As the old saying goes, “if it’s too loud, you’re too old.” However, an English couple have proved that there are no age restrictions on rocking out, being sued for playing Iron Maiden too loudly.
Look, we’ve all been there. Sometimes when you throw on some tunes, you just want it to hear it at ear-splitting levels. Personally, I once mistook an Adelaide earthquake for deep bass because I was playing Tool’s Lateralus too loudly.
However, as we’ve seen, wowsers will likely complain about these high volumes at any given opportunity.
Why, a neighbour once got Randy Rhoads arrested for playing his guitar too loudly, Soundwave copped a $10k fine for breaching volume restrictions, while San Fransisco residents recently complained about a Metallica concert being above acceptable sound levels.
However, a Swedish couple have now been arrested and reportedly hit with a lawsuit for blasting Iron Maiden with the volume knob presumably set to 666.
As Aftonbladet reports, an unnamed 81-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife were recently arrested after relentlessly playing music at high volumes from October through February.
Prosecutors alleged that the unnamed couple intentionally raised the volume levels in order to disturb their neighbour, who recently moved into their Stockholm townhouse
“The harassment has just continued, I am completely devastated. How should I stay?” the neighbour asked, describing the noise levels as “pure terror”.
While the neighbour claims that a stereo system was angled towards their house from the elderly couple’s balcony, police noted that a seperate system was found in the basement, also directed towards the neighbour’s property.
Police noted that Iron Maiden’s ‘Afraid To Shoot Strangers’ was on full volume as they entered the house, arresting the elderly couple without incident.
During questioning, the 71-year-old woman revealed their Iron Maiden jam sessions were something of a revenge plot agains their neighbour.
“We wanted to show the neighbour how loud it sounded,” the 71-year-old explained, with her husband adding, “We wanted to give back.”
While the couple were reportedly charged with harassment and hit with a lawsuit upon their arrest, these charges have apparently since been dropped.
We’re not sure if tensions have lessened between the warring neighbours, but maybe they could come to a truce while listening to Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son at a reasonable level?