Children of the Moon, or: More Questions than Answers

The song "Moonchild" (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1987) has two namesakes, the novel by English occultist Aleister Crowley (1917) and a Spanish song called "Hijo de la Luna," the son of the moon (well, I count this as close enough to be a namesake). All three share one plot element, the sacrifice of … Continue reading Children of the Moon, or: More Questions than Answers

Opinion: The Death of the Beast

Today the long-expected bad news finally hit. The Legacy of the Beast tour will have to be postponed a second time; now it is planned for 2022. Whereas Maiden could not have foreseen the Corona pandemic, I still blame them for their bad decisions. This tour will be the third leg of the same production, … Continue reading Opinion: The Death of the Beast

The Twitter Listening Party Hoisted by Tim Burgess

First things first: Iron Maiden have announced that they will return for another listening party. I am talking about a phenomenom that has developed during the Covid 19 induced lockdown periods and has become known as TimsTwitterListeningParty hoisted by the singer of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess. This is about the first party, but they have … Continue reading The Twitter Listening Party Hoisted by Tim Burgess

A Brave New Era for a Band and a Nightmarish Vision of the Future

The album Brave New World (2000) is subject to a curious contradiction. The release of the album was one of the finest hours for fans of Iron Maiden, the long sought for reunion of the band which brought about the return of Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith. The title choice thus seems fitting to describe … Continue reading A Brave New Era for a Band and a Nightmarish Vision of the Future

Retelling the Last Flight of the Red Baron (Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen)

The song "Death or Glory" (Book of Souls, 2015) tells the story of a deadly fighter pilot and his red triplane. This arguably refers to Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen, a German pilot in WWI and his Fokker Dr I, a bright red triplane. Von Richthofen's preference for red aircraft would soon grant him the nickname the … Continue reading Retelling the Last Flight of the Red Baron (Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen)

Legacies, Blake on Stage, and the Horror of the Inquisition

The Tate Britain has recently opened a new exhibition room dedicated to the "Legacy of Blake" (https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/display/spotlights/ancients-and-moderns-legacies-william-blake) - which made me smile, thinking of the "Legacy of the Beast" (tour, 2018 - 2019 and mobile game of the same name of Iron Maiden). (And no, the very unfortunate author has missed the opening of said … Continue reading Legacies, Blake on Stage, and the Horror of the Inquisition