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Bruce Dickinson Says This is the Most Underrated Iron Maiden Song

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Bruce Dickinson has named “Total Eclipse,” the B-side to the 1982 single “Run to the Hills,” as Iron Maiden’s most underrated song.

The singer made the claim during the recent Tampa, Florida stop on his current U.S. spoken word tour, in answer to a fan-submitted question.

Dickinson also revealed that the original B-side for “Hills” was intended to be the song “Gangland.” But the band ultimately decided “’Gangland’ sounds great! This is so good that we can’t do it as the B-side!” The song consequently became the penultimate track on Dickinson’s first album with Maiden, The Number of the Beast.

This despite what Dickinson has revealed to be a major error within “Gangland”:

“’Gangland’ went on the album, and we actually forgot to mix the guitar solos. There’s a bit in there [at the 2m24s mark], and there’s no guitar solo. To this day, I think we forgot!”

Remaining dates on Dickinson’s spoken word tour:

Jan. 24 – Raleigh, NC @ Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center
Jan. 26 – Nashville, TN @ Polk Theater
Jan. 27 – Columbus, OH @ Jo Ann Davidson Theatre
Jan. 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Jan. 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Feb. 01 – Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
Feb. 02 – Albany, NY @ The Egg
Feb. 04 – New York City, NY @ The Town Hall
Feb. 05 – Boston, MA @ Schubert Theatre at the Boch Center
Feb. 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Feb. 08 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
Feb. 10 – Cleveland, OH @ MGM Northfield Park
Feb. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Feb. 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
Feb. 14 – Milwaukee-Racine, WI @ Pabst Theater
Feb. 16 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre
Feb. 17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Rose State College Hudiberg Chevrolet Center
Feb. 19 – Kansas City, KS @ Uptown Theater
Feb. 20 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Feb. 22 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
Feb. 23 – Houston, TX @ Stafford Centre
Feb. 24 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
Feb. 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
Feb. 28 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
Mar. 01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Mar. 03 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace Of Fine Arts
Mar. 04 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Mar. 06 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
Mar. 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Mar. 14 – Vancouver (New Westminster), BC @ Massey Theatre
Mar. 16 – Victoria, BC @ Royal Theatre
Mar. 18 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
Mar. 20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Mar. 21 – Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
Mar. 23 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Mar. 26 – Ottawa, ON @ Algonquin Commons Theatre
Mar. 27 – Quebec City, QC @ Palais Montcalm
Mar. 29 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Concert Hall
Mar. 30 – Kitchener, Centre In The Square

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