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Formed: 1975
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Iron Maiden Announces More European Tour Dates

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.

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No Israeli Attack On Paul Di'Anno

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."

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Former Iron Maiden Singer Attacked Onstage

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".

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New Iron Maiden Album To Be Completed Soon

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.

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Ex-Iron Maiden Singer To Headline Israel Festival

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

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Iron Maiden Tribute CD Lineup Revealed

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...

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Iron Maiden DVD Trailers Posted Online

The Iron Maiden official website has posted several trailers of the new DVD, "The Early Days," at this location.

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Iron Maiden DVD #3 In UK

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.

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Iron Maiden Adds Second Helsinki Date

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.

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Iron Maiden's Gothenburg Show Sold Out In 2.5 Hrs

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.

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Iron Maiden Singer Visits Mildenhall

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.

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Iron Maiden Xmas Card Competition

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!

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Bruce Dickinson: Pilot Of The Airwaves

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."

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Iron Maiden Confirm First 2005 Dates

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...

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Iron Maiden Singer Goes "Trainspotting"

According to a posting on the Iron Maiden fan site MaidenFans.com, Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will be a special guest of the "Trainspotting" show on the U.K. TV channel Discovery Home and Leisure on Friday, October 22.

A brief description of the show reads as follows: "Presenter Mark Collins teams up with heavy metal legend and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinso on a steam train driving day at the Bluebell Railway."

The channel is available on Sky Digital, cable or broadband.

As previously reported, Dickinson will be hosting a five-part documentary series about airplanes, tentatively titled "Flying Heavy Metal", that is being produced by the U.K.-based Ricochet production company.

The upcoming series is being described as follows: "Iron Maiden rock legend and professional pilot Bruce Dickinson charts the evolution of the passenger aeroplane, the documentary is made for Discovery Channel and will be a series of five 30-minute features."

The production gives a winter 2005 timeframe, but Eric Fetter — who penned an article about the series for the The Herald — kindly told Maidenfans.com that "as far as an air date in Europe, Bruce said he expects it to be on there in February. It may also show on the Discovery Channel [in the U.S.], but that's still up in the air."

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Bruce Dickinson To Host Documentary

Eric Fetters of HeraldNet.com reports: While Bruce Dickinson waited for his camera crew to set up inside the Boeing Co.'s Everett plant, two slightly sheepish mechanics asked for an autograph.

It's not every day a heavy-metal music legend comes to visit.

Dickinson's name might not jump out to pop music fans, but the mechanics knew him as the voice of heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Dickinson, 46, was lead singer on seven consecutive Iron Maiden albums that went platinum or gold during the 1980s and early 1990s.

He's also a commercial airline pilot with an intense interest in aviation, which explains why one of the gods of metal was inside Boeing's cavernous 747 assembly building on Wednesday. Dickinson is the host of a documentary series tentatively titled "Flying Heavy Metal" that's scheduled to air next year on the European version of the Discovery Channel.

"We looked at doing a reality TV show about training airline pilots, and it morphed into this — a five-part series about the development of the airliner since 1945," Dickinson said.

Read the full article at HeraldNet.

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Heavy Metal Calendar Coming Soon

Beginning in November, Black Planet will be offering for sale its 2005 Heavy Metal Calendar. This full-color month-to-month wall calendar features the stunning concert photography of Matt Johnsen (Metal Maniacs) and a whirlwind of heavy metal trivia. Metal fans will find a reason to celebrate and commemorate nearly each day of the year, whether it be the anniversary of Bathory's first rehearsal, "Ride the Lightning" turning 20, or Bruce Dickinson's (Iron Maiden) birthday. The calendar represents a wide range of metal culture — everything from Sabbath giving Ozzy the axe to the singer of Krieg vomiting on a French audience!

The Calendar will be sold online and through a host of underground distributors.

Any band wishing to submit material for consideration (first gig, band members' birthdays, etc.) should do so by October 18, 2004 to chrisblackplanet@yahoo.com.

Chicago-based Black Planet specializes in unique and collectable heavy metal merchandise. The company was founded by "Professor" Chris Black, a former contributor to Metal Maniacs and Terrorizer.

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Iron Maiden Double DVD Cover Revealed

Iron Maiden's official site have finally revealed the cover for the new Maiden double dvd "The Early Days" (to be released in mid October) here

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Iron Maiden More Early Years'DVD Details Revealed

According to online CD vendor CDXpress, a two-disc Iron Maiden DVD, entitled "Early Years", is scheduled for release in October 2004. The set, which will apparently feature Region 2 (PAL) encoding, is expected to include the following:

Disc One:

* Concert – "Live at The Rainbow" (recorded in the early '80s; previously released on PMI video) – approximately 30-40 minutes in length
* Concert - "The Beast Over Hammersmith" (recorded in the early '80s; previously unreleased) - 60 minutes

Disc Two:

* Concert - "Live At Donington" (recorded in the '80s; previously unreleased) - 60 minutes
* Documentary: A newly filmed history of IRON MAIDEN (part 1) - approximately 30-40 minutes in length


* "Top of The Pops" performance of "Women In Uniform" (1981)
* "Top of The Pops" performance of "Sanctuary" (1981)
* "Rock & Pop" (German TV) track (1981)
* Documentary - Colourbox from Granada TV (1981) - 25 minutes

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Megadeth New Video To Air On Headbanger's Ball

Megadeth's video for their new single, "Die Dead Enough", will debut on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" Saturday night (Sept. 11).

"Die Dead Enough" comes off Megadeth's highly anticipated new album, "The System Has Failed", due on September 14 through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Phase Four studios in Tempe, Arizona and features mainman Dave Mustaine alongside drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Jimmy Sloas. Additional lead guitar tracks were laid down by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland.

In other news, Megadeth's North American headlining tour in support of "The System Has Failed" is scheduled to kick off October 26 in San Diego, CA. A New York City date is tentatively penciled in for November 10. Support on the tour is expected to come from Los Angeles-based quintet Earshot. Other cities that will be covered during the first leg of the tour are San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, Megadeth are hoping to play several European festivals next summer with Iron Maiden, Mustaine revealed during an appearance on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM Friday night (Sept. 10). "[Iron Maiden singer] Bruce [Dickinson] and I are friends and we talked about it and he said that he wanted me to get on it, so I'm looking forward to the possibility of that happening," Dave said. "I've toured with Maiden a bunch of times, and I think it would be good for both bands."

"The System Has Failed" is Megadeth's first album since the announcement that Mustaine was disbanding the group following a serious accident in early 2002. At the time, it was unknown if severe nerve damage in his left arm would leave him able to perform again.

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