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Legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden will be inducted into Guitar Center's Hollywood Rockwalk on Sunset Blvd. on August 19th at 7:30 p.m. Renowned for such groundbreaking albums in the 80's as the multi platinum "The Number of the Beast", "Piece of Mind" and "Powerslave", and more recently "Brave New World" and "Dance of Death", Iron Maiden were and remain one of the most influential and foremost bands of the heavy metal genre having sold over 65 Million albums Wordwide to date, despite the fact that they are rarely heard on the radio.
It has always been on stage with their fans in front of them that Maiden, with outstanding musicianship and remarkable stage productions, have been most at home. Even after 12 remarkably successful World Tours over the last 25 years, the band's popularity still continues to grow. During this Summer's European Tour they performed to half a million people over 20 shows, topping the bill at a series of Europe's biggest Rock Festivals as well as their own headline Stadium shows including Gothenburg, Sweden, where all 55,000 tickets sold out in the space of two hours of going on sale some 8 months before the show day. This concert was also broadcast live on Prime Time TV across Scandanavia, the first live broadcast for any band there since Live Aid in 1985.
In the last few weeks, Maiden have been storming the USA appearing on this year's Ozzfest, receiving glowing reviews from all parts of the USA - "Iron Maiden is the stand out band of this tour" states the Hollywood Reporter, Chicago tribune says "Dickinson's soaring battle cries held the crowd spellbound" while in the Virginia Star, "Iron Maiden deserves every accolade thrown it's way".
Once the band finish in the USA in Los Angeles on Aug 20 they will conclude the summer tour with headline appearances at the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK, performing to a sold out audiences of 120,000 over the two shows.
To close off this year the band will release "Death On The Road", a double live Album on August 30th in the USA through Sanctuary Records and also a spectacular Triple DVD of the same show shortly afterwards, filmed on their last album tour in 2003. Early in 2006 the band will start working on a new studio album which will see them back on the road later that year.
Hollywood's RockWalk is the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. Their handprints and signatures will reside alongside other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, B. B. King, Van Halen, James Brown, George Martin, Steve Miller, Sonic Youth, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Carl Perkins, John Lee Hooker, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt and Holland-Dozier-Holland among others.
The OZZFEST 2005 date set for Sunday, August 14 in Marysville, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheater has been moved to Monday, August 15. It's stated that due to Doctors orders that OZZY OSBOURNE can't do shows back to back (day after day) due to his health. It is expected that IRON MAIDEN will handle all headlining duties if BLACK SABBATH doesn't perform, and as usual, tickets are available for a full refund at point of purchase, or at the venue.
I attended Ozzfest 2005 this year on one of the most disgustingly hot and humid days of the year. It was July 19th, at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. The day was amazing and full of great bands and other then the ferocious heat it was a great day. More...
Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.
To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.
Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.
In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot: More...
A live video of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" has been posted online.
This video will be available in it's full glory on the forthcoming "The Trooper" single. More details on the single: More...
IRON MAIDEN took over as the mainstage headliners at the Ozzfest bill for Wednesday night's (July 27) show in Holmdel, New Jersey after Ozzy Osbourne was apparently taken ill, forcing BLACK SABBATH to drop off the show. On Sunday, july 24's show, Ozzy commented that he was told to rest that night due to a chest cold. MAIDEN's extended setlist for last night's performance was a follows:
01. Ides of March
02. Murders in the Rue Morgue
03. Another Life
04. The Trooper
08. Run to the Hills
09. Phantom of the Opera
10. Number of the Beast
11. Hallowed be thy Name
12. Iron Maiden
13. Running Free
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson was so banged up when he recorded his last solo album, "Tyranny of Souls," he had to bring a bed into the studio so he could lie down every 10 minutes.
The "Run to the Hills" singer fell off a stage platform and into the band's drum kit during Iron Maiden's last US tour and shattered his chest.
Then, after taping himself up and continuing with tour dates in Japan, Dickinson injured his back while trying to overcompensate for his injuries.
He says, "When I recorded the vocals, I had to set up a bed by the microphone so I could lie down every 10 minutes."
