"Powerslave" (Powerslave, 1984) famously tells the story of a pharaoh who encounters immortality, yet not in the way he may have envisioned it, but as a cursed mummy. What may look like a story written by Monty Python raises some questions when given a closer look. I argue that "Powerslave" is not only coined by … Continue reading Ancient Egypt and / or Thelema?
Did you know that... Eddie loves ABBA? No joke. Gems you learn about in online Maiden groups. And then you think you know someone... See for yourself (4:38): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L6T6Yj5u4k "The Last Video." ABBA. YouTube. Uploaded by ABBA. (20.03.2014) [25.06.2022]
Did you know that... This question was answered some years ago by the German metal band Edguy? Wisdom to be gained in the Maiden online community. Edguy's answer why England was great? Because of Steve Harris. And Bruce Dickinson. And all other members of Iron Maiden. Who would argue with that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps4ttl9KolE "England." Edguy. YouTube. … Continue reading Why is England Great?
Did you know that.... Pirate metal band Alestorm has written an homage to Maiden? And it is extremely charming, going by the title "Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum." (Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum, 2022) The lyrics describe someone who must take a choice, namely whether he will be good or evil, (as in … Continue reading Piratical Parody
"The Book of Souls" (The Book of Souls, 2015) tells the story how the Mayan empire vanished. At least this is what I learned during the two live concerts I visited during the respective tours. Mayan references are well recorded and dominated the stage set as well as they served as inspiration for the album … Continue reading The Loss of a Mayan Book
I am looking for concert goers and Maiden authors! For various reasons I do not hold a ticket for the current tour (yet?). So I am looking for reports and opinion pieces I can publish in here. I am looking for stuff like: How well did this weird mix of Japanese themed and Christian church … Continue reading Wanted: Tour Reports
This is somewhat off-topic, my apologies. Rumour has it that Bruce Dickinson will participate in a veteran fencing championship in Germany in late May. I have indeed located such an event, the European Veteran Team Fencing Championship in Hamburg, 25. - 29. 05. 2022 and, to my big surprise, my further inquiries revealed that the … Continue reading Off-Topic: Veteran Fencing Championship
Did you know that... The BBC shunned a Shakespeare quote? True story. This bit is one of my favourites in the history of Iron Maiden. I am talking about no other song than "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" (No Prayer for the Dying, 1990) which started out as a solo song by Bruce Dickinson … Continue reading The Shakespeare Quote Shunned by the BBC
FYI, this blog has now an alphabetical index of the songs mentioned in here. Check it out! I have also branded the hashtag #aircraftalbatrossandabeast.
I am proud to say that my research article on "Gates of Urizen" and William Blake's The [First] Book of Urizen was accepted by Blake / an Illustrated Quarterly, a scholary peer-reviewed journal. However, my article will be behind a paywall for the next couple of years, that is why I kept the link from … Continue reading Urizenic Restrictions