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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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BMG

Iron Maiden Reissuing 12 Albums on Vinyl

Starting with 1990's 'No Prayer for the Dying' and ending with the 'En Vivo!' live album, Iron Maiden will reissue 12 albums on 180-gram vinyl.

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EMI / Roadrunner
EMI / Roadrunner

Iron Maiden vs. Slipknot – Metal Madness 2017, Quarterfinals

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

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EMI
EMI

35 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Unleash ‘The Number of the Beast’

On March 22, 1982, Iron Maiden changed heavy metal forever with the release of 'The Number of the Beast.' Get the story behind the album inside.

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EMI / Giant
EMI / Giant

Iron Maiden vs. Disturbed – Metal Madness 2017, Round 2

It's Iron Maiden vs. Disturbed in Round 2 of Metal Madness to determine the Best Debut Metal Album of All Time. Vote now!

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain Tapped as Latest Guest Drummer on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain will be the latest rocker to sit in with the house band on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.'

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EMI / Roadrunner
EMI / Roadrunner

Iron Maiden vs. Cynic – Metal Madness 2017, Round 1

It's Iron Maiden vs. Cynic in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Debut Album of All Time. Vote now!

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YouTube: Quase Santo
YouTube: Quase Santo

Kids Reenact Live Iron Maiden Performance in Full Costume – Best of YouTube

A group of little kids dressed like Iron Maiden circa 2000 and mimed a performance of 'Ghost of the Navigator' in front of a crowd and panel of judges!

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Photo: JOSHUA LOWE
Photo: JOSHUA LOWE

Iron Maiden’s ‘Paperless Ticketing’ System Cuts Down Scalping By 95 Percent

Iron Maiden’s crackdown on ticket scalpers has proven to be massively successful!

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Rob Kim, Getty Images / Photo: Joshua Lowe
Rob Kim, Getty Images / Photo: Joshua Lowe

Jay Jay French: Iron Maiden Asked Twisted Sister to Close European Festivals

Jay Jay French said Iron Maiden did not want to follow Twisted Sister at European festivals last summer.

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YouTube: Ruptly TV
YouTube: Ruptly TV

Bolivian Couple Name Their Son ‘Iron Maiden’

One couple love Iron Maiden so much that they named their newborn son after the metal legends.

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