Iron Maiden played an enormous show in Gothenburg on Saturday 9th July at the Ullevi Stadium to 57,000 fans, breaking box-office records. It was broadcast live on national terrestrial television across the whole of Scandinavia - the first time this has happened since Live Aid in 1985. As a result, the Swedish charts which have just been published for this week, show the most remarkable chart placings ever seen for one band.
Sweden divides its albums into 2 charts - brand new full price albums and catalogue mid-price albums. Iron Maiden now hold 9 of the Top 10 albums in the Swedish catalogue albums chart - a feat unequalled in chart history. The official chart looks like this...
1 Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast
2 Iron Maiden - Edward The Great (Best Of)
3 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
4 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
5 Iron Maiden - Killers
6 Iron Maiden - Powerslave
7 Iron Maiden - Live After Death
8 Lars Winnerbäck Och Hovet - Söndermarken
9 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
10 Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden are currently in the US as special guests of Black Sabbath on the OzzFest tour. In addition to their Reading & Leeds shows they play an 'intimate' gig at Hammersmith Apollo on Sept 2nd to raise money for Clive Burr, their ex-drummer, who suffers from MS.
We have compiled the most up-to-date listing of set-lists from this years OZZFEST 2005 including BLACK SABBATH's, who are reportedly performing the following tunes as part of a 90-minute allotment. All set-lists are from the July 15 show at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA.
Full sets are as follows: More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: As Ozzfest 2005 kicks off today in Mansfield, Massachusetts, former main stage performer ROB ZOMBIE will headline the festival's second stage for the first time. Zombie told Launch that getting close to the fans on the smaller second stage has been on his mind for a while. "That's been something I've wanted to do for like — I remember I first mentioned that about three years ago to Ozzy, and he thought it was a crazy idea and he kept begging me not to do it," he said. "Even this year, they tried to get me back on the main stage, but I didn't want to do it. Ozzfest is a fun vibe, but you always feel like the second stage is having all the fun, 'cause main stage is a very uptight situation. Basically, you know, if I'm gonna do it, I want it to be fun."
Zombie's touring band this summer features former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5, longtime bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and ex-ALICE COOPER drummer Tommy Clufetos.
The Ozzfest 2005 lineup also includes BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, MUDVAYNE and, on the last eight dates, VELVET REVOLVER.
Zombie isn't supporting a new album this summer, but he is promoting his second effort as a screenwriter and director. His highly anticipated horror movie, "The Devil's Rejects", arrives in theatres on July 22.
The set times for the first two Ozzfest dates have been officially released. They are as follows:
July 15 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts:
WICKED WISDOM - 9:10-9:30am
GIZMACHI - 9:35-9:55am
SOILWORK - 10:00-10:20am
IT DIES TODAY - 10:25-10:45am
ARCH ENEMY - 10:50-11:10am
TRIVIUM - 11:15-11:35am
THE BLACK DALIA MURDER - 11:40am-12:00pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 12:05-12:35pm
MASTODON - 12:40-1:10pm
THE HAUNTED - 1:15-1:35pm
BURY YOUR DEAD - 1:40-2:00pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:05-2:35pm
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:40-3:20pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:35-4:35pm
IN FLAMES - 4:35-4:55pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05-5:45pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55-6:35pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45-7:35pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:00-9:10pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30-11:00pm
July 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center:
BURY YOUR DEAD - 9:20am
WICKED WISDOM - 9:45am
GIZMACHI - 10:10am
SOILWORK - 10:35am
IT DIES TODAY - 11:00am
ARCH ENEMY - 11:25am
TRIVIUM - 11:50am
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - 12:15pm
THE HAUNTED - 12:40pm
A DOZEN FURIES - 1:05pm
MASTODON - 1:40pm
AS I LAY DYING - 2:15pm
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - 2:50pm
ROB ZOMBIE - 3:45pm
IN FLAMES - 4:35pm
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 5:05pm
SHADOWS FALL - 5:55pm
MUDVAYNE - 6:45pm
IRON MAIDEN - 8:05pm
BLACK SABBATH - 9:30pm
Iron Maiden will be on Swedish and Finnish TV on Saturday, July 9th.
The Full Live show broadcast live from Gothenburg's Ullevi Stadium on National TV Channel 2 starting 9.15pm local time (for approx 75 minutes) and live on Radio P3 Live, from 9.03pm local time
TV broadcast of the whole live show from Gothenburg after a 75 minute delay - so program starts local time 10.15pm on Chanel 2 YLE.
