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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.

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 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

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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
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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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11 Best Covers of Iron Maiden Songs

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Here, we have found 11 bands who bow down at the altar of Iron Maiden, serving up impressive takes on the band's classic tracks.

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Amy Poehler Rocks Iron Maiden Shirt at Golden Globes Party

Amy Poehler
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Amy Poehler showed some metal love at a post Golden Globes party by sporting an Iron Maiden t-shirt and a blazer.

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Iron Maiden and Onkyo to Release ‘Maiden Audio’ Headphones

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Iron Maiden has gotten into the headphone market with 'Maiden Audio.'

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

Bruce Dickinson / Rob Halford
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'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?

During the 2014 holiday season, Iron Maiden teased a 2015 album in a Christmas card sent out to fan club members. It pictured mascot Eddie entering a studio, so although it's possible Maiden's record won't come out in 2015, recording sessions seem likely. It will be Iron Maiden's first since 'The Final Frontier' in 2010.
During the 2014 holiday season, Iron Maiden teased a 2015 album in a Christmas card sent out to fan club members. It pictured mascot Eddie entering a studio, so although it's possible Maiden's record won't come out in 2015, recording sessions seem likely. It will be Iron Maiden's first since 'The Final Frontier' in 2010.

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.

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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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