MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY

Luisma

Years Wasted
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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – EDDIE MADE ME DO IT GIVES YOU MORE INFO FOR YOUR BUCK

Iron Maiden is not only known because of their music and Eddie, but also for their love of football as they have played teams around the world on each of their world tours.

1998, was going to have the World Cup and a new Iron Maiden album, so the band decided, while recording and designing the new album to make the link between their two passions.

As part of combining football and Maiden, and taking into consideration that this was going to be their eleventh album and that a football team has 11 players, the band decided to put together a team picture of eleven great players from around the world along with the band. In the end, the picture that can be seen in the Virtual XI album, which is a montage, as the players never were actually together in the same place, features the members of Maiden alongside Paul Gascoigne (Glasgow Rangers, England), Ian Wright (Arsenal, England), Marc Overmars (Arsenal, Holland), Patrik Vieira (Arsenal, France), Stuart Pearce (Newcastle Utd, England) and Faustino Asprilla (Ex-Newcastle Utd, Parma, Columbia).

They also decided that as part of the launch of the album they were going to play a set of football games throughout Europe in their own "Soccer Tour of Europe".

One of these games was held today, 23 years ago, in Madrid, Spain at the Vallehermoso Stadium with an attendance of some 6,000 lucky fans that saw the Virtual XI team, plus Tony Woodcock, who had led England to the final of the World Cup; Terry Butcher of the Glasgow Rangers; Neil Webb, and Paul Walsh facing a Spanish squad made up of local musicians and journalists.

During the game it was difficult to keep track of the goals, since the Vallehermoso stadium has no markers and the fact that the Maiden team squashed the Spanish team 10-0. A fact that was evident at the end of the game and that was met by the fans with such enthusiasm that they couldn’t resist to jump from the bleachers into the soccer field in order to be close to their winning team!

Want to know about rehearsals, football games, and other things the Maiden boys have done between 1975 and 1987? EDDIE MADE ME DO IT (THE RISE OF THE BEAST 1975-1987) is the book for you! https://www.subscribepage.com/eddiemadedoit Also join the exclusive group MAIDEN IN THE MEDIA, after buying the book to get access to press cuttings, interviews, videos and much more not available anywhere else in the web.
 

GhostofCain

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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – EDDIE MADE ME DO IT GIVES YOU MORE INFO FOR YOUR BUCK

Iron Maiden is not only known because of their music and Eddie, but also for their love of football as they have played teams around the world on each of their world tours.

1998, was going to have the World Cup and a new Iron Maiden album, so the band decided, while recording and designing the new album to make the link between their two passions.

As part of combining football and Maiden, and taking into consideration that this was going to be their eleventh album and that a football team has 11 players, the band decided to put together a team picture of eleven great players from around the world along with the band. In the end, the picture that can be seen in the Virtual XI album, which is a montage, as the players never were actually together in the same place, features the members of Maiden alongside Paul Gascoigne (Glasgow Rangers, England), Ian Wright (Arsenal, England), Marc Overmars (Arsenal, Holland), Patrik Vieira (Arsenal, France), Stuart Pearce (Newcastle Utd, England) and Faustino Asprilla (Ex-Newcastle Utd, Parma, Columbia).

They also decided that as part of the launch of the album they were going to play a set of football games throughout Europe in their own "Soccer Tour of Europe".

One of these games was held today, 23 years ago, in Madrid, Spain at the Vallehermoso Stadium with an attendance of some 6,000 lucky fans that saw the Virtual XI team, plus Tony Woodcock, who had led England to the final of the World Cup; Terry Butcher of the Glasgow Rangers; Neil Webb, and Paul Walsh facing a Spanish squad made up of local musicians and journalists.

During the game it was difficult to keep track of the goals, since the Vallehermoso stadium has no markers and the fact that the Maiden team squashed the Spanish team 10-0. A fact that was evident at the end of the game and that was met by the fans with such enthusiasm that they couldn’t resist to jump from the bleachers into the soccer field in order to be close to their winning team!

Want to know about rehearsals, football games, and other things the Maiden boys have done between 1975 and 1987? EDDIE MADE ME DO IT (THE RISE OF THE BEAST 1975-1987) is the book for you! https://www.subscribepage.com/eddiemadedoit Also join the exclusive group MAIDEN IN THE MEDIA, after buying the book to get access to press cuttings, interviews, videos and much more not available anywhere else in the web.

I have a mate who used to work as a local stagehand in Madrid during the 80s to fund his University studies. He ended up playing football with some of the Maiden guys at the venue they played un 1986. :lol:

He also has a priceless anecdote about Nicko acting like a prima donna with his drum tech that day.

If you want to know more, you’ll need to buy me a pint. :)
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
I have a mate who used to work as a local stagehand in Madrid during the 80s to fund his University studies. He ended up playing football with some of the Maiden guys at the venue they played un 1986. :lol:

He also has a priceless anecdote about Nicko acting like a prima donna with his drum tech that day.

