Yes. I am aware of all of those, including Barry Purkis' stage name. See that "rock family tree" in the liner notes of the quadruple-vinyl version of Best Of The Beast? I've had that since its release.Except that that's /not/ how Iron Maiden started out. Ever hear of Tony Moore? Barry Purkis? Dennis Wilcock? No? How about Doug Sampson? Terry Wapram? Paul Day? Paul Cairns?
...you know what? Bollocks. I'm going to spoiler-protect the rest of this post because I should never have had to use the last half an hour of my life writing it (which I want back) and then anyone who doesn't want to read a post of non-TG-related guff doesn't have to, although what I originally wrote was TG-related.
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I'm rather surprised that you've taken deathly seriously what was supposed to be a series of offhand remarks whereby TG has some resemblance to the career of Iron Maiden in which I've deliberately left out the really boring bits in an attempt to try and keep it short so as not to bore everyone rigid. On the other hand, yes, I have been aware for many years of the reputation of Iron Maiden's most hardcore fans to nitpick at absolutely everything surrounding them, including that time when Janick Gers dropped a coin in Blaze Bayley's beer one night on the Virtual XI tour and a fierce argument started whether it was a penny or a 2p, or whether Rod Smallwood's first name is Rodney or Roderick (Nicko seems to think it's both). I certainly wasn't expecting to find that here, though. It's a Top Gear board (or at least in the Top Gear section) and I was trying to keep on topic...
On the other hand, they have done a couple of tours that only covered their first seven albums (plus Fear Of The Dark which they'd be pilloried for leaving out). The reaction to the date of that tour that was last year's Wacken plus the groans that accompanied the announcement of "we'll have a new album in 2010 that'll be even more prog than A Matter Of Life And Death and you'll hear plenty of tracks off Dance Of Death on the arena-and-festival tour" (or words to that effect) suggests that there's at least 70,000 Germans who are on my side...
And now getting away from a discussion that is most likely boring everyone and which should never have happened in the first place...
Having been denied the presence of George Carlin on my TV screen and been further denied many clips of him on Youtube because I have to load a different operating system to use that site, I have never once seen him make any funny faces, nor have I ever tried to keep a tally of the number of times he says "fuck". If that was an attempt at a cheap insult, it didn't work.
It would be stretching it a bit to say I've been listening to Iron Maiden since the 1980s (although I liked what I heard circa 1988) but I can genuinely go back as far as 1994 (and I was watching Old TG before that) and I will continue to say my analogy was great.
The day I am subjected to Dream Theater in concert is the day a terrible, terrible wrath will be inflicted on the world. I've been forced to sit through Savatage three times already; DT will drive me over the edge.
Apologies to anyone I've bored with this (again) but I wasn't going to let all this go unanswered.
Incidentally, if anyone's wondering why there's been those occasions where I've deserted this board for months at a time, it wasn't because I was killed by my own 36-rasher bacon sandwich (as someone postulated), it's been because of those times when it's really started to grate that I've had to sit up defending my words at two in the morning when I'd rather be in bed.
And now, normal service in this thread will (hopefully) be resumed, for anything more that there might be to say.