The Lost Story and a Moment of Happiness

This is going to be a personal post, but, this is a blog after all and I can do with it what I want. It’s still new to me that there are no rules to adhere to and no requirements to be met. If I say “freedom” now you know where the idea for this project was born. We are told about freedom during a concert and that’s what comes out of it…

I have just found something that I had desperately wanted since I’m 16 or so: the story behind The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988). It’s in the autobiography of Bruce Dickinson and now I must say that there still is one thing I won’t do and that is (re-)blog material that I do not own. That is not freedom, that is more something like “theft”. I am not keen on annoying publishers and the like. And yes, I know that I am late with reading said autobiography.

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is not only the concept album, because it is the only one that really qualifies for that category in my eyes, but it is also my first and favourite Maiden album. And, honestly, I have a serious hen-egg problem when it comes to the question whether Shakespeare is cool because he inspired Iron Maiden or if Iron Maiden are cool because they quoted Shakespeare. Now I found out that my draft on “The Evil that Men Do” – the Shakespearean song in question – seems to hopefully go into the right direction and, suddenly, my favourite song “Can I Play with Madness” makes much more sense. I mean, it is not quite like realising that the “Maiden England Tour” I was about to see in 2013 was indeed the “Maiden England Tour” (the tour featuring this album in ’88) with minor changes, something I would never have dared hoping for, but it is still very, very nice to finally have that story. A very nice surprise.

Just another moment of Maiden happiness. These moments may look a bit different for me than for most of the other Maiden family members. At the moment I spend much of my free time with reading up on William Blake, for example. Maiden are not only story-tellers, they are also good at pointing interesting literature out. But, there is that one thing that makes us a family: we all have these moments.


  • Iron Maiden, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. EMI, 1988.
  • Dickinson, Bruce. What Does This Button Do: an Autobiography. London: Harper Collins, 2018.
  • Smith, Adrian, Dickinson Bruce and Steve Harris, “The Evil that Men Do”. Iron Maiden, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. EMI, 1988.
  • Smith, Adrian, Dickinson Bruce and Steve Harris, “Can I Play with Madness”. Iron Maiden, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. EMI, 1988.
  • Iron Maiden, Maiden England ’88, EMI, 2013.

2 thoughts on “The Lost Story and a Moment of Happiness

  1. What an absolutely amazing blog, I could happily comment on every post on here but I will try to keep it reasonably short. I particularly enjoyed reading the piece on Paschendale as I know the area reasonably well and have stayed in Ypres many times over the last 10-15 years, it is a really special but very sobering place especially when visiting the “Last Post” ceremony held at 8pm every night.

    I also really enjoyed ‘The Lost Story and a Moment of Happiness’ – ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ is also my favourite Maiden album – albeit the 3rd one I heard/bought (on cassette a very long time ago in the 80s) after 1st ‘The Number Of The Beast’ & 2nd ‘Powerslave’.

    Keep up the hard work, I look forward to reading more – Up the Irons!


    1. Thank you for your feedback. I will have to visit Ypres one day. I visited the Imperial War Museum while in London, but I have not been to Paschendaele yet.


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