Back in the day, I’ve played a few songs from the Iron Maiden catalogue – Run to the Hills, Can I Play With Madness, and more. Circa 1997 I think it was, and playing with a Prog/Metal band was the best way I could think of, at the time, to improve my chops. Lucid Dreams was a good band, a very tight band, very technically accomplished. Shred city, basically. Brought back a good deal in terms of chops to TAAQ – someday we’ll let you all listen to some of the intense prog shit we were doing then. Quite a trip.
I don’t really know why, but Heavy Metal did a sneaky bypass as far as my musical trips are concerned. Sure I’ve played Pantera, Testament, Megadeth, Metallica, (and of course Maiden) with a couple of bands (Lucid Dreams and another one-show wonder; a very forgettable gig in Mysore) and I’ve learnt a good bit from playing those songs, but there was always some essential connect with the music that I could never find. We even once worked out Metaillica’s Sad but True for a TAAQ gig (believe it! ended up NOT playing it, but well…).
I guess it’s a Harley-type thing – If you have to ask, you don’t need to know.
I’m definitely going to be there for the Maiden gig.