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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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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

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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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Compares Similarities in Music + Oil Industry Woes at Keynote Speech

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson was the keynote speaker at the Press and Journal Gold Awards, drawing similarities between music and oil industry woes.

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EMI / Columbia

13 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Dance of Death’

On Sept. 9, 2003, Iron Maiden released the epic 'Dance of Death,' a diverse offering with a range of moods across songs dealing in literature, history and war.

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32 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Unleash ‘Powerslave’

The heavy metal community was already in the grip of Iron Maiden fever when the band released its fifth studio album, Powerslave, on Sept. 3, 1984.

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Loudwire

Bumblefoot Jams Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio + More on Hello Kitty Guitar

In this must-see clip, Bumblefoot performs classics from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and more on a Hello Kitty mini guitar!

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Photo By: John McMurtrie
Photo By: John McMurtrie

Iron Maiden Issue End of Tour ‘Thank You’ Video

Iron Maiden have issued an end of tour wrap-up video, thanking their fans for one of the best tours they've done yet.

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YouTube: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden Release Ed Force One Retrospective Tour Video

Iron Maiden have released a video looking back on their massive Ed Force One custom airplane from 'The Book of Souls' world tour.

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Facebook: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden to Cap World Tour With Live Stream at Wacken Open Air 2016

Iron Maiden's 'The Book of Souls' world tour will be coming to an end at Wacken Open Air and will be streamed live at the Aug. 4 show.

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YouTube: Camille and Kennerly

The Harp Twins Cover Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’

The Harp Twins have struck gold once again, performing Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper' on the ancient stringed instrument.

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