If you want to know more, you’ll need to buy me a pint. :)

I'll gladly buy you a pint even if you didn't have a story to tell mate! :cheers:
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – EVERYBODY’S SURFIN, SURFIN IN A WHEEL CHAIR!

It was Maiden’s second visit to Belo Horizonte, the first being when they played in The Minerinho in 2009, and a very special concert it was because it was one of the few places outside of Athens that have heard Bruce singing and 'Alexander The Great'.

Everything was going normally at the gig, the band playing the last song of the setlist ('Wasted Years') when suddenly Bruce saw something very unusual, a man in a wheelchair "surfing" through the crowd! A moment that the band pointed it out as one of the “main highlights” of the Book Of Souls tour at the time.

The very cool fan that had the once in a lifetime opportunity to do the surfin in a wheel chair is a Douglas Paccini, at the time 40 years old, who used to work as a judicial analyst at the Regional Electoral Court of Belo Horizonte and a fan of the band since he was 9 years old.

Douglas, interviewed after he made history by being the first guy that Bruce has seen surfing in a wheel chair, said that the experience was surreal (as we can all imagine!).

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Luisma

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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY SPECIAL – THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

As soon as the band began recording 'The Number Of The Beast' (the incarnation of Evil, the Beast, 666), equipment which had proved totally reliable through-out eight months of a world tour started to behave mysteriously. Steve Harris' bass stack blew up and Dave Murray's guitar stack kept cutting out at irregular intervals. Then, as producer Martin Birch finally got ready to mix the track, he was involved in a car crash on his way home from the studio. When the bill for the repairs arrived a few days later, the fee was £ 666.66. Following this, the band decided to change the British catalogue number of the album, originally set at EMC 0666. They felt they had had enough of a warning…

Welcome to the special Maiden Trivia Of The Day, celebrating the 39th Anniversary of The Number Of The Beast album! Today I bring you 6-6-7 trivia facts about the album that you may not know… So here we go!

1. 'Invaders' the last songs composed for the album because the band realised that they needed one more song to fill the track list.

2. Paul Samson from SAMSON (Bruce previous band before joining Maiden) stated in an interview that Maiden had stolen the riff for 'Children Of The Damned' and that was to be used in a song called 'Last Times In The World'.

3. During the support tour for the Skunkworks album 'The Prisoner' was incorporated into the set list, making it the first time, since becoming a full solo artist, that Bruce included a song from Maiden.

4. The common Maiden fan says that '22 Acacia Avenue' was a rework of a song that Adrian played during his Urchin years and that was called 'Countdown, get ready,' however, this is not true. First of all the song that almost everybody says was the base for '22AA' is really called 'Countdown', and secondly, the song that serves as the musical base for '22AA' was in fact a song that comes from Adrian's time in Evil Ways and was called… You're gonna have to find out in the DETAILED DISCOGRAPHY OF THE BEAST on sale today at http://subscribepage.com/luisma666

5. When Doogie White auditioned for Maiden in 95, he messed up the beginning of the song.

6. Although most fans would say that 'Run To The Hills' is the song that is Maiden's most played song, it is, as a matter of fact the fifth most played song.

7. There are more than 50 extra trivia facts to be learned about this album in the DETAILED DISCOGRAPHY OF THE BEAST which is on sale today, don't miss this opportunity!
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – DON’T YOU THINK YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT VIRTUAL XI?

So it’s been 23 years since Maiden released it’s last album with Blaze Bayley as their singer, and to celebrate it, why don’t we delve into just 8 trivia facts out of the hundreds contained in part 4 of the extraordinary DETAILED DISCOGRAPHY OF THE BEAST book? enter http://subscribepage.com/luisma666, subscribe and receive the info about how to get it at the lowest cost ever!

1. Futureal’ was the second single out of Virtual XI but, as Nicko would say, not a lot of people know that it was supposed to be released in three different formats (2 CD's & 7" Vinyl Picture Disc) and went as far as having full page adverts in Metal Magazines.

2. The phrase "don't you think..." is repeated 63 times in the ‘The Angel And The Gambler’ song. Making it the more repetitive phrase in any Maiden song.

3. ‘The Clansman’ as many other Maiden songs, started as two separate ideas Steve first had this riff with a Celtic flavour so he wrote the lyrics about the Scottish clans. They were inspired also by the Braveheart and Rob Roy films."

4. Some people used to interpret ‘The Clansman’ as being about the Ku Klux Klan!

5. The choice for the second single from Virtual XI was made between 'When Two Worlds Collide' & 'Futureal'.

6. We all know that ‘Blood Brothers’ is inspired by the passing of Steve father, but did you know that ‘The Educated Fool’ also has a reference to Steve’s father?

7. Speaking about fathers, ‘Don’t look to the eyes of a stranger’is about Steve’s kids and his fears for the sort of world he was bringing them into, where every stranger is a possible threat.

8. Como estais amigos - Is Janick's only writing credit on the album. Previously he had 7 on The X Factor and 5 on Fear Of The Dark.
 
