Recorded on the Turks & Caicos Islands in February 2020, produced by Richie and Adrian and mixed by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, this nine track opus is a consummate collaboration between these two highly respected musicians who co-wrote all the songs and also share lead vocals and trade off on guitar and bass duties throughout the record.
The full track-listing is:
1) Taking My Chances
4) Some People
5) Glory Road
6) Solar Fire
7) You Don’t Know Me
8) I Wanna Stay
9) ‘Til Tomorrow
The record features special guest performances by Adrian’s fellow Iron Maiden bandmate Nicko McBrain on drums for the track Solar Fire, and Richie’s longstanding friend and touring partner Tal Bergman on drums for You Don’t Know Me, I Wanna Stay and ‘Til Tomorrow, with Richie picking up the sticks on the other five songs.
The album will be available in these formats:
- Digipack CD
- 12” black vinyl with embossed sleeve
- Digital (streaming and download)
- Limited edition 12” red & black smoke effect coloured vinyl
WithTaking My Chances having been greeted with enormous excitement and acclaim by rock fans and media worldwide on its release in December – and now with the accompanying video shot in both LA & London – Smith/Kotzen fully cements the new partnership between these two extraordinary talents and sets the scene for this innovative and exciting collaboration to light up 2021 and the world of rock music beyond.
Iron Maiden return to Rock In Rio to headline the prestigious opening day of the 2021 Festival on Friday September 24th.
Bruce Dickinson says:
“When we were offered the chance to return to Rock in Rio and play the opening night next year of course we all said yes immediately. Maiden fans know that this festival is very special to us because of our long, shared history together. The Rio vibe is unique and the passion from the crowd never short of electrifying. Last year’s Legacy tour was so much fun, you’ll just have to wait and see what we have planned for next time…. All I will say is - as long as you want us (and Eddie), we’re going to keep coming back to see you Brazil!”
For more information click here.
Blaze Bayley will release his 11 studio recording ‘War Within Me’ on 9th April 2021
Pre-orders are available now at the webshop www.blazebayley.co.uk in 6 options including CD, Vinyl and Deluxe Fanpack.
The album is produced by Blaze Bayley and Christopher Appleton and mastered by Ade Emsley.
The art and design are done by Akirant Illustration. All songs are written by Blaze Bayley and Christopher Appleton
- War Within Me
- Pull Yourself Up
- Witches Night
- 18 Flights
- The Dream of Alan Turing
- The Power of Nikola Tesla
- The Unstoppable Stephen Hawking
- Every Storm Ends
Official release date 9th April 2021
BMG are thrilled to announce that two of rock’s most admired musicians have joined forces for an exciting new side-project. Smith/Kotzen is the electrifying collaboration between guitarists & vocalists Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen. Part-time LA neighbours, full time friends with a healthy mutual respect. Both artists are seasoned performers on the global stage, having honed their skills throughout their careers to create their own unique musical sound.
Debut track ‘Taking My Chances’ sets the tone for this brand new partnership between two rock music trail-blazers. Recorded in Turks & Caicos at the start of 2020, the song is evocative of the classic rock bands of the 70’s, brought bang up to date with punchy hooks, harmonies and sheer guitar virtuosity.
Adrian Smith is best known as one of Iron Maiden’s principal guitarists, having also enjoyed success as a solo artist. Richie Kotzen is the frontman for The Winery Dogs as well as having been the guitarist for both Mr Big and Poison during his long and acclaimed career, which has to date seen him release more than 20 solo albums. Both artists are also prolific songwriters.
Adrian comments, “I think Richie and I complement each other really well. He’s a virtuoso guitarist but he’s got a great sense of melody - the whole thing just felt very natural.”
Richie adds, “We found common ground in classic and blues-based rock – we both come from that mentality. We’ve been writing and recording together for the past year and I’m ecstatic with the results”.
As the gloriously heavy and brilliantly catchy ‘Taking My Chances’ shows, rock fans around the globe will be delighted at the first taste of this marriage-made-in-guitar & vocal heaven.
Stay tuned for more news to come from Smith/Kotzen early in 2021.
NIGHTS OF THE DEAD, LEGACY OF THE BEAST: LIVE IN MEXICO CITY
Parlophone Records (BMG in the USA) are pleased to announce the release of IRON MAIDEN’s new double live album on November 20th worldwide. Containing over 100 minutes of classic Maiden music and available in multiple formats, Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live in Mexico City was recorded during the band’s three sold out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their Legacy Of The Beast World Tour which began in 2018 and will finish next Summer in Europe.
The tracklisting is:
Where Eagles Dare
2 Minutes To Midnight
For The Greater Good Of God
The Wicker Man
Sign Of The Cross
Flight Of Icarus
Fear Of The Dark
The Number Of The Beast
The Evil That Men Do
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run To The Hills
Steve Harris comments,
“When the final leg of our 2020 Legacy tour this summer had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, the whole band was very disappointed and deflated and we know our fans felt the same. We’d been really looking forward to bringing the show to even more countries and although we’ve been able to reschedule most of our European own-shows for 2021, we thought we’d take a listen to the recordings from the tour so far and see if we could create a definitive live album souvenir that everyone, everywhere could enjoy. I’m very pleased with the results, especially as this set list includes songs which have never made it to a live CD before, such as For The Greater Good Of God, and other older songs like Where Eagles Dare, Flight Of Icarus, The Clansman and Sign Of The Cross which haven’t been included in our live set releases for many years.
We’ve never released a live album from Mexico before and I think this recording does justice to the passion and joy of our Mexican fans who always give us such a fantastic welcome whenever we play there.”
Rod Smallwood adds,
“All the shows on the tour so far have been amazing and our fans have loved the whole Legacy extravaganza with the elaborately themed stages, props and drapes, not to mention the killer set-list! When our 2020 tour got cancelled, putting together a live album seemed the obvious thing to do and I think Steve, along with co-producer Tony Newton, has perfectly captured the essence of the 70,000-strong crowd across these three nights in Mexico City. The album serves both as a celebration of this tour, which almost two million fans have already seen, and as a taster for, hopefully, next year’s final run for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the show.”
The album will be available in these formats:
Deluxe hardcase book 2CD
Triple black heavyweight vinyl
Limited edition heavyweight 180g Mexican Flag triple coloured vinyl
Digital (streaming and download)
FIND ALL THE PRE-ORDER AND PRE-SAVE INFORMATION HERE
Parlophone Records will issue a very special limited edition 12” vinyl version of Iron Maiden’s iconic self-titled debut album on October 9. The release honours both the 40th anniversary of the album, which came out on April 14, 1980 and reached #4 in the UK charts, and also 2020’s National Album Day, on October 10 - a celebration of the long-player in association with the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
Iron Maiden was the album that saw the East London band start the journey that has led them over the course of four decades, sixteen studio albums, over 90 million album sales and more than 2,000 concerts around the globe, to become the biggest and most acclaimed metal band on the planet.
The limited edition crystal clear vinyl picture disc is available to pre-order here.
Message from Rod Smallwood:
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well, wherever you may be, and my continued thanks to you all for bearing with us so patiently.
Due to the continuing health issues Worldwide around Covid-19 we regretfully inform you that Iron Maiden will now not be playing any concerts until June 2021.
However, we are now in a position to give you details of our touring plans in respect to those shows we had hoped to play this year.
Firstly, we are very pleased to tell you that we’ve managed to reschedule all our European own-shows on the Legacy Of The Beast tour for June/July 2021 with the exception of Moscow, St Petersburg, Weert and Zurich which unfortunately we have been unable to re-arrange in this period.
To consolidate the tour routing, as you can see, we have added 2 further shows in Arnhem and Antwerp.
We are in the process of inviting back all the Special Guests and supports who were due to play with us this year. Where any band is unable to commit to this due to their own rescheduling situations, we will look at finding other suitable acts of equivalent stature. The majority are already confirmed and can be found here.
Re-arranging the headline Festival dates has unfortunately not been possible. This is mainly because we already had an extremely busy year lined up for 2021 and, as I’m sure you can imagine, a great deal of forward planning has already gone on and there’s only so much we can do within the timeline and logistics already in place. The band enjoy playing at Festivals so please be assured we will get back to as many of these as we can at another time.
In respect of what should have been the opening leg of the 2020 tour starting on May 1 in Perth, Australia and visiting New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan, Dubai and Israel, we are currently working on a possible return to as many of these countries as we can, in some guise, in the first half of 2022, more news on that will follow at the appropriate time.
The band are all fine and send you guys their best wishes, they are very much looking forward to getting back on stage next year and seeing you all so, please, continue to take care of yourselves and stay SMART.
The 2021 schedule is:
Fri 11 - POL, Warsaw PGE Narodowy
Sun 13 - GER, Bremen Bürgerweide
Tue 15 - CZE, Prague Sinobo Stadium
Wed 16 - AUT, Wiener Neustadt Stadium Open Air
Sat 19 - SPA, Barcelona Olympic Stadium
Mon 21 - POR, Lisbon Estadio Nacional
Thu 24 - ITA, Bologna Sonic Park
Sat 26 - GER, Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stadium)
Sun 27 - BEL, Antwerps Sportpaleis
Wed 30 - GER, Berlin Waldbühne
Sat 3 - SWE, Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium
Thu 8 - GER, Cologne Rhein-Energie-Stadium
Sat 10 - HOL, Arnhem GelreDome
Sun 11- FRA, Paris La Defense Arena
According to Footy Headlines, British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have teamed up with Brazilian brand WA Sport for three soccer shirt designs, based around the covers of the MAIDEN albums "Piece Of Mind" (1983), "Powerslave" (1984) and "Fear Of The Dark" (1992).
Under the agreement, which only covers the Latin market, WA Sport will also produce football shorts, basketball jerseys and shorts, cycling jerseys, UV-protected jerseys, tracksuits, socks, caps, bags and women's fitness (leggings and tops).
Parlophone Records will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalogue with a fifth set of Digipak CD titles in The Live Collection – Remastered, to be released on June 19th. The albums included in this release are the seminal live recordings Live After Death and Rock In Rio.
Live After Death was recorded at Long Beach Arena, California in March 1985 on the band’s legendary year-long World Slavery Tour which started in Poland in August 1984. It comprised 187 shows around the globe and turned Iron Maiden into one of the biggest bands on the planet. The album, which also features additional tracks recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, is widely regarded as one of the greatest live albums of all time.
Rock In Rio was recorded on 19th January 2001, on the final night of Iron Maiden’s Brave New World Tour. The performance was in front of 100,000 fans and was subsequently broadcast globally on TV.
The Live Collection – Remastered follows on from the recent releases of The Studio Collection – Remastered, a four-part series of releases covering their entire sixteen-strong studio album back catalogue. The albums feature the audio taken from the 2015 Mastered for iTunes project and the new collections are the first time these versions are available on CD.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases is optionally available in a specially artwork designed box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In this fifth batch, this will be Live After Death. Both albums in this set are available for pre-order now.
Adrian got hooked on fishing as a child growing up in East London, plundering ponds and bomb craters on the Hackney Marshes for newts and sticklebacks and catching perch from the Grand Union Canal whilst on outings with his father.
And then things began to get more exotic.
The young angling enthusiast grew up to become lead guitarist in one of the most successful rock bands in history, and started travelling the world playing to millions of fans. But once a fisherman, always a fisherman. The gear went with him, the fish got bigger, the adventures more extreme.
Welcome to the world of Adrian Smith, as he clocks in to his day job furthering the geographical boundaries of hard rock, and clocks off to explore far-flung rivers, seas, waterways, lakes and pools on his fearless quest for fishing nirvana. His first sturgeon was a whopping 100 pounder from Canada’s swirling Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour. And how about the close shave with a large shark off the Virgin Islands whilst wading waist-deep for bonefish? Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK.
Over to Adrian, to take you on his lifetime’s adventure as a rock pioneer on the final frontier of fishing.
‘Monsters Of River & Rock’ will be released on September 3rd in the UK and Ireland, with more countries to follow. We’re also working on some special editions of the book which we’ll let you know about in due course.
TEG Dainty regret to announce that IRON MAIDEN’s Australia and New Zealand dates in May have been postponed until further notice. This is due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation and recent Government instruction.
TEG Dainty advise ticket holders to hold on to their original tickets and await further information.
If you find you’re unable to attend the new dates when they are announced, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
Die With Your Boots On is the name of a unique collaboration between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. Named after the 1983 song of the same name and driven by die-hard West Ham fan and founder member of the band Steve Harris, this partnership brings together two institutions with shared origins in London’s East End.
Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965, as he recollects, “I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was 9 and my mate was 10. We jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!”
Many Maiden fans around the world have embraced Harris’ passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel. Steve added, “When I’m up there playing and I see fans in the audience wearing West Ham stuff it gives me goosebumps.”
Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, was aware of the phenomenon. “One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realised that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2. It makes perfect sense to launch this collaboration, and with Steve’s passion for it and attention to detail it has been amazing.”
Harris is very proud of the tie up with West Ham and was deeply involved in the design process, commenting, “I think it’s brilliant. I really love that version and colour of the crest, and that old classic kind of kit. It’s a modern shape but with a retro design, and I like that. Up the Irons!”
A full home kit will be available to fans around the world, who can now show their love for both institutions with one unique homage to the Irons. Steve launched the kit with West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who added, “Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both!”
IRON MAIDEN will continue their Legacy of the Beast Tour into 2020 heading to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and a first ever visit to The Philippines. This will be followed by shows in Israel and Dubai before circling back into Europe for a final run which will be mainly Festival and headline stadium dates, plus some arena shows, and will include countries and cities not visited on previous legs. So far, the band has played to close to two million fans in 39 countries around the globe since the tour opened in 2018, including headlining to a capacity crowd of 100,000 at the legendary Rock In Rio festival in Brazil.
