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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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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to Release Autobiography ‘What Does This Button Do?’ in October

The book will tell the story of a metal titan who is notoriously tight-lipped about his personal life.

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Johnny Perilla, Loudwire

Iron Maiden Write Brooklyn Chapter of ‘The Book of Souls’ With Sold Out Show [Photos + Review]

Read our review and see exclusive photos from Iron Maiden's sold out show at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn.

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Official Blaze Bayley Website

Former Iron Maiden Singer Blaze Bayley Plots 2017 North American Tour

Ex-Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley will embark on a month-long trek in support of his newest album, 'Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II).'

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ironmaidenbeer.com

Iron Maiden Add ‘Hallowed’ Belgian-Styled Beer to Line of Signature Trooper Brews

Did anyone expect Iron Maiden to slow down their Trooper beer production?

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KEVIN RC WILSON

Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray: ‘There’s Going to Be Some Surprises Next Year’ After ‘The Book of Souls’ Tour

It's hard to imagine what Maiden have left in store by way of 'surprises' after their current world tour ends, but the fans will be there to wait.

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Photo By: John McMurtrie
Photo By: John McMurtrie

Iron Maiden Comic Book Set to Arrive This Summer

Scream for me, Iron Maiden fans! There's a new comic book on the way based off the band's mobile video game, 'The Legacy of the Beast.'

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CBS DFW

Iron Maiden Play Soccer Match on Day Off Before Dallas Concert

There's just no rest for Iron Maiden as they hit the field for a pickup soccer match on their day off before playing a show in Dallas, Texas.

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Iron Maiden to Collaborate With Toy Company Super7 at San Francisco Pop-Up Shop

Toy and apparel company Super7 has announced a collaboration with Iron Maiden, and a pop-up shop for the band in the Bay Area the first week of July.

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FBE

Watch Kids Lose Their Minds to Iron Maiden

The best reactions came when the kids were shown a collage of Iron Maiden’s album art, each prominently featuring Eddie the Head on the cover.

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YouTube: Nightmare Lyra

Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’ Meets Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ in Seamless Mashup – Best of YouTube

This might be the greatest pop-meets-metal mashup we’ve ever heard.

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