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It's an event normally relied on to attract some of the music world's coolest names. Franz Ferdinand, Marilyn Manson, The White Stripes – they've all delighted rock's fashionistas at Leeds Festival in recent years. But it seems the trendier elements of the festival's crowd could be left scratching their well-groomed heads this summer.
For rock dinosaurs Iron Maiden are being tipped as one of the 2005 bash's main attractions.
Internet messageboards are awash with speculation that the heavy metallers will be bringing their long hair, guitar solos and spectacular stage show to Leeds in August. If the rumours prove to be true then Maiden's capture will be something of a coup.
The band are currently enjoying one of their biggest hits in years, with the re-release of their 1982 single "The Number of the Beast" going into the charts at number three on Sunday. They also remain a hugely-popular live act, recently selling nearly 90,000 tickets in the space of a few hours for a series of dates in Scandinavia.
Other stars said to be in the frame for this year's festival, meanwhile, include British guitar outfit Muse and New York art-rockers The Strokes.
A spokeswoman for organisers Mean Fiddler would not be drawn today on which bands were likely to feature. However, managing director Melvin Benn HAS confirmed that two of the main stage headliners are already booked. In an interview in November, he joked: "You know I can't tell you who they are, but they've both got singers and use guitars. They both have drummers as well. That's as much as you're getting!"
The three-day festival is due to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Bramham Park, near Wetherby, its home since 2003. The event moved from Temple Newsam Park, in east Leeds, after violence for three years running.
More than 50,000 fans attended last summer, when the bill included Morrissey, The Darkness and 50 Cent.
To celebrate Iron Maiden's phenomenal history and in keeping with the recent international success of their Double DVD "The Early Years," EMI released "The Number Of The Beast" as a special single on January 3, 2005.
The title track of the band's third (and first number 1) album, "The Number Of The Beast" was a Top 20 hit when originally released in 1982, and is rightly regarded as an all time Maiden classic. This song typifies the band's sound signature of that era, from the chilling spoken-word introduction to the throat-ripping opening scream from Bruce Dickinson.
For more information, the Camp Chaos version of "The Number of The Beast" video and more, visit EMI Records.
Iron Maiden has added dates to their 2005 Summer Tour. More dates will be being announced shortly.
Tour dates so far: More...
Accept, Black Label Society and Yngwie Malmsteen are the latest confirmations for the Gods of Metal festival, a two-day event scheduled to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. Also set to perform at the festival are Iron Maiden (June 11) and Motley Crue (June 12). More confirmations will be announced soon.
An 18-inch autographed Joey Jordison (Slipknot) doll, created as a fund-raiser for Raven Nicole Robinson, a four-month-old girl born with a hole in her heart, is currently being auctioned via eBay.
This collectible doll is a miniature replica of the "Vol. 3" tour suit, which includes cargo shorts (with actual pockets) with elastic waistband and miniature jacket with elastic cuffs and velcro closure as well as the correct insignia on jacket. Suit is made from the same material (100% polyester) as the ones worn by the band. Patches are made by a combination of hand and machine embroidery. Left front leg of shorts is a piece from Joey's *ACTUAL* stage costume.
To view pictures of the doll and to get more information or place a bid, click here.
Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew W.K., Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White will all participate in an all-star concert at the Beverly Hills Hard Rock Café on Jan. 20 to raise money for Robinson. For more information on the show or on Raven's situation, go to RavensHeart.org.
According to the Iron Maiden fan site MaidenFans.com, Maiden's recent "The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Years" DVD has been certified gold in Spain for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The group's last DVD, "Visions of the Beast" (released summer 2003) was certified both gold and platinum (25,000 copies sold).
The "Early Years" DVD, which was released in North America in early November, covers the band's course from its first days, back in the mid-'70s up until 1983 when Maiden went on their first major world tour.
In other news, Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headliners of the With Full Force festival on June 2, 2005 at Airfield Roitzschjora in Löbnitz (near Leipzig), Germany. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 22.
Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew WK, Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White are among the musicians that have reportedly been confirmed to appear a benefit concert on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at the Hard Rock Café in Beverly Hills, California to raise funds to pay for the surgery and medical treatment of Raven Nicole Robinson, a two-month-old girl born with a very large hole in between the right and left pumping chambers of her heart.
According to a posting at RavensHeart.org, "[Raven's] condition is called Ventricular Septal Defect. Large ventricular septal defects cause problems, as the pressure in the right side of the heart decreases, blood will start to flow to the path of least resistance. This leads to congestive heart failure and must be treated. The most important sign of congestive heart failure is the baby's growth.
"Babies who have significant congestive heart failure will have failure to thrive and will have difficulty maintaining a normal weight gain in the first few months of life. Such is Raven's case, at birth she weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. She is now [four] months old and struggles with every swallow; [Mother] Misse often feeds her with a medicine dropper and anticipates the usual vomiting that follows. Raven has just reached 8 lbs. She is on numerous medications to try and prolong her life until surgery."