01 Perth, AUSTRALIA – RAC Arena, Special Guests: (Killswitch Engage)
03 Adelaide, AUSTRALIA – Entertainment Centre (Killswitch Engage)
05 Brisbane, AUSTRALIA – Entertainment Centre (Killswitch Engage)
07 Sydney, AUSTRALIA – Qudos Bank Arena (Killswitch Engage)
11 Melbourne, AUSTRALIA – Rod Laver Arena (Killswitch Engage)
13 Auckland, NEW ZEALAND – Spark Arena (Killswitch Engage)
16 Manila, PHILIPPINES - Pulp Summer Slam ^
19 Tokyo, JAPAN – Pia Arena MM
20 Tokyo, JAPAN – Pia Arena MM
22 Osaka, JAPAN - Venue to be announced
27 Dubai, UAE – Coca-Cola Arena
30 Tel Aviv, ISRAEL – Bloomfield Stadium (Orphaned Land)
05 – 07 Tampere, FINLAND – Rockfest ^
09 Bremen, GERMANY – Buergerweide (Disturbed & Airbourne)
10 Cologne, GERMANY – Rhein-Energie-Stadium (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost)
13 Donington, UK – Download Festival ^
15 Belfast, UK – Belsonic Festival ^
18 Dessel, BELGIUM – Graspop Festival ^
20 Copenhagen, DENMARK – Copenhell Festival ^
23 Berlin, GERMANY – Waldbuehne (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost)
25 Oslo, NORWAY – Tons of Rock Festival ^
27 Gothenburg, SWEDEN – Ullevi Stadium (Alter Bridge & Airbourne)
30 St Petersburg, RUSSIA – Ice Palace (Airbourne)
02 Moscow, RUSSIA – VTB Arena – Dynamo Central Stadium (Airbourne)
05 Warsaw, POLAND – PGE Narodowy (Within Temptation & Lord of the Lost)
07 Prague, Czech Republic – Sinobo Stadium (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost)
09 Weert, HOLLAND – Evenemententerrein (Alter Bridge & Airbourne)
11 Paris, FRANCE – Paris La Defense Arena (Airbourne & Avatar)
16 Wiener, AUSTRIA – Stadium Open Air (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost)
18 Stuttgart, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz Arena (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost)
20 Bologna, ITALY – Sonic Park (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost)
23 Lisbon, PORTUGAL – Estadio Nacional (Within Temptation & Airbourne)
25 Barcelona, SPAIN – Olympic Stadium (Within Temptation & Airbourne)
^ = Festivals
Bruce Dickinson says, “We’ve had a fantastic time on the Legacy tour so far, and the reaction everywhere to the stage show and all the crazy props (and Eddie!) I get to play with has been phenomenal. The whole band has been having such fun we’re really excited to bring this production to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, The Philippines, Israel and Dubai and to come back to Europe and reach even more of our fans there”
Explorer1 Music (USA) & Warner Music (ROW) announce the release of the second album by British Lion, two new tracks and details of their first-ever US Tour!
The Burning features 11 new songs and will be released worldwide on January 17th 2020 in Digipak CD, double gatefold Vinyl and Digital Download formats.
Recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris, The Burning is crammed with powerful hard rock melodies, with two songs Lightning and Spit Fire being made available for download from tomorrow with all album pre-orders at www.britishlionuk.com
Аfter the shor tour in the UK the band will head for their first ever Stateside tour on the following dates:
Sat 18th Orlando, FL - Ace Cafe
Sun 19th Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
Mon 20th Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
Weds 22nd Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Fri 24th San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
Sat 25th Dallas, TX - Trees
Sun 26th Memphis, TN - Growlers
Tues 28th Nashville, TN - The Cowan
Weds 29th Joilet, IL - The Forge
Fri 31st Cleveland, OH - The Odean
Sat 1st Lexington, KY - Manchester Music Hall
Tues 4th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Weds 5th Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Sat 8th - Thurs 13th Monsters of Rock Cruise
Sat 15th Fort Lauderdale - Revolution Live
Mon 17th Savannah, GA - Victory North
Tues 18th Greensboro, NC - The Cone Denim
Weds 19th Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Thurs 20th New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
British Lion will be doing a short UK club tour in December on the following dates,
Sun 15th Norwich - Waterfront - tickets
Mon 16th Manchester – Club Academy - tickets
Tues 17th Chester – The Live Music Rooms - tickets
Weds 18th Nottingham – Rescue Rooms - tickets
Thurs 19th Colchester – Arts Centre - tickets
Fri 20th London – O2 Islington Academy - tickets (on sale Sat 26th at 11am)
Tickets are on sale now. Support at all shows will be Voodoo Six And Nine Miles Down.
Steve Harris says,
“I’m in the UK in December and thought it would be great to take British Lion out on the road for a few shows while I’m here. We haven’t played any in England since 2017 and as most people know, I love getting out and playing live whenever I can, so this seemed a good opportunity to fit some dates in. The set-list will be a mixture of songs from the first British Lion album and new songs from our upcoming second album which is due to be released early next year. We’ll be announcing full details of that very shortly.”
Parlophone Records (BMG in the US) will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalogue with the fourth set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on November 22nd.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the November 22nd batch, this will be A Matter Of Life And Death.
Ebury/Penguin Random House will publish Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith's autobiography, entitled Monsters Of River And Rock: My Life As Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler, next year.
What Does This Button Do? An Evening With Bruce Dickinson-Featuring Q&A 23rd December (Monday) 2019, 20:00 h, The National Palace of Culture, Sofia
Bruce Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians. Aside from decades spent delivering high-octane performances with Iron Maiden, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too. A true polymath, Bruce is an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist and best-selling author, radio presenter, a TV actor and international fencer.
The 2017 Bruce started promoting the book by undertaking a small number of readings and Q&A in theatres around the UK. What Does This Button Do?-An Evening With Bruce Dickinson has since evolved into a full-blown one-man show, more akin to a stand-up comedian’s routine, lasting well over two hours and touring the globe to critical acclaim, including a sold-out performance last summer at the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Split into two parts, the first half of the show sees Bruce taking a humorous, often satirical look back at his colourful, roller-coaster life. Delivering compelling tales in his uniquely anarchic style and punctuated with photographs, he recounts anecdotes not just from the book, but others deemed either too risqué or otherwise to have made the final edit!
The second half of the evening is devoted entirely to a Q&A session, where fans’ quirky, frank and often completely left field questions are tackled with completely improvised -and invariably quick-witted -responses by Bruce, all of which makes for a highly entertaining and enjoyable night out
Do not miss this unique opportunity to witness one of the world’s most captivating rock icons in an intimate environment when Bruce Dickinson brings his one-man speaking show for the very first time to Bulgaria on 23 December 2019
“There were moments of laughter, moments of raucous applause, and moments when you could have heard a pin drop, as we hung on his every word...a master storyteller. Highly articulate, animated, witty and at times downright hilarious”– Heavymag, Sydney, Australia
“What struck me in his conversation was his ability to ad-lib and move with the audience....it really was an interesting evening...don’t miss it” –Wall Of Sound, Sydney, Australia
“Wow Bruce, just wow!! A fantastic storyteller...it was a privilege to hear his stories first hand from the man himself” –Silver Tiger Media, Melbourne, Australia
“Dickinson’s show flowed beautifully....he is an excellent storyteller...a consummate showman, and this speaking engagement only proved to solidify that notion. For fans of Iron Maiden, rock and metal aviation or just interesting lives in general, Dickinson’s show is a must-see” -Overdrive, Melbourne, Australia
“Armed only with his humour, charm and a simple slide show, Bruce Dickinson offers an intimate idea of his dazzling life. There are a diligent jack of all trades and creatively exuberant entrepreneurs. And then there's Bruce Dickinson-who plays in his own league" –Aftonbladet newspaper, Sweden
"Bruce Dickinson is a superstar...When you dig deeper, you find that his tremendous sense of humour facilitates the telling of an epic story. This man has an enormous heart and a fighting spirit." –Copenhagen Post newspaper, Denmark
“Bruce Dickinson is an eager man, devoted to exploring and learning new things ....a fantastic storyteller” –Radio Rock, Bauer Media, Norway.
"Dickinson is a power of nature on stage...” -Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland
"Dickinson was on fire, strolled around on the stage, making ruthless fun of himself. And others. Extremely witty as was to be expected” –Morgunbladid newspaper, Iceland
“The talented Mr Dickinson....is a perfect stand-up comedian...as if he had done nothing else in his life” -Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, Switzerland
“Bruce fascinates for 2 hours and 45 minutes with entertaining anecdotes.” –Lords of Metal website, Holland
“An incredible front man in every sense of the word, an excellent entertainer and performer, but what we didn’t know is that he is also an outstanding speaker, full of wit!” –Red HardnHeavy website, Spain
The tickets for the show “What Does This Button Do? An Evening With Bruce Dickinson” go on sale on today via Eventim
Parlophone Records (BMG in the US) will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalogue with the third set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on July 26th.
As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the July 26th batch, this will be Fear Of The Dark.
All four albums in this third batch are available for pre-order now from studiocollection.ironmaiden.com
Batch 4 - date tbc
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier / The Book Of Souls*
*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time
Burce Dickinson announced new dates for his one-man show in support of the book “What Does This Button Do”. The two dates closest to Bulgaria for now are: 04.11.2019 – Athens, Creece and 08.02.2020 – Bucharest, Romania
01 - Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Barcelona, Spain - Tickets
07 - Teatro Principal – Alicante, Spain - Tickets
08 - Alua Magna, Lisbon, Portugal - Tickets
13 - National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland - Tickets
08 - Sala Radio, Bucharest, Romania - Tickets
Following on from the triumphant European leg of the Legacy Of The Beast tour, we’re now pleased to announce tour dates for 2019:
LotB 19July 2019
18 - Sunrise, FL, USA – BB&T Center
20 - Atlanta, GA, USA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
22 - Charlotte, NC, USA - PNC Music Pavilion
24 - Washington DC, USA - Jiffy Lube Live
26 - Brooklyn, NY, USA – Barclays Center
30 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - Wells Fargo Center
01 - Boston, MA, USA - Xfinity Center
03 - Hartford, CT, USA - Xfinity Theatre
05 - Montreal, QC, CANADA – Bell Centre
07 - Quebec, QC, CANADA - Videotron Centre
09 - Toronto, ON, CANADA - Budweiser Stage
10 - Toronto, ON, CANADA - Budweiser Stage
13 - Buffalo, NY, USA - KeyBank Center
15 - Cincinnati, OH, USA - Riverbend Music Center
17 - Pittsburgh, PA, USA - PPG Paints Arena
19 - Nashville, TN, USA - Bridgestone Arena
22 - Chicago, IL, USA - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
24 - Indianapolis, IN, USA - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26 - St Paul, MN, USA - Xcel Energy Center
28 - Winnipeg, MB, CANADA - Bell MTS Place
30 - Edmonton, AB, CANADA – Rogers Place
31 - Calgary, AB, CANADA - Scotiabank Saddledome
03 - Vancouver, BC, CANADA - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
05 - Tacoma, WA, USA - Tacoma Dome
06 - Portland, OR, USA - Moda Center
09 - Sacramento, CA, USA - Golden 1 Center
10 - Oakland, CA, USA - Oracle Arena
13 - Las Vegas, NV, USA - MGM Grand Garden Arena
14 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - Banc of California Stadium
17 - Phoenix, AZ, USA - Talking Stick Resort Arena
19 - Albuquerque, NM, USA - Isleta Amphitheater
21 - Dallas, TX, USA - Dos Equis Pavilion
22 - Houston, TX, USA - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
25 - San Antonio, TX, USA – AT&T Center
29 - Mexico City, MEXICO – Sports Palace
04 – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL – Rock In Rio
12 - Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA - Velez Sarsfield Stadium
15 - Santiago, CHILE - Estadio Nacional
No further countries will be added to the above touring schedule.
Tickets go on sale from Friday November 16th, with an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members starting on the 12th – details here.
Support on the 2019 tour comes from The Raven Age. Additionally, Fozzy will be Guests for the Banc of California Stadium show in Los Angeles.
Bruce Dickinson comments,
“We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year. The production is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during Aces High, tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”
Steve Harris adds,
“We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this Tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like Flight Of Icarus, Sign Of The Cross and The Clansman with songs we know the fans want to hear like The Trooper, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Number Of The Beast, Fear Of The Dark, Run To The Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”
The Legacy Of The Beast Tour production and set list were inspired by Maiden’s free to play mobile game of the same name is available on iOS and Android.
For the 2019 shows, IRON MAIDEN will, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a digital ticketing system in as many venues as possible, to assist in our battle against secondary ticketing. As always, we urge fans to only purchase tickets from approved outlets.
Fans In the US & Canada will once again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP upgrade package – full details here.
Parlophone Records (BMG in the US) will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalogue with The Studio Collection – Remastered, covering the band’s sixteen-strong studio albums across their career to date.
Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, The Studio Collection – Remastered will be released on the Digipak CD format, with the track listing matching the original UK releases. The recordings are taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums will be released chronologically in batches of four, across a nine month period superseding the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms. As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the November 16th batch, this will be The Number Of The Beast.
Maiden founder member and bassist Steve Harris says, “We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015. I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”
All four albums in this first batch are available for pre-order now!
1st batch: November 16th
- Iron Maiden
- The Number Of The Beast (option of standard or collectors boxset edition including TNOTB Eddie figurine and patch)
- Piece Of Mind
2nd batch: Feb 2019
- Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors)
- Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
- No Prayer For The Dying
3rd batch April 2019
- Fear Of The Dark (standard/collectors)
- The X Factor
- Virtual XI
- Brave New World
4th batch June 2019
- Dance Of Death
- A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors)
- The Final Frontier
- The Book Of Souls*
*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time
IRON MAIDEN recently completed the first leg of their Legacy Of The Beast tour, playing sold-out stadium, arena and headline festival shows across Europe to over 750,000 fans. The tour, which was hailed by fans and media alike as the must-see show of the summer, will continue into 2019 with a headline show at Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival recently announced and more dates to follow.
Bruce takes his book tour for a quick international jaunt..
16th - Cordis, Auckland, NZ - tickets
18th - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia - tickets
19th - Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia - tickets
21st - Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, Australia - tickets
23rd - Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Australia - tickets
24th - Eaton Hills Hotel, Brisbane, Australia - tickets
3rd - Tel Aviv Opera House, Israel - tickets
British Lion are about to hit some countries for the first time!
1st - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, Canada - tickets
2nd - Maxwell's Waterloo, Canada - tickets
3rd - Brass Monkey, Ottawa, Canada - tickets
4th - L'Imperial Quebec City, Canada - tickets
5th - Theatre Corona, Montreal, Canada - tickets
9th - Circo Voador, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - tickets
10th - Cine Joia, Sao Paulo, Brazil - tickets
13th - Opiniao, Porto Alegre, Brazil - tickets
16th - Obras, Buenos Aires, Argentina - tickets
18th - Caupolician Theater, Santiago, Chile - tickets
26th - Namba Hatch, Higashi-Osaka, Japan - tickets
27th - Ex Theater Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan - tickets
28th - Ex Theater Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan - tickets
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One week left until IRON MAIDEN’s concert in Plovdiv! The bus, with everyone who signed for the trip, will departure from the parking lot in front of the National Stadium "Vasil Levski" at 11:00 AM on 22.07.2018. Don’t be late!
We remind everyone not to forget their ID and tickets for the concert.
Today was the first day of the Legacy Of The Beast world tour…
We have no words, just some photos and the amazing setlist! See you on the road!
1. Aces high
2. Where Eagles Dare
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
4. The Clansman
5- The Trooper
7. For The Greater Good of God
8. The Wickerman
9. Sign Of The Cross
10. Flight Of Icarus
11. Fear Of The Dark
12. The Number Of The Beast
13. Iron Maiden
14. The Evil That Men Do
15. Hallowed Be Thy Name
16. Run to The Hhills
Just a reminder we are organizing a trip from Sofia to Plovdiv and back for Maiden’s show on July 22-nd. If you are interested drop us a line!
Iron Maiden, the iconic metal band whose skeletal mascot, Eddie, adorned the denim jackets of scary older kids in the 80s, will be the subject of Stern Pinball Inc.’s next pinball machine. In the first images of the Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast pinball machine revealed today, Iron Maiden’s trademark fantasy metal aesthetic (pyramids, ghouls, demonic forces) appears to be the perfect match for a pinball machine.
