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VH1's 'Heavy: The Story Of Metal' Details

"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:

Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.

Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.

Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.

Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.

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Iron Maiden Biography In The Works

Paul Stenning (Author of Guns N' Roses 'The Band That Time Forgot' and AC/DC 'Two Sides To Every Glory') is currently writing a biography on Iron Maiden which should be out late summer 2006. If you or anyone you know has an interesting story, anecdote or most importantly any contacts for members past, present or old school friends, current mates, whatever, email them to czechzebra@yahoo.com. Any info gratefully received and you will be credited in the book.

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Iron Maidens Death on The Road DVD Release Date

IRON MAIDEN have now confirmed the release date of their much anticipated DVD release DEATH ON THE ROAD for 6th February 2006 through EMI Records. This will initially be available as a limited edition special digipack.

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Maiden To Auction Items For Clive Burr MS Fund

Iron Maiden have arranged with Ebay to auction some specially signed items to raise money towards the Clive Burr MS Fund. This follows their special one night performance in September at the Hammersmith Apollo which raised over £120,000.

The Fund was set up in 2002 when the band discovered that their ex-band mate, drummer Clive Burr suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. The band then performed three sell out nights at the Brixton Academy with all proceeds being used to help Clive and other MS sufferers with their treatment and care and improve the quality of their life. The fund has helped with specialist equipment, transport and essential living expenses.

Many fans have also performed their own fund raising activities with special gigs of their own and numerous other contributions via the website and fan club.

The items included in the auction are a Fender Stratocaster donated and used by guitarist Dave Murray, tour programmes and rare special event shirts from the night at Hammersmith all signed by the band and Clive Burr himself.

The auction starts on 8.00pm (GMT) November 24th and runs for ten days so get those bids in. The winning bidders on each auction will be contacted to arrange delivery once the auction has ended. Payment can be made via Paypal or by cheque or International Money Orders made payable in Pound Sterling to the 'Clive Burr MS Trust' although no items will be dispatched until the cheques have been cleared. Details will be made clear on each auction page.

Menawhile on Tuesday, November 29, there will be a special event being held at the London Hard Rock Cafe. Clive Burrs drum kit will be being presented to the Cafe to be added to their collection of memorabilia. Clive will be there to be presented with a cheque donated to the Clive Burr MS Fund and many other Rock N Roll luminaries both in terms of fellow players and the media. The event is to celebrate the release of a Hard Rock DVD charting the history of much of the memorabilia that they are famous for in each of their cafe's around the world. The event was organised by Sam Hill who some will know as the organiser of the special Maiden Days at The Ruskin Arms to help raise further money for Clive's Trust. The newly refurbished vault at the London Hard Rock Cafe has numerous treasures including guitars from Hendrix and John Lennon handwritten lyrics.

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McBrain Damage Plan 3 Shows In Florida

McBrain Damage which features Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, will perform at 3 shows in Florida in December, from the 16th-18th, with a meet and greet/autograph signing after every show.

Confirmed 2005 Tour Dates:
Dec 16, Jacksonville FL, Freebird Live with Indium and Highway To Hell (The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band)
Dec 17, Seminole FL, The Boiler Room with Dreamzfate, RMisery, and Highway To Hell (The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band)
Dec 18, Hollywood FL, Legends Theater at the Hard Rock Hotel with Indium, From The Ashes, and Highway To Hell (The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band)

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Iron Maiden To Record New Album In March

According to Iron Maiden fan site Maidenfans.com, frontman Bruce Dickinson has confirmed on MTV Brazil that Iron Maiden was going to record a new album in March 2006. A tour would then follow in Europe starting October 2006. Latin America should be visited by February 2007 (EMI last statement hinted for a summer 2006 tour, but it seems the album recording has been pushed back for some months).

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Bruce Dickinson In Tribuzy Project In Brazil

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is travelling to Brazil this week to play with friends in a special Tribuzy project. He met Renato Tribuzy a few years back and was very impressed with his music. They became friends and Bruce contributed the vocal on a song on his album. On this trip Bruce will sing on this song backed by his mates Roy Z and Chris Dale, both of whom he has played a lot with in the past.

Also involved in the project are Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura).

The set will consist of Tribuzy songs, but it is likely that Bruce will pull on his own repertoire a little too at some stage...

Dates are as follows:

Nov. 12 São Paulo - Credicard Hall
1ov. 13 Belo Horizonte - Chevrolet Hall

The support act for the concerts will be Jeff Scot Sotto.

For ticket information visit www.tribuzy.com.

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Black Steel CD Launch Show

Perth's metal sons Black Steel are releasing thier new album titled "Hellhammer" at The Lookout on November the 12th.

"Hellhammer" is being released internationally, a first for Black Steel and should be a ripper as it has been critically acclaimed by the metal press and also The Dick himself Bruce Dickinson from none other than Iron Maiden has given the album praise and added them on high rotation on his BBC6 rock show.

