This is a song which the gentleman over there, Adrian Smith, who's at the moment suffering from a few sore ribs... and the old Adrian Smith helped us write our new album. It's a song about a lady called Charlotte the Harlot.
Adrian Smith: Well, that's quite an interesting story. That idea was something I came up with when I was very young, one of those first songs you write. I had this band, Urchin, and we did this song, "22".
We discovered where she lives. We discovered she's running a new knocking-shop somewhere in the East End of London. If you care to visit it, it's at 22 Acacia Avenue!
Steve Harris: It's just where she lived, supposedly or not. Depending on what you believe. We've been asked many questions about it but we can't say too much about it, whether she's a real person or whether she was called Charlotte or not. So just leave it at that I think.
If you're feeling down depressed and lonely
I know a place where we can go
22 Acacia Avenue meet a lady that I know
So if you're looking for a good time
and you're prepared to pay the price
Fifteen quid is all she asks for
everybody's got their vice
Adrian Smith: Six or seven years later, when I was in the band, he said, "hey, I remember seeing you over at this festival when you played this song, "22 Acacia Avenue", Let's do something with that".
Steve Harris: We "maidenised" it with all the time changes and this and that.
Adrian Smith: It ended up being on the record and being part of our live set for 2 or 3 tours. It was a song that I wrote when I was 18 and I'd sort of forgotten about it. And it ended up on a platinum album. Incredible.
Beat her, mistreat her, do anything that you please
Bite her, excite her, make her get down on her knees
Abuse her, misuse her, she can take all that you've got
Caress her, molest her, she always does what you want
Dave Mustaine: This is a way of life, Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, AC/DC, Metallica… all these bands… it stands for something. And it's not just the music, it's the lifestyle.