Check out Stern’s Iron Maiden art, features, and layout in the exclusive image gallery below.
Iron Maiden is the latest in a series of rock ‘n’ roll and metal-themed machines from Stern, who previously released AC/DC, Metallica, KISS, and Aerosmith over the past decade. With original *extremely metal* art from rock poster artist Jeremy Packer, a.k.a. Zombie Yeti, who kicked off his pinball art career recently with Ghostbusters, and game design from world champion player Keith Elwin, new to pinball game design entirely, Iron Maiden represents fresh, new talent in an industry that is experiencing rapid growth.
Stern’s official description of Iron Maiden indicates that players will embody Eddie himself: “Players will immerse themselves in an interactive Iron Maiden universe transforming into various forms of Eddie, the band’s legendary mascot. Players, as Eddie, will embark on a quest to defeat the Beast and his minions across the Legacy of the Beast mobile game and comic book world.” This quest is not only conveyed by ramps and pop bumpers, but also by the LCD screen mounted on the backglass which, Stern’s Marketing Director Zach Sharpe tells IGN, will feature “Custom animation revolving around Eddie as he battles the beast. In the game, depending on the multiball or modes you are playing in, there are different variations of ‘Eddie’ to match up with the Iron Maiden song, tying the whole universe together.”
Speaking of songs, here’s the full track list of included Iron Maiden songs:
- Aces High
- 2 Minutes to Midnight
- The Trooper
- Wasted Years
- Can I Play With Madness
- Number of the Beast
- Run to the Hills
- Hallowed Be Thy Name
- Flight of Icarus
- Rime of the Ancient Mariner
- Fear of the Dark
As has become standard for all pinball machines this century, there are several models of Iron Maiden to choose from. All models come with the following features:
- Four flippers; two on the upper playfield for some cool-looking loop shots.
- Metal and wireform ramps (not plastic!).
- Center bullseye target with a ramp that launches the ball right up to it, kind of like Lord of the Rings.
- Set of 3-bank drop targets -- everyone loves these.
- Two spinners, one on the left that dumps you right into the pop bumpers.
- Captive ball mechanism.
- An insane shot to the left ramp through the pop bumpers.
The Premium and Limited Edition (500 made) versions contain some additional, fancy features which we don’t have pictures of yet… But here’s how Stern describes them:
Interactive sarcophagus ball lock.
- Motorized secret tomb entrance.
- Controlled middle pharaoh laser-cut metal ramp that raises to reveal the underworld scoop.
- Dual sensing Newton ball (This is pinball firmly mounted on the playfield that, when hit, transfers energy to a captive ball behind it).
- Two custom Eddie sculpts.
While the Limited Edition alone features the following:
- Exclusive mirrored backglass.
- Upgraded sound system featuring an improved speaker cabinet and high-quality JBL branded backbox speakers.
The MSRP for the Pro Model is $5,999, while the Premium Model will run you $7,599, and the Limited Edition Model a cool $8,999. Stern told IGN that they’ve already entered production for the Pro model of Iron Maiden with the LE to follow in April and the Premium after that, but you can order all three models now from dealers around the world.
Theatrical release: 17th April 2018 (Screening in selected UK cinemas - New cities are being added daily)
Special London screening: 11th April at Vue Cinema West End Including Live Q&A with Bruce.
Sarajevo in 1994 was a city under siege. Mortars and grenades rained down on the city, killing indiscriminately every day. Amongst the madness, would it be possible to persuade a global rock star to come and play a show for local fans?
Scream for Me Sarajevo is the amazing and astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994, in the midst of the Siege of Sarajevo. This is a film about extraordinary people defying the horrors of war, and the musicians who risked their lives to play a show for them.
Featuring footage from the historic gig, the film also meets those that made it to the show and made the show happen; determined to keep living their lives despite the atrocities going on around them. Interviews with the band, crew and security bring home the reality of the situation that was not only dangerous, it was barbaric.
“We weren’t protected, there was no plan and the bullets were real, but fuck it, we went anyway” said Bruce in his recent best-selling autobiography What Does This Button Do?, “The gig was immense, intense and probably the biggest show in the world at that moment for the audience and for us. That the world didn’t really know didn’t matter. It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings”.
As well as the striking documentary, there will be an exclusive Q&A with Bruce Dickinson from London that will accompany the film in cinemas globally.
*Coming soon: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital Video & Soundtrack*
Sarajevo Film Festival: Audience Award; Human Rights Award; Special Jury Prize (Documentary)
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (USA): Best Feature Documentary
DokuArt Bjelovar (Croatia): Audience Award; Young Jury Award
dokuMfest (Bosnia & Herzegovina): Best Documentary
Tuzla Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina): Best Documentary
British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers ROBINSONS announce the creation of LIGHT BRIGADE, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV. It has been developed in support of HELP FOR HEROES, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service. 6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries – both physical and mental – and are looking to regain their purpose in life.
HELP FOR HEROES met with ROBINSONS in the summer of 2017 to explore the possibility of launching a beer. ROBINSONS and IRON MAIDEN, who jointly launched TROOPER Beer almost five years ago and which has now sold over 20 million pints worldwide, were immediately enthusiastic about the idea. Indeed, the origin of TROOPER’s name, which comes from the classic IRON MAIDEN song, ‘The Trooper’, based on the Battle of Balaclava of 1854 in the Crimean War, reflects the band’s well-known interest in history.
As ever with the TROOPER range of beers, ROBINSONS’ Head Brewer, MARTYN WEEKS, and IRON MAIDEN lead vocalist and ale aficionado, BRUCE DICKINSON, teamed up to create the new and original beer, with the final tasting and approval taking place at HELP FOR HEROES’ Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire, last Autumn.
LIGHT BRIGADE is designed as a session ale for beer and music fans everywhere. It will also be produced on a long-term basis, differentiating it from the other limited edition TROOPER beers: 666, Red ‘N Black, and Hallowed. In keeping with the Trooper brand, LIGHT BRIGADE’s original bottle label features IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot EDDIE on horseback in one of the uniforms of the LIGHT BRIGADE.
Fan club Iron Maiden Bulgaria and club Live & Loud are organizing a trip for IRON MAIDEN's concert in Plovdiv on July 22nd.
Here are the details:
- The price of the trip is 10 euro for two way ticket. (The Price for one way ticket is the same)
- The bus will depart from the parking in front of the national stadium Vasil Levski in the morning on July 22nd. The Hour of departure will be announced 2 weeks before the trip.
- The bus will depart from Plovdiv to Sofia exactly 1 hour after the end of the show
What you need is:
- Ticket for the concert in Plovdiv. On Sale via www.eventim.bg and www.ticketpro.bg
- Valid ID documents (Passport or ID card)
Booking for the trip starts on 08.01.2018 (monday) at Nosferatu Carft Beer Shop (Sofia, 28 Patriarch Evtimiy blvd.)
The amount of trip tickets is limited!
Just a day before the New Year we decided to make our long waited Red’N Black Football T shirts available. You can find it in our Supporter Corner. The special about this model is that you can order the shirt with your name on the back! The pre-order will be available until 01.02.2018, and the shirts will be dispatched after 09.02.2018. So make sure you don’t miss this unique piece of art.
The T-shirt is a custom made from High quality sports polyester with fine 100% cotton on the inside for softer feel.
Please be advised that requests for names like (Steve, Bruce, Harris, Dickinson, Eddie, Bruce666, Eddie666, Maiden, Iron Maiden or anything similar to the band, song or member will be rejected and refunded. We don’t want to see some of the shirts in eBay or somewhere else overpriced.
Following the massively successful global tour of 2016-17 in support of their 16th studio album The Book Of Souls IRON MAIDEN will take to the road again in 2018 with a series of arena and festival shows in Europe on the Legacy Of The Beast World Tour opening in Tallinn, Estonia on May 26 and finishing at the O2 Arena, London on August 10. The full list of dates is below and the tour is expected to continue in 2019.
Legacy Of The Beast 2018 Tour Dates:
26 Saku Arena, Tallinn, ESTONIA *
28 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, FINLAND *
01 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, SWEDEN *
03 Dahls Arena, Trondheim Rocks, NORWAY
05 Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DENMARK *
07 Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN
09 Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Munich, GERMANY
10 Expo Plaza, Hannover, GERMANY *
13 Waldbuhne, Berlin, GERMANY *
16 Firenze Rocks, ITALY
17 Novarock Festival, Nickelsdorf, AUSTRIA
20 Letnany Airport, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC *
22 Graspop, Dessel, BELGIUM
24 Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE
26 Geneva Arena, Geneva, SWITZERLAND *
28 Volt Festival, Sopron, HUNGARY
30 Messegelaende, Freiburg, GERMANY *
01 Gelredome, Arnhem, HOLLAND *
05 AccorsHotel Arena, Paris, FRANCE
09 San Siro Ippodromo, Milan, ITALY
10 Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
13 Altice Arena, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
14 Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, SPAIN
17 Piazza DellÃ Unita D'Italia, Trieste, ITALY
20 Rockwave Festival, Athens, GREECE
22 Hills Of Rock, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
24 Zagreb arena, Zagreb, CROATIA
27 Tauron Arena, Krakow, POLAND
31 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, ENGLAND *
02 SSE Arena, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND *
04 Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND *
06 Manchester Arena, Manchester, ENGLAND *
07 Genting arena, Birmingham, ENGLAND *
10 O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND *
(No further countries will be added to this touring schedule)
The concept for the Legacy Of The Beast World Tour was inspired by Maiden’s mobile game and comic book of the same name and the stage set design will feature a number of different but interlocking “worlds” with a set list covering a large selection of Eighties material with a handful of surprises from later albums to add diversity.
Maiden manager Rod Smallwood explains further,
“As our fans know, we’ve been following a particular touring cycle ever since Bruce and Adrian re-joined Maiden at the start of the millennium, alternating new album tours with “History/Hits” tours. We enjoy working this way for many reasons, not least because it gives the band a chance to play both new material and the older favourites which we know fans like to hear. It keeps things fresh, not just for the fans but for the band too.
“For this History/Hits tour we decided to base the theme around the Legacy Of The Beast name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! I don’t want to give too much away at the moment but we’re working on a number of different stage sets, all in keeping with the Maiden tradition and we hope to give our fans a fantastic experience when they come to see this very special show.”
Killswitch Engage will be Maiden’s Special Guest on headline European shows from May 26 to July 1 inclusive, and in the UK from July 31 to Aug 10 inclusive. Guests on other shows are currently being finalized and will be announced soon.
Most shows go on sale Friday 24th November, with some a little earlier - check the Tour Dates page for full info.
As always, there will be an exclusive presale for Fan Club members, starting Monday 20th.
The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will premiere on YouTube on 11th November - as a thank you to all our loyal fans around the world we're streaming the entire concert film for free. Grab some beers, hook up your best speakers and enjoy The Book Of Souls tour from the comfort of your own sofa.
When - 7pm GMT on Saturday 11th November Where - www.youtube.com/ironmaiden
If Eternity Should Fail – Sydney, Australia
Speed of Light - Cape Town, South Africa
Wrathchild – Dublin, Ireland
Children of the Damned – Montreal, Canada
Death or Glory – Wroclaw, Poland
The Red and the Black – Tokyo, Japan
The Trooper - San Salvador, El Salvador
Powerslave – Trieste, Italy
The Great Unknown – Newcastle, UK
The Book of Souls – Donington, UK
Fear of the Dark – Fortaleza, Brazil
Iron Maiden - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Number of the Beast – Wacken, Germany
Blood Brothers – Donington, UK
Wasted Years - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Don't forget to upload your tour pictures to The Scrapbook Of Souls!
The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter will be released on 17th November on a limited edition deluxe 2 CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP and digital download. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase. Pre-orders are available here
TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING, IRON MAIDEN LIVE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 17TH
Warner Music will release IRON MAIDEN’s ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ on November 17th worldwide [through BMG in the USA]. This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during ‘The Book Of Souls World Tour’, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download – full details below.
Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’, the band's most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favourites.
Steve comments, "We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”
Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, "’The Book Of Souls World Tour’ was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and UK tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to ‘The Book of Souls’ release.
"On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”
More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on IronMaiden.com shortly.
The full tracklisting and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:
If Eternity Should Fail – Sydney, Australia
Speed of Light - Cape Town, South Africa
Wrathchild – Dublin, Ireland
Children of the Damned – Montreal, Canada
Death or Glory – Wroclaw, Poland
The Red and the Black – Tokyo, Japan
The Trooper - San Salvador, El Salvador
Powerslave – Trieste, Italy
The Great Unknown – Newcastle, UK
The Book of Souls – Donington, UK
Fear of the Dark – Fortaleza, Brazil
Iron Maiden - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Number of the Beast – Wacken, Germany
Blood Brothers – Donington, UK
Wasted Years - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The album will replicate ‘The Book Of Souls’ original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2 CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.
BMG will be reissuing Bruce's solo catalogue on vinyl worldwide on 27th October.
Bruce's six solo albums span from 1990 to 2005 and have been cut from the original masters for reissue on heavyweight, black 180g vinyl in artworked sleeves. Two of the titles ‘The Chemical Wedding’ and ‘Tyranny Of Souls are being made available for the first time ever on vinyl. The four previously available: ‘Tattooed Millionaire’, ‘Balls To Picasso’, ‘Skunkworks’ and ‘Accident Of Birth’ have been long out of print, with the latter two titles now expanded to double LPs for optimum sound.
As a special bonus, all six albums will also be available in a limited edition ‘Soloworks’ box, a must have for any collector.
From the stripped down, hard rock of Bruce’s debut solo album ‘Tattooed Millionaire’ (1990) and it’s heavier successor ‘Balls To Picasso’ (1994), through the cutting edge alt-rock of ‘Skunkworks’(1996) and the heavy metal celebration of ‘Accident Of Birth’ (1997) to the modern metal with a traditional heart of ‘The Chemical Wedding’ (1998) and final solo foray, ‘Tyranny Of Souls’ (2005), these six albums are an essential part of Bruce’s story outside of Maiden and, more importantly, some of the most vital and absorbing metal albums of the last three decades. Revisit them now at maximum volume.
Everyone who purchases the complete ’Soloworks’ box from 'pledgemusic.com' will also receive a double-sided 24” x 36” poster.
HarperNonFiction will publish “What Does This Button Do” on October 19th. For the first time ever, Bruce shares his recollections of childhood and school days, joining Maiden, his solo career, aviation, his recent tongue cancer and much more. In typical Bruce style, this book was written exhaustively in longhand, filling seven A4 notebooks, which he has been working on meticulously whilst out on the road during The Book Of Souls World Tour.
The book will be released internationally with local language versions being made available too.
To read the full Harper Collins press release click here
Pre-order links here (more to be added as we get them):
The first ever official Iron Maiden comic book series is coming from leading US science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Heavy Metal Publishing. The comic books are based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Eddie across the many worlds of Iron Maiden’s discography, from the ancient sands of Powerslave to the far flung future of The Final Frontier.