In 2002 the members of Iron Maiden were shocked to learn that their former drummer, Clive Burr, was suffering from MS. They played three nights in March at Brixton Academy in his honour, donating the £250,000 plus profits from the concerts and merchandising into a newly formed Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund. The fund also received generous donations from the record company EMI and publisher BMG Music from the commercial single releases of "Run To The Hills" and "Number of The Beast" (which leapt into the UK charts at No 3 earlier this year). There were kind donations from all over the world of Heavy Metal, and tremendous support from the fans through numerous fund raising initiatives and very generous individual contributions.
Three years on, the money raised has helped enormously to provide treatment and support and to improve the quality of Clive’s life. For example: the Trust has helped Clive to secure his house, funded specialist treatments in this country and with experts in Europe and the USA, has provided specialised equipment, assisted with transport and travel and helped Clive with his living expenses.
The Trust was also able to help some other MS sufferers who have long standing connections with the band by assisting with the provision of vehicles specially adapted to carry wheelchairs.
The Clive Burr MS Fund needs replenishing if it is to continue to ease and improve the quality of Clive’s life, and others. To help do this, Iron Maiden will stage a very special benefit performance at Hammersmith Odeon on Friday 2nd September. The show, featuring songs from their first four albums (Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast and Piece of Mind) will by then have toured Europe and North America playing to almost one million delighted fans and this will be the final date of the tour and the very last time some of the songs in the set will played live by the band.
All the profits from the show and the Merchandising will be donated to the Trust and can then lift the fund back into action. All tickets will be £40 - and there will be no comps - not even for band families or management!!
Manager, Rod Smallwood commented:
We think our fans will fully understand the need to charge a slightly higher price for this special gig - there are many things the Trust needs to do such as modifications to Clive’s house to improve wheelchair access that would make Clive more comfortable. We were really pleased that Hammersmith Apollo was available as the band have a lot of history there and great memories. It’s a terrific venue to play from a fan’s perspective and will be huge contrast from our Headline appearance at the massive Reading Festival on Sunday 28th August. We just hope they will reopen the old backstage bar! The first time we played Hammersmith Odeon (as it was previously known) was on 14th March 1980 supporting Judas Priest just before the first album came out. The first headline appearance was during the ‘Killers’ tour in 1981, and of course Clive was with us on those occasions. In total we have played there 21 times including a succession of 5 sold out shows during the 1988 ‘Seventh Tour of A Seventh Tour’ as an addition to the arena tour for that album. So it’s a very appropriate place to play a gig for Clive and to end a tour based on our first four albums.
Tickets, priced £40 will be offered to current fan club members first, and a special application form has today been sent by post directly to all members of the official Fan Club, Iron Maiden FC. Any remaining tickets will then go on sale to the public Monday 1st August through normal box office channels. Due to the large number of members of Iron Maiden FC to be fair we are limiting it to 2 tickets only per member on a first-come first-served basis.
Following their recent stunning live performance at Prague's T Mobile Arena, Iron Maiden see no less than 13 albums re-enter the official Czech Top 80 Album chart:
17 Live at Donington
26 The Number Of The Beast
33 Real Live Dead One
36 Piece of Mind
37 Fear Of The Dark
38 Somewhere In Time
39 Edward The Great
42 Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
50 Brave New World
59 Iron Maiden
70 X Factor
Iron Maiden has posted the artwork for their upcoming double DVD and live album, "Death on the Road," which will be released through EMI Records on August 29 and on Sanctuary Records in the US on August 20. Check it out at this location.
Iron Maiden will release the career-spanning, two-CD compilation "The Essential Iron Maiden" through Sanctuary Records on July 12th.
"The Essential Iron Maiden" features something from all of the band’s studio albums, as well as sleeve notes from noted journalist Lonn Friend.
The songs on The Essential Iron Maiden are: More...
Reuters is reporting that Sanctuary Group's discussions with potential investors included meetings with larger rivals EMI and Warner Music, a person familiar with the situation said on Sunday.
The talks have been preliminary, no firm offer has been submitted and a deal is not imminent, the source added.
