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Narrator Behind Iron Maiden Intro Passes Away

Barry Clayton, the London actor/narrator and man behind the iconic intro to the Iron Maiden song "Number of the Beast," has passed away at the age of 80 due to causes unknown at this time. His deep baritone voice became indelibly etched into several radio shows and movie trailers, and Clayton was also known for his role in black television and radio. He produced the pioneering radio show "Black Londoners" from 1974-88 and also narrated the children's show "Count Duckula." His sinister intro on the Iron Maiden song is something almost every metalhead knows by heart:

"Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea
For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who have understanding
Reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six."

Clayton had lived the past 40 years in the Greater London suburb on Islington. More...

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Primal Rock Rebellion Posts Video

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and former SikTh front-man Mikee Goodman have joined forces for a brand new studio project called Primal Rock Rebellion. Adrian also plays bass throughout the album. All songs were co-written by Adrian and Mikee as individual pieces of work and recorded in creative windows of opportunity.

Adrian comments "It was interesting doing this album with Mikee not least because we have quite different influences. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. It has a really fresh feel to it." Mikee explains "This album takes you on a really deep and colourful journey, lyrically and musically. Adrian and I were both very open to experimenting with each others' musical styles and influences, which we feel created something new and exciting."

Session musicians who also contributed to this forthcoming album include Abi Fry of Bat For Lashes, plus original SikTh member Dan 'Lord' Foord on drums, amongst others. The resulting album is due for simultaneous worldwide release on Spinefarm Records on 27th February 2012. Check out the advance video for "I See Lights" below. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: 1981 M/F/K

30 years ago the bands Anthrax, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Queensryche, and Slayer were formed. It was also the year many important hard rock/heavy metal albums were released, laying the groundwork for the eighties. Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. Same as the “1986 M/F/K” edition there is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again. More...

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Iron Maiden Posts New Album Trailer Online

A new commercial for "From Fear To Eternity," the latest compilation release from British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, has been posted online. You can check it out below. The album hits the shelves today in Europe, with a North American release to follow tomorrow. The album is a two disc collection of songs from 1990 to 2010, featuring songs from "No Prayer For The Dying," up to the group's latest release, "The Final Frontier."

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Metallica Voted "Most Influential Rock Band"

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band has just been declared the "the most influential rock group of the last 30 years" by Kerrang magazine. Ulrich commented on the announcement by saying;

"It gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling that Kerrang! magazine have voted Metallica as the band that most changed their lives. I remember the first issue of the magazine in 1981. I had made a pilgrimage to England because I was obsessed with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I travelled all over the country and that first issue accompanied me everywhere."

The poll, which was voted on by Kerrang readers, is included in the next issue of the magazine, which celebrates 30 years since its launch in June 1981.

The top 10 bands included:
1. Metallica
2. Green Day
3. Iron Maiden
4. Slipknot
5. My Chemical Romance
6. Linkin Park
7. Bullet For My Valentine
8. Blink 182
9. Ozzy Osbourne
10. Foo Fighters

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Lady Gaga Talks Life Changing Iron Maiden Event

A new audio interview has been posted online between pop music megastar Lady Gaga and Rolling Stone magazine in which the singer discusses in length her "life changing" experience at a recent Iron Maiden concert in Tampa, Florida. The video also features photos of the singer hanging out backstage with the band.

An excerpt from the chat is available below. More...

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Iron Maiden New Compilation Release Date Set

British metal icons Iron Maiden have announced that it will be releasing a new compilation album titled "From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010." The new two disc set will see its release on June 6, 2011 through EMI Records. The new compilation set spans the the highlights of the band's last eight studio albums. The album's tracklisting can be found below.

Disc One:
1. The Wicker Man
2. Holy Smoke
3. El Dorado
4. Paschendale
5. Different World
6. Man On The Edge (live)
7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
8. Blood Brothers
09. Rainmaker
10. Sign Of The Cross (live)
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark (live)

Disc Two:
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead
2. Tailgunner
3. No More Lies
4. Coming Home
5. The Clansman (live)
6. For The Greater Good Of God
7. These Colours Don't Run
8. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
9. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows

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NoCleanSinging Discusses Pros And Cons Of Covers

NoCleanSinging.com has posted an editorial online on the pros and cons of covers, after hearing the Anachronaeon cover of Iron Maiden's "Wasting Love." An excerpt from the editorial can be viewed below.

Song covers that just faithfully reproduce an original song don’t add anything. Why would anyone listen to a reproduction when you can listen to the original? That point seems inarguable. So, if a cover needs to be different from the original to be worth hearing, what makes a cover succeed and what makes it fail?

I think the answer depends to some extent on the popularity of the original song and how you, as a listener, feel about it. If it’s a great song, a well-remembered song, the kind of song that welcomingly unfolds in your head as soon as you hear the first few notes, then a band that alters that song in a cover is playing with fire. I think for a cover of that kind of song to work, the cover band almost has to change it dramatically. Making minor alterations around the edges can be jarring — you mind is playing one thing in your head from memory, and here and there the cover recording is doing something else that you’re unlikely to hear as an improvement on the original.

