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Where would heavy metal be in a world without Iron Maiden? Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that Iron Maiden is one of the most important bands in the world today; not just in metal, but all of music. They have influenced countless bands and sold millions around the globe and remain as relevant today as they were 30 ago, if not moreso. The band was formed in Leyton, East London by bass player Steve Harris in 1975 and struggled for a good five years before releasing their debut album. They began their success by securing a residency at The Cart and Horses pub where they would attract fans of hard rock that were bored of the popular prog rock bands at the time, but weren't attracted to punk. The band joined forces with a young singer named Paul Di'anno in 1978 and from there began their rise to the top of the emerging New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. They recorded a demo on New Years Eve of that year named, "The Soundhouse Tapes" which sold out within a few weeks and by December the next year, they had signed a major deal with EMI Records. They released their self-titled debut in April 1980 which went straight in the British album charts at number 4 and capitalised on this success by touring with big name hard rock and heavy metal bands such as KISS and Judas Priest (who had just released their classic album, "British Steel" at the time.) Maiden quickly followed this with a second studio album named, "Killers" which featured former Urchin guitarist Adrian Smith, who had replaced guitarist Dennis Stratton. Although "Killers" did not do as well as the previous album in terms of chart success, it did well enough for the band to be booked in the United States, where they were just as well received as they were in England.
The band made another change in the lineup after finishing their tour of America, this time it would be Paul Di'anno who was to find himself sacked. The group hired Samson vocalist Bruce Dickinson after he met with their manager Rod Smallwood at the Reading Festival and the band recorded the album, "The Number Of The Beast" which is considered today as one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever made and propelled Iron Maiden from being a succesful band to rock superstars, topping the charts in the United Kingdom. From there, the band recorded a string of albums which continued to sell well and garner critical acclaim, including "Piece Of Mind" and "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son." Another lineup change was to occur in 1989 when guitarist Adrian Smith quit the band was replaced by former Gillan axe man Janick Gers. This lineup of the band recorded the album, "No Prayer For The Dying" which not particularly well received by fans, though it did earn the band their first chart topping single in Britain with "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter." They followed by releasing "Fear Of The Dark" in 1992 which was better received by fans, but not by much. Following this release and two live albums, singer Bruce Dickinson quit to pursue his solo career and was replaced by Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley. The "Blaze era" of the band produced several outstanding songs but was not met with great enthusiasm from fans of Dickinson's voice, though both albums recorded with Bayley entered album charts around the world.
Blaze Bayley left the band by mutual consent in 1999 and Maiden shocked fans by announcing that not only was guitarist Adrian Smith returning to the band, but so was singer Bruce Dickinson. After a "greatest hits" tour, the band recorded a brand new album named, "Brave New World" which was well received by fans and entered the top ten in the United Kingdom. The band continued to tour relentlessly being supported by such bands as Halford and Queensryche along the way, before releasing another studio album in 2003 entitled, "Dance Of Death" and hitting the road hard once again. Both of these tours supporting these albums received the live album treatment, in the form of 2002's "Rock In Rio" album and 2005's "Death On The Road" set. After a break from touring the band released another album in 2006 entitled, "A Matter Of Life And Death." Although it proved well receieved, the band angered several fans by performing the entire album on the subsequent tour, with only five classic songs in the set list. After touring in support of the album, the band embarked on the "Somewhere Back In Time" tour which saw them focusing on material from their mid 80s catalogue. After a well earned break, the band entered the studios last to record their fiteenth studio album, which recently revealed to be named, "The Final Frontier," fueling rumours that this is to be their last album. Whether it is or not, the legacy that Iron Maiden carved out for themselves is one that rock superstardom is made of and they will forever be considered one of the greatest bands in the history of heavy metal. More...
Producer Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, has announced that he has completed the mixing of the forthcoming new Iron Maiden album, "The Final Frontier." A message from Shirley reads as follows:
"I am smack in the middle of finishing the mixes for the debut album of 'the-band-formerly-known-as-Black Country and running out of time fast! In this last month I have finished all the vocals and tracking and mixed the new Iron Maiden album, The Final Frontier - in my studio. I have also mixed an album of material by a solo artist who will come out of the woodwork when it suits him, and I have tracked and am finishing this BC(?) material. Glenn Hughes singing in the room with me was extraordinary, as he may be one of the finest vocalist I've ever worked with and I have worked with the best - Steven Tyler, Steve Perry, Lou Gramm, Chris Robinson, Bruce Dickinson, Robert Plant, to name just a few. It's pretty thrilling stuff - very raw, quite basic, and 95% of it is cut live - well, between all their schedules, there just hasn't been time to do much else - but I think that's a poisitive - it's very cool. Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris heard some songs and was knoocked out - he said 'this is the kind of music that made me want to play in the first place. I'd go out and buy it now.' The band played out at a gig in Riverside, CA for the first time in mid-March, and it's very exciting stuff!"
