In a recent Download This feature, we spotlighted one musician covering almost every Iron Maiden song on acoustic guitar. One of the few missing songs there was “Wasted Years,” from the Somewhere In Time album. Well, now we’ve got a version to add to your “Acoustic Covers of Every Iron Maiden Song” collection. Ryan Adams dropped by BBC 2 earlier today and performed his own stripped-down version.
Adams, an avowed Maiden fan (see shirt above), finds a simple acoustic melody within the original monster riffing. It’s a quiet meditation that spotlights some of Maiden’s least-ridiculous lyrics. It’s worth a listen or ten and, in our opinion, surpasses all those Vampire Weekend covers he did last month. Check it out below, then download dozens more covers by Ryan Adams here. (via TwentyFourBit)
Ryan Adams – Wasted Years (Iron Maiden cover)
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