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Derek Riggs on drawing “Eddie” from Iron Maiden

I remember when Killers came out…This artwork was flooring!! (chuck)


One of the people who works on the website tells a story about looking at Killers as a ten year old kid and being uncontrollably drawn to it, saying, “It was like pornography.” This is funny to me, because it’s true — it was unavoidably compelling and obviously evil, but also because of the countless Eddie posters that shared wall space with Heather Locklear or Pamela Anderson. So, how do you look back on your life as a pornographer?

[laughs] Oh, I wasn’t part of all that. I just drew a picture and the rest of that stuff didn’t really have anything to do with me. From the first thing that I drew, it was all a logical response to what I saw around me at the time. It’s funny you say that about pornography, because part of my motivation at the time was a reaction against what I was seeing in hard rock bands. They all had boring art with half-naked women and it was all really crap. I wanted to draw something that had some balls to it. There was nothing else like what I was doing at the time.

That’s funny, because Eddie ended up having such a strong appeal, to the point that people had to put posters of him up in their rooms.

I had a funny experience of my own. About two months after I submitted the art to Killers, I was walking down Oxford Street in London, where I lived. There was a huge Virgin records store at the end of the block. They did an absolutely huge 15 foot by 15 foor square painting of Killers. I didn’t even know it had been released. I thought, “Fucking hell, that’s terrible.”

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Sebastian rules out SkidRow Reunion

I guess I see his point….(chuck)

Bach: “They’re [the current lineup of SKID ROW] still around and they’re playing where they play and I have to go on the Internet all the time and explain to people that I’m not in the band, and it’s just frustrating.

“If you got fired from a job, everywhere you go, it wouldn’t be, ‘Jimmy who worked at McDonald’s in ’89.’ You’d be like, ‘Get over it.’ [laughs]”

On why he can’t reunite with his former bandmates as SKID ROW:

Bach: “Let me answer it as honestly as I can. You’re talking about… When SKID ROW was last good… We broke up in ’96, but I don’t even count that. I would say ’91 was when we were last really a good band. I just don’t live in 1991 in 2010, and I’m talking about four other guys that I haven’t seen in 15 years.

“I think of SKID ROW the same way you might think of picking up your high-school yearbook. You have affection for what happened 30 years ago, but you look at the yearbook and you go, ‘Oh, cool,’ and you shut it, and it’s today.

“I don’t know those people.

“It’s not sports. It’s not like a team.


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