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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Iron Maiden’ (1980), ‘The Number of the Beast’ (1982), ‘Piece of Mind’ (1983), ‘Powerslave’ (1984), ‘Brave New World’ (2000) Related Artists: Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris, Blaze Bailey Further Reading: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Iron Maiden; 10 Best Iron Maiden Songs Read More: Iron Maiden News

Iron Maiden + Judas Priest Classics Get Mashed Up for ‘Riding on the Powerslave’

Bruce Dickinson / Rob Halford
Karl Walter / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

'Riding on the Powerslave' uses the voice of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson from 'Powerslave' and the instrumentals from Judas Priest's 'Riding on the Wind.'

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Are Iron Maiden Planning to Record a New Album + Tour in 2015?

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EMI

Will Iron Maiden head back to the studio and embark on a tour in 2015? A Christmas card sent out to the Iron Maiden fan club may hint at a "yes" answer.

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Iron Maiden to Unveil ‘Trooper Ale’ Tallboy Cans in the U.S.

Bruce Dickinson
Robinsons

The heavy metal brew is tough to find here in the States, but Iron Maiden will be sending 300,000 beers stateside in brand new tallboy cans.

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Iron Maiden Fans Campaign for ‘The Number of the Beast’ for U.K. Christmas No. 1 Single

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Iron Maiden fans are trying to get 'The Number of the Beast' as the prestigious U.K. singles chart-topper this Christmas.

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Iron Maiden Fan Hand-Farts ‘The Trooper’ – Best of YouTube

Iron Maiden Trooper Gerry Phillips
YouTube

We've all been amused over the years by the fart-like noise our palms can make, but Gerry Phillips has made it art by covering Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper.'

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You Think You Know Iron Maiden?

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Loudwire

How well do you know the history of Iron Maiden? Dig a little deeper with some more of the lesser-known facts about the band.

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Win an Extensive Iron Maiden Vinyl Collection!

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EMI

How would you like to win an massive Iron Maiden vinyl collection? Details here.

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20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Iron Maiden

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EMI

Check out some little-known and obscure facts about heavy metal legends Iron Maiden.

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Meets Mullet Man – Best of YouTube

Bruce Dickinson Meets Mullet Man
YouTube: Ripleyripley

Mullet Man is ecstatic to remind Dickinson about the time he rushed the stage and tried to get the singer to sign his breast.

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Bruce Dickinson + Glenn Hughes Perform Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ at Jon Lord Tribute Show

Bruce Dickinson
Eagle Rock

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson and former Deep Purple bassist / vocalist Glenn Hughes tag-teamed the classic track 'Burn' at Jon Lord tribute concert.

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