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Fear Of The Dark

Fear of the dark – Iron Maiden

Whoa-oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh… etc. Football chant with me [name of city]. Soccer and Iron Maiden, and the places in the world those two things are at their most popular. There’s a correlation there. Or moreso a coincidence. Anyway, when i was younger i myself had a FEAR! OF! THE! DUAAARHK! (That will never get old.)

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Children Of The Damned

Children of the damned – Iron Maiden

I keep forgetting the internet can be used as a research tool. Maybe i like it that way. I don’t have to be able to know everything. It’s February 24th. Scream for me, Sydney. Right after “Scream for me, Jakarta!”, which will be for the first time ever. How many people’s lives are going to be made that night? Then eventually it’s onward to Peru, Colombia, Chile. Only one band in the world could, both feasibly and metaphysically, bring this kind of rapture to people world over. And they do, still. They deserve so much praise for it.

Anyway, once i saw a movie and it was called… CHILDREN! OF! THE DAMNED!

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Wasted Years

Wasted years – Iron Maiden

Unless it has already happened, and it quite possibly has the way i track time, my friends are soon going to see Iron Maiden. They are going to stand in front of the aged but by all reports still incredible band, have the time of their lives, Bruce Dickinson is going to say “Scream for me, Sydney!” and they are going to comply. I should go/have gone. By the looks of things this is starting out to be another… WASTED YEAR! [guitar]

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Caught Somewhere In Time

Caught somewhere in time – Iron Maiden

Dammit! I listened to Grass Widow all last night to some shameful hour to try and subliminate/force one of their songs into my head, all so i could write here today with such joy and confidence before the year had ended that their album was the best thing released in 2010, and along comes Iron Maiden. Well… anyway… Past Times was the best record released this year. there.

I’d like to be caught somewhere in time. Like right now so i don’t have to deal with the disgrace of another New Year’s Eve spent at home like a loser. It really is the loneliest holiday. Christmas spent alone, at least in some cases, has this glimmer of romanticism or defiance. Humbug is a badge of honour. At least you can shrug off “so what did you for Christmas?” sympathetically and not have your embarrassing popularity level revealed through it. Oh well. Maybe next year. I did try. A little. So… I finish work at 9:30 tonight, and yup i’m free after that.

Or caught forever in this song. For it to never end, intro riff to verse to chorus to verse to guitar bit to “caught somewhere in ti-i-i-i-ime” to the solos to everything, over and over again. One of their best. Iron Maiden songs are measured by how much they make you go “yes! YES! YESSS!!!!!!!” as awesome part follows awesome part. This is probably just below Hallowed Be Thy Name on that scale.

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Can i play with madness – Iron Maiden

One of life’s little struggles for the casual Iron Maiden fan is whether or not it’s worth listening to anything beyond Powerslave. Unaligned, not a matter of life and death, when you are removed enough to walk away at any time, when you can pick and choose, it gets a little easier to discount two-thirds of a band’s output for “the good stuff”. Still, from what i’ve heard, this song being part of this argument, it’s not as easier and worthwhile a disregard as cutting Metallica off at And Justice For All. I don’t think i’ve ever heard a Blaze Bayley sung song, though.

ace in the hole

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Run To The Hills

Run to the hills – Iron Maiden

I watched Flight 666 before going to bed last night. Basically there are a whole bunch of Iron Maiden songs in my head right now, but this is the one i remember waking up with. It was actually a pretty great movie. Iron Maiden constructed a touring method via private jet (a Boeing 757! So a private twinjet) and family-like road crew, and thus could tour places they haven’t played for sometime (such as here in Australia [ugh, why didn’t i go?]) or ever before (like Costa Rica and Columbia). This is where things got poignant.

Like ridiculously poignant. Like affirming a life spent with music poignant. Watch the crowd at their Columbia concert remain in place long after the band has left, tears flowing in uniform, gushing from a shared miracle – they had all just experienced the greatest moment of their lives. It came to them. It was one of the most moving things i have ever seen, summing up perfectly the power and significance of music. I don’t believe another band on this planet could mean more to people. I don’t believe there exists a more important band.

I was wondering if the band actually realise their power, their importance, but near the end of the movie Bruce summed it up nicely:

“Having gone through the gamut of so many countries, and generating so much hope in people, it’s staring to occur to me now that we are actually… What’s that expression? Being thrust on to the tip of the spear, in terms of putting some kind of message out there. All people need is something to hang on to that’s real. Somewhere in the universe there’s something that you can rely on on and they won’t let you down. And if Maiden fulfill that for people for, i think that would be a remarkable thing. We might all end up retiring at some point in the future having actually achieved something. Wow.”

Yes you will have. Please tour South East Asia before you do retire.

RUN TO THE HILLS!

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