Comprising five fantastic issues, with an overarching narrative and incredible illustrations, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton, with art from Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder, and Santi Casas. The first issue goes on sale worldwide from comic retailers everywhere on October 31st. See full details below.
The comic book series expands on the video game narrative. As dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos – leaving a weakened, primal Eddie to battle across space and time facing off against the twisted legions of The Beast, seeking out the lost shards of his soul, and bringing order to the realms. With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall… and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal says, “As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first official comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. Heavy Metal’s near half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team Iron Maiden has working on this series”
Llexi Leon, Interactive Creative Director at Phantom Music Management says, "After 40 years of unbridled creativity, innovation, and attitude, Heavy Metal has always been a home to the greatest talent in sequential storytelling and fantasy art. With a natural affiliation to the heavy music genre, it's a nexus point for counter culture and alternative arts. I can think of no better partner to explore Iron Maiden's Mythology and expand the Legacy Of The Beast!"
LOTB Volume 1 Release Schedule:
Issue #1 - October 31, 2017
Issue #2 - November 15, 2017 UK | Europe | USA (East) | USA (West)
Issue #3 - December 13, 2017 UK | Europe | USA (East) | USA (West)
Issue #4 - January 17th, 2018
Issue #5 - February 14th, 2018
Writers: (Story) Llexi Leon, (Script) Ian Edginton
Pencil Artist: Kevin J West
Cover Artist: (A) Santi Casas
Inks Artist: Jason Gorder
Color: Raúl Manriquez
Letters: Jacob Bascle
As we let Eddie out of his cage for the final leg of The Book of Souls World tour, his digital doppelganger makes a debut in Legacy of the Beast.
The techno-bods over at Legacy of The Beast HQ have been working hard on an epic Mayan-themed battle arena, where your squad of characters can do battle with other players to climb the global leader-boards and claim unique in-game prizes.
The new arena is closely based on the TBOS stage set's ancient pyramids and stone statues, with the whole thing taking months to create. The Killer Krew would like to point out that they can knock the real deal up in a few hours, the LotB techies argue that their virtual version is faster to load-in and doesn't need a fleet of trucks to move it around. Settling this argument in a player-versus-player battle seems to be the only way to go…
More awesome stuff will be coming to Legacy of the Beast over the next few months, including Clairvoyant and Trooper Eddie characters, along with Social Chat and new world 'Night City' - inspired by early Maiden and London's East End. If you want to check it out, just grab Legacy Of The Beast (it's free) from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay.
For more information please visit www.ironmaidenlegacy.com
It's #TShirtFriday and we're excited to reveal our 2017 UK tour shirt!
Maintaining the Maiden tradition of having some fun with our tour art, the UK shirt depicts Eddie aboard the 'Trooperbike', bombing down the motorway headed for the Isle of Man TT. Yes, he's moved on from the old Maiden England chopper and got (stolen!) himself something a bit sportier and faster!
In the real world, the Trooper Triumph by Smiths Racing will be campaigned on the roads by Peter Hickman at the Northwest 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, as well as the TT. This is the third year that Trooper has been a sponsor, and the first time on a British bike. Previous outings have seen podiums for Hicky at the Northwest and the Ulster, with huge gnarly fingers crossed for more success this year.
Follow Hicky on Twitter @peterhickman60
If you'd like to avoid the queues, carrying a spare shirt or having to get changed in the loos, the new UK shirt is available to pre-order here along with selected items from our 2017 tour merchandise range - at the same price as at the shows.
NEXT SERIES OF IRON MAIDEN ALBUM REISSUES TO BE RELEASED FROM 19th MAY - 12 ALBUMS ON HEAVYWEIGHT 180GRAM BLACK VINYL
NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING / FEAR OF THE DARK / THE X FACTOR / VIRTUAL XI / BRAVE NEW WORLD / ROCK IN RIO / DANCE OF DEATH / A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH /
DEATH ON THE ROAD / FLIGHT 666 / THE FINAL FRONTIER / EN VIVO!
Parlophone Records will follow 2014’s reissue of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.
Unlike the 1980’s reissues which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases.
The records will be released chronologically across a three month period:
May 19th: No Prayer For The Dying / Fear Of The Dark / The X Factor / Virtual XI
June 23rd: Brave New World / Rock In Rio (Live) / Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death
July 28th: Death On The Road (Live) / Flight 666 (Live) / The Final Frontier / En Vivo! (Live)
As a bonus, the first two albums (No Prayer For The Dying & Fear Of The Dark) will also be made available in an exclusive Collector’s Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album The Book Of Souls, which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector’s Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.
These high quality, black vinyls comprised of eight studio albums together with a specially selected choice of four live recordings from this period, completes the IRON MAIDEN album reissues series and offers Maiden fans the opportunity to own the band’s entire studio album legacy on vinyl simultaneously for the very first time.
IRON MAIDEN’s The Book Of Souls Tour resumes with a series of arena shows opening in Sportpalais, Antwerp, Belgium on 22nd April and continuing into Germany, UK and Ireland, finishing with two sold-out shows at London’s 02 arena on 27th & 28th May. The band then flies to the U.S.A for an extensive series of arena and amphitheatre shows including dates in Canada, ending with two nights in Brooklyn, New York on 21 & 22 July. This is the final leg of The Book Of Souls Tour. Most shows are already sold out - check ironmaiden.com for dates/availability.
Due to overwhelming demand, IRON MAIDEN have added a second night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday July 22nd. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 25th at 10am EST via Ticketmaster.com
The extra date in Brooklyn on July 22nd will be the final chance for Maiden fans to witness The Book Of Souls Tour as it’s two year, round-the-world odyssey which began in February 2016 in Florida comes to a close. By which time, the band will have played 117 shows to well over 2 million fans in 36 countries, across six of the seven continents travelling well over 100,000 miles.
Tickets for the North American 26 date June/July second leg of The Books Of Souls Tour went on sale nationally a little over two weeks ago on Friday January 27th and were speedily snapped up by Maiden fans with well over 200,000 tickets being sold across the opening weekend alone. The Brooklyn show, the band’s first ever visit here, sold out rapidly with neighbours Philadelphia and Newark already close to sell-out too. There’s been particular fan frenzy in places the band has not played for many years such as Minneapolis which is already sold out with Oakland and Tampa the next to go.
To mark the very end of the tour Maiden have used their coveted city specific event shirt art upfront of the show. The art, by long time collaborator Herve Monjeaud, features Eddie playing havoc with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge amidst hordes of global Maiden fans arriving to witness the event.
Fanclub members will be given the option of an exclusive pre-sale for the 2nd Brooklyn date, along with the chance to enter in the draw to be First To The Barrier.
Special guests on the North American leg of The Book Of Souls Tour are Ghost
Prior to the North American tour the band play shows in Belgium, Germany , the UK and Ireland starting on Apr 22. As an update for fans, some tickets are still available for the second night in Oberhausen, Nottingham, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle. All other European shows are completely sold out including the opening show at the massive Sportpalais in Antwerp, both Frankfurt shows, Dublin and both shows at the London O2.
The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No.1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No.4 in the U.S.A.
Scream For Me Sarajevo is a documentary film about Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege; specifically a film about the music scene in the besieged Bosnian capital with special focus on a concert held in the city's BKC music hall by Bruce Dickinson on December 14, 1994. It is a film about people who risked their lives to perform for the people who risked their lives in order to live them.
It was first screened to a select international audience during the Sarajevo Film Festival in August 2016 where the film picked up the Special Jury Award, the Human Rights Award and the Audience Award (scoring 4.98/5, the highest score ever awarded in the Film Festival's twenty-one year history).
Scream For Me Sarajevo will be screened at the following Film Festivals, with others to follow over the coming months:
Göteborg Film Festival, Goteborg, Sweden, January 27 - February 5
LET'S CEE Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, March 21 - 27
Vilnius Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, Mar 23 - Apr 06
Director: Tarik Hodžić
Cast: Bruce Dickinson , Alex Elena , Chris Dale , Jasenko Pašić ,Feđa Štukan , Erol Gagula
Screenplay: Tarik Hodžić, Jasenko Pašić
Director of Photography: Amel Djikoli
Editor: Tarik Hodžić
Music: Bruce Dickinson
Sound Design: Nenad Nešo Kovačević
Producer: Adnan Ćuhara
Associate Producer: Tatjana Bonny
Production: Prime Time
Milomir Kovacevic - Strasni
Alessandro Alex Elena
Major Martin Morris
IRON MAIDEN’s hugely successful The Book Of Souls World Tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.
First night reviews from Ft Lauderdale called it “…a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by Bruce!
The full list of dates:
JUN 03 BRISTOW, VA JIFFY LUBE LIVE
JUN 04 PHILADELPHIA, PA WELLS FARGO CENTER
JUN 07 NEWARK, NJ PRUDENTIAL CENTER
JUN 09 CHARLOTTE, NC PNC MUSIC PAVILION
JUN 11 TAMPA, FL AMALIE ARENA
JUN 13 NASHVILLE, TN BRIDGESTONE ARENA
JUN 15 CHICAGO, IL HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUN 16 MINNEAPOLIS, MN XCEL ENERGY CENTER
JUN 19 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHESAPEAKE ARENA
JUN 21 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
JUN 23 DALLAS, TX AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
JUN 24 SAN ANTONIO, TX AT&T CENTER
JUN 27 ALBUQUERQUE, NM ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
JUN 28 PHOENIX, AZ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
JUL 01 SAN BERNARDINO, CA GLEN HELEN AMPHITHEATER*
JUL 03 LAS VEGAS, NV T-MOBILE ARENA
JUL 05 OAKLAND, CA ORACLE ARENA
JUL 07 SALT LAKE CITY, UT USANA AMPHITHEATER
JUL 09 LINCOLN, NE PINNACLE BANK ARENA
JUL 11 KANSAS CITY, MO SPRINT CENTER
JUL 12 ST LOUIS, MO HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUL 15 TORONTO, CANADA BUDWEISER STAGE
JUL 16 QUEBEC CITY, CANADA VIDEOTRON CENTRE
JUL 19 MANSFIELD, MA XFINITY CENTER
JUL 21 BROOKLYN, NY BARCLAYS CENTER
Tickets start going on-sale Friday January 27 – check www.ironmaiden.com for market specific info. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members, details of which can also be found on www.ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.
IRON MAIDEN are delighted to welcome Ghost as their Special Guests for the North American leg of The Book Of Souls World Tour.
* In San Bernardino only IRON MAIDEN & Ghost will be joined by Kamelot (making their only US appearance in 2017) and Exodus making their only SoCal performance.
After great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a TROOPER VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of TROOPER goodies and MAIDEN swag, TROOPER beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199/$260CAN from www.troopervip.com . The concert ticket must be purchased separately.
For the 2017 shows Maiden will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.
The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No.1 spot in over 40 countries around the world, No.2 in Canada and No.4 in the U.S.A.
Rock legends IRON MAIDEN continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017 with a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, Maiden's first visit to this city since 1981 on the Killers Tour! The band then travel to Germany for shows in Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Hamburg before heading into the UK and Ireland for an extensive series of concerts in May. There will be 8 dates across England in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, two in Scotland in Glasgow and Aberdeen and one in Cardiff, Wales.
The dates are:
APR 22 BELGIUM ANTWERP SPORTPALEIS
APR 24 GERMANY OBERHAUSEN KÖNIG-PILSENER-ARENA
APR 28 GERMANY FRANKFURT FESTHALLE
MAY 02 GERMANY HAMBURG BARCLAYCARD ARENA
MAY 04 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM MOTORPOINT ARENA
MAY 06 IRELAND DUBLIN 3ARENA
MAY 08 ENGLAND MANCHESTER ARENA
MAY 10 ENGLAND SHEFFIELD ARENA
MAY 11 ENGLAND LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
MAY 14 ENGLAND NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA
MAY 16 SCOTLAND GLASGOW SSE HYDRO ARENA
MAY 17 SCOTLAND ABERDEEN AECC GE OIL & GAS ARENA
MAY 20 ENGLAND LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA
MAY 21 ENGLAND BIRMINGHAM BARCLAYCARD ARENA
MAY 24 WALES CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA
MAY 27 ENGLAND LONDON O2 ARENA
No further European cities will be added to this schedule for 2017.
Special Guests on all shows will be American arena headliners SHINEDOWN
Tickets go on-sale Friday 30th September at 9am.
Iron Maiden's Book Of Souls World Tour began way back in late February when Bruce flew Ed Force One to Fort Lauderdale for the first gig of this epic adventure which has seen the band play sixty-nine gigs in six of the world's seven continents to over 1.5million fans in 36 countries.
There's just three gigs to go now - Bucharest, Romania tomorrow (Saturday 30th July) night, Luxembourg on Tuesday and Wacken on Thursday night, 4th August.
There can be no better place to finish a mammoth world tour than Wacken and Thursday's performance is already promising to be iconic and you can see for yourself as from 8.30pm UK time on Thursday, the whole show will be exclusively streaming worldwide on Livestream at www.concert.arte.tv/de/wacken and www.wacken.com.
Photo by Stuart McKay
We are proud to announce our fan club event shirts for Iron Maiden's concert in Bucharest, Romania on 30.07.2016.
The shirts will be available for pre sale on our website soon and will be in stock in the middle of july!
As always the quantity will be limited so don't miss them!
Maiden will play Constitution Square, Bucharest on Saturday July 30th, as part of The Book Of Souls World Tour.
Tickets go on general sale through Eventim network and www.eventim.ro at 4pm on March 31st, while our Fanclub Presale starts today at 4pm
Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery have announced 'TROOPER Red 'N' Black – a new limited edition beer from their award-winning TROOPER* range – which will be available to fans worldwide from September 2016.
Red 'N' Black porter is the third beer in the TROOPER range following on from the stunning success of TROOPER and last year's limited edition TROOPER 666.
The beer, designed once again by IRON MAIDEN vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson along with Robinsons' Head Brewer Martyn Weeks, takes its inspiration from a very early Robinsons recipe which was first brewed in the 1850's; a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.
Bruce Dickinson explains: "I like tasting outside the box. Stouts and porters were virgin territory for me so I just went by feel. Martyn and I hope we have created a new take on a classic beer and one which I hope will tickle the taste buds of ale fans in a pleasantly unexpected way."
At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, TROOPER Red 'N' Black is the strongest beer in the range to date.
Taking its name from both the colour of the beer, which glows red when held up to light, and the song 'The Red and the Black' from Iron Maiden's critically acclaimed 2015 album The Book of Souls, TROOPER Red 'N' Black uses a blend of chocolate and crystal malts which help give the beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone. Robinsons yeast, the same strain which has been used in the Stockport brewer's beers since 1942, provides hints of both liquorice and honey to create a delicious warming brew.
John Robinson, Brands Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: "With millions of pints sold in 55 countries worldwide it's safe to say that TROOPER remains a phenomenal success. Last year, we released TROOPER 666 at the request of the fans and this year we are happy to be releasing another limited edition beer that broadens the TROOPER range in an ever evolving and vibrant beer market."
