Learn to play Judas Be My Guide which was released on the 11 May 1992 from the Fear of the Dark album, 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.
Judas Be My Guide was written by Bruce Dickinson and Dave Murray.
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Whats does the title mean, well this is what Janick Gers had to say.
I don’t know really but according to a interview with Jan, they took the title from Bruce’s Son of a gun (…take me to Jesus, with Judas my guide…), because it was a very strong sentence, with lot of potential , and they developed a song. Maybe they didn’t have a concept and only spit out sentences as shocking as the main title. Listen to CoM, Jan says that he has no idea of what the lyrics are about ….
Simply put, Judas Be My Guide is one of the best, if not the best track Maiden have ever put out. Certainly from the 90’s era, and even those who despise Fear of the Dark recognize this as one of the shining examples of Maiden proving they are still capable of kicking three hundred kinds of ass in 3 minutes. From the epic intro, the song accelerates into a spectacularly acidic verse, and a great, sing-along chorus. The interlude melody is yet another great take on the kind of minor harmonies that can be heard throughout the album (particularly ‘Childhood’s End’ and ‘Afraid to Shoot Strangers‘), and the solos are instantly memorable, while being incredibly fluid. The final chorus is the true gemstone, as the song finishes in a cataclysmic fashion, racing towards the end at breakneck pace (without once losing control!).
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