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Ruflux

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2. The phrase "don't you think..." is repeated 63 times in the ‘The Angel And The Gambler’ song. Making it the more repetitive phrase in any Maiden song.
Objection! The phrase "don't look to" appears 78 times in Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger, notoriously off that same accursed album. I just checked by copying the official lyrics to a blank Word document and hitting Ctrl+F.
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
Objection! The phrase "don't look to" appears 78 times in Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger, notoriously off that same accursed album. I just checked by copying the official lyrics to a blank Word document and hitting Ctrl+F.

I actually just recounted the times that "don't look to" appears in the lyrics and is actually.... 84 times!
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – AN AWARD THEY REALLY CARE FOR

More than a month ago, we got the news that Maiden had been nominated for The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, a thing that at least one member of the band, Bruce, has publicly said in the past, the band doesn’t really care much about. However, what they did care about and were really happy to get, today, 20 years ago, was the Ivor Novello Award.

The Ivors Novello Award, first presented in 1956, celebrates exceptional craft in music creation, and represents peer recognition with categories judged by those within the UK music creator community.

In the case of Maiden, the band received the Ivor for 'International Achievement' in recognition of Maiden’s reign as one of Great Britain’s biggest musical exports, and their song writing which had notched up at the time some 50 million albums sales around the world.

The day of the ceremony, attended by Bruce, Adrian and Janick, the band was presented the with the award by longtime friend of the band and major Maiden fan, Pat Cash.

After the presentation Bruce spoke for the band, thanking Rod Smallwood and others who have worked closely with the band for many years, but he saved his biggest thanks for the fans that have followed the band around the world over their long career. “Without them none of this would be possible. We never get played on the radio and we are a traditional band in the sense that we play the shows, people hear the music and if they like they buy it. This is indeed a great honour and we owe it to them.”

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Luisma

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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – MAIDEN IN A DISCOTECH?

On February 22nd, 1993, almost a month before the next tour was about to start, Bruce announced to the rest of the band that the next Iron Maiden Tour was to be his last as a member of Maiden and making honor to their last studio album, fear went down everyone’s spine.

The gigs had already been booked in for a few months before and most of the tickets had already been sold out so Maiden being Maiden decided to honor those tickets and go out to play the tour…

The plans for this tour really didn’t change much at the start of it. The band had decided long ago that they would meet in Portugal the third week of March to relax a little before the start of the tour which would begin with four warm-up gigs, one in Portugal and three in Spain, to then fly to Ostrava and prepare for the “real” start of the tour.

The talks between band members and the members of crew were not the common ones, Steve wasn’t really keen to go out on tour with someone who didn’t want to be there but knew that if Maiden cancelled the tour, there would be financial problems. Nicko and Dave were sad to see Bruce go because they had literally grown old together but respected his feelings, and Janick, being close to Bruce, took the news with a bitter sweet taste, but it didn’t affect him so much.

The week passed quickly, and before they knew it, the first warm-up gig, set to take place today, 28 years ago, at the Discoteca Kadoc in Vilar de Mouros, Portugal, was ready to start.

The Kadoc discotech has room for 7,000 people, but this night there were probably only 2,500 people and to some it was a good way to see what was about to happen during the tour… Bruce almost didn’t move around the stage and the fire that always burned in the hearts of the band members just wasn’t there… It was a weird show with weird feelings, the fans felt it and the band felt it, little did they know by then that things were about to get worse, but hey, this is just the start of one of the most interesting year for our beloved band… But for now, learn what happened way before all this at https://www.subscribepage.com/eddiemadedoit
 

Luisma

Years Wasted
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MAIDEN TRIVIA OF THE DAY – A REAL SMALL ONE

Following the announcement that this was to be Bruce's last tour, the band faced the difficult decision of going on with the scheduled tour with a singer that no longer wanted to be there, due to the fact that most of the tickets had already been sold.

The Real Live Tour was always meant to start in Portugal, because the band had already planned to meet there, quite conveniently for Steve who had the time was living there, but with the news that Bruce gave to the band, they decided to rearrange some dates in order to modify the setlist a little and prepare better for this strange tour.

Originally, the second date would take place in Spain, then France, followed by a dates in Holland, Germany and Russia, but all of those dates were rescheduled in order to put in warm-up gigs.

Today, 28 years ago, the last of those warm up gigs took place in a Country Maiden had visited 21 times before, Spain, Barcelona to be precise. The chosen place was the Zeleste (now Razzmatazz), another small place (considering the previous three warm-up gigs they played before this one) where fans got the chance to see Maiden up close, kind of a sample of what would happen on the following tours.

Amazingly enough, in this fourth and last warm-up gig, at a club that held a few hundred at most, and as it had happened on the first gig, Bruce just didn't put his heart into it and the band had to give all their effort in order to entertain the crowd that witnessed the event with a bitter sweet taste in their mouth. Funnily enough, this was one of the places that Bruce would visit again during his solo career and play great concerts.

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