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson's radio show "Masters Of Rock" is to be axed, according to the BBC. He will reportedly broadcast his last show at the end of April. Dickinson has been presenting shows for BBC 6 Music since it's launch in 2002 and his current show goes out at 9pm on fridays and finishes at midnight.
A 6 Music spokeswoman says, "6 Music is currently reviewing the way it reflects the Rock/Heavy Metal genres across the network and has decided to decommission the Friday Night Rock Show. The network, however, remains committed to reflecting both genres throughout the schedule as part of its core music offering. We would very much like to thank Bruce Dickinson for the hard work and commitment he has shown to 6 Music over the past eight years."
In a recent post online, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy spoke on the band's upcoming tour supporting British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden and how he will be realising a life-long dream of playing at Madison Square Garden. The message reads as follows:
"It is a bit of a dream come true for us. After 25 years together, at this stage in our career, there's honestly only three bands Dream Theater would consider opening for and Maiden is one of them. It is an absolute honor. Through the years, we've done many one-off shows with Maiden and they've almost all been overseas. It is very exciting to finally be doing a full tour with them and on our side of the pond no less. These are gonna be amazing shows that the fans won't want to miss. Up the fucking irons!"
"Dream Theater has achieved so many dreams through the years, from playing the Budokan in Tokyo to Wembley Arena in London to Radio City Music Hall in NYC, but the one remaining dream that has eluded us through all of these years was to play at Madison Square Garden. Well, on July 12, along with Iron Maiden, that dream will finally be fulfilled." More...
Iron Maiden has announced that the forthcoming new studio album will be called "The Final Frontier" and is expected be released late summer of this year.
The announcement comes with news of a North American Tour with special guests Dream Theater to open in Dallas, Texas, on 9th June and finish in Washington D.C. on 20th July, making it Maiden's most extensive North American tour in many years.
Following these shows in USA and Canada, The Final Frontier World Tour will travel back to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011.
IMTV will return to www.ironmaiden.com to cover The Final Frontier World Tour to give fan club members an insight to the band's touring world. This exclusive footage includes regular video from the live shows, touring, band interviews, insights into the crew and what they do and much much more. The website will also feature exclusive tour diaries, exclusive photographs and anything else that helps the fans get a real insight into the dynamics of a big tour.
Confirmed dates for The Final Frontier 2010 North American Tour with Dream Theater: More...
The organisers of the Sonisphere festival's British leg has announced a further seven additions to the events lineup. Reunited, alternative rock band Skunk Anansie will take to the Sonisphere stage, as will Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend, Gallows, Apocalyptica, Madina Lake and Family Force Five. The festival will take place at Knebworth from July 30th to August 1st.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
According to a brief update from producer Kevin Shirley, British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has completed work on their fifteenth studio album. The message reads as follows: "There's still work to do, but the band portion is complete and in the can, so to speak."
No details have been revealed regarding the album's name or possible release date, but it will be distributed through EMI Records.
According to American radio host Eddie Trunk, British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has completed eight songs for their forthcoming fifteenth studio album. A message from Trunk reads as follows:
"Got a call from Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain last night (January 1st). Nicko just opened a new restaurant in Florida called Rock & Roll Ribs. Said it's gone well and he is planning an official grand opening soon. Nicko also told me Maiden are headed into the studio in a couple weeks to start work on a new CD. He said there was about eight songs written so far so the band would probably need to come up with a few more new songs while recording. Said the material was a little different than past albums and they were taking their time with the recording schedule. New CD probably won't come out until 2011 however a good chance of some Maiden live shows over the summer. I'll keep you posted as I learn more and can share. Nicko will be coming on the radio shows soon to update us on all fronts. Always fun to talk with him, real good guy."
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced five more bands for next year's edition of the event. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be on the bill for the festival as will Placebo, Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, who will be performing a spoken word set. Previously confirmed bands for the event include Anthrax, Slayer, Motley Crue, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Alice Cooper, The Cult and headliners Iron Maiden and Rammstein. More bands are expected to be confirmed shortly. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 30th to August 1st and anyone who purchases a ticket for the U.K. show before December 31st will receive a free ticket to the Sonisphere Festival in Poland, which features the "Big Four" of thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) as well as Behemoth and Mastodon.
