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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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Iron Maiden, ‘The Book of Souls’ – Album Review

With 'The Book of Souls,' Iron Maiden remain the irresistible and intangible element of heavy metal.

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson on Putting Off Cancer Checkup + Protecting Fans From Worrying

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson on ‘The Book of Souls’ + 18-Minute Opus ‘Empire of the Clouds’

In this clip, Bruce Dickinson goes deep into Iron Maiden's 16th album, 'The Book of Souls,' and the record's epic closing track, "Empire of the Clouds."

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson on the Criticism His Sons Face in the Music Industry

The Iron Maiden singer says his sons, who are in bands, have been subject to harsh criticism by "Blabbermouth idiots."

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson: I Hope ‘The Book of Souls’ Is Not Our Last Album

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Iron Maiden Launch ‘Speed of Light’ Video Game

After releasing their video for "Speed of Light," which pays homage to the history of video games, Iron Maiden have released an actual 8-bit video game.

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Iron Maiden are upgrading their Ed Force One for their 2016 world tour.

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Lady Gaga has long since professed her love of metal music, and we think she might be the real deal.

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