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Album: Iron MaidenReleased: 1980
Running 7:22, this song was inspired by the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux which was later turned into a popular musical adaptation for the stage and screen.
Bass player Steve Harris, who wrote this song, explained: "This is a very long song that was done in sections. The middle part was totally separate but it fit in very well. It felt right to go from the slow part into the middle section. Phantom is one of the best pieces I've ever written, and certainly one of the most enjoyable to play. It's got all these intricate guitar lines which keep it interesting. Then there's the slow middle part which creates quite a good mood. It's also got fast heavy parts which are really rockin'. And it's also got areas for crowd participation. It pretty much covers all the bases for the band. It was also a good example of what I wanted to get across."
Derek Riggs, yet again, hid his logo (his stylized initials) into some Maiden cover art. In this case, it's depicted clearly near the bottom of the stone in which the organ is imbedded, directly across from the Phantom Eddie's ankle/knee. Eddie is Iron Maiden's mascot.
On the back of the Somewhere in Time album, there is a "Phantom Opera House."
New Eden covered this for the 1998 compilation A Call to Irons: A Tribute to Iron Maiden.
In the Iron Maiden computer game Ed Hunter
, this plays during Level 1, London.