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Iron Maiden vs. Saxon – Classic Cage Match

Iron Maiden vs Saxon
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Iron Maiden just chalked up their third victory in the Classic Cage Match. One more victory for ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and they will be entering the Classic Cage Match Hall of Fame. The song, which came from the band’s self-titled debut and features original frontman Paul Di’Anno, has become a fan favorite over the years and managed to put up a significant victory over Diamond Head’s ‘Am I Evil?’

Their opponent this week is another 1980 classic — Saxon‘s ’747 (Strangers in the Night.’ Graham Oliver and Paul Quinn provide the standout dual guitar attack on the song, while Biff Byford shows off his powerful pipes throughout the track. The song, from their ‘Wheels of Steel’ album, has been a longtime staple and appeared as part of their live sets for years.

So who will it be — Iron Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ or Saxon’s ’747 (Strangers in the Night)’? Crank it up and listen to both songs, then make your decision by voting for your favorite in the Classic Cage Match poll below.

(This Classic Cage Match will run until Friday, May 9, at 2PM ET. Fans can vote once per hour! So come back and vote often to make sure your favorite song wins!)

Iron Maiden, ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Saxon, ’747 (Strangers in the Night)’

Rules of Classic Cage Match:


Classic Cage Match songs must be at least 10 years old. Fans can vote once per hour for their favorite song. If a band remains the reigning champ for four straight cage matches, they are entered into the Loudwire Classic Cage Match Hall of Fame. With so many great songs out there, we have to give other bands a chance!

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