Rock's Greatest Stage Props Include Iron Maiden Icon and Spinal Tap Mishap

02/25/2011
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(Gibson) The best stage props often attain iconic status, and become so strongly associated with a band that the absence of the prop would be unthinkable. Can you imagine, for instance, a KISS show that did not involve fake blood? Gibson takes a look at 10 stage props that are especially memorable. Here are just a couple:

10. Iron Maiden's Eddie: No heavy metal mascot has achieved greater fame than Iron Maiden's Eddie. Designed in his first incarnation by artist Derek Riggs, the body-less creature has been a perennial fixture in Iron Maiden's live shows, and of course has graced the band's album covers for three decades as well. Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris has an Eddie tattoo on his arm, and the character has even been referenced on the television show South Park.

9. Spinal Tap's Stonehenge: Some may prefer the band's plastic pods, but it was the staging of Spinal Tap's epic song, "Stonehenge," that provided fans with one of the most memorable moments in performance debacles. Using a napkin, guitarist Nigel Tufnel sketched out the design for the prop, which was intended to be an 18-foot replica of the famous prehistoric monument that gave the song its title. Tufnel mistakenly specified inches instead of feet, however, and the result was a monument of embarrassingly minimalist proportions. Check out the full Top 10 here

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