The Live After Death cover as we know it today is one of the most iconic and sinister sleeves in the history of Iron Maiden. But if it weren’t for a number of casual events it would most likely never have seen the light of day.
IMOC member Marcelo recently came across an old add for Live After Death in Circus Magazine and reached out to Eddie Godfather Derek Riggs and asked for the story behind the alternative version of the classic painting, which now features on the CD-sleeve of the 1998 remastered version of the album.
Says Riggs: – That picture was the original version of Live After Death. I didn’t like it much, I think the Eddie is in a bad position. But that was what the manager wanted. As things turned out it couldn’t be photographed because it was done in oilsand oils are a bit glossy. The picture tended to shine where the lights hit it. The photographers couldn’t stop the picture from shining so I had to paint another one in watercolors. Which was a good thing because then I did it my way and it looks better.
So there you have it, oilsand oils makes your paintings shine. Fortunately for us, because to be honest the original looks a bit naff compared to the lightning stricken and probably most frightening Eddie character to date.
Thanks to Marcelo for the story and the scans.
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