80s Iron Maiden Number of the Beast World Tour t-shirt Small
Chest 17.5 in.
Length 24 in.
Content: 50/50 Cotton/Polyester
Tag Brand: Screen Stars
This incredible vintage rock t-shirt is for the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden from their 1982 World Tour promoting their third studio album The Number of the Beast. The shirt features a graphic of the cover art used for the album. Like all of their albums in the 80s and early 90s, the cover was designed by artist Derek Riggs, and it features the band's mascot, the sinister and skeletal Eddie. The artwork was originally created for the release of the band's single "Purgatory" but it was deemed too awesome to use on just a single song, so they reserved it for the album.
Both the album and its cover art stirred up quite a bit of controversy, particular in the United States. This was because of the religious references found in the art and title track. Conservatives accused Iron Maiden of being satanists and even went so far as to burn the band's records in protest. The album's promotional tour faced a number of boycotts and demonstrations, including one that featured a 25-foot cross.
Despite all this, The Number of the Beast was still a critical and commercial success. It was the band's first album to top the UK Albums Chart, and it also reached the top 40 of the US Billboard 200. The title track wound up being the group's first top-ten UK single, and the album's other single "Run to the hills" also managed to chart. The album's success and its subsequent tour helped to establish "The Beast" as an alternate name for Iron Maiden. Its even been incorporated into the titles of live releases and compilation albums such as Best of the Beast and Visions of the Beast.
Fits like a modern unisex adult small.