer games. Ah well, if you're a fan it's still kind of enjoyable. Most alarming was all the stories about what a dangerously bad driver Bruce was, and he vowed never to ride with him again. I wonder if he ever flew with them since then!

Regarding references to the band's annual Xmas cards, there was a (crappy B&W) reproduction of the one from 1981 in the book. I asked Martin Popoff if those cards are included in his Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs book. He said there should be a bunch in there. They are out of print, but you can still order from Riggs' site ( or via Amazon.

I used this one for a piece 8 years ago that was likely from a card (I added the "Heavy Metal Holidaze" type):

Lastly, I considered starting a thread about Iron Maiden acolytes, bands with strongly recognizable Iron Maiden influence, but I couldn't think of that many. There are a lot of bands with some Maiden influence of course, but not that many where they are easily recognizable as their primary sound. Savatage, Wolf, 3 Inches Of Blood and of course Slough Feg. Any others?

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 18 November 2013 22:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Dawnbringer springs to mind.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 18 November 2013 22:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

I always maintained that The Decemberists' (yawrn, I know) "The Infanta" was heavily Maiden-influenced.

There's a whole genre of (generally really shitty) metal that was spawned from the furrow Maiden ploughed, called "Power Metal". Other than the genre-dwellers, I don't know that Maiden had a lot of recognizable influence. It's too bad. They're my favourite metal band, hands-down, and one of the all-time greats in any genre. That run of albums up to Seventh Son was unbeatable.

A sort of "Sister Ray" for the mentally handicapped (staggerlee), Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

I finally got the Maiden England reissued set (1988) and it kind of blows me away how not dissimilar 88 Bruce sounds to '14 Bruce. I mean he's definitely lost his highest of highs but when I saw him last year he sounded about as good on these songs as he does on this album. Guy's definitely got longevity.

i wish they were bringing teh Maiden England tour back to the US again this year. saw it in back to back years in 2012-2013 and it was so effing dope.

Neanderthal, Friday, 18 July 2014 04:51 (5 months ago) Permalink

also noticing how he's managed to sing flat throughout "Wasted Years" :/

Neanderthal, Friday, 18 July 2014 04:59 (5 months ago) Permalink

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