Iron Maiden


Speak Like a Pirate Day” today is a chance to embrace your inner scurvy scallywag. The heavy metal group Iron Maiden not only their pirate spirit (check out some of their stage décor and album art), but actual live and active rapscallion pirates absconding with the group’s gold. Music pirates. The article “How Iron Maiden found its worst music pirates — then went and played for them” describes Iron Maiden’s embrace of these fans failing to pay for their music…and turned it into a treasure…

  • “In the case of Iron Maiden, still a top-drawing band in the U.S. and Europe after thirty years, it noted a surge in traffic in South America. Also, it saw that Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Columbia, and Chile were among the top 10 countries with the most Iron Maiden Twitter followers. There was also a huge amount of BitTorrent traffic in South America, particularly in Brazil. Rather than send in the lawyers, Maiden sent itself in. The band has focused extensively on South American tours in recent years, one of which was filmed for the documentary ‘Flight 666.’ After all, fans can’t download a concert or t-shirts. The result was massive sellouts. The São Paolo show alone grossed £1.58 million (US$2.58 million) alone. And in a positive cycle, Maiden’s online fanbase grew. According to Musicmetric, in the 12 months ending May 31, 2012, the band attracted more than 3.1 million social media fans. After its Maiden England world tour, which ran from June 2012 to October 2013, Maiden’s fan base grew by five million online fans, with a significant increase in popularity in South America.”