Childhood’ End was released in 11 May 1992, on the album Fear Of The Dark. It was their third studio release to top the UK albums chart and the last to feature Bruce Dickinson as the group’s lead vocalist until his return in 1999.
Learn how to play Childhood’s End. This lessons looks at all the guitar parts played by Dave Murray and Janick Gers. Tablature is available at the bottom of this page.
The album’s musical style showed some experimentation with “Be Quick or Be Dead“, a fast tempo song in a heavier thrash style released as the album’s first single, and “Wasting Love“, the group’s first power ballad, which dates back to Dickinson’s first solo album, Tattooed Millionaire. Both songs were Dickinson/Gers collaborations, which contrasted with Harris’ “Afraid to Shoot Strangers“, a political song from the point of view of a soldier in the Gulf War, Dickinson would often introduce the song as an anti-war narrative. “Fear is the Key” is about the fear in sexual relationships resulting from AIDS. The song was written around the time when the band learned about the death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Dickinson affirmed: “There’s a line in ‘Fear Is the Key’ that goes: “nobody cares ’til somebody famous dies”. And that’s quite sadly true. […] As long as the virus was confined to homosexuals or drug-addicts, nobody gave a shit. It’s only when celebrities started to die that the masses began to feel concerned”. “Weekend Warrior” is about football hooliganism. Childhood’s End was written by Steve Harris.
Reviews for the album and Childhood’s End were mixed, with AllMusic commenting that, while “easily an improvement over 1990’s lackluster No Prayer for the Dying (both musically and sonically)”, the release “still wasn’t quite on par with their exceptional work from the ’80s”. Sputnikmusic were more positive about the release, stating that “though many of the songs are still sub-par by their standards … the band returns to the lofty heights that they enjoyed for the entirety of the 80’s”. Billboard gave it a positive review on release, saying Dickinson’s voice “shows no sign of wear and tear” and the guitar work “sounds fresh and crisp”.
In October 2011, Fear of the Dark was ranked No. 8 on Guitar World magazine’s top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.
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