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Below is our complete Iron Maiden news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Iron Maiden embarks on the final leg of "The Book of Souls" world tour this weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic player-vs-player battle arena for the band's mobile game, "Legacy of the Beast" (reivewed here).
The game offers players a unique way to interact with Iron Maiden's real world activities by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of "The Book of Souls" version of Shaman Eddie into the game, in his Mayan themed incarnation as featured on the band’s most recent studio album. Other characters from "The Book of Souls" are set to follow.
"Legacy of the Beast" is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space – taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, strategic gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets. Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood says:
“With 'Legacy of the Beast' we wanted to create something that appealed both to fans of Maiden music and gamers alike, wherever they are in the world, and I think we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The game has kept true to the band’s history and development not only through their music but with Eddie too. This latest feature focused around our current tour is only the start of many new and exciting innovations we have planned to keep Legacy evolving and becoming even more addictive!” More...
Parlophone Records will follow 2014’s reissue of the first eight Iron Miaden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990 - 2015 in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.
Unlike the 1980’s reissues, which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases.
The records will be released chronologically across a three month period:
May 19th: Pre-order available Collector's Box / No Prayer For The Dying / Fear Of The Dark / The X Factor / Virtual XI
June 23rd: Brave New World / Rock In Rio (Live) / Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death
July 21st: Death On The Road (Live) / Flight 666 (Live) / The Final Frontier / En Vivo! (Live) More...
Soundcheck Live is a weekly live music night that brings together the industry's top musicians alongside emerging talent to create a vibrant social experience driven by the artists.
Video from a recent Soundcheck Live event has come online featuring David Ellefson performing Iron Maiden track "The Number Of The Beast" alongside Nita Strauss, Glen Sobel, Tony Macalpine, and Jill Janus (starts at around the 10:40 mark in the video below).
The performance took place at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California during the 42nd weekly Soundcheck Live.
U.K. metal legends Iron Maiden have announced a second leg of the "Book of Souls" tour for North America. The second leg will be a more extensive run of shows to begin in Virginia on June 3rd. Support for the run will come from Sweden's Ghost.
Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 27th. Fan Club pre-sale starts Tuesday, January 24th.
Full details can be found at www.ironmaiden.com.
Confirmed dates and venues are:
JUN 03 BRISTOW, VA JIFFY LUBE LIVE
JUN 04 PHILADELPHIA, PA WELLS FARGO CENTER
JUN 07 NEWARK, NJ PRUDENTIAL CENTER
JUN 09 CHARLOTTE, NC PNC MUSIC PAVILION
JUN 11 TAMPA, FL AMALIE ARENA
JUN 13 NASHVILLE, TN BRIDGESTONE ARENA
JUN 15 CHICAGO, IL HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUN 16 MINNEAPOLIS, MN XCEL ENERGY CENTER
JUN 19 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHESAPEAKE ARENA
JUN 21 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
JUN 23 DALLAS, TX AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
JUN 24 SAN ANTONIO, TX AT&T CENTER
JUN 27 ALBUQUERQUE, NM ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
JUN 28 PHOENIX, AZ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
JUL 01 SAN BERNARDINO, CA SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER*
JUL 03 LAS VEGAS, NV T-MOBILE ARENA
JUL 05 OAKLAND, CA ORACLE ARENA
JUL 07 SALT LAKE CITY, UT USANA AMPHITHEATER
JUL 09 LINCOLN, NE PINNACLE BANK ARENA
JUL 11 KANSAS CITY, MO SPRINT CENTER
JUL 12 ST LOUIS, MO HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUL 15 TORONTO, CANADA BUDWEISER STAGE
JUL 16 QUEBEC CITY, CANADA VIDEOTRON CENTRE
JUL 19 MANSFIELD, MA XFINITY CENTER
JUL 21 BROOKLYN, NY BARCLAYS CENTER More...
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has announced that they will be embarking on a string of shows in Europe next year, starting from April. They will be supported by Shinedown on all sixteen dates.
Founder and bassist Steve Harris stated: "As it’s been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible.
"We’re really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven’t played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven’t played since 1990.
"The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas.
"The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing.
"And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do."
The list of tour dates are as follows: More...
In addition to releasing a new mobile game, Iron Maiden also just hit Wacken Open Air and wrapped up a 2016 tour run.
In celebration of the trek's end, Iron Maiden has a new video online recapping the shows and thanking fans for their support. Check it out below.
This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).
The live stream can be accessed at this location.
The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):
Thursday, August 4th:
16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)
Friday, August 5:
16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
Saturday, August 6th:
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...
Two of our absolute favorite things have collided again as metal and video games come together in another unholy union.
In the game you'll battle as Eddie across amazing worlds, inspired by Iron Maiden’s rich imagery and music. Fight legions of unrelenting enemies as you piece together the shattered remnants of Eddie’s soul, and ultimately save the universe! More...
Just For Fun
Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy's premieres a new music video for "Old School", taken from the band's debut album "Songs from the Garage", out in stores now via Metal Blade Records. In the clip, Breuer name drops some of his favorite metal and hard rock songs and references and also does his best impersonations of some of hard rock and metal's biggest personalities.
Check out now "Old School" below.
Iron Maiden premieres a new performance video for the track "Death Or Glory", taken from the band's latest album "The Book Of Souls".
Check out now "Death Or Glory" below.
States Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray about the songwriting process for "The Book Of Souls": More...
