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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are one of the most successful, acclaimed and important heavy metal bands in history, with a run of success that has rarely faltered over four decades, despite experiencing trying personnel issues over that time. Bassist Steve Harris founded Iron Maiden in the mid-1970s, but was waylaid for years playing in London pubs while punk rock dominated Britain’s musical zeitgeist and heavy metal was out of favor. But Harris would not be deterred and his band duly became the lynchpins of the era-defining New Wave of British Heavy Metal, with the release of their 1980 debut album and ’81’s ‘Killers,’ featuring singer Paul Di’Anno, guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, and drummer Clive Burr. Bruce Dickinson replaced Di’Anno for 1982’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ and Nicko McBrain stepped in for Burr on 1983’s ‘Piece of Mind,’ initiating a period of unmatched prosperity, backed by extensive global touring (chronicled on 1985’s ‘Live After Death’) and future standards of the genre like ‘Powerslave’ (1984), ‘Some-where in Time’ (1986) and ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ (1988). As if all this weren’t enough, the band even regaled heavy metal with one of its greatest icons, and surely its most famous mascot in Eddie the ‘ed, whose grotesque visage decorated all of their al-bum covers. Iron Maiden’s juggernaut finally hit a few speed bumps during the grunge-dominated 1990s, when first Smith, then Dickinson, departed for solo careers and were replaced by guitarist Janick Gers and vocalist Blaze Bailey, respectively, for a pair of poorly received LPs. Luckily, both Smith and Dickinson rejoined in the year 2000 for what proved to be a triumphant reunion (Bailey was fired and Gers retained in a new three-guitar front line). Now a sextet, Iron Maiden quickly regained their status atop the heavy metal firmament with best-selling albums like ‘Brave New World’ and ‘A Matter of Life and Death,’ as well as sold out tours taking them to every corner of the globe, as documented by 2009’s excellent ‘Flight 666’ documentary. When all is said and done, Iron Maiden will likely figure among the all-time giants of heavy metal, alongside Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Metallica.

 
Photo: JOSHUA LOWE
Photo: JOSHUA LOWE

Iron Maiden’s U.K. Tour to Continue as Scheduled Despite Manchester Terror Attack

Iron Maiden's U.K. tour will remain undeterred even after the horrific terrorist attack which struck the Manchester Arena last night (May 22).

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EMI

34 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Piece of Mind’

It’s easy to understand why Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind remains one of bassist Steve Harris’ favorite albums.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Iron Maiden Involved in Legal Dispute Over ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ + ‘The Nomad’

Iron Maiden are being sued for breach of copyright for lifting music & lyrics from Beckett's 'Life's Shadow' in both 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' & 'The Nomad.'

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EMI

25 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Fear of the Dark’

Despite its title track, which remains a fan favorite, Iron Maiden’s Fear of the Dark showcased a band in serious need of a creative boost.

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David M. Benett, Getty Images

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Personally Pays for Half of Overdue Wages to Cardiff Aviation Employees

When money owed to Cardiff Aviation didn't clear in time to pay employees, Bruce Dickinson handled matters with his personal finances.

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EMI / Harvest / Capitol
EMI / Harvest / Capitol

37 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Unleash Debut Album

On April 14, 1980, Iron Maiden released their self-titled debut album.

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29 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’

After a series of albums mostly rooted in the straightforward, fist-to-the-sky aesthetics of The New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden took some major liberties with their seventh album, 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.'

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Iron Maiden Fans + Others Get Duped, Taught Lesson From Fake Secondary Ticketing Site

A good number of Iron Maiden fans were duped by a fake secondary ticket site in the U.K., but luckily received a lesson rather than lost funds.

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EMI / Warner

Iron Maiden vs. Dio – Metal Madness 2017, Championship Round – Vote Now!

It's Iron Maiden vs. Dio in the Championship Round of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Vertigo / EMI

Black Sabbath vs. Iron Maiden – Metal Madness 2017, Semifinals

It's Black Sabbath vs. Iron Maiden in the Semifinals of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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