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The Number Of The Beast

The Number Of The Beast

4th December 2001


Chapter Selection:
  1. The Number Of The Beast
  2. 22 Acacia Avenue
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Run To The Hills
  5. Children Of The Damned
  6. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Bonus Material:
  1. Adrian Smith & Dave Murray Twin Guitars
  2. Beast Stories
  3. Reading Festival 1982
  4. Nicknames
  5. Rod Smallwood
  6. Adrian Smith Plays "Children Of The Damned"
  7. Adrian Smith Plays "The Number Of The Beast"
  8. A Message From Clive Burr
  9. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" Rio 2001


Chapter 6:
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"


Dave Murray: "Hallowed be Thy Name", which we play every tour, and we still play it today, is probably one of… my little favorites.
Bruce Dickinson: The atmospherics of it, the vibe, the audience, everything. "I'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime…" and, "bonggg!", you know. I mean, it's fantastic. It's a really good head space for putting a little movie in your head. And you're just narrating a movie to the audience.


I'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime
Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time
'Cause at five o'clock they take me to the gallows pole
The sands of time for me are running low...


Steve Harris: The story is… you know the guy, he's waiting, you know, basically to go to the gallows or whatever. It's like you try to put yourself in the situation about how you would feel if you was in that situation. And if you add any sort of faith in it you kind… in anything whatsoever, in religion or whatever you believed in. Would your faith desert you at this point of time that you needed it most? Martin Birch: Moody, moody guitars… These are… yeah, it's Davey…
Let's what we've got here. We've got… Davey… Adrian… and tracked, just to give it sort of a fuller width.


Bruce Dickinson: It's always hard, 'cause when you do get carried away and you get used to playing things faster and faster. And every night it creeps up a little bit faster, and a little bit faster, and a little bit faster… it can get to the point sometimes when you're listening thinking "oh my god, it's ridiculous! Oooh"
You suddenly end up with bits of tongue and blood start flying out of your mouth.


Steve Harris: Someone's gotta go and sing those words with real power and emotion, or whatever. It's gotta be somebody who can't go and sing about, I don't know, a flower arrangement or something. Well, you probably could if you're having a laugh.
You've got the twin guitars, this is just the trademark of Maiden, which was what I was trying to do, use all those elements. It always has been one of the crowd favourites without a doubt. We've tried it on all parts of the set, you know, the beginning, middle, end, you know, and the encore or whatever. And wherever you play it it works great.


Rod Smallwood: It was the record for the time, there was a lot of interest coming then in Metal worldwide, and this was the album that focussed everybody.
Mick Wall: I think at that point, they turned into an international rock act, and that had always been the aim.


Dave Murray: Maiden's never compromised, we've always done it on our terms, so we were never gonna sell out and start writing songs for American radio.
Bruce Dickinson: The Number Of The Beast above all is quite a simple album. It's not that complicated, really. But it's just right..


Clive Burr: Every song had something about it that you say, "yeah, that part… this part… the whole of it… really worked well".


Steve Harris: It's just got to be how you think yourself, you know, if you think it's really strong, you're really happy with it, and that's what matters at the end of the day.


Rod Smallwood: Before Number Of The Beast, we were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and after Number Of The Beast, there was a worldwide major act.
Martin Birch: Oh I enjoyed that. I'll stay and re-mix the whole album.

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