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Formed: 1975
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Iron Maiden Play Fund-Raising Gig For Clive Burr

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.

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Iron Maiden Dominates Official Czech Album Chart

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
40 Powerslave
42 Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
46 Killers
50 Brave New World
59 Iron Maiden
70 X Factor

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Iron Maiden Reveals "Death On The Road" Artwork

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.

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Iron Maiden To Release 2-CD Compilation July 12

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...

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Sanctuary Talks Included Warner, EMI

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).

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Chat Online With Bruce Dickinson

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.

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SVT To Broadcast Iron Maiden Live In Gothenburg

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.

For more local information regarding the show go to www.svt.se and www.yle.fi.

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Wicked Wisdom Fills Final Slot For Ozzfest 2005

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.

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Iron Maiden Live Box Set To Be Released In August

Iron Maiden have confirmed they are to release a Double DVD and Live Album titled “Death on the Road” through EMI Records on August 29th 2005.

The show was filmed at the Westfalenhalle Arena, Dortmund, Germany during the Dance of Death European Tour in December 2003 and fully captures the magnificent stage production and electricity of the band’s performance. Steve Harris once again took weeks personally editing the footage and like Rock in Rio this means thousands of cuts right into the heart of the action.

Says Steve Harris, “The shows on that tour were perhaps far more theatrical than some of our recent tours so it has a very different feel than that of, say, Rock in Rio which was a massive festival environment. The 115 minute show was originally filmed by VIVA TV in Germany to broadcast across their national TV network a few days afterwards. However TV and DVD are always very different mainly owing to the time restrictions. So we’ve spent time starting from the bare bones to create a full length concert feature that captures the excitement of the show but also the drama as well. I think when people see songs like Paschendale and Dance Of Death they’ll be blown away by the spectacle. At the same time there are some great moments in Journeyman that I think will surprise a few people. Iron Maiden with acoustic guitars?! I’m really happy with the end result as it captures the dark and lighter moments perfectly.”

The album and PCM Stereo / 5.1 Surround sound for the DVD has been mixed and produced by Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley and co-produced, as always, by Steve Harris.

The Double DVD also features a full 70-minute documentary directed by Matthew Amos charting the album’s creation and then subsequent preparations for the following tour. The feature length program includes candid and personal footage of the band during the recording and writing of the album, which is the first time it’s ever been filmed.

Says Manager Rod Smallwood, “The documentary is something quite special for the fans as it really is a very revealing portrait of how Maiden work together recording and it took me hours to persuade them to let the cameras in the recording studio. Previously they’d never allowed any of that to be filmed but this time we decided to have a camera floating around to try and capture the Maiden recording process. A lot of it was filmed by the Kevin Shirley and the band themselves. I think it’s a great representation of the talent, effort and humour of a Maiden recording session. The documentary also covers what it takes to set up a major World Tour and has various interviews with our Killer Krew and hopefully it will be as insightful and interesting as the well received Early Days documentary footage.

“As usual we have crammed as much as possible into the DVD’s with a host of extras including all of the promo videos from the album, footage of the band performing in South America, background interviews with members of the production crew and fans along the tour, artwork and photo galleries. Many hours of Maiden mayhem.

“Like Rock in Rio we have again decided to release a DVD and CD. Those who have DVD players will presumably opt for the DVD but we wanted to ensure all fans could get at least the audio of this tour and many countries of the World do not have widespread capacity to play DVDs.”

The full set list from the show is: More...

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New Bruce Dickinson Video Available Now

www.screamforme.com is the first to show Bruce Dickinson's new video "Abduction." Go there now to catch the action, and hear sound clips from other album tracks.

Bruce's new solo album "Tyranny of Souls" will be released on Sanctuary Records on May 23 (24 May 24 in the USA).

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First "Off-Fest" Tour Dates Announced

An off-fest show with Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, The Haunted, and A Dozen Furies has been confirmed for July 17th in Burlington, VT at the Higher Ground Ballroom. More off-fest dates are as follows:

Shadows Fall - Opening bands for these dates are still to be announced:

July 22 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
September 1 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

Killswitch Engage with Soilwork and As I Lay Dying :

July 20 - State College, PA @ Crowbar
July 22 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall

In Flames with Arch Enemy: TBA

Rob Zombie with Mastodon:

August 21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Iron Maiden with Mastodon:

July 16 - Quebec City, QUE @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
August 3 - Toronto, ONT @ Molson Amphitheatre

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Gizmachi Confirmed For Ozzfest 2005 Second Stage

upstate New York's GIZMACHI have now officially filled one of the "mystery band" slots on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest.

GIZMACHI will release their debut CD, "The Imbuing", on May 3 on Big Orange Clown Records, an imprint of Sanctuary Records. "The Imbuing" was produced by SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn Crahan (who also founded Big Orange Clown Records), engineered by Josh Wilbur and recorded at Spin Studios in New York City. GIZMACHI is comprised of Sean Kane on vocals, Jay Hannon and Mike Laurino on guitars, Kris Gilmore on bass and Jimmie Hatcher on drums.

The band filmed the video for their first single, "The Answer", in February in New York. The video was directed by Crahan and produced by Doug Spangenberg (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, LAMB OF GOD, EVERY TIME I DIE).

Ozzfest 2005 billing is now shaping up as follows: More...

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Iron Maiden In Q's "Cash For Questions"

Next up in Q's Cash For Questions chair are metal legends Iron Maiden - put your questions to them and if they 'fess up, you pocket a cool £25!

There are endless possibilities... Is Eddie based on a real person? What did they think of Bad News? And does Bruce Dickinson have any salacious stories from his experiences as a pilot?

Send your question to cashforquestions@q4music.com and don't forget to add your name and address.

