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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.

 
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Photo: JOSHUA LOWE

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Makes Cancer-Fighting Boy’s Dream Come True

Rossi, a six-year-old currently battling cancer, got the opportunity to meet his hero, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, at this year's Download Festival.

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YouTube: Iron Maiden

Bruce Dickinson Bids Farewell to Iron Maiden’s Ed Force One, Reveals Jet Has One More Mission

Iron Maiden's Ed Force One jumbo jet will make its final stop with the band in Gothenburg, Sweden and Bruce Dickinson explains the plan still has future plans.

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Photo: JOSHUA LOWE
Photo: JOSHUA LOWE

Iron Maiden Tour Poster Banned in Lithuania; New Tribute Disc Features Stone Sour, Trivium + More

Iron Maiden's tour poster was banned in Lithuania and a new tribute disc featuring Stone Sour, Trivium and more has been released.

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Crowd Control: On the Streets Outside Iron Maiden’s New York City Show

Watch as 'Loudwire Nights' host Toni Gonzalez interviews Iron Maiden fans outside the band's New York City Madison Square Garden show.

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YouTube: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden Release Live Video for ‘Death or Glory’

Iron Maiden have released a live video for 'Death or Glory' off their latest album, 'The Book of Souls.'

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16 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Brave New World’

On May 29, 2000, the core Iron Maiden lineup was back intact with the release of their 'Brave New World' album.

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Paul Di'Anno: Official Facebook

Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Hospitalized, Brazilian Tour Canceled

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno was rushed to the hospital, resulting in the cancelation of his Brazilian tour.

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33 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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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Rips Unruly Audience Member in Adelaide

During a show in Adelaide, Australia, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson took time after a song to lay into a disruptive audience member before the man was ejected.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Iron Maiden Shirt Saved Man’s Life, Band Helps Him Repay Fan Who Saved Him

A man's life was saved when a passerby used his Iron Maiden shirt to fashion a tourniquet and now the man has repaid the favor with help from the band.

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