Unveiling The Mighty Maiden

1. The Band and their Birthdates

  • Bruce(Bruce Bruce/Air Raid Siren) Dickinson – August 7, 1958, born in Worksop Notts, England.
  • Michael (Nicko) McBrain – June 5, 1954
  • Janick (Jan) Gers – January 27, 1957
  • Adrian (H) Smith – February 27, 1957
  • David Michael (The Blonde Bomber) Murray – December 23, 1956
  • Steve (‘Arry) Harris – March 12, 1956, raised in Leytonstone, England.

2. What Bands were Maiden inspired by?

Wishbone Ash, Montrose, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, UFO, Rainbow, T. Rex, Free, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Genesis.

3. Where does the mascot’s name, EDDIE, come from?

The original Eddie was just this theatrical mask. You can kind of see it in the band photos on the first album and on the “Running Free” single picture sleeve. It’s a face right next to the band logo.It was connected to a pump that would spurt out various kinds of liquids and it would drool all over Doug Sampson or Clive Burr or whoever was at the drums that time. People would also try to sling stuff into it. Its full name was “Eddie The Head” (Edward T.H. on the Live After Death cover) and it comes from the following old joke:

Eddie was born with no body and no arms and no legs. Just a head. But despite this slight birth defect his parents loved him very much cared for him and were always giving him all these presents like hats and blow things at parties and other cool stuff. So on his sixteenth birthday they run into a doctor that says “Hey, I can give Eddie a body” so the parents are going totally nuts because finally their kid can have a body and be like other normal people. They go home and are really excited and say “Have we got a surprise for you. It’s the best present ever!” and Eddie says “Oh, no, not another fucking hat!”

They gave the name “Eddie” to that mask. By the time of them being signed to EMI Records, they got Derek Riggs to do cover artwork. The first was the cover to the “Running Free” single, and you see that zombie in the back missing an arm (which somehow is in front of a guy who looks a lot like Bruce Dickinson running away from that zombie). The band liked the zombie guy so much that the name Eddie was transferred over to the zombie when they lost that mask with the pump.

Instrumental Songs:
Transylvania, The Ides Of March, Genghis Khan, and Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra).

  • Steve’s first bass was a copy Fender Telecaster. It cost him 40 pounds.
  • Steve actually studied to be an architectural draftsman for about 5 years or so, and actually received a license.
  • Steve Harris is the band’s main songwriter, having written or co-written approximately 75% of all songs
  • The whole band are huge soccer fans. West Ham (England) is their favorite team, but they used to play often on the road, especially grueling matches with Rainbow and Def Leppard guys. You can also see references to West Ham on the SOMEWHERE IN TIME album cover, and even a reference or two in a few different songs.
  • The show for the Monsters Of Rock Festival, August 22, 1992, was about a 2 hour Maiden gig. On the very last song of the show, “Running Free”, Adrian Smith comes out there to play on it! Bruce said later on that he “didn’t miss a note” and they saw tears in his eyes.
  • The auditions for guitarists in Maiden’s history has differed greatly. When Adrian Smith tried out, all he had to do was apparently play the song “Wrathchild”, down a pint of beer in like 5 seconds, and play soccer halfway decent with the guys. Janick Gers’ audition was more difficult: he had to learn “Iron Maiden”, “Children Of The Damned”, and “The Trooper” in one night! You gotta think though…both of these guys were good friends with the band and had some kind of connections to IRON MAIDEN even before they joined.
  • Bruce Dickinson was required to learn 5 songs for his audition. He apparently also went above and beyond the call of duty and learned like 10 or something.
  • The song “Moonchild” from SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON was recorded in only 1 take!
  • The Irons is a nickname for West Ham United, a soccer club from London. This is Maiden’s ‘fave’ club. If you have any doubts about it, check out Steve’s bass – it’s got West Ham logo on it. The club uses ‘Up the Irons’ as its ‘motto’ and that is why Maiden uses it as well. Besides they are Irons, too… :-)

~ by da|v|ned on October 21, 2010.

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