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New Iron Maiden Figures On The Way

NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) will be releasing the Iron Maiden "Somewhere in Time" and "Piece of Mind" Eddie action figures late May. "Boasting a very large put-together three-piece diorama base, the 'Piece of Mind' Eddie will feature a ball jointed neck and torso and chains." Check out photos of the "Piece of Mind" Eddie action figure: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3, Photo#4.

With regards to the "Somewhere in Time" Eddie action figure, a posting on the NECA web site states: "Heavy Metal fans everywhere got excited when we announced our line of Iron Maiden collectibles, and here is our first 7" scale action figure to start off the line. Equipped with an arsenal of futuristic weaponry, this cyborg Eddie is based on the album artwork for Iron Maiden's 1986 release 'Somewhere In Time'. Sculpted by Kyle Windrix and painted by Ed Repka, this action figure comes with a collapsible diorama base, three removable guns, alternate left hand, and is fully posable, featuring ball jointed hips and neck." Check out pictures of the "Somewhere in Time" Eddie action figure: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3.

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In Flames Studio Photos Posted Online

Ten pictures from the drum-recording sessions for the new In Flames album at the Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden have been posted online at the group's official web site. Check them out at this location. Also available on the site is a streaming video filmed during the drum soundcheck at Dug-Out on April 5. To watch the video you need to have Real Audio installed on your computer.

In Flames singer Anders Fridén told Nuclear Blast magazine that the upcoming album "will be more uptempo" and will feature "more guitar harmonies" than was the case with 2004's "Soundtrack to Your Escape."

In other news, In Flames will be supporting Iron Maiden in Gothenburg on July 9th, 2005.

As reported earlier, In Flames will be teaming up with Motley Crue in Finland for two shows.

Upcoming In Flames support dates include:

Jun. 07 Icehall in Helsinki, Finland (Monsters Of The Millennium with Mötley Crüe)
Jun. 08 Ellysee Arena in Turku, Finland (Rock In Turku with Mötley Crüe)
Jul. 09 Venue TBA in Gothenburg, Sweden (with Iron Maiden)

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Two More 'Mystery Band' Slots Added To Ozzfest '05

Ozzfest.com, has added two "mystery act" slots to their "Bands" page — one on the main stage and one on the second stage. The main-stage slot is widely expected to be filled by VELVET REVOLVER (who will reportedly join the tour on August 16 in West Valley City, UT before taking over IRON MAIDEN's slot beginning on August 23 in Albuquerque, NM), while there is no word yet on who will fill the second-stage "mystery" slot.

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Velvet Revolver To Play Last 10 Ozzfest Dates

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER has firmed up plans to be part of this year's Ozzfest tour. Drummer Matt Sorum said the group will play 10 Ozzfest dates, commencing on August 16 in West Valley City, Utah. The last seven dates will be in lieu of IRON MAIDEN, which drops off the bill on August 20. Sorum said his band is looking forward to the tour. "They've asked us to be the second on the slot, so I mean, we're going on right before [BLACK] SABBATH," he said. "That's gonna be pretty cool. And then there's a lot of really heavy bands on the bill. They're counting on us to bring out a lot of fans. I mean, I think that they think it's gonna be cool to have us on the bill, and that's why they invited us."

Ozzfest wraps up on September 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida. VELVET REVOLVER recently started a North American arena tour that lasts until May 25. The group will head to Europe in June and early July.

VELVET REVOLVER resumes its current tour on April 12 in Chula Vista, California.

Ozzfest 2005 featuring VELVET REVOLVER:

Aug. 16 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Pavilion *
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket *
Aug. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen *
Aug. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Dallas, TX - Smirnoff
Aug. 27 - Houston, TX - Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion
Aug. 28 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
Sep. 02 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon
Sep. 04 - West Palm Beach - Sound Advice

* w/ IRON MAIDEN

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DiAnno: Dickinson Doesn't Have Voice To Replace Me

Original IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno gave an in-depth interview to Classic Rock Revisited Editor Jeb Wright about MAIDEN's past going all the way back to the band's club gigs. In true Di'Anno style, the answers are honest and to the point. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: More...

Read the full article at Classic Rock Revisted.

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Velvet Revolver To Step In For Maiden On Ozzfest?

According to a post at Ozzfest.com, VELVET REVOLVER will perform at the August 27 Woodlands, TX stop of this year's Ozzfest, leading to speculation that VELVET REVOLVER will take over IRON MAIDEN's slot at the festival once co-headliners MAIDEN depart the tour. The posting also lists MUDVAYNE as being on the tour, although the Illinois quartet have not yet been officially added to the trek.

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN will not be performing on the final seven dates of this year's Ozzfest due to prior touring commitments overseas. A replacement act has not yet been officially announced.

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Iron Maiden To Play Classic Set At Reading/Leeds

Reading and Leeds Festivals headliners Iron Maiden have announced they are playing classic set at this year’s bash.

Singer Bruce Dickinson declared The Carling Weekend “just genius” before announcing his band’s plans.

“We’re going to be doing a set from just our first four albums, so they’ll be songs we haven’t played in 15 or 20 years,” he explained. “Many of our young fans won’t have heard this songs been played live - it’s great.”

Dickinson added that having not played the Reading site in 23 years, he was keen to get back there.

“It’s brilliant to be back at Reading, it’s flat and it’s the best festival site in the UK,” he said. “It was where I got into festivals going as a punter and it’s also where I got into Iron Maiden. I was there with my band Samson when they asked me join Iron Maiden. I asked the late, great Tommy Vance what I should do and he said ‘Don’t Take it’. It’s the one time I ignored him.”

The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds takes place between August 26 and 28 and features the Pixies and Foo Fighters along with Iron Maiden as headliners.

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