Robinsons have been taking global trade pre-orders from the beginning of March, to try and ensure that the limited edition bottles will be available simultaneously in local outlets in as many countries as possible around the world by autumn.
IRON MAIDEN had started "THE BOOK OF SOULS WORLD TOUR 2016" form Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
On some of the tour shirts can be seen still unannounced date for Bucharest – Romania 30.07.
01. If Eternity Should Fail
02. Speed Of Light
03. Children Of The Damned
04. Tears Of A Clown
05. The Red And The Black
06. The Trooper
08. Death Or Glory
09. The Book Of Souls
10. Hallowed Be Thy Name
11. Fear Of The Dark
12. Iron Maiden
13. The Number Of The Beast
14. Blood Brothers
15. Wasted Years
We will inform you for any upcoming news about the tour.
London, UK - Roadhouse Interactive, 50cc Games and Metal legends Iron Maiden are pleased to announce that Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, an action-packed, free-to-play RPG steeped in Iron Maiden mythology, will launch worldwide this summer on iOS and Android platforms.
Following a series of hit action sports titles for Red Bull Media House, Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, a Games Workshop ARPG, and SMOSH Food Battle for YouTube sensations SMOSH, Roadhouse Interactive's development and publishing divisions have been working hand in hand with Iron Maiden and their Phantom Music Management team, who have granted unparalleled access to the vaults in order to create a truly authentic Iron Maiden game.
"As a lifelong fan, I have always thought that Maiden's music, lyrics and cast of characters would provide the perfect basis for a deep RPG experience", says James Hursthouse, CEO of Roadhouse Interactive. "With this game we're creating an outstanding RPG that will appeal to all mobile gamers, including those discovering Maiden for the first time."
Developed in close collaboration with Iron Maiden's management, players take on the role of the band's iconic mascot, Eddie, in his many forms - each with unique abilities. Players explore new worlds, travel through time, and battle a cast of dramatic and engaging characters drawn from the expansive catalogue of Maiden's albums and art. Gameplay is enhanced with a soundtrack using songs spanning the band's entire career, including previously unheard live recordings of Iron Maiden classics adapted for the game by engineer Tony Newton under the close scrutiny of bassist and founding member Steve Harris.
"We know many of our fans are gamers and we have long thought that Eddie and Maiden's music and imagery would be perfect for this. It's something we have been looking at revisiting since Ed Hunter way back in 1999. Now in 2016 it can all be done on a smartphone so it makes it even more accessible for Maiden fans everywhere and also all the gamers out there." comments Harris.
Band manager Rod Smallwood says, "A game with tons of Maiden history, a load of unheard performances, and a chance to make your own Eddie army thanks to a world class Maiden-mad gaming company – now that's something I'm very excited about and I'm pretty sure our fans will be too. Thank you Roadhouse!"
Phantom Music creative director Llexi Leon adds, "This is the first time we'll see Iron Maiden's lyrical lore and the rich mythology of the record covers brought together in a cohesive universe, exploring Eddie's immortality and inviting players to control his destiny. The band's signature theatrics and musical drama set the tone for a unique adventure that's perfect for video games"
Iron Maiden's latest album, The Book of Souls, was released in September 2015 to popular and critical acclaim, hitting the #1 spot in over 40 countries and reinforcing their position as one of the most relevant and influential bands in music today. This year they will embark on the The Book of Souls World tour and with fan excitement at fever pitch it's the perfect time to expand Iron Maiden's legend into gaming.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will be available later this year on iOS and Android platforms. See www.ironmaidenlegacy.com for ongoing releases about the game.
Maiden frontman tells Classic Rock he's halfway through writing process. Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is working on what will be his seventh solo album. The vocalist tells Classic Rock he has about "half an album" written and that he plans to warm up for Maiden's 2016 world tour rehearsals by working on more of his own material. And he reveals that If Eternity Should Fail, from current Maiden album The Book Of Souls, was originally penned with his solo album in mind.
Dickinson says: "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some sensible rehearsals. I may even sneak off and do some solo songwriting because I've got half of an album on the blocks.
"If Eternity Should Fail was originally intended as one of its tracks. But it could be a cool, relatively unchallenging way of pre-warming up the voice before I go into Maiden rehearsals. So making some noise that way first could be a possibility."
IRON MAIDEN and the award-winning Japanese electronics company ONKYO Corporation are delighted to announce the launch of their unique on-ear headphones available from December 4th.
The ED-PH0N3S have been specially designed to provide fans of IRON MAIDEN, rock and heavy metal the ultimate way to hear their music, with the clarity and full acoustic range required by Maiden bassist, founder member and co-producer Steve Harris.
ED-PH0N3S will be available exclusively through quality audio retail chain Richer Sounds in the UK, and on-line across Europe from MaidenAudio.com on December 4th
The official Japanese launch event is taking place at the Astro Hall in Harajuku, Tokyo on December 8th, with availability in many other countries worldwide to follow in 2016. The companion Maiden Audio smartphone App will be available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store from December 4th. This app is available for both iOS and Android and includes exclusive IRON MAIDEN custom EQ settings.
The Maiden Audio partnership was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Over the following months, Steve Harris worked directly with Mark Cheffins, Artist Relations & Technical Consultant at ONKYO and their Japanese engineers. The resulting ED-PH0N3S are customised to Steve's exacting sonic requirements delivering the ultimate audio experience when listening to IRON MAIDEN or any rock and metal music.
The suggested retail price for the ED-PH0N3S is £199/€299.
Find out more at www.maidenaudio.com
HarperNonFiction and Dey Street will publish IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson's memoir in autumn 2017 in hardback, ebook and audio, with a paperback to follow in 2018.
Bruce says: "It was flattering to be approached to write a book about my experiences and it seems an appropriate time to do this as I will have plenty of time on tour next year to work on a book. I am sure flying the 747 out round the world on tour will add to the tale with some unusual scenarios!"
Dickinson is a true polymath. In addition to being one of heavy metal's most storied and well-respected lead singers, Bruce is a qualified airline pilot, an aviation entrepreneur and motivational speaker and has been a world-class fencer, a published novelist, movie script writer and a radio broadcaster. His book will be a rock memoir like none other, taking in his thirty years with MAIDEN, his solo career, the weird and wonderful places and situations he's found himself in, and his recent battle with cancer.
Bruce is currently preparing for a massive world tour with IRON MAIDEN in 2016 following the recent release of their critically acclaimed new double studio album, "The Book Of Souls", which debuted at No 1 in over 40 countries. He is also using his simulator at Cardiff Aviation to learn to pilot the massive Boeing 747, Ed Force One , which will carry the band, crew and equipment over 55,000 miles round the world for concerts in 35 countries.
Publishing director Jack Fogg negotiated world rights with Adrian Sington at Kruger Cowne, Dave Daniel at Celebrity Speakers and MAIDEN's management, Phantom Music Management, and will publish in conjunction with Denise Oswald, senior editor at Dey Street in HarperCollins U.S.
Iron Maiden announce first European show for The Book Of Souls World Tour!
Maiden will play at the Gelredome, Arnhem in The Netherlands on 8 June 2016.
Tickets go onsale 9 October at noon with a 24 hour Iron Maiden Fan Club presale tomorrow at noon.
Maiden will open The Book Of Souls World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 24 February 2016, playing nine shows in total, finishing up at The Forum, LA on April 15th.
The dates are:
FEB 24 - Ft Lauderdale, FLA - BB&T Center
FEB 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
FEB 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
MAR 30 - New York - Madison Square Garden
APR 05 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
APR 06 - Chicago, IL - United Center
APR 11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
APR 13 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
APR 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Canadian fans please note that your dates will be announced very soon!
The Iron Maiden Fan Club presale starts on Tuesday October 6th, please visit the presale page for all the details. Tickets go on general sale on Saturday October 10th
Maiden will return to South Africa in May 2016, for two shows:
May 18 in Cape Town at the Grand Arena
May 21 at the Johannesburg Carnival City Festival Lawns
Tickets go on-sale on Thursday 17 September at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za or Computicket . Ticket prices range from R510 – R905 in Cape Town and R620 – R905 in Johannesburg.
There will be an exclusive presale for IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members on TUESDAY, details can be found here.
Rock legends IRON MAIDEN, whose new studio double album "The Book of Souls" just debuted at No 2 in Australia and New Zealand, will make a massively anticipated return to Australasia at the end of April on their enormous Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet Ed Force One, piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson and carrying band, crew and stage production and equipment.
Returning to New Zealand after seven years, Maiden will play 2 shows, April 29 in Christchurch at the Horncastle Arena followed by May 1 at the Auckland Vector Arena.
CHRISTCHURCH - April 29th - Horncastle Arena (NZ)
AUCKLAND - May 1st - Vector Arena (NZ)
BRISBANE - May 4th - Brisbane Entertainment Centre (AU)
SYDNEY - May 6th - Allphones Arena (AU)
MELBOURNE - May 9th - Rod Laver Arena (AU)
ADELAIDE - May 12th – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (AU)
PERTH - May 14th – Perth Arena (AU)
The support band on The Book Of Souls World Tour will be The Raven Age
Tickets for all shows go on sale at noon local time Thursday September 24.
As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members, starting Thursday September 17, details of which can be found here. Fan Club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
Tickets for the Christchurch show will be via the authorised seller Ticketek New Zealand – www.ticketek.co.nz
Tickets for the Auckland show will be via the authorised seller Ticketmaster New Zealand – www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickers for all the Australian shows will be via the authorised seller Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au
Both Iron Maiden Management and the Promoters Dainty Group urge the Public to only buy tickets from the authorised Agency's listed above.
IRON MAIDEN and the award-winning Japanese electronics company Onkyo Corporation are delighted to reveal the name of their new on-ear headphone collaboration, Ed-Ph0n3s.
Earlier this year a visual mock-up of the headphones was displayed on Maiden's iconic mascot "Eddie" at C.E.S in Las Vegas sparking huge international interest among the attendees.
In the intervening months, Onkyo's engineers have worked tirelessly with IRON MAIDEN's founder member and bassist, Steve Harris to fine-tune the product and we are delighted to have the very first production samples available exclusively at I.F.A for attendees to physically touch, hold and test out the sound, using the brand new album by IRON MAIDEN 'The Book Of Souls' on Stand 203 Hall 1.2.
Ed-Ph0n3s were used by Steve Harris in the mixing of the brand new Iron Maiden studio album, 'The Book of Souls', released globally today - September 4th. Steve had a working hand-build set for the mixing that Onkyo have tirelessly spent 9 months to fully emulate and ensure top grade quality on the production line within clearly defined tolerances.
VOCALIST BRUCE DICKINSON TO CAPTAIN AND PILOT A BOEING 747-400 JUMBO JET TO PLAY IN SIX OF THE SEVEN CONTINENTS TRAVELLING OVER 55,000 MILES (88,500km) AROUND THE GLOBE
"THE BOOK OF SOULS WORLD TOUR" IS EXPECTED TO VISIT AROUND 35 COUNTRIES
INCLUDING FIRST EVER CONCERTS IN CHINA AND EL SALVADOR
NEW STUDIO ALBUM "THE BOOK OF SOULS" IS RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON SEPT 4
IRON MAIDEN, whose new studio album The Book of Souls, their first for 5 years, will be released worldwide next week on Sept 4, are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (aka Queen of the Skies) for their World Tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11 (see the comparison grid below of the Evolution of Ed Force One). The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe) with The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.
Details of the precise schedule are currently being finalised and we will commence announcements of specific dates for the different territories in a few weeks' time. However we can reveal that The Book Of Souls World Tour will open in the U.S.A in late February with Ed Force One flying in for three shows before, in early March, heading into Central America visiting MEXICO, followed by a much anticipated first ever concert in EL SALVADOR and a return to COSTA RICA. Ed Force One then proceeds into South America for concerts in ARGENTINA, CHILE and a number of shows in BRAZIL before flying back to the USA at the end of March for ten more cities covering the USA and, of course, CANADA in the first two weeks of April.
A long awaited return to JAPAN follows later in April, and then the band are delighted to be playing their first ever shows in CHINA before heading to NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA for a comprehensive tour during the first half of May. Shows in SOUTH AFRICA, Maiden's first visit there with Bruce, will be the last port of call before Ed Force One heads to EUROPE for a very extensive tour starting in late May and finishing in early August. This will the first time Ed Force One has ever been used on any European Tour dates (other than Bruce's Fan Club trips to shows) and will provide transport there for at least for the first few weeks.
Bruce Dickinson comments,
"When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book of Souls World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldn't? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD. Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is "paint" it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew – our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster 0.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.
"However, even though we have worked out the logistics of taking a plane of that immense size out on tour, I still have to learn to fly it before we can go anywhere! So, I'm currently doing my training to qualify as a pilot and Captain on a Boeing 747. I'm doing this at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a rather splendid 747 simulator which I can't wait to get practising on!
"We're all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans."
The 747 is the world's most recognisable airliner on account of its distinctive hump. With its impressive dimensions of 70.7m (232ft) length, 19.4m (63.6ft) height and a jaw-dropping wing span of 64.4m (211ft) this double-decker aircraft has a range of 13,450km (7,262nm).
Final dates, venues and ticket on sale times, along with full details of what Maiden fans can expect from The Book Of Souls World Tour, will be announced by territory starting in a few weeks' time. As usual, where feasible, IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Also, wherever possible, the Fan Club will again be running the First To The Barrier draw for privileged, early access to the venue to secure the best standing positions by or close to the barrier.
The Book Of Souls is Maiden's 16th, and first ever, double studio album and is released 4 September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the US). You can pre-order the album here.
Few minutes ago Iron Maiden released free "Speed Of light" Arcade game, which is inspired by the band's new video of the same song. In its typical 80s style the game can be found on this address: http://speedoflight.ironmaiden.com/ Every fan can lose some time while waiting for the album to be out!
Next month brings the release of Iron Maiden's first album in five years, a double LP called The Book of Souls. In a new interview with Italy's Corriere Della Sera, frontman Bruce Dickinson revealed the one of the album's tracks is dedicated to the late Robin Williams.
"My favorite song is one I didn't write," Dickinson explained. "It's 'Tears of a Clown,' which talks about Robin Williams. I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy."
Williams committed suicide on August 11th, 2014 following a long battle with depression.
It's here, it's finally here! The brand new issue of Metal Hammer with Book Of Souls Collectors' Edition lenticular cover with NEVER-BEFORE SEEN Eddie art! Don't know what that means? It's basically magic. Eddie moves before your very eyes with his beating heart dripping blood all over the shop... it's amazing.
We can't do it justice on the internet so you'll have to go and pick up a copy here to see it for yourself.
But it's not just the cover that you're going to love, we have WORLD EXCLUSIVE interviews with every member of Iron Maiden! Yep, we've got Bruce, Steve, Adrian, Dave, Janick and Nicko talking about the incredible new double album spectacular Book Of Souls!