Supporting the local legends will be Victoria's Contrive featuring triple j's metal segment presenter Andrew Haug plus Psychonaut and Chaos Divine. Check out blacksteel.com.au for more details.

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Ozzy Osbourne Speaks About Iron Maiden Sabotage

In reference to the incident occurred on August 20 in San Bernardino, California, Launch Radio Networks reports that Ozzy wasn't exactly sure what happened that night, and wanted nothing to do with it either way. "I had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what went down, because I do not condone any of that kind of crap," he said. "Even though the singer was saying bad things, so I heard, I never heard it 'cause I'd never went and seen them. But that very night, the bass player (Steve Harris) comes into my dressing room and said to me, 'I'd like to apologize for our singer.' I was absolutely confused what this guy was on about."

Sharon Osbourne messed with MAIDEN's sound and had the band pelted with eggs onstage after claiming that lead singer Bruce Dickinson had made disparaging remarks about her husband throughout the tour. Sharon is apparently unrepentant about her attempt to sabotage IRON MAIDEN's last appearance on this past summer's edition of the festival.

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Sharon Osbourne Talks More Trash About Dickinson

ContactMusic.com is reporting that music matriarch Sharon Osbourne is a fan of heavy rockers IRON MAIDEN despite sabotaging the band's performance at the climax of her husband Ozzy's Ozzfest tour this summer.

MAIDEN were pelted with debris by fans when Sharon allowed sound problems to wreck their set in California on August 20. The group's manager, Rod Smallwood, then lashed out at the unprofessional conduct of Sharon and her fellow Ozzfest organisers.

Despite admitting she hates Dickinson, Sharon insists she still has plenty of respect for his bandmates Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers and Nicko McBrain.

Sharon tells British gay magazine Attitude for its November 2005 issue, "The band are actually really nice guys, but the singer has a chip on his shoulder.

"The bottom line is, it's not my fault that his solo records are shit. Don't be jealous of what Ozzy does.

"He never once thanked us for the tour. People don't behave like that.

"I tell you, though. This guy got the singer with a fucking egg right in the middle of his brow — what a star!"

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Ronnie James Dio On Radio 2's 'Masters Of Rock'

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was joined on his 'Masters Of Rock' program on Radio 2 by legendary singer Ronnie James Dio, discussing his time fronting Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio, back on the road with their new album 'Master Of The Moon'. You can listen to a replay of the show at BBC.co.uk.

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Trivium Frontman Wouldn't Throw Anything At Maiden

In the latest issue of Metal Hammer, TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu discuss the Ozzfest debacle in San Bernardino which culminated in IRON MAIDEN being pelted with eggs while performing and Sharon Osbourne publicly berating the group's lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, as "a prick."

When TRIVIUM played in Albuquerque following the San Bernardino incident, all the bandmembers wore IRON MAIDEN shirts. It was their way of making a point. "All the bands and all the crews knew what we were trying to say," Heafy stated.

"There were gangs of people from the bands on the second stage [where TRIVIUM also performed] trying to recruit people to throw eggs at MAIDEN. Man, I wouldn't dare throw anything at MAIDEN, not even money. I watched them from right at the front at one show and I did everything, every gesture, that Bruce asked of the crowd. I was too afraid not to. That's how commanding that band are, that's the kind of presence they have. And people want me to throw eggs at them? Fuck off!"

"You should have seen those people down the front throwing shit," added Beaulieu. "It was disgusting. I mean, Kelly Osbourne was there, and she was throwing eggs. Then I read that she said she was in London. She's a fucking liar. She wasn't in London, she was right there throwing shit. She couldn't even take any responsibility for what she'd done."

"And when we wore the MAIDEN shirts in Albuquerque, Big Dave [the PA announcer who yelled 'Ozzy! Ozzy!' over the PA during IRON MAIDEN's intro tape] just walked past us and lowered his eyes," said Heafy. "But we had to do what we had to do. We felt we had to take a stand."

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IM Tribute Album Samples Available for Download

Several tracks from the upcoming IRON MAIDEN tribute album, "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", have been made available for streaming and download via Rykodisc-Media.com.

On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.

"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.

"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:

01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years (mp3, streaming)
03. Wrathchild
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper (mp3, streaming)
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness? (mp3, streaming)
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman

The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.

"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.

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Iron Maiden To Join The Mile-High Club?

According to ContactMusic.com, British metal legends Iron Maiden are so keen to get into the next Guinness World Records book, they are considering playing a gig onboard a plane. They would love to break the record for the highest live performance and insist they could easily achieve the feat.

Singer Bruce Dickinson reveals, "Some day I'd even like to do a gig on board a plane, literally join the eight-mile high club. It's possible, and it would be great to get into the Guinness Book Of Records."