The organisers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival has announced that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's edition of the event. This will be Iron Maiden's second time performing at the festival and will be the bands only show in Germany in 2010. The festival will be held in Wacken between August 5th-7th.
Iron Maiden bass player and founder Steve Harris stated: "We had a fantastic time playing at Wacken last year so when we decided to play a few festivals in Europe next Summer it seemed a great idea to return. What could be better in Germany than to play again to the 75,000 true metalheads who go to Wacken!"
UFC fighter Clay "the Carpenter" Guida will be wearing a custom designed shirt featuring Iron Maiden mascot Eddie during his cage-entrance at UFC 107 this weekend at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. You can check a photo of the shirt here.
Read the full article at Cage Potato.
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced the event will be held once again at Knebworth next year and will feature headlining slots from Iron Maiden and Rammstein. In addition to this, Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Slayer, Iggy & The Stooges, Motley Crue and The Cult will all be making apperances at the festival, which will take place between July 31st and August 1st.
Speaking on the festival, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian stated: "God-damn we couldn’t be more thrilled about being a part of Sonisphere 2010!!!! We are still buzzing from our insane show at Knebworth last summer and are drooling over the fact that we are a part of this history making festival!! What an amazing Xmas present for Anthrax and our fans. See you all very soon!!"
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says: "Knebworth has been the home of so many legendary concerts going back many years it really will be a privilege to play there. We enjoy the camaraderie of playing great festivals and are very much looking forward to getting back out to do some shows next summer and, as it will be over two years since we played the UK, we will certainly be looking to deliver a memorable and spectacular night for our fans!"
Rammstein say: "The great support that we’ve experienced from the UK fans has been beyond anything we expected. This will be the first time that Rammstein has appeared at a festival in the UK and we are looking forward to putting on a show that no-one will ever forget!"
The annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards took place last night (November 2nd) in London at the Park Lane Hotel and featured numerous awards being given many metal and hard rock acts including Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Anvil. You can view the complete list of winners below. More...
Children of Bodom has issued the following update about streaming three cover songs online from their upcoming album "Skeletons in the Closet:"
"CHILDREN OF BODOM, the esteemed Finnish Heavy Metal band that features frontman and modern day Guitar Hero Alexi Laiho will release a full album of cover tunes containing 17 impressive remakes of the group’s all-time favorite songs this fall. Titled Skeletons in the Closet, the record will drop on September 22, 2009 via Spinefarm Records / Fontana International. CHILDREN OF BODOM will launch a 20 city North American headlining tour in support of the record beginning Friday, September 18 in Providence, RI
"A first taste of what Skeletons in the Closet will deliver can be had today as not 1, not 2, but 3 wild new CHILDREN OF BODOM remakes have been posted online via the band’s just refashioned MySpace page. Check out all the action including COB’s revved up take on BILLY IDOL’s ‘Rebel Yell’, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ ‘War Inside My Head’ now at this location.
"Long known for employing a lighthearted musical modus operandi despite both a weighty work ethic and no joke dedication to its craft, CHILDREN OF BODOM (or COB) has joined the ranks of the world’s finest heavy music acts over the course of the last decade. Skeletons in the Closet features a first-rate selection of covers; some of them previously existing recordings, others specially laid down for this release. The LP delivers bang-up recordings of – among others -- the Ramones’ ‘Somebody Put Something in My Drink’, Iron Maiden’s ‘Aces High’, ‘Talk Dirty to Me’ by Poison and the searing version of the Billy Idol classic ‘Rebel Yell’. Of special note is CHILDREN OF BODOM’s now-infamous take on Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!...I Did It Again’. The cover previously appeared on a Japanese-only pressing of the band’s 2005 album Are You Dead Yet?, and will now be available worldwide for the very first time."
The full track listing for "Skeletons in the Closet" is as follows:
1. Lookin’ Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
2. Hell is for Children (Pat Benatar)
3. Somebody Put Something in My Drink (Ramones)
4. Mass Hypnosis (Sepultura)
5. Don’t Stop at the Top (Scorpions)
6. Silent Scream (Slayer)
7. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (Kenny Rogers)
8. Hellion (W.A.S.P.
9. Aces High (Iron Maiden)
10. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
11. No Commands (Stone)
12. Antisocial (Trust / Anthrax)
13. Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
14. (Ghost) Riders In the Sky (Stan Jones / Johnny Cash)
15. War Inside My Head (Suicidal Tendencies)
16. Oops!...I Did It Again (Britney Spears)
17. Waiting (King Diamond)
Just For Fun
In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.
The complete tracklisting for the forthcoming new installment in the popular "Guitar Hero" video game franchise, "Guitar Hero 5" has been revealed. You can check it out below.
