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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

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Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest
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Iron Maiden: Doctors ‘Extremely Optimistic’ About Bruce Dickinson Cancer Recovery

Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson
Karl Walter, Getty Images

Iron Maiden have checked in with news concerning Bruce Dickinson's cancer recovery.

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Iron Maiden to Receive 2015 Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award

Iron Maiden
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Congrats to Iron Maiden, the recipients of the upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award.

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Iron Maiden’s Eddie the Head vs. Quiet Riot’s Man with the Iron Mask – March Metal Mascot Madness, Round 2

Iron Maiden vs. Quiet Riot
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Iron Maiden Van Covered With ‘Eddie’ Artwork Up for Sale on eBay

Iron Maiden Van
eBay

It may not be Flight 666, but it's a start. An Iron Maiden super fan is selling his van on eBay.

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Iron Maiden’s Eddie the Head vs. S.O.D.’s Sargent D. – March Metal Mascot Madness, Round 1

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Iron Maiden Manager on Bruce Dickinson: ‘He’s Had a Long Period of Considerable Pain’

Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson
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Iron Maiden's manager Ron Smallwood has issued a lengthy update on Bruce Dickinson's condition, revealing that the singer has experienced a "long period of considerable pain and discomfort."

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Iron Maiden Finish Recording New Album; Nicko McBrain Offers Bruce Dickinson Cancer Update

Iron Maiden
EMI

In a new update from drummer Nicko McBrain, the percussionist reveals Iron Maiden have completed their 16th studio album.

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10 Amazing Bruce Dickinson Onstage Moments

Bruce Dickinson
Metal Hammer Magazine, Getty Images

We pay tribute to the legendary Iron Maiden singer in this week's Loud List: 10 Amazing Bruce Dickinson Onstage Moments.

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Undergoes Treatment for Cancerous Tumor

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Startling news from Iron Maiden today (Feb. 19), as it has been revealed that singer Bruce Dickinson has undergone a seven-week treatment for a cancerous tumor.

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