IRON MAIDEN frontman delivered the keynote speech yesterday (Wednesday, October 10) at the IBM Smarter Business event at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress in Sweden. He finished off his speech with explaining why the MAIDEN song “Run To The Hills” became a hit single.
“It’s all in the rising sixth,” Dickinson explained, drawing references to the use of the interval in “My Way”, recorded by Frank Sinatra. The song was referred to as the most popular recorded song in the history by a musicologist in a TV show Dickinson watched in his early years.
When MAIDEN started writing music for what became the “The Number Of The Beast” album, Dickinson made use of what he had learned in the song “Run To The Hills”.