IRON MAIDEN Guitarist: 'I Don't Think I Can Keep On Another 10 Years'

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith told San Antonio Express-News that the band would only be performing one new song during their set at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma, Texas on Friday (August 15). The group's new CD, "Dance Of Death", hits the streets September 9 through Columbia Records.

"That's the problem. The album won't be released until next month, so we're playing all our old stuff," Smith said during a tour break. "The new song, 'Wildest Dreams', fits in really great with all the other stuff."

He added that "Wildest Dreams" (Windows Media) is "in the tradition of 'Run to the Hills' and 'Number of the Beast'. It is a short and sharp kind of song. It is about, ah, someone who is breaking out, looking for some freedom. It is a very simple song."

"Dance of Death" features 11 songs, recorded last November and December.

"The album is a progression from where we left off with 'Brave New World'," he said. "The last three, four years, the three-guitar lineup has really worked for us. I think we came up with a more cohesive album than before, and overall the material is stronger than 'Brave New World'.

"We recorded it in London, which we haven't done since 'Number of the Beast'."

And why not?

"Well, we did three albums in the Bahamas. Various reasons really. The vibe, the taxes, you know. But we wanted to do this album, and it was nice to go home."

When asked how much longer he will keep up with IRON MAIDEN, Smith said, "I been doing this for more than 20 years and I think I still have a few more miles in me. But I don't think I can keep on another 10 years." Read more.

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