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Senior Citizens Charged with Harassment After Blasting Iron Maiden to Torment Neighbors

Over the weekend, a couple in Stockholm, Sweden, were making what is being called a “whistling sound” in their apartment.

According to The Local, this was enough to send the couple's neighbors — an 81-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife — into a rage. How did they retaliate? By blasting Iron Maiden from their balcony (which faces their neighbors' apartment) as late — or as early — as 4 a.m.

Police officers, who were soon called to the scene, discovered “a music system on the balcony, pointed at the neighbor and playing Iron Maiden’s 'Afraid to Shoot Strangers' at top volume,' plus “another music system in the cellar directed toward the neighbor’s bedroom wall.”

“We wanted to give a taste of their own medicine,” the husband said.

“The harassment has just carried on, I am completely broken down," said their neighbor. "How can I keep living here?”

And speaking of harassment, that's exactly what the elderly couple are charged with. If there are any updates on this situation, we will have them!

"Afraid to Shoot Strangers" is from Iron Maiden's 1992 album, Fear of the Dark. Check it out below.

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.