A friend shared this story after reading my post Loyalty and Honesty:
I believe I told you this story already, but as I love to repeat myself, I will again. My second cousin is, and was always , a HUGE Iron Maiden fan. He also has always been quite an oddball – but that is neither here nor there. HE told me a story once that he was bagging groceries at some Long Island supermarket as a teen and he had an Iron Maiden T shirt on underneath his apron. The guy he was checking out was like “ Hey you like Iron Maiden? Here is two tickets and backstage passes to tonight’s show in the city”. My cousin was elated. I could be wrong, but since reading your article and the name rings a bell so clearly, I think it was Kevin Shirley ( I say this because he told me the guys name but I have no idea who it was, but when I read the article that name stuck out) – regardless – it was the most random and nicest thing ever. Genuine.
I can only imagine this made her cousins day and its probably a story he still tells to this day. And he should. It’s a good one.
You see, that is the kind of PR no money can buy and it’s the kind of human quality that makes me have even a deeper appreciation of Iron Maiden and the people they are. No, Kevin Shirley is not a member of Iron Maiden, but he has produced a number of their albums. Good people choose to work with good people.
Good people are not a dime a dozen, these days it’s like finding a needle in a five ton haystack.