Plus, for the first time ever, Bruce Dickinson opens up about his cancer scare, how he's doing now and what the future holds for metal's most loved band.
You will also find an interview with to the "archaeologist" behind the Book Of Souls artwork, the director behind the Speed Of Light video, and tell the tale of the real-life airship that inspired Empire Of The Clouds.
IRON MAIDEN's new single, 'Speed Of Light', taken from their forthcoming album, The Book Of Souls, is available for streaming below. Enjoy!
The Book Of Souls, will be released globally on September 4th through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the US). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.
From the video ad below you can hear 27 amazing seconds from Iron Maiden's new album The Book Of Souls.
The album will be released on Septeber 4th and the firs single Speed Of Light is coming on August 14th
In celebration of TROOPER Premium British Beer smashing through the 10 million pint barrier in just over 2 years, a special limited edition bottled brew, TROOPER 666, will be made available to TROOPER and IRON MAIDEN fans in many countries around the world from the 1st October 2015.
At the request of fans, and following the huge success of TROOPER, Robinsons will make an even stronger ABV limited edition of the original brew. Again created by IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson in collaboration with ROBINSONS BREWERY of Cheshire, this supercharged 6.6% version of the 4.7% bottled version will be available this autumn for a limited period only.
According to Warner Music Norway, British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will release "Speed Of Light" as the first single from their forthcoming 16th studio album, "The Book Of Souls". The album itself will be released on September 4.
The track, which marks the first time guitarist Adrian Smith and vocalist Bruce Dickinson have written together without bassist Steve Harris since MAIDEN's classic "Powerslave" album from 1984, will be made available on August 14.
IRON MAIDEN's eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.
The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN's first ever double studio album. There's a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden's guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984's Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.
"We approached this album in a different way to how we've recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I'm very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can't wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!"
"We're really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!"
The full tracklisting is:
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01
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The Book Of Souls is the band's 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010's The Final Frontier was Maiden's most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.
Due to Bruce's illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.
Drummer McBrain reports launch has been delayed while frontman Dickinson recovers from cancer treatment
Iron Maiden's 16th album is complete and ready to go – but the launch has been delayed while Bruce Dickinson recovers from his cancer treatment.
The band announced last week that the frontman had completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy after a tumour was found on his tongue last year.
Now drummer Nicko McBrain tells 98.7 The Gater: "We have made an album. It was ready to go this year – and still is. We were planning on going out and doing some work around the album.
"We're all just holding on. Once Bruce is up and running, hopefully in the next couple of months... you never know when this might happen."
He says of his bandmate's recovery: "All the treatment went exceedingly well. He was in amazing spirits, considering the brutality of the radiology – he had three chemo sessions. So it's been pretty hard."
McBrain adds that he and his colleagues were "blown away" when told of Dickinson's illness, but that the singer was "in great hands, not only with his family but with his oncologists and all the people that are working with him. They were all very positive, as Bruce has been."
The Following message can be seen on Iron Maiden's Official Facebook page:
Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce's medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family's privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.
We at Iron Maiden Bulgaria are hoping for a quick recovery for Bruce!
The perfect gift for every Maiden fan is here. Trooper - the English real ale developed by Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden and brewed by Robinsons - presents the Iron Maiden Trooper gift Tube! Contains one 500ml bottle of Trooper Ale and a souvenir Trooper pint glass. Now available in Bulgaria only via Beers.bg
The amount of gift tbues is quite limited, so don't hesitate to order yours here.
As part of the 30th-anniversary celebration of IRON MAIDEN's classic 1984 album "Powerslave", NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) has released a life-size resin bust of the band's mascot Eddie from the LP's cover art.
This bust is hand-painted for detail so realistic you can almost hear the chant of worshippers around you.
Over 20 inches tall and strictly limited to 1,000 individually numbered pieces worldwide, the bust mounts to a sculpted display base embossed with IRON MAIDEN and "Powerslave" logos.
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have joined forces with Onkyo, the Japanese manufacturer of home cinema and audience equipment, for a new venture called Maiden Audio.
Although the first product from Maiden Audio will reportedly be headphones, a representative for Onkyo has said that this "will be anything but a re-badging exercise."
As part of the Maiden Audio launch campaign, which is to be kicked off at CES — the annual technology trade show currently underway in Las Vegas — the project has its own online photo tweet wall, which you can see rolling in real time at MaidenAudio.com.
Visitors to the stand are invited to take pictures of a giant statue of MAIDEN's official mascot, Eddie, either alone or of themselves posing with the statue, and tweet it using the hashtag "#MaidenAudio". Instagrams and tweets posted will make up part of the scrolling wall.
Eddie is pictured above wearing a pair of IRON MAIDEN headphones at CES.
TeamRock Radio is to broadcast 52 rock shows hosted by Bruce Dickinson which originally aired on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Starting this weekend, the Bruce Dickinson Rock Show will be broadcast at 6am on Saturdays and Sundays, while all 52 episodes will eventually be available on demand at teamrock.com
The first six episodes will be available on demand from this Saturday (December 6).
TeamRock has reached an agreement with the BBC to re-broadcast the shows, hosted by the Iron Maiden frontman for eight years up until 2010. It featured interviews with iconic rock artists as well as some of the best classic rock music.
TeamRock's head of radio, Moose, says: "Bruce Dickinson is an icon within the rock community and these programmes will be much sought after by our listeners. They will add to the enormous breadth of output we have at TeamRock Radio and what's more, they can hear them on demand. What a great gift for rock fans the world over."
John Myers, chairman of TeamRock, adds: "I am delighted that we have come to a deal where these programmes can he heard once again on the air and also on teamrock.com, the home of rock music worldwide."
TeamRock.com also owns a portfolio of rock magazines, including Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Blues, Prog and AOR and has just launched a new membership model, TeamRock+. You can tune into TeamRock Radio via DAB, online at teamrock.com and on the TuneIn app.
According to Manchester Evening News, British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will start selling their Trooper beer in a 500ml "Tall Boy" can in the U.S. next month.
MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, who designed and developed the ale with Martyn Weeks, the chief brewer at Robinsons, said cans have advantages over bottles.
"Firstly, cans are easier to recycle, require less packaging, get colder quicker and take up less space in your fridge," he said.
"Secondly, cans don't break or smash, meaning they can be taken to venues, sporting events, campgrounds, beaches, and music festivals, where glass is not typically allowed.
"Thirdly, aluminium cans are excellent protection against light and oxygen - beer's biggest enemies, so your drink tastes fresher longer.
"Done right, they're great for our beer."
300,000 Trooper cans will be made available in the U.S. beer market from January 2015.
Until now there is no information if the cans will be also available for the EU market
Before we know it's been 7 years since we are online and our fan club is active!
We are now a bigger and stronger family and we are proud with everything we had done together so far. There are even better things coming soon on which we are fully concentrated. This is the reason why we are not "active" like before. But we can assure you that the waiting will be worth it!
Ofcourse we decided to celebrate our birthday on 7th of November.
Why 7th you will ask?... Because you Maiden fans know that 7 is a special number and on top of that its our 7th anniversary.
So come to the Black Lodge Bar on 7.11.2014 after 21:00 h. The party will be great. The drinks will be cold and the music will be loud.
Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.
In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7" singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, they are sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.
The albums will also be cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. As a bonus, the first batch of album releases (Iron Maiden/Killers/The Number Of The Beast) will also be made available in a Collector's Box sized to house all 8 albums. This package will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.
The records will be released chronologically across a two month period starting October 13th (14th USA) with the first 3 albums (Iron Maiden/Killers/The Number Of The Beast) and the seven corresponding 7" singles:
Running Free b/w Burning Ambition
Sanctuary b/w Drifter (Live) and I've Got The Fire (Live)
Women In Uniform b/w Invasion
Twilight Zone/Wrathchild double A side
Purgatory b/w Genghis Khan
Run To The Hills b/w Total Eclipse
The Number Of The Beast b/w Remember Tomorrow (Live)
October 27th (28th USA): Piece Of Mind, Powerslave and Live After Death and the six corresponding 7" singles:
Flight Of Icarus b/w I've Got The Fire
The Trooper b/w Cross-Eyed Mary
2 Minutes To Midnight b/w Rainbow's Gold
Aces High b/w King Of Twilight
Running Free (Live) b/w Sanctuary (Live)
Run To The Hills (Live) b/w Phantom Of The Opera (Live)
November 24th (25th USA): Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and the six corresponding 7" singles:
Wasted Years b/w Reach Out
Stranger In A Strange Land b/w That Girl
Can I Play With Madness b/w Black Bart Blues
The Evil That Men Do b/w Prowler '88
The Clairvoyant b/w The Prisoner (Live)
Infinite Dreams (Live) b/w Killers (Live)
The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.
We'll have pre-order links here soon - watch this space.
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have released a four-minute video documenting singer Bruce Dickinson's dogfight re-enactment above the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival on July 5 at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. The spectacular 12-minute air display commemorated the 100th anniversary of The Great War; a 21st-Century tribute to the daring — and often downright dangerous — exploits of both the English and German pilots who ruled Europe's skies between 1914 and 1918. The show featured nine aircraft of five different types, all exact replicas of the planes used in WW1 combat. Bruce flew his very own Fokker Dr1 Triplane, the same model used by infamous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. The Red Baron. Also from the German side there was a Junkers CL1. Of the British planes in the show, there was a Sopwith Triplane, a BE2c and a SE5a. The other members of this elite team alongside Bruce were Alex Truman, Dan Griffith, Dave Linney, Ernie Hoblyn, Gordon Brander, Matthew Boddington, Peter Bond, Richard Piper, Vic Lockwood and Will Greenwood.
The Great War Display Team performs re-enactments throughout the U.K. and rest of Europe and is proudly sponsored by IRON MAIDEN's very own Trooper beer.
There is less than a week remaining until the trip to Belgrade for IRON MAIDEN's gig
The bus will depart from the parking area in front of the National stadium "Vassil Levski" in 07:30 AM. Please don't be late! Bellow you can find a map of the area and the coordinates are: 42.688458, 23.334165
We want to remind you to bring your passports and concert tickets.
IMPORTANT!!!. Make sure that you have the necessary documents to enter Republic of Serbia.
If document problems with someone occur, the bus will continue without the passengers that are not allowed to pass the border. On the way back they will be returned to Sofia.
We know that some of you may be travelling with loads of luggage. The bus is suppose to park somewhere near the concert area and you can leave your luggage at the bus. The Bus will remain parked and locked during the entire concert. After the show you can pick it up before it departures for Sofia.
The bus will depart from Kalemegdan- Belgrade one hour after the end of the concert. So again don't be late.
IRON MAIDEN have announced that they will donate part of the revenue from their June 17 concert date in Belgrade, Serebia to the country's flood relief.
Due to torrential rain in mid-May, Serbia and Bosnia were hit with the worst floods and landslides in more than a century, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands and destroying thousands of buildings and homes.
IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris believes Serbia "will come out stronger after the disaster of the recent floods," reports local radio b92. He wished all those who have suffered from the disaster a return to normal life as soon as possible.
MAIDEN will perform in Belgrade as part of their Maiden England tour. The band started the final European leg this week in Barcelona, Spain; shows will wrap up with a headline performance at the UK Sonisphere Festival in July as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations at Knebworth Park.
By the end of the tour, IRON MAIDEN will have played 102 shows in 32 countries to well over two million fans since starting in the USA in June 2012.
The Sofia date is 16 June.
Source: Tangra Mega Rock
NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) has released the details of an IRON MAIDEN retro-cloth figure, to arrive in stores this September for around $30.
The Mummy Eddy was created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic metal masterpiece — IRON MAIDEN's "Powerslave". This eight-inch tall Eddie features a real metal chain that can be connected to the mouth or unhooked for when he breaks free. Mummy Eddie is also going to be coming with an alternate, unwrapped head sculpt that really shows the true beast hiding underneath the bandages.
The Swedish heavy metal band GHOST will be the support act for IRON MAIDEN's concert in Sofia. The band was formed in 2008 and gained popularity with their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous, which went on to be nominated for a Grammis award (the Swedish alternative to the Grammys) in 2011 in the "Best Hard Rock" album category. Their second and much anticipated album Infestissumam was released in 2013 with a major label backing (Universal Music group), debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album in 2013.
GHOST are easily recognizable because of their eccentric on-stage presence. Five of the group's six members wear hooded robes and the vocalist appears wearing skull make-up and dressed as a Roman-Catholic pope. The band's members keep their identities secret and their names have not been publicly disclosed; the vocalist calls himself Papa Emeritus II and the musicians are only referred to as Nameless Ghouls.
Here is how the band describes itself:
As the tides change and the flames mount, Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls reflect upon man's fall and the Antichrist's rise.
In the year of 13, the second phase of papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls begins with the release of the sophomore psalm Infestissumam. Papa Emeritus II succeeded Papa Emeritus at the conclusion of phase one in the year of 12, and the Nameless Ghouls joined him under the unholy church's current moniker Ghost B.C. – the "B.C." is silent when spoken aloud, please remember that. Their rituals demand reverence and praise, fortified through a delivery of sweetly satanic melodies, snaking distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards.
The world's introduction to the troupe, the year of 10's Opus Eponymous, closed with "Genesis", a foretelling of the Antichrist's coming. He is here now on Infestissumam and shall be treated accordingly.
Infestissumam – Latin for "The greatest threat" – refers to the Antichrist as being the biggest danger to the Christian world, and ironically a choir conducted by Papa Emeritus II heralds His onset.
Speaking of life, Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls invite all to witness their rituals on stage. The front row remains continually comprised of females willing to do anything for Papa Emeritus II as a dramaturgical exposition of the Antichrist's ascent unfolds on stage. Rituals have taken place in front of sold out audiences across the world and at festivals such as Download, Orion Music + More, Coachella, and more. The congregation has grown to include such high-profile members as James Hetfield of Metallica, Phillip Anselmo of Down and Pantera, Fenriz of Darkthrone who has the honor of being the first public supporter, and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana, who participated in the recorded ritual on a cover of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette".
The age of Infestissumam is formally underway. Allow Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls to open your mind or simply play witness. Either way, you're under their spell now.
Of course, the big stars of the night on June 16th will be IRON MAIDEN. Sofia is one of the last stops on their super successful MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR. It started with 34 dates in the USA and Canada in June 2012, moved on to Europe and Latin America in 2013, and in summer of 2014 the sextet is returning on European soil.
IRON MAIDEN's fans should prepare for an mindblowing show in Sofia. "Arena Armeets Sofia" hall will be blown to bits by the British metal legends who promise that this will be a truly spectacular evening, indeed. Except for some set list changes, the concert will feature an incomparable light show, including pyrotechnics, and a unique new look for the band's mascot – EDDIE the Head.
When the tour ends on 5th July at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, UK, IRON MAIDEN's show will be watched by over 2 million exalted fans all over the world. This would be just another proof that the band does not have plans to slow down or to lose the passion, which is the reason why it continues to be at the top of metal music for more than three decades.
