Every fan dreams about meeting their favorite icon or even booking an expensive “camping trip” just to spend the weekend with legendary bands such as Megadeth. There are also eccentric enthusiasts like the guy that launched a crowdfunding campaign just to “save” a home which their beloved superstar used to reside. Basically, once someone is a devoted fan, they will always be a devoted fan. Therefore, Steve Harris is debating turning his Essex residence into a boutique hotel exclusively for Iron Maiden fans.
The bassist revealed these guests would stay within his eight-bedroom, nine acres worth of property, where the band recorded 1992’s Fear of the Dark alongside several studio sessions. Depending on the time of year, these lucky guests could have the opportunity to meet Harris.
The Essex home has been on the market for nearly half a decade, which started at the absurd asking price of £6.75m, and has since dropped a few times. The current asking price is £3.95m. According to Harris, he’s remained indecisive about selling his home, despite moving to the Bahamas back in 2003.
He informed Bandit Rock:
“I was moving abroad, and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m going to really want to stay abroad.’ So I put it at a silly price, and I thought, ‘If someone wants to pay silly money, they’re welcome to it.’ Then I brought the price down – it’s actually very reasonable now.
In an ideal world I’d like to turn it into a boutique hotel. I think Maiden fans would go there. I had a small bar in Portugal, called Eddie’s Bar, which is no longer open.
But people used to come from all over the world just to go to that little bar. I think maybe they would go to the house. We recorded some albums there and there’s lots of memorabilia and everything like that. It means I could stay there as well, which would be great. It would be nice.”