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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.

 
Photo: JOSHUA LOWE
Photo: JOSHUA LOWE

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson on Chinese Censorship: ‘We Don’t Really Give a S–t’

Iron Maiden performed under strict censorship rules in China, leading frontman Bruce Dickinson to address these issues with the crowd.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Bruce Dickinson on Performing Amidst World Terrorism: ‘I’ll Play No Matter What’

Bruce Dickinson opened up on touring the world in an age of active terrorism and the dilemma when deciding to go forth with a show or cancel amidst threats.

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Photo of Steve HARRIS and Clive BURR and Dave MURRAY and Dennis STRATTON and IRON MAIDEN and Paul DI'ANNO

36 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Unleash Debut Album

On April 14, 1980, Iron Maiden released their self-titled debut album.

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YouTube: Iron Maiden

Watch Bruce Dickinson Man the Controls of Iron Maiden’s Ed Force One Jumbo Jet

Watch Bruce Dickinson man the controls in the cockpit of Iron Maiden's Ed Force One jumbo jet as it takes off in Brazil.

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28 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Release ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’

After a series of albums mostly rooted in the straightforward, fist-to-the-sky aesthetics of The New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden took some major liberties with their seventh album, 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.'

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Iron Maiden Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Iron Maiden's studio albums, from weakest to strongest.

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Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
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Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain: Bruce Dickinson’s Cancer Battle Inspired Me to Quit Drinking

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain became determined to quit drinking after witnessing Bruce Dickinson's cancer recovery.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Iron Maiden Rock the Metal ‘Souls’ at Sold-Out Madison Square Garden Gig

Iron Maiden delivered a knock-out performance to a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd. Read the review and see photos inside.

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YouTube: SkyFixation

Limited Edition Ed Force One Model Planes to Hit Market

The marvel that is Iron Maiden's Ed Force One jumbo jet will be the subject of a limited edition line of model planes.

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Joshua Lowe / Adam Bettcher

Iron Maiden, ‘The Wicker Man’ vs. Disturbed, ‘Down With the Sickness’ – March Metal Madness, Semifinals

Iron Maiden take on Disturbed in the Semifinals of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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