Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson discussed the origins of his nickname The Air-Raid Siren, telling Eddie Trunk:
“Obviously [back in the early days] you didn’t get trolled like you get trolled now on a professional basis on websites and things, ’cause there weren’t any.
“But you did get letters of complaint, which was similar to a troll. So this guy saw me doing the show at the Rainbow Theatre when I just joined Maiden, and we did five warm-up shows, culminating in one in London.
“He wrote a letter saying, ‘I hate this new singer! It’s like listening to all my favorite songs being played through an air-raid siren!’
“And so Rod [Smallwood, manager] went, ‘Brilliant! The human air-raid siren!’ And that was how he invented the name.”