There is a fantastic new interview with Maiden at KNAC.com where bassist Steve Harris candidly says, "But, by the end of the tour we were fried. Five or six nights a week for 30 months, two hours a night, full-on. Physically we were fit at the end of it but mentally very unfit. . . Bruce [Dickinson, vocals] was so fried he couldn't even write anything, really. Anything coherent, anyway (laughs), for the next album. Without a doubt, he was the one affected the most."
So, that explains the below video. It's the band blowing off steam by totally throwing the video shoot for "Wasted Years" from Powerslave's inferior follow up, Somewhere In Time. It's pretty funny. I like how the producer just 'goes with it' and breaks into 80s era special video effects.
Got tickets the other day for the band's upcoming show outside of Seattle. They are bringing the whole Powerslave stage and set list back, which is going to be awesome. I will make that drive and pay the cash just to see them do "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" again. Good times, good times.
And maybe we'll get to see the Maiden plane fly over the city.