Read the full article at RavensHeart.org.
Iron Maiden have announced more dates as part of their upcoming European tour. Support at all shows will come from Holland's Within Temptation, according to MaidenFans.com. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
May 29 Mystic Festival - Chorzow, POL
Jun. 11 Gods Of Metal Festival - Milan, ITA
Jun. 12 Fussballstadion Buchholz - Uster-Zurich, SWI
Jun. 16 Atlantic Pavilion - Lisbon, POR
Jun. 25 Parc De Princes - Paris, FRA
Jun. 28 Spektrum - Oslo, NOR
Jun. 29 Spektrum - Oslo, NOR
Jul. 03 Bospop Festival - Weert, NETH
Jul. 06 Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, FIN
Jul. 07 Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, FIN
Jul. 09 Ullevi Stadium - Gothenburg, SWE
As a second opening act is planned, rumours are still going on that Megadeth will be the other band to open for Iron Maiden. Nothing confirmed so far, though.
The promoters of the Paul Di'Anno's recent show in Tel Aviv have contacted TotalRock, strongly denying the story they ran recently that the former Iron Maiden singer had been attacked while onstage. TotalRock says, "We are delighted to be able to correct this story and, of course, apologise to the promoters for suggesting this might have happened."
Just two days after the murder of Damageplan's Dimebag Darrel and three others during a concert in Ohio, it appears that another metal musician may have been attacked onstage.
Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'Anno was reportedly attacked by a crazed fan during his appearance Friday at the Heavy Metal Monsters melodic metal festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.
TotalRock.com reports that the fan jumped onstage during Di'Anno's performance and "lashed out" at the singer. Di'Anno reportedly only suffered minor injuries and was able to complete his set.
At press time antiMUSIC was unable to obtain an official confirmation of this incident. The second day of the festival (Dec 11, 2004) is expected to proceed as planned.
Paul Di'Anno was the lead singer of Iron Maiden from 1977 until late 1981 when he was replaced by Bruce Dickinson. Di'Anno appeared on the group's first two major label studio releases 1979's Iron Maiden and 1980's Killers as well as the 1981 live EP Maiden Japan and the group's self released "Soundhouse Tapes".
Iron Maiden fansite Maidenfans.com has posted an interview with drummer Nicko McBrain. In the interview Nicko reveals that the band's forthcoming studio album will be done in November, 2005 with another tour to follow in 2006 which will include festival dates. Remarking about the current DVD, "The History Of Iron Maiden - Part 1: The Early Days," the drummer says that there could be four-six more DVDs in the series.
Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno will headline the Heavy Metal Monsters mini melodic metal festival on December 10-11, 2004 in Tal-Aviv and Haifa, Israel.
Di'Anno will reportedly play a very long set consisting of 70 percent Iron Maiden songs and 30 percent his own material. Other groups scheduled to appear on the bill are the local prog/power metal band Damnation and the hard rock/glam metal acts Crossfire and Loud N' Clear. A flyer for the festival can be found at Metalist.co.il.
Venue details are as follows:
Dec. 10 – Tel-Aviv, ISR @ Barbi Club
Dec. 11 – Haifa, ISR @ Fusion Club
Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf) has finished producing an all-star tribute to Iron Maiden in honor of their 25th anniversary. Culling from his extensive contacts in the musician world, Kulick has assembled major hard rock and metal players to come together and put this tribute album together.
All of the tracks have been completed except for two key signature vocalists to come in and finish the job. Kulick has been using the rest of the finished material to shop around for a label to license the masters and put out the hottest Iron Maiden tribute of all time.
The album will feature the following track listing/musicians: More...
The Iron Maiden official website has posted several trailers of the new DVD, "The Early Days," at this location.
Iron Maiden's "The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Years" DVD has entered the U.K. Music DVD and Video chart at position No. 3. View the whole chart at this location.
The set, which is slated for release on Nov. 8 in the rest of Europe and Nov. 23 in North America, covers the band's course from its first days, back in the mid-'70s up until 1983 when Maiden went on their first major world tour.
In response to unprecendented demand with all 11,000 tickets for Iron Maiden's concert at the Hartwell Arena selling out within 50 minutes this morning, a second show has been added for the 7th July 2005. Rod Smallwood responded, "When we heard that tickets had gone so fast
and that callers were continuing to plead for a second show, we just had to add another date."
Tickets for this new date go on sale on Tuesday morning - check out
www.ironmaiden.com for links and phone numbers.
A small number of tickets for the Gothenburg show (which sold out in about 2 hours last week) will go on sale tomorrow - these are available by phone only, so check the site for the numbers.
As you must have heard, Iron Maiden’s 2005 live dates have got off to an amazing start with tickets for their massive show in Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium on 9th July selling Out - 51,000 tickets - in just 2½ hours!