Sanctuary, the music company which handles artists such as GUNS N' ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT and SLAYER, said on Friday it was in ongoing talks with several third parties that could lead to a partial or outright sale of the company.
In addition to EMI and Warner, several private equity firms also have held talks with the company.
Shares of Sanctuary, the world's biggest independent record label and a major player in artist management, touring and merchandising, are up more than 20 percent since May 31.
Sanctuary, EMI and Warner all declined to comment.
The company's shares closed at 43-1/2 pence on Friday, giving Sanctuary a market capitalization of 161 million pounds ($293 million).
On the 6th day of the 6th month on 6 Music, darkness descends. Throughout the day 6 Music will be playing your best suggestions of tracks from the dark side. The Iron Maiden frontman and more importantly our very own Rock Show presenter, Bruce Dickinson, will be chatting live online to fans around the world straight after the Hour of Darkness. Go here to submit your questions ahead of time.
Sweden’s National TV Broadcaster, SVT, have signed an agreement to film and broadcast Iron Maiden Live at their sold out show at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg on July 9th. This makes history as the first time any artist has had their show broadcast in full, nationwide in Sweden since Live Aid back in 1985. The show is also being broadcast by National TV broadcaster YLE in Finland.
SVT will be broadcasting the show live directly on SVT2 from the Ullevi Stadium while in Finland, YLE, will be broadcasting with a one hour delay.
The Ullevi Stadium show promises to be the showcase of the bands upcoming European Tour as the Stadium will be rammed with 55,000 Maiden fans who were lucky enough to get tickets in the rush that saw the show completely sell out within two and a half hours of going on sale last November following 75,000 ticket applications!! After Bruce Springsteen this is the second fastest sellout of a stadium show in Sweden ever. Similar reactions have happened in both Norway with 17000 tickets and Finland with 22000 tickets, both selling out in incredibly quick time.
Says Steve Harris,'We've always enjoyed massive support from our Swedish fans and in many ways it's like a home match for us in the welcome we always receive . The band always love playing there and we are looking to put on a spectacular show for everyone there and all the fans who will be watching at home. It's a fantastic way to finish the European tour thanks to SVT and we're working with them to make sure this will be a great moment of TV history for both of us.'
Iron Maiden will be performing songs almost exclusively from their legendary first four albums which saw them become one of Rock and Metals biggest Icons, a position they have maintained consistently for 25 years
Manager Rod Smallwood explains, 'This European Tour will be the biggest we have ever done in terms of the number of fans we will play to so we want to make it very special. Following the theme of the very successful 'Early Days' DVD we are taking these first four albums and tours as the theme for the set list and for the Production of the show, which will be featuring some of the ideas incorporated in the early days of the band, particularly on The Beast on the Road Tour and the World Piece Tour. This is going to be huge and a unique treat for our fans... and anyone else!!!”
The broadcast will go out on SVT2 and is scheduled to start at 9.15pm. The show is to be broadcast in regular stereo but also in 5.1 Surround Sound allowing fans at home who can decode the signal to be able to feel as though they are right there in the stadium.
Chris Harris of MTV.com has issued the following report:
In one of the most unusual summer-tour pairings in recent memory, the Ozzfest Web site announced Monday night that there will be one final act added to this year's second-stage lineup: actress Jada Pinkett Smith's rock group, WICKED WISDOM.
The addition of the Christian-leaning rock-and-soul hybrid to a summer touring package that boasts ferocious metal merchants like BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, SHADOWS FALL, MUDVAYNE, IN FLAMES and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is unexpected, to say the least.
WICKED WISDOM is an EVANESCENSE-esque act that Pinkett Smith, the band's frontperson and the wife of actor/rapper Will Smith, has said is influenced by ANI DIFRANCO, PRINCE, TORI AMOS and SEVENDUST. The group also includes a guy named Pocket on guitar, another fellow named Rio on bass, keyboardist Cameron Graves and drummer Satnam Ramgotra. This summer's Ozzfest stint will mark WICKED WISDOM's first North American tour: The group primarily performs club gigs in and around Los Angeles, although it has opened for PAPA ROACH and was the support act for BRITNEY SPEARS' 2004 European tour.
Read the full article at MTV.com.