Iron Maiden certainly has the most recognizable mascot in metal history. The undead Eddie, aka Eddie The Head, goes far beyond a scary face on the band’s album covers and t-shirts: he’s also a character with his own personality who takes the stage with the Iron Maiden to this day. .
The mascot really comes to life at the band’s concerts. First, the as-yet-unnamed face was just a backdrop, evolving into a decorative head a short time later, giving rise to the name “Eddie the Head”.
In 1982, the band started a tradition that is still going strong: Eddie materialized on stage to interact with the band’s fans and musicians, becoming bigger and more sophisticated, with different looks that match the many versions present in the band’s discography. Therefore, the question always arises: Who controls Eddie during Iron Maiden shows?
In the early days, the entrepreneur Rod Smallwood assumed the role of dressing like Eddie, wearing a mask, jacket and jeans. At that time, however, it was easy to visualize a person inside the mascot costume, right?
But in Eddie’s stunning visuals these days, allowing the character to walk across the stage, bend his knees, and wrestle with Bruce Dickinson, many questions arise about the mechanisms used to bring him to life. .
About these mysteries, Iron Maiden does not reveal the details of Eddie’s backstage on tours. There are those who believe that Eddie is a remotely controlled robot, but at least there is this certainty: there is a human being inside.
Apparently, there is no fixed person over the years in the noble function of interpreting the mascot. A much-cited name among fans is stage builder Ashley Groom, known as “The Gentle Giant” by the Maiden crew, who worked with the band for many years from in 2003. Sadly, Ash died in July this year.
At the present time, there is no information about who is inside Eddie when he takes the stage. A photo of Eddie Samurai used on the current tour, The Legacy of The Beast Tour, shows the eyes of the person of undisclosed identity on stage.