Iron Maiden - Beckett, lawsuit?
"2 Minutes to Midnight" was released in 1984 as the lead single from Iron Maiden's fifth studio album, "Powerslave." The song was written by the band's bassist, Steve Harris, and lead vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, and its lyrics deal with the dangers of nuclear war and the threat of global annihilation. The song's title refers to the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic clock that represents how close humanity is to a global catastrophe. The clock currently stands at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been.
Did you know that Iron Maiden faced a lawsuit over some of their songs? That's right, in the late 80s, the band was taken to court over allegations of copyright infringement. The lawsuit claimed that Iron Maiden had used parts of a song called "Lying in my Shadow" by Beckett without permission in their track "Hallowed be thy Name."
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