One band that was a big influence on me as a young guitarist was “Iron Maiden”. In the hey-day of the hair metal 80’s the two REALLY big bands were Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Coincidentally – both had dualling lead guitarist, and both were from the UK. I remember having “Killers” on cassette tape and listening to it endlessly on my Walkman, and then doing the same when “Piece of Mind” came out. Two of the first songs I ever learned to play were “The Trooper” and “Wrathchild”. I can remember sitting with many guitar buddy while playing The Trooper, and they took the low notes, and I the high. I’m pretty sure I had Killers way before I purchased a little known import from Japan – Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning”. When you hear Wrathchild you can’t help but think – if this didn’t influence both Metallica and Megadeth, then WTF did?

Iron Maiden Video “The Trooper”:

Iron Maiden Video “Wrathchild” with original singer “Paul Dianno”:

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