The music and the aviation worlds were wowed recently by the iconic metal band Iron Maiden’s unveiling of their tour plane, a 747-400 with their name blazed across it. Sadly, less than a month later, and early in Iron Maiden’s tour, the jumbo jet has been badly damaged in a ground mishap in Chile.
The iron maiden was a horrible medieval torture device, a casket with spikes on the inside which could be closed slowly, impaling the living person inside. It was awful. It was also not real. It was a fake concept popularized by two men in the 19th century, an era not known for impaling people to death.
Piracy's bad, right? Doesn't it rob bands of their hard-earned royalties and make record labels go broke? Not so fast. Turns out there's something to the old line about piracy boosting concert ticket sales—at least, according to Iron Maiden there is. (Correction appended below.)