Trivia / Iron Maiden

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Also see The Number of the Beast (Trivia)

  • Approval of God/Meme Acknowledgment: Ed Boon, creator of Mortal Kombat, acknowledged the nod to his series in the video for "Speed of Light".
  • Banned In Chile:
    • In The '80s, the band was banned from playing in Chile due to the Catholic Church's concerns over their "satanic" lyrics. The ban was eventually lifted and they were able to perform in Chile in the 2000s. People loved them, if the Flight 666 DVD and the fact that En Vivo was recorded there are anything to go by.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Bruce alone recorded "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. Maiden's version became their sole British #1.
  • Creative Differences: This is why Dennis Stratton quit. Adrian and Bruce would both leave for this reason as well, although they eventually rejoined.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Paul Di'Anno and Steve Harris have bitter memories about the Di'Anno years. Paul would call the band "The Spice Girls", on his shows, before doing a Maiden song from that era, while Steve despises the Self-Titled Album for its production and sound, as he said on The Early Days.
    • Both No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark, where Adrian was absent and Bruce getting much more satisfied with his solo career, seem to have reached this. Only the title track from the latter is a mainstay in concerts, although songs such as "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" are still played quite often.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Both Janick and Steve revealed that for The Book of Souls, rather than spending weeks in the studio writing stuff and laying it all down, then recording it in two weeks as done in the past, the majority of the work was done in-studio- most of the songs were written, rehearsed a few times and then recorded while they were still fresh, to provide a sense of immediacy and spontaniety, as well as a "live" feel.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "H" for Adrian Smith. Say with an English accent to understand why.
    • "'Arry" for Steve Harris, first said to him by Nicko, then adopted by the fanbase.
    • Song-wise, aside of the acronyms, "11:58" or "23:58" for "2 Minutes To Midnight" and "666" for "The Number of the Beast".
      • And also "Paschendale" is known by some as "Paschen-fucking-dale"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Paul Di'Anno still found time to praise Bruce Dickinson's singing in The Early Days documentary, despite his bitterness at never being able to reach the band's level of success.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Bruce Dickinson. By day, Iron Maiden vocalist and more metal than a block of steel. By night, part time airline pilot and occasional fencer.
    • Steve Harris. Massively muscled, tattooed all over, usually clad in standard Metal Uniform, a bit of a bookworm in his spare time (look at all the Maiden songs inspired by English Literature).
  • Name's the Same: There was also a Hard Rock band named Iron Maiden in the sixties.
  • Old Shame:
    • Most of the Iron Maiden "best of" albums either omit the first two albums (which had Paul Di'Anno as lead vocalist) or replace them with live versions sung by Dickinson. The band still averts this, by playing almost all of the first album sans "Strange World" and "Transylvania"; and "Wrathchild", "Murders In The Rue Morgue", "Another Life" and "Drifter" from Killers. Of note are "Wrathchild" and "Iron Maiden" (the song) being part of their concerts even on our days. The latter, also, serves as the song where Eddie appears.
    • Janick Gers went on record to admit that the band perhaps shouldn't have tried pushing Blaze Bayley beyond his natural register, as they did during the Virtual XI World Tour, and that the band should've taken some responsibility rather than just fire him
  • One of Us:
  • The Pete Best:
    • Anyone who played in the band before the debut album. Sometimes extended to Dennis Stratton, who was in that album. Subverted by Clive Burr, he played in The Number of the Beast and was only replaced by Nicko McBrain afterwards.
    • Paul Di'Anno has had a similar career path to Pete Best. Popular in his day, the band got much more popular after they fired him, and he is somewhat bitter about it. His opinion on Bruce Dickinson varies - on The Early Days documentary he praises Bruce Dickinson's singing, and in a live concert from a few years later he says he doesn't like opera singing, because he's a punk.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor:
    • Early guitarist Bob Sawyer was fired for outright embarrassing the band by pretending to play with his teeth.
    • Temporary drummer "Thunderstick" was dropped from the band after falling asleep during a gig among other things, although the band did offer him the chance to return in 1980 (he declined).
    • Paul Di'Anno was fired for doing drugs and constantly playing gigs while drunk. The number of cancelled gigs caused him to be dropped.
    • This was allegedly the reason that Clive Burr was forced to leave the band, with Steve Harris claiming that his offstage activities overshadowed his onstage performance. Clive always strongly disputed this, however, and claimed that Steve had unfairly forced him out, although he at points acknowledged his behaviour. In spite of this, he remained friends with many members of the band, and in hindsight Bruce said that firing him was a mistake.
  • Streisand Effect: Numerous movements were organised by the religious right in America to try and ban The Number of the Beast, with albums being destroyed and calls for a boycott. The band was also banned in Chile for allegedly being Satanic. Bruce credits these in hindsight for just giving the band free publicity, and indeed the band got a very warm welcome when they finally played in Chile.
  • Throw It In: "Mission from 'Arry", from the 2 Minutes to Midnight single, is a recording of an argument between bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko Mc Brain, which took place after a show.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Despite being fired for his bizarre onscreen antics, temporary drummer "Thunderstick" was offered the chance to rejoin the band. He declined in order to work on Samson, and so Clive Burr took his place.
    • The song "Burning Ambition", from the Running Free single, dates from Gypsy's Kiss, Steve's former band.
    • Every song from Killers, barring "Prodigal Son" and "Murders in the Rue Morgue", was written before the Self-Titled Album.
    • "Twilight Zone" was originally intended to be the B-side of Wrathchild, but the band felt it was so strong that it deserved to be the A-side instead.
    • "Purgatory" is a faster re-arrangement of one of the band's earlier songs, entitled "Floating".
    • The band had to decide whether to include "Gangland" or "Total Eclipse" in The Number of the Beast. They went with the former, leaving the latter for a single.
    • The band wanted to include Winston Churchill's "We Shall Fight On The Beaches" speech as an introduction to "Aces High", from Powerslave. It didn't made the cut for the album, though the intro is played every time the band opens a gig with the song.
    • Bruce wrote several acoustic-based songs for Somewhere In Time, none of which ended up in the album.
    • According to Adrian, "Can I Play with Madness" started as a ballad called "On the Wings of Eagles". Bruce had a verse for it, but he wanted to change the title to the current one. Then the idea of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son as a concept album was taking shape.
    • "Wasting Love", from Fear of the Dark, dates from Bruce's solo effort Tattooed Millionaire.
    • "I Live My Way", "Justice of The Peace" and "Judgement Day" were left out of The X Factor.
    • Before Ed Hunter, there would have been another Maiden game, but it entered into Development Hell and was eventually cancelled.
    • Rod Smallwood wanted "Futureal" to be the single instead of "The Angel and the Gambler", but Steve managed to turn this around.
    • "Blood Brothers", "The Nomad", "Dream of Mirrors", and "The Mercenary" were originally written for Virtual XI. Blaze Bayley even provided some lyrics for "Dream of Mirrors", but was not credited.
    • "Journeyman" was going to appear in electric format in Dance of Death, but the band eventually released the acoustic version in the album, while this electric version appeared in the No More Lies EP.
    • The opening song from Book of Souls, "If Eternity Should Fail", was originally meant to be a track on Bruce's next solo album, but was used for this instead. Time will tell if it makes it onto the next one after all.
  • Working Title:
    • "Wasted Years" had the original name of "Golden Years".
    • "Can I Play with Madness" started as a ballad called "On the Wings of Eagles"

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