On the other hand, changing a beloved original song in dramatic ways can be equally off-putting — or it can be a wonderful surprise. It all depends on whether the cover song can stand on its own as something interestingly different, on whether the cover band has found something in the original that it can run with, maintaining a connection to the original but spinning out a variation that can stand on its own two legs as a good piece of music. There’s no formula for how to do this.

Two covers I’ve heard recently (and written about) jump to mind as examples of what works. One is Amon Amarth‘s cover of System of A Down‘s “Aerials”, which appeared as a bonus track on Surtur Rising. Another is Torture Division‘s cover of a Mastodon song called “Iron Tusk." Both songs imprint the cover band’s own particular style on the original, creating something different and good, without completely losing connection with the originals.

For additional info on Anachronaeon, you can check out our review of the band's album "The Futile Quest for Immortality" here, or navigate over to our interview with the band at this location.

Read the full article at No Clean Singing.

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Shadowside Comments On Iron Maiden Show

As was previously announced, Iron Maiden had to cancel last night's show in Brazil due to the security barricade collapsing. Shadowside has now issued the following statement about the show:

"Brazilian female-fronted metal band Shadowside performed last night at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The band was supporting Iron Maiden, that was unfortunately forced to cancel the concert and reschedule it to tonight due to problems with the security barricade.

"Despite several websites confirming that Shadowside will play again tonight, the promoter company Mondo Entretenimento, trying to solve all problems and organize the new concert, could not tell for sure if there would be technical conditions to keep the Brazilians on the event, thus deciding to keep only Maiden on the rescheduled show.

"Dani Nolden (lead singer), Raphael Mattos (guitars), Ricardo Piccoli (bass) and Fabio Buitvidas (drums) would like to thank everyone around Iron Maiden, Mondo Entretenimento and HSBC Arena for the opportunity, attention and cordiality, as well as the crowd for such a warm reception. All Shadowside members wish Iron Maiden and the fans a great gig tonight.

"On the occasion, Shadowside performed for the first time three new songs that will be on their upcoming album 'Inner Monster Out,' to be released on June 7 on SHP/Universal Music worldwide. 'I'm Your Mind,' 'Disrupted Reality' and 'Gag Order,' the last one already been played during their latest European tour as W.A.S.P.'s special guests, had excellent acceptance during their performance in Rio."

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Barricade Collapses At Iron Maiden Show

Video footage has been posted online showing a surging crowd of Iron Maiden fans that caused a security barricade to collapse during the band's concert earlier tonight (Sunday, March 27) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, forcing the group to cancel its performance. The incident happened during the first song of the band's set, "Satellite 15...The Final Frontier." You can view the video below.

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Rush Documentary Wins Juno Award

"Beyond The Lighted Stage," the documentary about the iconic Canadian progressive hard rock trio Rush was honored in the "Music DVD Of The Year" category at this year's Juno gala dinner and award ceremony held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This marks the second consecutive win in this Juno category for filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films, who received the same award last year for "Iron Maiden: Flight 666."

The Junos are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards and showcase Canadian bands and artists exclusively with the award ceremony being active since 1970. The full televised awards ceremony is set to take place on March 27, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

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Iron Maiden To Donate Shirt Sales To Japan

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that the money made from the sales of their Japanese event shirts will be donated to a charity assisting victims of the recent Sendai earthquake and tsunami. A message from the band's manager Rod Smallwood reads as follows:

"Following the cancellation of both Maiden Tokyo shows due to recent events in Japan, we will be donating the proceeds from sales of the Japanese event shirt available from the Official Iron Maiden Shop (ie. the shirt without tour dates on) to a charity assisting victims of the earthquake. Feedback from our Fanclub Forum suggests our fans fully support this proposal.

"We plan to do likewise with the stock of event shirts currently in Tokyo, which were due to be sold onsite at the Tokyo venue (ie. the shirt with tour dates on). Details will follow as soon as possible as to where these will be available from, once we have worked out shipping, etc.

"The charity we shall be coordinating sales of both events shirts through is the Japanese Red Cross. This is their website for anyone who may want to make a donation.

"Shirts are now available at this location."

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Maligno To Support Iron Maiden In Mexico

Mexican doomsters Maligno have been tabbed to support Iron Maiden for two dates in Mexico; and as it happens it is the next two nights! Maligno released the following statement regarding the honor:

"We feel very thrilled and honored for this opportunity and to share the stage with a heavy metal legend and monster of a band as Iron Maiden also returning to Mexico City and playing the Foro Sol and the new auditorium in our hometown Monterrey."

The two dates are as follows:

March 17 - Monterrey, México – Auditorio Banamex
March 18 – Mexico City – Foro Sol

Maligno released the band's second studio album, "Universevil," back in September of 2008, and has finished mixing a third as-yet-untitled album, which will have guest spots from Testament's Alex Skolnick and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Check out more at Maligno's MySpace Page.

