Monday March 3, 2014
Somewhere Back In Time
Below is the original piece which was written for this historic, amazing double-broadcast first aired on May 21, 2008 on our Classic Rock stations and then rebroadcast on Monday May 26, 2008 on our Active Rock stations featuring the band's greatest hits album, "Somewhere Back In Time". It has not been rebroadcast since. Enjoy!
Every band has fans, or they cease to exist. Obviously, some bands have many more fans than others. Some bands have a loyal base of faithful fans that follow them their entire lives. Then there are a handful of bands that have fans that serve as a reminder that fan is short for fanatical. Now we’re talking Iron Maiden. Their fans will follow them from city to city, from country to country, off a cliff, if asked, and to the ends of the universe. And if you think this is hyperbole, let the numbers tell the story. Maiden are members of a very exclusive club, having sold over one hundred million albums and they’ve done it with very little help from radio, if any help at all. Something has elicited this kind of response. If you ask one of their faithful what has helped them climb to the stratospheric realm of stardom, you’ll probably get a halting, indecisive and meandering response mentioning the musicianship, the showmanship, the otherworldly aura they create on stage and the totality of the experience. It’s not easy attempting to explain magic. Sometimes it’s best to just let it wash over you and simply take the ride. Again and again. An Iron Maiden concert is an addiction for many who make the drive, fight the traffic, miss work the next day and can’t speak for a week afterward. And they’ve just begun another leg here in North America. Full information is available on their official website at IronMaiden.com
It’s this concert thing that led to making this one of the most historic shows in the twenty-seven year long annals of our program. You see, the first date of their new leg was in San Antonio, TX on May 21. That was a Wednesday and for ROCKLINE, that’s a show night. That was a problem, but not an insurmountable one. We wanted them on the show badly enough and they wanted to come on and connect directly with you badly enough to do this radio show while we weren’t actually on the air. That meant that we couldn’t give out our number and tell you to “call now” because you wouldn’t have been able to hear us. We felt that with the might of the band, the power of their website combined with ours and the help of our stations who carry the show, that not being on the air was simply a minor annoyance. We took calls from dedicated Maiden fans on Tuesday May 20 and broadcast it the first time on May 21. Now you can hear the show again on Monday May 26th. We will also stream the show on our website for two weeks beginning May 27th. This is only the fifth artist in ROCKLINE’S history with whom we have felt comfortable enough to do this. We knew you rabid Maiden fans wouldn’t let us down and we felt sure that if you didn’t listen that you knew Eddie would come kick your ass and you came through big time!
Join us for this historic re- broadcast as ROCKLINE gives Iron Maiden some well deserved time on the radio. It’s about time, don’t ya think?!!!