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The Origins Of Iron Maiden's Song 'The Ides Of March' Explained by Maiden's Early Drummer Thunderstick


Killers is the second studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was first released on 2 February 1981 in the United Kingdom by EMI Records and on 6 June in the United States by Harvest and Capitol Records


Thunderstick video interview


Iron Maiden 'Killers'


Head On is the second studio album by British heavy metal band Samson, released on June 27,1980



 In Thundersticks own words


"When I was with Iron Maiden, Steve (Harris) was the first person to introduce to me rehearsals of just the Rhythm Section. Up until then every band I've been in used to rehearse as a band all the time and yet when I got with Maiden Steve started rehearsing just the two of us. And Thunderburst was a drum rolling pattern that I came up with and he came to me with ideas for that song and I would do this drum roll pattern as well, as I threw in a couple of ideas. So when I was with Samson we did the 'Head On' album and we were still looking for a couple of other tracks to use. I said well there's a track that's an instrumental and played it to them and they said yeah let's do it ,so we did it as an instrumental. So we did this instrumental and Paul was still friends with Clive Burr and Clive went over to Paul's (Samson) house and Paul said look you know we finished the album do you want to hear it, yeah great. So we put the side one on wonderful everything was great, side two goes on and comes Thunderburst and Clive fell off his chair and he went oh my God we're using that as an intro (to shows). And Paul said what are you talking about so Clive went in his bag and he pulled out a cassette, put a cassette on and there was Ides of March. So as soon as this got heard by the Iron Maiden camp I was summoned to an a meeting at the EMI and Rod (Smallwood) was there and Steve (Harris) was there a couple of the record company people were there and the legal team from Iron Maiden were there. And I was told with no uncertainty Steve is going to take 50% of the songwriting royalties on Thunderburst with Samson. We were a four-piece songwriting team, so we only got 12 and a half% each from Thunderburst track and Steve (Harris) Took 50%. And then the legal team said if you insist on trying to claim songwriting credits on Ides of March we'll see you in court and that was the end of that.


It was something that had happened prior to me joining Samson. The management and band (Samson) didn't want to know anything about it, so I was totally unrepresented by anybody and I went there to that meeting alone and the rest as they say is history."


Never totally my thing, if we were to break the whole song Down Steve (Harris) probably 75% me 25% of that song. It's many many years and a lot of blood has passed under the bridge so you know it's just another one of those stories."


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