When it comes to kid covers, the epic war war tale woven in Iron Maiden's 'The Longest Day' probably isn't the first song that comes to mind - until now. Under the guidance of music instructor Aaron O'Keefe these young students offer up an impressive take on the Maiden song including a young girl pulling monster vocal duties.
Iron Maiden are awesome, but you already knew that, which is why you'll be happy to check out the band's new tour diary. Maiden's latest leg of their 'Maiden England' tour, which revives the majority of their setlist following the release of 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' in 1988, is currently in Europe and the band has documented the journey for your viewing pleasure.
If you were to ask any given metalhead who they thought the greatest metal band of all time is, the answer would often be Black Sabbath or Metallica. However, in the very valid opinion of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, that distinction goes to Iron Maiden, who were recently presented with the Inspiration Award at the 2013 Kerrang! Music Awards. Ian was given the honor of passing on the award to Maiden and the bearded Anthrax strummer just shared a transcribed version of his passionate speech from the awards ceremony.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's love for flying is well-known, as he's piloted the band's Flight 666 plane on tours around the world. He's also the CEO of the airline supply and maintenance company Cardiff Aviation Limited. In addition, Dickinson is involved in the charity Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP).
Along with acting as the vocalist for one of heavy metal's greatest bands, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is an accomplished pilot. The man could probably kick some ass in a fighter jet ala 'Aces High,' but Dickinson instead chose to pilot commercial aircrafts, including Maiden's own Flight 666 jet. Dickinson recently started his own aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, and the singer has just secured a near $8 million investment to help his company soar to new heights.
Iron Maiden dug a little deeper in history for their soldier song, 'The Trooper,' using the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 as their inspiration for the track. Bassist Steve Harris penned the lyrics, inspired not only by the history of the war but also the Lord Tennyson poem of the same name.
Iron Maiden's 'Trooper' beer officially hit the shelves this week, but not all of the markets are on board with the promotion. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that sales of the beer have been halted in Sweden due to concern of the beer's label running afoul of the country's alcohol requirements.