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Iron Maiden All-Star Tribute Planned

On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.

"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.

"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:

01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
03. Wrathchild
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman

The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.

"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.

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Maiden Bassist's Daughter To Tour w/ Voodoo Six

Voodoo Six will play a series of double bill gigs with Lauren Harris (Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris’ daughter) at the following venues this month, with a couple more dates to be added.

Sept. 19 Marquee Hertford, Hertfordshire
Sept. 20Caernarvon Castle, Camden, London
Sept. 27 Caernarvon Castle, Camden, London
Sept. 30 Marquee,London

Richie Faulkner plays guitar for Voodoo Six and Lauren Harris. Both Lauren and Voodoo Six are making their debut albums at the moment, Lauren is just back from recording and doing shows in Miami and accomplished U.S. musicians Tom McWilliams and Miguel Gonzales will also play in her band.

For details of how to get to the first gig go to www.marqueehertford.co.uk.
Check out Voodoo Six on their website www.voodoosix.com.

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Radio 1 Broadcast Special Iron Maiden Recording

Radio 1 have an annual 'Legends' week, where they select legendary acts to record unique 'Legends Sessions' at their famous Maida Vale studios.

Monday will feature a session from Sir Paul McCartney - his first visit to Maida Vale since 1965 with The Beatles, and Wednesday features The Prodigy - their first ever session for Radio 1.

On Tuesday 13th September Radio 1 will broadcast three songs specially recorded by Iron Maiden at Maida Vale last Friday afternoon, before the band travelled across West London to play the special fund raising gig in aid of The Clive Burr MS Trust at Hammersmith Apollo. The last Radio 1 session Maiden recorded was for Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show in 1979.

The session, which includes an interview with Bruce, will be broadcast between 7pm-9pm on the Zane Lowe show. You can also listen online via the Radio 1 Website.

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Iron Maiden's Death on The Road Chart Positions

IRON MAIDEN's double live album, "Death on the Road", has entered the national charts in the following countries:

#6: Finland
#7: Sweden
#12: Norway
#14: France
#17: Italy
#17: Switzerland
#18: Spain
#22: U.K.
#27: Ireland
#39: Holland

"Death on the Road" is a live album recorded in Dortmund, Germany during IRON MAIDEN's 2003 "Dance Of Death" world tour.

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN recorded "live-in-the-studio" renditions of the songs "Run to the Hills", "The Trooper" and "Hallowed be thy Name" at Maida Vale Studios in London on September 2 for broadcast during the BBC "Legends" show (web site) dedicated to MAIDEN. The program is scheduled to air on Tuesday, September 13 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Iron Maiden Ringtones Now Available

EMI Records U.K. is currently offering a number of official IRON MAIDEN ringtones at this location. According to a posting at MAIDEN's official web site, "Quality is always of prime concern to the band, which is why there were no official mono or polytones approved. However, the picture has changed recently with the advent of realtones, which are now approved by the band and available to download [at EMIRecords.co.uk]."

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN's double live album, "Death on the Road", entered the U.K. album chart at position No. 22. The album also landed at No. 6 in Finland and No. 27 in Ireland.

"Death on the Road" is a live album recorded in Dortmund, Germany during IRON MAIDEN's 2003 "Dance Of Death" world tour.

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Iron Maiden Thanks Their Fans

Iron Maiden's manager, Ron Smallwood, has posted this message on the official Iron Maiden website:

"To the fans -

"Last Fridays final show at Hammersmith Apollo was a memorable night. With the help of many of you we raised at least £110,000 for the Clive Burr MS Trust and we will post the final number when the accounts are finalized. The band were on top form as was Clive who joined them on stage at the end of Iron Maiden. And you the audience were of course magnificent so thanks to you all! Some reviews are being posted to the Tours/Reviews section of this website.

"We would also like to thank our Killer Krew, the suppliers who helped keep costs down, Hammersmith Apollo venue and box office and especially Stuart Galbraith and Andy Copping and all the Clear Channel gang in the UK who not only promoted the gig for nothing but also gave us quite a party afterwards!! Plus our merchandisers Bravado and our Agent John Jackson at K2 who also provided their services for free.

"As we were playing songs only from the first four albums on this tour it was particularly appropriate to finish at Hammersmith where we played many times during the tours for these albums and in fact we played there 21 times in the eighties!!! It brought back a lot of great memories to the band and of course Clive.

"We all really enjoyed this Summer's Tour so thanks for turning out and making so many of the gigs so memorable. The band are taking a bit of time off before regrouping in January to start writing then recording a new studio album so hopefully we may see many of you again on tour in late 2006/early 2007.

"Until then take care of yourselves and ..... YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

"Best Wishes

"Rod Smallwood"

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