Tickets for IRON MAIDEN's show are available at prices from 60 to 140 leva and can be purchased from all Ticketpro outlets in the country and online at www.ticketpro.bg
Steve Harris will be taking his solo/side project British Lion back out on the road briefly this year with a 10 date European tour starting on July 8th in Norwich and rounding off with an open-air show at the annual International Motorcycle Convention at the Moto Clube De Faro, Portugal on Saturday July 19th (full list of dates below).
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Uden De Pul
Zaal Jagersborg Maasmechele
Paris Divan Du Monde
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Tickets go on sale Monday April 7th at 10.00 am (11am local time ex-UK).
Fan club Iron Maiden Bulgaria and Metal bar "The Black Lodge" are organizing a trip for IRON MAIDEN's concert in Belgrade – Serbia on June 17th.
We from Fan Club IIRON MAIDEN BULGARIA are sure that there are people who want to join us in Belgrade after the gig in Sofia
Here are the details:
- The price of the trip is 33 euro for two way ticket. (The Price for one way ticket is the same)
- The bus will depart from the parking in front of the national stadium Vasil Levski in the morning on June 17th. The Hour of departure will be announced 2 weeks before the trip.
- The bus will depart from Belgrade to Sofia exactly 1 hour after the end of the show
What you need is:
- Ticket for the show in Belgrade - You can get them from www.eventim.rs
- Valid documents for entering Republic of Serbia!
This is the most important thing. And it's up to you to check and prepare the documents required for your nationality to enter Serbia.
Please Note!: If problem with your documents occur. We will be forced to leave you on the border and continue the trip without you. Later we can pick you on our way back.
We cannot take passengers under the age of 18 with us!
Your bus ticket will be in the form of laminated badge with lanyard and you will get it on the day before you enter the bus.
The payment for the bus ticket can be done only via paypal
Maiden will play at Kalemegdan Park in Belgrade on Tuesday 17th June. This stunning location, which is part of Belgrade Fortress will be their first open-air show in Serbia since 1981! Ghost will be supporting.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 26th February at 10am CET from www.eventim.rs.
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Tuesday Feb 25th.
The Bulgarian fan club will be organizing a trip from Sofia to Belgrade and back. More details will be announced soon.
Sofia is one of the stops marking the end of the super successful Maiden England World Tour in 2014!
The MAIDEN ENGLAND tour continues into 2014 with the band making a welcome return to Bulgaria on June 16th for a show at the Arena Armeets in Sofia. Tickets go on sale Friday Feb 14th from (www.ticketpro.bg).An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Wednesday February 12th. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
Lead singer Bruce Dickinson comments,
" We always love playing shows in Bulgaria so we are very excited to bring the Maiden England to Sofia! We haven't played here since 2007 and we can't wait to see all our amazing fans again! Although the Maiden England tour is largely based on the 1988 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour, for the 2014 shows we are changing the set list around a bit to cover the whole of the 1980's more as this may be the last time we play some of these songs live. Of course we'll be bringing the huge lightshow, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and all kinds of other exciting stuff for the fans, and as this is the final leg of the tour it will be even more of a celebration as it's the end of a chapter and we plan to give our fans a show they will never, ever forget!"
Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood explains further,
"As all our fans know, the DVD of Maiden England is Part 3 in the History Trilogy of the 1980s video/DVD releases so this is likely to be the last time we will tour with a set list based on the '80s, and therefore the last time fans will EVER hear some of these songs played live. With this in mind, for the 2014 dates we plan to change the set list around a little, to make it more equally representative of the whole of the '80s period covered by those three DVDs – Early Days, Live After Death and of course Maiden England, along with one notable exception from the 90's, the fans will know which song I'm talking about! "
The 2014 dates mark the final leg of the MAIDEN ENGLAND world tour which began in the USA in June 2012 and continued into Europe and Latin America, including Rock In Rio, Brazil which sold out 90,000 tickets within hours of the announcement of Maiden's headline show there on the final night of the Festival. The 2013 dates ended in Chile at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago playing to 60,105 fans: "the largest audience by a British band ever" as reported by national newspaper La Tercera. 2013 also saw a return to play to 95,000 fans at UK's Donington Park on the 25th Anniversary of the band's first headline performance at the legendary home of rock in 1988 during the Seventh Son World Tour. This was a record FIFTH time that the band topped the bill at Donington.
When the MAIDEN ENGLAND Tour ends on July 5, at Sonisphere, Knebworth in England, the show will have been seen by well over two million fans across the globe, proving once again the band show no signs of slowing down or losing the formidable passion that has seen them triumphant at the forefront of Metal for over three decades.
Iron Maiden will headline one of the nights of the Greenfield Festival taking place at Interlaken, Switzerland between Thursday June 12th – Saturday June 14th. It will be the band's first visit to the Greenfield Festival which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.
Tickets go on-sale December 4th, 2013.
For further information and details on how to buy tickets click here
Iron Maiden will make their first ever appearance at HellFest in Western France headlining on Friday June 20th the opening night of this 3 day festival. Aerosmith will headline on Saturday, and Black Sabbath on Sunday.
Tickets go onsale at 9am CET on Wednesday December 4th.
For further information and details on how to buy tickets click here
IRON MAIDEN will return to Europe in Summer 2014 starting in late May with a short run of major festivals and a few select arena shows to round off their Maiden England World Tour which ends with a headline performance at the UK Sonisphere Festival in July as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations at Knebworth Park. By the end of the tour the band will have played 102 shows in 32 countries to well over two million fans since starting in the USA in June 2012.
For details on tickets and to read the full Sonisphere press release click here.
The 2014 Tour will include dates in countries not visited during the 2013 leg and will be a much shorter run than is usual for a Maiden tour. Manager Rod Smallwood explains,
"The Maiden England 2013 Tour was incredibly well received everywhere and there is much demand from fans to see more and for the band to visit some places in Europe we couldn't make it to this year so we thought we should play a few more shows. However this will be a relatively short tour in Maiden terms, starting towards the end of May and finishing at Sonisphere, Knebworth in early July. During 2014 we have something new we need to start thinking about, and on which we will be wholly and firmly focused going into 2015 and beyond!
As all our fans know, Maiden England is Part 3 in the History Trilogy of the 1980s video/DVD releases so this is likely to be the last time we will tour with a set list based on the '80s, and therefore the last time fans will EVER hear some of these songs played live. With this in mind, for the 2014 dates we plan to change the set list around a little, to make it more equally representative of the whole of the '80s period covered by those three DVDs – Early Days, Live After Death and of course Maiden England, along with one notable exception from the 90's, the fans will know which song I'm talking about!
So for now, take care and look after yourselves and we'll see you all next summer "
Maiden will be headlining one of the nights at the massive Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park Festivals in Germany between Thursday June 5 and Monday June 9. The other headliners are Metallica, Kings of Leon and Linkin Park. Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 27th.
For ticketing and other details click here.
There will be more information and further announcements very soon... watch this space... that's all we can say for now!
It 's been six years since we were together and we are one big family. We all know that those six years are not wasted and we hope to celebrate 666 more. Thanks to all of you (the fans) this fan club is the first official fan club in Bulgaria and continues to exist and evolve . On 26 October, we will celebrate our sixth anniversary. Traditionally , this will happen in the metal bar "The Black Lodge". All fans of the band and friends of the club are welcome for a beer, meet with friends, and a dose of your favorite bands songs . Unlike any other birthdays, this time the "birthday boy" will give away a lot of gifts to the fans! The start of the event is 21:00, and entrance is free!
IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson recently spoke to Argentina's Vorterix about the band's plans to record a new studio album, the touring life, his singing technique and his many outside projects, among other topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow below. (Thanks to MaidenRevelations.com for helping transcribe some parts of the interview.)
On when IRON MAIDEN plans to release a new studio album:
Dickinson: "Well, I mean, we are going to do another album. When we do it, I can't tell you."
On whether any new material has already been written for the next IRON MAIDEN CD:
Dickinson: "Actually I've written a load of stuff. You know, we're all writing little bits and bobs all the time. We'll see what happens, you know. But yeah, sure."
On whether IRON MAIDEN plans to revisit its '90s material on its future tours:
Dickinson: "We haven't got that far yet. Let's finish this one ['Maiden England'] first and see what happens next year. But yeah, I do not think MAIDEN fans are going to be too disappointed for too long."
On how IRON MAIDEN has managed to avoid the excesses that came along with being a huge '80s rock band:
Dickinson: "It's just kind of what we're like, really. I mean, I'm not saying that nobody in the band has ever tried or mucked around with smoking dope when they we're younger. Most kids have probably tried smoking dope. Most kids have probably tried a few other things that I've never tried.
"The reason why we started MAIDEN, the reason why we all became musicians, was because we wanted to be musicians, not to become druggies. We like a beer and beer is our favorite kind of stuff. We drink beer and we drink a little wine and too much coffee. That's it, really. Apart from that, we're just trying to have some fun."
On how has he kept his voice strong through all these years of intense performances:
Dickinson: "I suppose over the years, you could call it a kind of training, but it wasn't like going to school; it wasn't formal. I mean, I didn't have a singing teacher, like a trainer, or anything else like that. But I learned from other people. But one thing I did do was studied — just on my own, just looking at books and things — the mechanics of how the voice works. I'm not like a doctor or anything else like that, but I just read about it. It's kind of like a guitarist. You want to know about your instrument. You want to know why it sounds like it does, how to look after it. The one thing you can't do with a voice... You can put new strings on a guitar; you can't do that with a voice. Because the voice is such a subtle thing. And it does change with age, as you mature, as the spaces in your body change shape as you get older or when you're younger or whatever. So all of these things have a bearing on the voice. And it is like a wooden kind of instrument — the wood gets older and it develops tone and becomes... you know, subtle changes. But if something really goes badly wrong with it and you damage it, then you really run the risk that it's never gonna be quite the same again. I haven't had to cancel very many shows in my 35 years of singing in bands professionally, if you like. I've had to cancel a few shows — maybe 20 or something in total over 35 years. Maybe more — maybe 25 or something. So it's not that many. But that could be the difference between me still keeping my voice and not keeping my voice. I've never taken steroids that they give you for guys that have got problems with their voice. If my voice is so bad that I can't get it to sing without all that stuff, I shouldn't be singing. And if I'm sick with a cold or something, I can get through it. But if I'm really sick — with the laryngitis or something else, or bronchitis, or something really bad — I just take the doctor's advice. It's better to cancel three shows but have your voice be excellent for the next three hundred; it really is. A lot of singers allow themselves to be out under huge pressure, because they feel that if they cancel a show, they failed. And actually, you're really playing with your instrument there. You've only got one set of these, and there's no replacement, so you'd better look after them. But they're pretty strong stuff, if you do the right stuff."
On whether he studies other vocalists, and not just rock and heavy metal singers:
Dickinson: "I like other singers — I mean, not just heavy metal singers and rock singers. I like listening to people's voices. And sometimes you hear voices and you think, 'Ah, that's a really nice way that that person is using their voice,' or obviously they have a real talent with a particular piece of their vocal register.
"I've kind of got my own style now, in a way. So I'm sort of investigating what I can do with my voice. And my voice changes as well as it gets older. And I still try and do the stuff that I was doing when I was 23. But I can do stuff now that I couldn't do when I was 23. So I'm looking at ways of how can I do some different things with my voice? How can I introduce different tones? As I get older, it's quite nice, really, having that sort of stuff to be able to do with your voice; it gets fatter and a little bit deeper."
On whether there is anything he has learned on stage or from writing and performing music that he has applied to the entrepreneurial side of his life:
Dickinson: "Well, the one thing I know is that you don't get anything done without having a vision, having a sense of vision and purpose. And thinking the big picture. Thinking, 'Yeah, we're only a little band from East London today, but one day we're gonna be huge.' Now I didn't realize quite how big we were gonna get. I didn't know we were gonna be still here doing this stuff now. But I think, in an entrepreneurial sense, you have to have that same belief in yourself or whatever it is you're trying to do, and you have to be able to think way beyond where you are right now. And it might work, and it might not. But you have to have that drive. And if it fails, you have to just get up and start again."
On whether he applies his business way of thinking — "start with something interesting, follow the trail and see what happens" — to writing songs:
Dickinson: "Yeah, that's how I write songs. That's exactly how I write songs. When I start writing a song, or have an idea, I have no idea how it's gonna end up. I just think, 'That's interesting. I wonder what happens next.' And what happens next, or maybe what happens after that, might change the whole thing completely. But you just have to be open to ideas and open to... I mean, when I started writing a film script once, we were writing away and I did two years' work. And we tore it all up and started again, because we didn't have the mudget — that's 'money' and 'budget' put together — to make the kind of film that I'd been writing, because we couldn't afford to do [a] period [piece set in] the 1930s. But because we couldn't afford to do 1930s, we had to make the film now. So what that meant is we had to bring one of the characters back from the dead. And I went, 'Hey, that's a good story. That's a better story than the original story.' Now, the only reason we started with that story was because we couldn't addord to make the original one. So it's not always a brilliant idea that causes a better idea. Sometimes it's just, 'Hey, buddy, you can't afford it.' Look at all the guys that make albums or movies that are terrible — hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a film and it's bullshit. And yet somebody who has no money at all goes and makes a fantastic film for, like, no money. Why? Because they've got no money. And they have to make a great movie 'cause they've got no money. So just having resources is no guarantee that it's going to work."
On his recipe for managing so many different aspects of his life — being in a huge rock band, flying airplanes, fencing for a national team, making a film, writing books and being a businessman:
Dickinson: "Well, there isn't one. I wish that I could say it was all planned. I've always gone with the philosophy — and it's gotten me into trouble, because sometimes I try to do too many things — but I'd rather be doing too many things and having an interesting life than be super-successful and bored out of my mind. And I find that doing something new or something interesting in one area gives new life and invigorates everything else you do in your life. There's nobody more interesting to talk to than somebody that is really happy and enthusiastic and full of ideas. When somebody like that walks into a room, the room lights up. It doesn't matter how successful they are, but they are just full of positive kind of energy, and that communicates across a whole group of people, across everything. So the more people do stuff like this, the more people think, 'Yeah, I've got an idea and I'm gonna try to do something about it.' The more people think like that, the whole world gets to be a better place."
On whether music is his main passion nowadays:
Dickinson: "Oh, I've several main passions; I've got lots of main passions. I don't know whether it's beer or whether it's music, but they're related, because they both get me into trouble. I imagine I'm probably quite a passionate bloke, because I feel very passionate about a lot of things. And music, certainly, is something that still moves me. I find it amazing I'm still here. I mean, literally both physically... Because so many people I know are not here — people much younger than me who've been doing this whole music thing and died or crashed in cars or died of awful diseases and things like that. We're all still here, and we're really kicking it, and we're really getting an amazing young audience, and inspiring people, and anytime you're inspiring people, it's something that turns me on."
Read the full interview here
BRUCE DICKINSON has shouted down an online rumour that he’s involved in a $500m deal to build killer drones for the US military.
