Ed Sheeran performed a snippet of the Iron Maiden classic, “Run To The Hills”, on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday.
The pop singer was featured in a skit promoting “Ed Sheeran Sings Heavy Metal”, a new album featuring heavy metal and hardcore rap hits.
"Do you enjoy the morbid and disturbing themes of heavy metal music, but wish that it had a more cheerful, pleasant sound?", said Fallon in character as Steve Joshua. “Well, wish no more."
Billed as collection of 25 "of the darkest, most skull-crushing songs ever written", the mock infomercial saw the UK singer perform the Maiden track alongside Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff”, while a second project, “Ed Sheeran Sings Hardcore Rap”, delivered a preview of the Ty Dolla $ign track, “Paranoid.”
“Run To The Hills” originally appeared on Iron Maiden’s 1982 album, “The Number Of The Beast.”
The lead single from band’s third studio record and first with singer Bruce Dickinson helped deliver a commercial breakthrough for the band, delivering their first No.1 UK and Top 40 US album on its way to selling more than 2 million copies worldwide.
On July 3, Iron Maiden will be presented with the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Award by UK charity Nordoff Robbins at their 40th anniversary gala, in recognition of the band’s “outstanding contribution to UK music.”
The honor also recognizes the group as one of the most globally successful and influential rock bands of all time, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide.
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