In 1982, the band released one of their most popular, controversial and acclaimed albums, The Number of the Beast. (…) The band’s manager, Rod Smallwood, later commented that Christians initially burnt the records, but later decided to destroy them with hammers through fear of breathing in the melting vinyl’s fumes.
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The aeroplane was converted into a combi configuration and repainted with a special Iron Maiden livery, along with a list of that year’s tour dates. According to Dickinson, Astraeus decided to retain the Iron Maiden artwork when it returned to normal charter service after receiving positive feedback from customers, but had to remove the decals after passengers in Africa refused to board the plane, claiming it to be possessed by evil spirits.