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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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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Shaves Heads for Cancer Charity at Cardiff Devils Game

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was the Cardiff Devils' guest of honor, shaving four players' heads to raise money for the Brave the Shave cancer charity.

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Epic
Epic

Officially Licensed Iron Maiden Sweater + Scarf Hit the Market

Looking for a great sweater and scarf? Check out Iron Maiden's officially licensed cold weather gear.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris Says Pay-To-Play Is ‘Just Wrong’

Iron Maiden legend Steve Harris says bands should never have to pay to be on a tour bill.

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EMI
EMI

35 Years Ago: Bruce Dickinson Performs First Show With Iron Maiden

On Oct. 26, 1981, Iron Maiden took the stage for the first time with new singer Bruce Dickinson. Check out the story behind it all and some footage of the band's first show with Dickinson.

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CBS
CBS

Coolest Cop Ever Crashes Band’s Practice Session to Jam Iron Maiden + The Offspring

A band jamming in Compton, Calif., was visited by police and the officer actually picked up a guitar to play Iron Maiden and The Offspring with them!

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Rockabye Baby
Rockabye Baby

Rockabye Baby Iron Maiden, ‘Run to the Hills’ – Exclusive Song Premiere

What does Iron Maiden's 'Run to the Hills' sound like as a lullaby? Hear the Rockabye Baby version here.

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Ben Pruchnie, Getty Images

Bruce Dickinson Pours Pints of New Iron Maiden Beer at Cardiff Bar

Bruce Dickinson dropped by a Cardiff bar to pour pints of the new Iron Maiden Trooper Red 'N' Black porter.

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Iron Maiden 1990
Epic

26 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘No Prayer for the Dying’

On Oct. 1, 1990, Iron Maiden began a transitional period in their career with the 'No Prayer for the Dying' album.

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Trick or Treat Studios

Officially Licensed Iron Maiden Eddie Masks Available This Halloween

This Halloween, transform yourself into various versions of Iron Maiden's infamous mascot, Eddie with these officially licensed products.

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Photo By: John McMurtrie
Photo By: John McMurtrie

Iron Maiden Extend ‘The Book of Souls’ Tour Into 2017 With European Dates

Iron Maiden will continue supporting 'The Book of Souls,' hitting the road once again in 2017 for a European run.

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