Next year’s tour will be a treat for fans both old and new as they will be performing tracks from their early beginnings making this a recreation of their tours that elevated them to worldwide status as one of rock’s most enduring and exciting live acts. The band will be basing the set list
on their seminal classics from their early years including the likes of "Run To The Hills," "The Trooper" and "Phantom Of The Opera" and other tracks that they haven’t performed for many years.
To help feed insatiable demand to see Maiden live, the Official IM Fan Club have made special arrangements for their show at Paris’ 55,000 capacity Parc Des Princes Stadium on Saturday 25th June. Book through the official Travel Associate for best tickets (available to fan club members only), or travel with the Fan Club for some very special extras and privileged access to the show. Non members are most welcome!
Tickets for Helsinki’s Hartwell Areena on 6th July go on sale this Monday - tickets are expected to fly!
This Monday is also the day when the much acclaimed double DVD "The History
of Iron Maiden Part 1 The Early Days” hits the shelves in Europe.
A passenger on one of the 100th Air Refueling Wing’s flights Monday afternoon was a commercial airline pilot.
But Bruce Dickinson is better known as the front man for Iron Maiden, one of the most successful and influential heavy metal bands in the business.
“When I was a kid, I had my own air force of plastic aircraft that I built,” Dickinson said before the afternoon flight.
But it was not until 13 years ago that he climbed in the cockpit and flew an airplane.
“When I did, I felt so stupid that I hadn’t done it before,” he said. “The farther from Earth I got, the happier I was.”
It may seem an odd combination of careers. On one hand, Dickinson is the manic singer of a heavy metal rock band. On the other, he is a cool, calm pilot of Boeing 757s for Astraeus, a British charter airline.
He was at Mildenhall to film part of a series he is hosting for the Discovery Channel called “Flying Heavy Metal.” The series will feature classic aircraft, such as the KC-135 Stratotanker. It is due to air on European television next year.
He said it is not so different from being on stage in front of a crowd, where the performance is the external result of the internal process of composing the music.
Read the full article at Stars and Stripes.
From the official Iron Maiden website:
Aaaaaah it's that time again. Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat... hang on, it's only October! Ahem.
Right. As many of you will know, the last few years we've thrown the design of the official Iron Maiden xmas card open to you guys. This is the card that gets sent to FC members, to friends of the band... and to the last minute people we realise we've forgotten :) Each year, the standard has been amazingly high and we've had a real challenge agreeing on a winner.
So, we'd like you guys to do it again. Send us your designs - conforming to the specs below - and the winner will be picked by Rod, be printed and sent to loads of people. The winner will get a credit on the card and a big bag of groovy Iron Maiden stuff.
Your design needs to be A5 size (about 21 by 15 cm) - it's up to you which way round it goes (portrait or landscape). The picture is entirely up to you.
Now here's the important stuff - as the design will be printed, you need to make sure you have a high-resolution image that you can send us if we choose your card. If you're hand painting or drawing, no problem, but if you're creating your design from scratch in Photoshop or whatever, please make sure you do it at 600dpi and not at the lower resolution you'd use for things that are going to be displayed only on a monitor. Keep the original in a very safe place, and send us a copy.
How to submit your design:
Please send in your submissions as lower-resolution JPEG or GIF images - we don't need you to send the huge hi-res file until we choose the winner.
Please make sure that you name your file with your own name - eg. jimsmith.jpg - cos otherwise we get 200 'maiden.jpg'!
Email you entries to us here and please make sure you include your contact details.
Closing date for entries is 15th November. Good luck!
Metal legend Bruce Dickinson has more talents than you might expect. Not only does he front one of the most successful heavy-metals bands of all time — Iron Maiden — but he's also an author of two books (on a cross-dressing 18th century toff, as it happens), a competing fencer who was once rated fourth in Britain, and a pilot.
Now he's added yet another string to his bow — or should that be electric guitar? — by becoming a radio DJ for digital station 6Music.
"I love doing the show and it's turned out really successful for us," he enthuses. "We can play whatever the hell we want and mix everything from Alice Cooper to more modern bands like Viking Skull."
Bizarrely, Bruce manages to fit his radio show in between touring the world with Maiden (selling 60m records in the process) and flying passengers around the globe as a pilot for a commercial airline.
"At the moment I'm flying planes full-time and it's now my proper day job until the Maiden tour next year.
"A few months ago I was flying overnight for seven hours to Africa. It was around midnight when the captain leaned over to me and quite unexpectedly showered me with vomit — so I had to spend the next five hours covered in it.
"It was then that I thought to myself, not even in my worst days in rock 'n' roll has anyone ever been sick on me. Sometimes flying airplanes is actually more rock 'n' roll than being in a band."
Iron Maiden will be back on the road touring in Europe next summer with a series of Stadium and Festival headline shows.
The full routing is in the final stages but the first three shows are announced now as they go on sale very soon. These are the 50,000 capacity Parc Des Princes Stadium, Paris on June 25th , the 55,000 capacity Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg on July 9th and Hartwall Arena, Helsinki on July 6th. Support will be announced at a later date. More...