3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"
Arctic Monkeys - "Brianstorm"
Blink-182 - "The Rock Show"
Dire Straits - "Sultans Of Swing"
Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
Johnny Cash - "Ring Of Fire"
Megadeth - "Sweating Bullets"
Mötley Crüe - "Looks That Kill"
Muse - "Plug In Baby"
Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Queen & David Bowie - "Under Pressure"
Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
The Killers - "All The Pretty Faces"
The Raconteurs - "Steady As She Goes"
TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me"
A Perfect Circle - "Judith"
AFI - "Medicate"
Attack! Attack! UK - "You And Me"
Band Of Horses - "Cigarettes, Wedding Bands"
Beastie Boys - "Gratitude"
Beck - "Gamma Ray"
Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
Billy Squier - "Lonely Is The Night"
Blur - "Song 2"
Bob Dylan - "All Along The Watchtower"
Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Brand New - "Sowing Season (Yeah)"
The Bronx - "Six Days A Week"
Bush - "Comedown"
Children Of Bodom - "Done With Everything, Die For Nothing"
Coldplay - "In My Place"
Darker My Love - "Blue Day"
Darkest Hour - "Demon(s)"
David Bowie - "Fame"
Deep Purple - "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)"
The Derek Trucks Band - "Younk Funk"
The Duke Spirit - "Send A Little Love Token"
Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"
Eagles Of Death Metal - "Wannabe In L.A."
Elliott Smith - "L.A."
Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
Face To Face - "Disconnected"
Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"
Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
Gov't Mule - "Streamline Woman"
Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"
Iggy Pop - "Lust For Life (Live)"
Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes To Midnight"
Jeff Beck - "Scatterbrain (Live)"
John Mellencamp - "Hurts So Good"
Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss A Beat"
King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"
Kings Of Leon - "Sex On Fire"
Kiss - "Shout It Out Loud"
Love and Rockets - "Mirror People"
My Morning Jacket - "One Big Holiday"
Nirvana - "Lithium (Live)"
No Doubt - "Ex-Girlfriend"
Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do? (Live)"
The Police - "So Lonely"
Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde - "Bring the Noise 20XX"
Queens Of The Stone Age - "Make It Wit Chu"
Rammstein – "Du Hast"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil"
Rose Hill Drive - "Sneak Out"
Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio (Live)"
Santana - "No One To Depend On (Live)"
Scars On Broadway - "They Say"
Screaming Trees - "Nearly Lost You"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
Spacehog - "In The Meantime"
Sublime - "What I Got"
Sunny Day Real Estate - "Seven"
T. Rex - "20th Century Boy"
The Sword - "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Thrice - "Deadbolt"
Tom Petty - "Runnin' Down A Dream"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
Weezer - "Why Bother?"
The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"
Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music"
Wolfmother - "Back Round"
The forthcoming new video game Madden 10 will be seeing its fair share of metal music featured on its soundtrack, as classic songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera and Iron Maiden will be appearing on the game. The game will be released on July 31st.
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
2pac - Can't C Me
Airbourne - Heads Are Gonna Roll
Alice In Chains - Them Bones
B.O.B. - Created A Monster
Bang Camaro - Revolution
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cypress Hill - Get 'em Up
Helmet - Unsung
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Kid Rock - I Am The Bulldog
Killswitch Engage - Reckoning
Korn - Blind
Mastodon - Divinations
Nas feat. Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now
Nirvana - Breed
Pantera - Walk
Public Enemy - Shut 'em Down
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Set Your Goals - Gaia Bleeds (Make Way For Man)
Slipknot - Duality
System Of A Down - Sugar
The Vanity Plan - Before I Die
Young Dre The Truth - Cheah Beah
The Wacken Open Air Festival organizers have announced the following running order for their movie nights:
10:00pm - 0:15am - Iron Maiden "Flight 666"
00:15am - 3:00aam - W:O:A 2008
00:00am - 01:30 am - "Heavy Metal - Louder than Life"
01:30am - 03:00 am- Bruce Dickinson's chemical wedding
In a recent radio interview, Nicko McBrain, drummer of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden, has revealed that the band will be entering the studio in January to record their fifteenth studio album. McBrain states:
"We have actually booked a studio and I think we’ll kick off in the second week of January with the new record…. As to touring - the end of the year, or definitely 2011. We may actually go out at the end of 2010. Once you’ve got the new album finished and packaged, and the record company’s happy with all the bits and pieces, then you want to go touring."
Canadian power thrash metal band, Betrayer, has posted a video of a Live performance of Iron Maiden's Run To The Hills on Youtube. The video was taken at The Blind Dog in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on March 28th. More...