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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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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

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

Dying to see that.

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

one 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Why did we never talk about this:

From metalsucks back in 2008.

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

six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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

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

one year passes...

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

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:05 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink


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

yr daughter is the cutest

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

Why did he leave Maiden?

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

two months pass...

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

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2013 15:17 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink


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

Well yes.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 May 2013 16:37 (four years ago) Permalink


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

six 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 (four years ago) Permalink

Dawnbringer springs to mind.

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

seven 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Neanderthal, Friday, 18 July 2014 04:59 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...


― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, May 17, 2013 11:28 AM (1 year ago)

j., Saturday, 3 January 2015 02:13 (two years ago) Permalink


emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 3 January 2015 02:28 (two years ago) Permalink

i love how right off the bat quest for fire is so ridiculous

In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth

that when they keep going

When the land was swamp and caves werrrre hooooooommme
In an age when prize possession was fire
To search for landscapes men would roam.

it sounds like dickinson is hitting the high notes just to underscore it

j., Saturday, 3 January 2015 02:32 (two years ago) Permalink

work has offered up a lip sync contest for our sales meeting this year

think I'm going to do 'Run to the Hills' :D

mainly because I have listened to it more times than most of the other songs that I like and it's SO MUCH FUN

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 3 January 2015 03:31 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Well THIS sucks, glad it was caught early but

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:38 (two years ago) Permalink

fingers crossed for him

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:56 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

New album, The Book of Souls, September 4 (single global release date). A 92-minute 2CD set, last song is 18 minutes long.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone tried the beer they make, Trooper? Not bad at all imo.

Josefa, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the beer, personally. Strong and citrusy. I also have no idea how to describe beer. But it's yummy.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:21 (two years ago) Permalink

They rock, they fly 747s, they make delicious beer. I don't know what this band can't do

Josefa, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah the beer is p good!

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:43 (two years ago) Permalink

P good in bottles, V good on tap, IMO.

I'm glad they're still rocks my (and when I saw them in 2007 or sthereabouts, they were stellar) but for me their discography ends with 7th Son. Consistently too much work for little reward after that.

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 19 June 2015 17:57 (two years ago) Permalink

*rocking, not rocks my, jebus.

hardcore dilettante, Friday, 19 June 2015 17:57 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'll have a much more in-depth review done in a couple weeks, but after a month of immersion in <i>The Book of Souls</i> I thought I'd offer some quick thoughts on Twitter.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 13 August 2015 07:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Their best since 7th Son? Count me in!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 14 August 2015 17:55 (two years ago) Permalink

The single is not bad.

jmm, Friday, 14 August 2015 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah it's ill....kinda bluesy and truckin' hard rock reminds me of the paul dianno era a bit

Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 14 August 2015 19:38 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Here's my complete take on the new record. I would have been perfectly happy with an album on par with the last four, but they've outdone themselves with this one.

A. Begrand, Monday, 31 August 2015 07:43 (two years ago) Permalink

That was a very enjoyable review. As a new Maiden fan who's working through the discography chronologically, I am now excited to catch up to The Book of Souls in... well, considering my current pace, probably five or six years.

JRN, Monday, 31 August 2015 22:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Excellent review. I'm gonna come to s'toon and make you buy me beer if this record doesn't kick my ass, ok?

hardcore dilettante, Monday, 31 August 2015 23:38 (two years ago) Permalink

"empire of the clouds" is incredible. sounds like they've been listening a little to motorpsycho and steven wilson

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 2 September 2015 14:08 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

I ended up tearing through the whole Maiden discography over about six weeks last month in preparation for seeing them live. The whole process was one of the most rewarding musical experiences I'd ever had. So much so, in fact, that a lot of other music, even stuff I like, is sounding a little drab in comparison. This band is just bursting with energy and riffs and hooks and fun.

My top favorites ended up being Somewhere In Time for the early run and The Final Frontier for the 2000-2010s era. But I bet I'd have a different opinion if I did it over again.

I doubt, however, that anything will displace "Caught Somewhere In Time" as my single favorite Iron Maiden song.

JRN, Sunday, 1 May 2016 01:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I listened to Piece of Mind the other day for the first time in a long while and marveled at how mild and basically arena rocky it sounded. When I was a kid, Maiden was like the heaviest sounding shit ever, but now it sounds polite.

Still love 'em.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 1 May 2016 04:17 (one year ago) Permalink

They often strike me as a rather un-heavy heavy metal band. The word that kept coming to mind as I was listening to them, especially on the faster numbers of course, was "fleet". Maybe it's all those galloping rhythms and songs about aviation, but for me they evoke swiftness alongside size and power. But I don't often get that sense of thudding wrecking-ball heaviness from them that I do get from, say, Black Sabbath.

JRN, Monday, 2 May 2016 02:35 (one year ago) Permalink

When I was a kid

Key point. I think until I was well into high school, the only Sabbath song I'd ever heard was Paranoid (on the radio).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 2 May 2016 02:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Iron Maiden has the gallop, which is their unique swing on the heavy metal thing.

earlnash, Monday, 2 May 2016 04:16 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

finally listened to Bruce's version of "Remember Tomorrow". I never did in the past cos I usually don't like hearing him on most Paul songs but dare I say I think he does this one better. it's so jarring hearing him sing notes that are so low (for him), because he so rarely did, and he sounds...different.

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Saturday, 10 June 2017 19:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Nice, I think Bruce Bruce handles pretty much all the old songs pretty well. I was just reading last year's comments about not being that heavy, well to be fair they did develop their sound throughout the 70s, inspired by the likes of Jethro Tull and Wishbone Ash. There's always been a progressive element that they return to more on certain albums. Here's Opeth in 1998 covering the same song:

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 10 June 2017 19:27 (five months ago) Permalink

lol the OPeth version was the first I heard and I didn't know it was a Maiden song.

expecting Maiden to be "heavy" is kinda missing the point IMO, outside of the first two albums. like Priest were a more 'aggressive band' (though also were more AOR at times), Maiden were more exploratory and textured.

I'm also mega jealous of anybody who saw them play together back in the day

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Saturday, 10 June 2017 19:30 (five months ago) Permalink

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