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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!
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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.
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.
No, that isn't the guy, the guy that crowd surfed in the concert I mention was bald, but I also know the story of this guy which is very cool also... and that's a great pic of him btw!
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.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.