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Formed: 1975
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Iron Maiden News

Below is our complete Iron Maiden news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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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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Iron Maiden Drummer In Court

MaidenFans.com is reporting that Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is scheduled to make another court appearance in Long Island, NY this morning (Sept. 8) for the July 2003 incident where McBrain was arrested for allegedly hitting a parking lot attendant on purpose after a disagreement over McBrain's VIP credentials. The incident occured before Maiden's concert at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York during the North American part of the Give Me Ed... 'Til I'm Dead tour.

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Mustaine To Guest On Dickinson Radio Show

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine will be the featured guest on Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's BBC 6 Music radio show next Saturday, September 11. Mustaine's appearance on the show, which can be heard online at this location, will include some "controversial stuff," according to Bruce.

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

"The System Has Failed" will be 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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Iron Maiden Drummer Interviewed, Audio Available

MaidenFans.com reports that Iron Maiden drummer Nick McBrain phoned in to the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM this past Friday, August 27, where he was interviewed by radio personality Eddie Trunk. During the interview, when asked about what is going on with the band at the moment, McBrain had this to say:

We're gonna take the rest of the year off. We're planning on starting working late April or the end of April...first week of May. We're gonna prepare a tour much like we did last year, which was the "Give Me Ed" tour, which is gonna be like going out and playing the summer festivals. So we'll do a mini-tour... Hopefully in America we'll be able to come over here and play, like, maybe three or four weeks of festivals - who knows, it may be even longer, 'cause in the summertime there's lots going on - and then do some over in Europe. Then we'll take a little bit of time off at the end of the summer, and the general plan is - I'm not sure, time frame-wise - but towards the end of next year, we'll write and record a new album. Then, I guess that will place us in 2006. And then we'll do the whole thing again - summer festivals and then...like we did on the last "Give Me Ed" tour and then "Dance Of Death." And I think that's the general plan. There may be slight changes in there, but you never know.

The audio file of the entire 25-minute interview is currently available for download here (mp3 - 17.8 MB).

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Primal Fear Members To Record With Tribuzy

Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner will soon start recording their parts for Renato Tribuzy's new album, "Execution."

The musicians met up in Rio de Janeiro, during Primal Fear’s recent Brazilian date in support of their "Devil’s Ground" album, where they talked about the final recording details.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson recorded his parts for the album in April in Los Angeles with producer/guitarist Roy Z, who is also performing on the record.

Execution also features the following list of performers: Michael Kiske (Supared, ex-Helloween), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall), Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Marco Barzo (Thoten).

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Iron Maiden Announce Release Of Live DVD

Iron Maiden have confirmed the release of first-ever DVD 'Rock in Rio' for August 20th. The Double DVD set contains their live concert performance filmed at the world famous Rock in Rio festival in 2001, in front of 250,000 fans and a global TV audience of millions. The band's 18 song set covers tracks from their recent 'Brave New World' studio album through to the classic metal anthems including "The Number Of The Beast," "Fear Of The Dark," "2 Minutes to Midnight," and their UK Top Ten single "Run To The Hills."

Contained on the bonus disc is over an hour of in-depth interviews with band members about the show and their experience as one of the world's biggest live acts during their 25 year career. An exclusive photo diary, narrated by long time official photographer Ross Halfin, animated menus and other hidden extras complete the bonus disc. The Limited Edition double DVD is available in unique 'sensaround' packaging. There will also be a double VHS version available in some countries.

Read the full article at Digital Metal.

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HIM and Iron Maiden Live Pics

  • HIM performed in concert on January 19th in Milan, Italy. Check out pictures from WireImage.
  • Iron Maiden performed at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday (January 24) in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

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Iron Maiden's 4th NY Show Cancelled

IRON MAIDEN have been forced to cancel their fourth and last New York City show on Tuesday due to a double-booking by the venue, here's the statement Bruce made in tonight(Monday)'s show, paraphrased by a fan:

Here's the story straight from the official IRON MAIDEN site:

"The IRON MAIDEN show on Tuesday, January 27th at the Hammerstein Ballroom has been cancelled due to an error in the confirmation of the venue between promoter Clear Channel Entertainment and the venue. The band made every conceivable effort to reverse the scheduling error which would have allowed the fourth sold-out show of their four night run to go ahead.

IRON MAIDEN is clearly extremely disappointed with this situation and greatly regret not being able to perform on Tuesday, especially as the first three nights have been such great shows to such terrific audiences.

Clear Channel Entertainment very much regret the obvious inconvenience this cancellation has caused to IRON MAIDEN and their fans.

Refunds will be available at point of purchase."

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Iron Maiden Gig Cut Short Due To Beer

IRON MAIDEN has to cut short a performance at New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday night due to a fan pooring beer on the sound board. The band's manager, Rod Smallwood issued this statement:

"It's Sunday morning and already l see many posts in the forum. On behalf of the band and myself all of you have our sympathy, especially the many of you who traveled great distances to be there. This gig sold out in a matter of minutes when it went on sale last December and we know, being the weekend show, a lot of you traveled in from many parts of the USA and Canada. For those who aren't sure what happened, some idiot in the first couple of rows on the mezzanine above the mixing desk thought it was a good idea to chuck his beer in the air rather then down his throat. It landed on the desk blowing too many channels to be retrievable. This prevented us playing any encores. We are very sorry for the fans there and we know you know there was absolutely nothing we could do. Believe me, the band were gutted. It was a great gig up 'till then. Thanks from the band for the good-natured way you accepted this bad news — we always say MAIDEN fans are the best.

"Maybe we will see some of you again on Monday or Tuesday and to anyone else coming along, remember beer is to be drunk not thrown at a gig. And to the idiot who caused this, l do hope you learned a lesson."

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Finnish Metal Music Awards 2003 Results

The 2003 installment of the Finnish Metal Music Awards (Sirkkelirock 2003) was held this past Saturday (January 3) at Tavastia Club in Helsinki. Voting was open to all the metal fans in Finland and was presented through the various media outlets that were working with the event's organizers.

The winners are as follows: More...

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Bruce Dickinson To Write New Solo Material

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will get together with guitarist Roy Z in January/February 2004 for a songwriting session for a possible new Dickinson solo album, the singer revealed (Windows Media) during a Dec. 2 signing session aboard a specially chartered Dublin-London flight filled with MAIDEN fans. Dickinson's last solo album, "The Chemical Wedding", was released in 1998. A two-disc "best of" set followed in 2001.

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Iron Maiden's 'Rainmaker' Debuts At #13

IRON MAIDEN's "Rainmaker" has entered Britain's singles chart at No. 13. "Rainmaker", written by guitarist Dave Murray, bassist Steve Harris and vocalist Bruce Dickinson, comes off IRON MAIDEN's latest album "Dance Of Death", which has sold 95,459 copies in the U.S. since its early September release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A video for the song, which was shot at London's Roundhouse studios in Camden, was reportedly rejected by MTV Europe after the music channel deemed the group's audience "too old," according to Dickinson.

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