Did you know that music CDs finally outsold vinyl in 1988? The CD hype was a big revolution back then. That was also the year with Ronald Reagan (the actor) in power in the US. Terrorists blowing up jumbo-jets over Scotland and American missiles bringing down a passenger plane.
1988 also was the year of Iron Maiden‘s seventh (!) full length studio album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The album marked the 5th record with Bruce Dickinson at the helm for vocals since The Number of the Beast. He jumped ship later in 1993, which made the band lose a lot of popularity first and quality later. For instance, X-Factor featuring Blaze Bayley on vocals (in replacement of Dickinson) got Eddie’s flagship already quite firmly stuck on a number of cliffs. And the band had trouble to free this sorry boat from these rocks until the return of the prodigal son towards the end of the century. [...]