On May 27th, Six Feet Under will release the fourth installment of the "Graveyard Classics" series, this time paying tribute to two of NWOBHM's most heralded legends: Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
Entitled "Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest" and mixed by Jesse Kirkbride at Kirkbride Recordings in Cape Coral, FL, the album is comprised of five Judas Priest covers (side A), and six Iron Maiden covers (side B), handpicked by Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel.
For a preview of the record, the cover version of Iron Maiden’s "Murder In The Rue Morgue" is now streaming below
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This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.
U.K. metal legends Iron Maiden announced that the final stop of the "Book of Souls" tour on August 4th at Germany's legendary Wacken Festival will be the band's final live performance. The band promises that the performance will be the most special live event ever conceived in its 41 year history. Dubbed "The True Best Of The Beast," Iron Maiden will perform both new and classic material spanning its entire history with guest appearances from former vocalists Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley.
In a statement issued by long time band co-manager Rod Smallwood: "After over 40 years rocking the world so many times over, Iron Maiden will perform for the last time at Wacken on August 4th. The decision wasn't made overnight, but carefully planned out over the last year. If there was ever an Iron Maiden show you should see, this is the one. We have so many surprises in store for the fans."
Some of the surprises that Smallwood was able to reveal include:
- Every album in the band's history will be represented with at least one song in the set
- Special guest vocalists include Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley, both of who will perform material from their respective eras
- The stage show will be unlike any other Iron Maiden performance, featuring props and stage sets from the band's classic tours for "Powerslave," "Somewhere in Time," "Seventh Son of A Seventh Son"
- Special Iron Maiden "stage tickets" will be made available as a special side sale, which opens up opportunities for additional fans to attend this performance as Wacken is currently sold out. Each fan with a special stage ticket will receive a 150 page commemorative program, which features never published live and memorabilia pictures spanning the history of the band. More...
Just For Fun
YouTuber "TheTaskmaster" has put Halford's "Devil’s Child" vocal track over top of Iron Maiden's "Iron Maiden" for a "Maiden’s Child" mashup.
On the following mashup "TheTaskmaster" did it the other way round and put Bruce Dickinson's "Flight Of Icarus" vocal track over Judas Priest's "You’ve Got Another Thing Coming" for a "Icarus Got Another Flight Coming" mashup.
Check it out now below: More...
Iron Maiden announced the U.S. tour dates for the upcoming "Book Of Souls World Tour." The nine show run will begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 24th and finish up at The Forum in L.A. on April 15th. Support will come from The Raven Age.
The dates are:
FEB 24 - Ft Lauderdale, FLA - BB&T Center
FEB 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
FEB 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
MAR 30 - New York - Madison Square Garden
APR 05 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
APR 06 - Chicago, IL - United Center
APR 11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
APR 13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
APR 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum More...
British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have posted their new music video online for the song, "Speed of Light." You can check it out below.
The video takes a journey through the video game world, displaying the ever evolving graphics that have been prevalent throughout the history of the pastime, all the while of course, featuring the band's beloved mascot, Eddie.
The song itself comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Book of Souls," which will be released on September 4th through Parlophone/Sanctuary Music. More...
Considering the huge potential for crossover between metal and gaming fans, it's always baffled me that there aren't more heavy metal focused video game soundtracks. Rather than going for sounds that make the player bang their heads and launch their controller through the television, most games – even highly action focused ones – tend to stick with more tepid ambient soundtracks based on electronica. Techno is about as “heavy” as most game soundtracks tend to get.
This week we're going to take a look at a handful of games that buck that trend and offer up honest-to-Lucifer extreme metal in their playlists. Not an exhaustive list (and we'll be looking at more in the future), this is just a few that are worth your time and are notable for their inclusion of tracks from excellent metal bands or for having original soundtracks rooted strongly in the metal tradition.
This one's a no-brainer, as it's essentially THE heavy metal video game, created solely to celebrate our beloved genre. Eddie may be a lowly roadie, but through the power of metal (and a battleax, wicked car, and some magic powers) he can annihilate the goths, please the gods, and get the girl (or two).
Although it seems like a gimmick to get heavy music fans interested, the gameplay is actually really solid and revolves around three different styles: strategy large-scale combat as a general over an army, open world GTA car driving shenanigans, and elements of combat-heavy action games like God of War or Dante's Inferno
The game features more than 100 metal tracks (some of which have to be unlocked in-game) covering a huge range of sub-genres with everything from In Flames to Cradle Of Filth, along with a whole lot of classics from the likes of Motorhead and Judas Priest.
Iron Maiden is offering a first taste of new music from the eagerly awaited new studio album "The Book Of Souls", which will be released worldwide on September 4th through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). The album was recorded in Paris with Iron Maiden's longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014. The band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.
Check out now the short preview of a new Iron Maiden song below.
After recently being declared cancer free and working on a new Iron Maiden album, Bruce Dickinson visited the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins in London.
During his visit, Bruce took part in a music therapy session with special needs kids from Richard Cloudesley School. Nordoff Robbins shot video during the session, which can be seen below.
Iron Maiden's new album "The Book Of Souls" will be released globally on September 4th. Full details and the cover artwork that has given the metal world psychic powers to hear music through images can be found right here.
Iron Maiden’s eagerly awaited new studio album "The Book Of Souls" will be released globally on September 4th through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.
The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11 track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is Iron Maiden's first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the song-writing compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an Iron Maiden studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.
Steve comments: “We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them I think. I’m very proud of 'The Book Of Souls,' we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!” More...
Iron Maiden announced that following a recent MRI scan, vocalist Bruce Dickinson is cancer free. The band is finishing work on a new studio album, which will be "definitely be [released] this year."
Bruce commented: “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”
Manager Rod Smallwood added: “We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road. More...