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Iron Maiden To Release Another Compilation Album

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that they will be releasing a new compilation album entitled, "From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010." As the title suggests, this collection will feature songs which span from 1990's, "No Prayer For The Dying" through to 2010's, "The Final Frontier." You can check out the artwork below. The compilation will span two discs and feature the following songs:

Disc 1:
1. The Wicker Man
2. Holy Smoke
3. El Dorado
4. Paschendale
5. Different World
6. Man On The Edge (Live)
7. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
8. Blood Brothers
9. Rainmaker
10. Sign Of The Cross (Live)
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark (Live)

Disc 2:
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead
2. Tailgunner
3. No More Lies
4. Coming Home
5. The Clansman (Live)
6. For The Greater Good of God
7. These Colours Don't Run)
8. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
9. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows More...

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:

Best U.K. Band:

Best Live Band:

Best New Band:

Best Underground:

Best Breakthrough:

2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
4. Zakk Wylde

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Iron Maiden Cancels Japanese Shows

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that they have canceled their planned concerts in Japan this weekend, following the natural disasters which occurred in the country yesterday. A message from Japanese promoter Creativeman reads as follows:

"Following the cancellation of Saturday, March 12 show, Iron Maiden's show scheduled at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, March 13 is now canceled as well, due to obvious safety concerns towards the audience, the artist, and the venue, caused by the earthquake of Friday, March 11. Your ticket for Sunday, March 13 will be refunded. Please contact Creativeman after Monday, March 14 on the refund process. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. TEL: 03-3462-6969 (12pm-6pm weekdays)."

Speaking on the tragic events of yesterday, founding member and bassist Steve Harris commented:

"We are extremely saddened by the calamitous events of the last day or so which led to the cancellation or our two shows in Tokyo. Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected by this disaster - our fans in Japan, the people of Japan and those in many other places suffering from the Tsunami. We are also aware that a number of fans flew into Tokyo from various parts of the world to see a Maiden show there and we hope you guys are safe and sound. We have had a long relationship with this wonderful country and have always been made to feel most welcome - this would have been something like our 16th tour. Our sincerest condolences to all those who have suffered and to the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives."

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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Golden Gods Show

Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.

Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...

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Just For Fun

Iron Maiden Wearing Icarus Witch T-Shirts

Jason Myers, bassist and keyboardist for Pittsburgh-based trad-metal outfit Icarus Witch, recently posted a fun story about how Nicko McBrain had been spotted wearing Icarus Witch shirts in Iron Maiden photos. The first bits of the post are blockquoted here - for the full story, pictures of Iron Maiden in Icarus Witch T-Shirts and all things Icarus Witch, head on over to Icarus Witch's Facebook page.

In 2008, a friend of mine emailed me and said "Dude, how'd you get Nicko McBrain to where an Icarus Witch shirt?" I laughed. Honestly, have no idea how he got his shirt. But it appeared first in a spread in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine.

Shortly after, I was browsing the magazine section and noticed the June 2008 issue of Metal Edge magazine had Maiden on the cover. Nicko, once again sporting his Witch "True Pittsburgh Metal" T.

Unfortunately, he has his arms crossed in both pics, leading me to assume that either: A) Maiden also has a "No other band T-Shirts in our promo photos" rule and Steve reamed him out. or B) It was really cold in the photo studio that day. Haha. Either way, I've since noticed lots of photos of Nicko and this is a common pose for him in pix, so I'll assume the best.

The story continues at Icarus Witch's Facebook page....

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Police Issue Warning About Soundwave Festival

Police.nsw.gov.au has issued a statement warning music fans attending the upcoming Soundwave festival that police will be actively searching for drug users and dealers. The press release can be read below.

Police will run a high-visibility operation at this weekend’s Soundwave Music Festival, targeting illegal and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Koolah will run at the festival, to be held at Olympic Park from 10am to 6pm on Sunday (27 February 2011). Police from the Drug Detection Dogs Unit, Mounted Police and the Licensing Unit will make up a large component of the police presence that will be targeting anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related offences.

The NSW Police event commander, Detective Superintendent Greg Rolph, said that the majority of party-goers have enjoyed themselves within the law in recent years. Despite this we still see a small number of revellers who insist on participating in illegal and anti-social behaviour.

“There will be drug detection dogs as well as a large number of overt and covert police resources aimed at catching those taking or dealing illegal drugs.

“Recreational drugs can be incredibly dangerous and anyone bringing them to the event can expect to be caught.nn“We have worked together with event organisers and other interest groups to ensure the best possible plans are in place to make the event as safe as possible – it is now up to the patrons to do their part,” Detective Superintendent Rolph said.

Bands scheduled to appear at the festival include Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Dimmu Borgir, All That Remains, and many more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Bruce Dickinson Gives Tour Of Ed Force One

Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has provided the following video tours of his "Ed Force One" Boeing 757 Aircraft, which he pilots and uses to fly the band to all of its international tour destinations. You can view the three clips below:

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