The IRON MAIDEN frontman has been the subject of speculation after stories circulated on the internet that his aviation firm took part in the manufacture or repair of unmanned armed flying machines.
The use of drones in war zones has proved controversial, with some claiming they kill more innocent parties than people defined as legitimate targets.
The story appears to have arisen via the website of South African firm Conference Speakers. In a page now removed they named Dickinson as a client available to give corporate talks, and listed the military contract among his business achievements. That led to stories from bloggers, one of whom labelled the singer a “rock’n'roll warmonger.”
A spokesman for IRON MAIDEN tells NME:
“This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a, website that the writer of said blog has used as a starting point to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy.”
The truth, says the spokesman, is that DICKINSON and MAIDEN manager ROD SMALLWOOD have invested in the development of hybrid air vehicles (HAV) – which are not drones.
The spokesman adds: “The future implementation of HAVs is a likely global trend which has massive positive implications in many areas of life. Both Bruce and Rod are proud to be involved with a British company at the cutting edge of this technology.
“Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, HAVs are designed to offer much-needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles.”
The spokesman also offers an explanation for the military link, saying: “As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based, as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine.
“Possible military use of HAVs in future could be for heavy-lifting, transportation or high altitude detection of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), or similar, thus saving lives, both military and civilian.”
DICKINSON, a keen pilot who flew MAIDEN round the world during their Somewhere Back In Time world tour, launched his firm Cardiff Aviation Ltd last year. His move followed the demise of charter airline Astreus, which whom he’d worked as a pilot and marketing manager.
Cardiff Aviation has since created 70 jobs and is looking to launch its own airline in the coming year.
Source: Tangra Mega Rock
Iron Maiden's ex singer Paul Di'Anno announced a Bulgarian date for his Farewell tour. The gig will be on October 3rd 2013 in Sofia's RBF Club. Stay tuned for more information and details.
Source: Pro-Rock Magazine
Few minutes ago BLAZE BAYLEY announced the first leg of his European tour in support of the compilation SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE. It is not a big surprise that the tour will include Bulgaria once again. The date is March 22nd and the venue is 8Ball club. Stay tuned for more information.
Iron Maiden are nominated for Band of the Year at this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards! Vote now for your favorite artists, albums and events of 2013 at http://awards.classicrockmagazine.com/ (and you could win stuff too!) Тhe winners will be announced at London's Roundhouse on November 14.
British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (ex - IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) will release a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Man Who Would Not Die
02. Ghost In The Machine
03. Stare At The Sun
05. Kill & Destroy
06. Silicon Messiah
07. The Brave
08. The Launch
09. King Of Metal (Remixed by Rick Plester)
10. Rainbow Fades To Black
13. Watching The Night Sky
14. Speed Of Light
15. Soundtrack Of My Life
16. Russian Holiday (acoustic feat. Thomas Zwijsen)
17. Clansman (acoustic feat. Thomas Zwijsen)
18. Voices From The Past
19. Tenth Dimension
20. Blood And Belief
21. 10 Seconds
22. Leap Of Faith
23. Tough As Steel (Blaze version)
24. Comfortable In Darkness
25. Living Someone Elses Life
26. The Day I Fell To Earth
27. Motherfuckers R Us
28. Wonderful Life (SINNERGOD feat. Blaze Bayley)
29. Hatred (new song)
30. Eating Children (new song)
All songs have been remastered by Rick Plester.
Says Blaze: "This double-disc set contains 30 recordings that have been very important to me in my life and 30-year career. Some of the songs included have not been widely available before. I have also had time to write two new songs with Rick Plester (former BLACK SYMPHONY guitarist). The set will come with a 28-page booklet and slipcase. Artwork is by Andreas Sandberg, who also did the artwork for 'King Of Metal'. The release date is October 31st, but pre-orders are available on August 4th."
* Silver package - £15: Album signed
* Gold package - £17: Album signed + your name in CD booklet
* Platinum package - £25: Album signed + your name in CD booklet + 40-page book "Albums Of My LIfe" + your name in book + fridge magnet + button badge + certificate
There will only be 300 copies of the platinum package available. The "Albums Of My Life" book will contain rare photos, tour dates and autobiographical account of the recordings, written by Blaze. This book is only limited to the Platinum package and will not be sold separately afterwards.
'TROOPER'S NIGHT' PARTY - A get-together for several reasons:
• The upcoming Maiden gig in Bucharest (July 24th)
• A chance to see the excellent DREAMHUNT perform a superb Maiden Tribute
• A chance to WIN GREAT PRIZES - *including* a case of Trooper from Ironmaidenbeer.bg & Beers.BG!
VENUE: Rock It! Address: 14 Benkovski Street, Sofia City Center.
TIME: 20:00 (BAND FROM 21:00) - until very, very, very late
Iron Maiden's Saturday Aug 3 show at London's O2 Arena sold out in just 12 mins so a second show has been added on Sunday Aug 4. This will definitely be the band's last UK show this year as soon after they head off for a few selected USA shows before a massive trip around Latin America including headlining Rock in Rio and National Stadiums in Mexico, Chile and Argentina.
Tickets for this second show are available to buy NOW from www.theo2.co.uk, www.axs.com & www.livenation.co.uk and, like the first show, all ticketing will be paperless to protect Maiden fans as much as possible from touting and inflated pricing on the Secondary Ticketing Market.
Bruce Dickinson announced to the 90,000 fans at DOWNLOAD Festival, Donington Park, that Maiden will round off the current 30 date European leg of their MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR in London, with a show at the O2 Arena on Saturday 3rd August.
Iron Maiden wish to ensure that fans get fair and proper access to tickets and do not pay over the actual ticket price by way of touts or the Secondary Ticketing Agencies and therefore this concert will be totally Ticketless (Paperless) Ticketing using the latest Technology.
Ticketless (Paperless) Ticketing means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser's party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue's ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show.
Tickets go on general sale Friday June 28th from www.theo2.co.uk & www.axs.com . There will be an Iron Maiden Fan Club presale – Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June. Details will be on the website soon. Fan Club members will also be eligible in the draw to be First To The Barrier.
Astraeus Airlines, the Gatwick, U.K.-based carrier for which IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson worked as a pilot, went out of business in November 2011 and Dickinson subsequently launched aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, which is based at the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom.
In a brand new interview with The Telegraph, Dickinson says that Cardiff Aviation is in discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority about setting up an airline.
"Subject to approvals, we'll be in the air within the next 50 days," he reveals. "Clearly that fits with the maintenance — both operations need each other."
He adds: "The next stage is rebuilding Astraeus, but with proper governance. The market is ripe for an outsourcing airline that provides extra capacity.
"We want to provide British jobs, British pilots and British-operated aircraft."
According to Dickinson, Cardiff Aviation is now employing 60 to 70 people, with salaries being paid from profits, which Dickinson is proud of.
"We have, at the moment, one full-time maintenance shift, and as we've funded it all ourselves, our costs are nailed to the floor," he says.
"We've identified what I think is a gap in the market, at a time when people are outsourcing in very narrow ways saying we need to send our aeroplanes thousands of miles away from one place to another place for different types of maintenance and painting.
"We are a one-stop shop," he says. "The first thing we did was set up a paint facility, as 70 percent of the work we get is as a result of people saying 'we need to paint an aircraft.'"
Read more from The Telegraph.
Today the European part of "MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR" has started from Bilbao – Spain. Here is the setlist from the first date:
Can I Play with Madness
2 Minutes to Midnight
Afraid to Shoot Strangers
The Number of the Beast
Phantom of the Opera
Run to the Hills
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Fear of the Dark
The Evil That Men Do
It is not a huge surprise that the setlist is not changed from the last year's leg. We will keep you informed for any new information
Beers.Bg and fan club IRON MAIDEN Bulgaria would like to invite you to a Launch Party for IRON MAIDEN's new beer – Trooper
The Party is scheduled for 18.05 (Saturday), Starts: 21:00h at Metal bar The Black Lodge. As you may presume we are loaded with plenty of TROOPER pints and we will add some great music also.
The Trooper beer is deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavours with a subtle hint of lemon. Real depth of character with complex hop notes using a combination of Goldings, Bobec and Cascade Hops.
According to The Local, the sale of IRON MAIDEN's Trooper beer has been halted in Sweden by the country's state-run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget due to legal concerns over the skull and crossbones motif on the label.
"There has been a discussion about the label. The alcohol law stipulates how it can look. We therefore don't yet know when it can be launched," Therese Elmgren at Systembolaget told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The label on the 4.8 percent-strength Trooper's packaging is taken from IRON MAIDEN' single "The Trooper", which was released in 1983.
In 2010, Systembolaget suspended sales of the U.S. beer Founders Breakfast Stout over concerns about the use of a child's face on the bottle's front label.
More recently, in April 2013, a brewery in Denmark was forced to change the label on its Lust beer after Systembolaget deemed the depiction of a topless women to be too sexy for Sweden.
The beer is part of a seven-part Sinner Series, from Danish brewers Amager Bryghus, with each of the sins represented by a cartoon image on different bottles.
The waiting is over! The Bulgarian Iron Maiden fans can be sure that they will get this magnificent bottle of ale in their hands, thanks to our friends from Beers.BG.
You can pre-order a TROOPER from Beers.BG's online shop. The official release day of the beers is 20th May.
Stay tuned for more information about Launch paries for this magnificent ale.
According to The Sun, Cheshire family brewer Robinsons, where IRON MAIDEN's new beer, Trooper is being made, is having to work a six-day week to keep up with demand.
Over 100 countries have applied to stock the band's special cask ale, and Robinsons, is brewing three batches a day for the first time in its 175-year history. Over a 250,000 pints have been pre-sold in the U.K. alone ahead of the May 9 release.
Robinsons' David Bremner said: "We haven't spent a single penny on advertising. This is history in the making for brewing."
Bruce Dickinson said: "They said why don't you do a lager? I said no! We are a quintessentially British band. If you're going to start with something and do it properly, it should be an ale. We were really keen to get stuck into the brewing process and not just have our name plonked on the bottle. I was impressed with Robinsons because they didn't instantly jump all over the idea. In fact, we ended up having to audition for them."
Interesting news regarding the sale of this special ale in Bulgaria will be announced soon!
According to BocaNewsNow.com, Justin McBrain, the 20-year-old son of IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, was arrested early this morning for allegedly burglarizing an occupied dwelling and 2nd degree petit theft. He is being held on $25,000 bond in the Palm Beach County Jail.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson tells BocaNewsNow.com that deputies responded to a West Boca home after receiving a call that McBrain forced his way inside. The female homeowner reported that McBrain knocked repeatedly and then pushed his way in when the door was opened. McBrain allegedly rifled through the woman’s purse, taking a half-eaten chocolate bunny, half of an orange — which he consumed in the home — a belly ring, cosmetics, and a freezer pack.
As previously reported, Nicko McBrain's wife Rebecca is due in court on May 3 to defend herself against allegations that she attempted to stab her husband, then threw logs at him at her Boca Raton, Florida home.
Bruce Dickinson recently spoke to the Swedish website Talarforum about his career as an entrepreneur and business motivator. But the interesting part for all of us Iron Maiden fans came in the final paragraph of the interview.
The actual interview deals with taking responsibilities when building a successful business and not to hide in a corner and let the others do the actual work. The piece is very interesting indeed, but that´s not what we´re here to talk about right now. (If you read Swedish, you´ll find it here.)
Now onto our type of business; after talking about how Bruce spent his last ten pounds on a rock concerts and a few pints, that eventually led to him getting to know the people who put him in touch with the rock scene in London and later gave him a career with Iron Maiden, the story ends with the following paragraph:
"Fans of Iron Maiden should feel lucky. Apart from the upcoming tour, the band plans to record a new studio album that, if everything goes according to plan, will be released in 2014."
Maiden will play at the Jockey Club, Sao Paulo on September 20th and in Curitiba on September 24th. This is following the recent news that Rock In Rio sold out all 490,000 tickets within hours, of which 70,000 were for 22nd September, the final night of the Festival and the night which Maiden will headline. Very special guests at both shows will be Big 4 thrash masters Slayer, with support also from Swedish heavy rock phenomenon, Ghost.
Tickets for the São Paulo show go on sale April 23rd.
Details about the Curitiba venue & tickets will be announced soon.
According to BocaNewsNow.com, Rebecca McBrain — wife of IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain — is due in court on May 3 to defend herself against allegations that she attempted to stab her husband, then threw logs at him at their Boca Raton, Florida home.
As reported earlier today, Rebecca McBrain, 50, was arrested on February 24 and charged with battery after she allegedly tried to stab her husband with a decorative lance. Although the stabbing attempt failed, Rebecca was allegedly successful in hitting Nicko with logs that had been sitting in a firepit behind the house, causing minor injuries. She was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and later released on bond.
She has entered a plea of "not guilty."
For the fifth consecutive year on April 21 we will celebrate The World IRON MAIDEN Day. After the premiere of the documentary FLIGHT 666 and the first celebration in 2009, the date is sacred for the fans of the British rock legends. The Bulgarian fan club will honor that day again, бут this time in Rock Bar RockIt in the company of the tribute band DREAMHUNT.
DREMHUNT is one of the best bands performing songs of IRON MAIDEN and especially for the evening they are prepared with set list including some of IRON MAIDEN's biggest hits.
Of course there will be some awards provided by the organizers and our friends Eventim.
Here are some of the things you can win:
- Ticket IRON MAIDEN show in Romania;
- DVD MAIDEN ENGLAND;
- CD MAIDEN ENGLAND;
- Fan Club T-SHIRT;
- CD - surprise
The doors of the bar will open at 19:00. The band will hit the stage at 21:00, and the entrance will be only 5 BGN.
Iron Maiden will return to Mexico on 17th September to once again headline at the Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City. Very special guests will be Big 4 thrash masters Slayer, with support also from Swedish heavy rock phenomenon, Ghost. Tickets go onsale 20th April at 11am.
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden fanclub members will run on 17th April starting at 11am. Fan Club members will also be eligible in the draw to be First To The Barrier.
Maiden will be returning to Argentina this summer to make their first-ever appearance at the legendary River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires on 27th September.
They will also be making a first-ever visit to Paraguay on 29th September to play the Jockey Club, Asuncion.
On Oct 2 they will return to headline the Estadio Nacional, Santiago in Chile, where the Bluray/DVD of "En Vivo" was filmed in 2011.
Very special guests at all shows will be Big 4 thrash masters Slayer, with support also from Swedish heavy rock phenomenon, Ghost.
Tickets for Argentina and Chile go onsale 18th April at 10am.
Tickets for Paraguay go onsale 2nd May at 10am
IRON MAIDEN will make a brief return to the USA this September, playing seven specially selected shows en-route to Latin America where they will once again headline at the legendary Rock In Rio Festival, Brazil, on 22 September, their show there having recently sold out to 70,000 fans in just a couple of hours
These will begin with a first-ever visit to Raleigh, NC, for the opening show on September 3rd at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion followed by taking Metal back to country music capital Nashville, TN where Maiden haven't played in over twenty years, at the Bridgestone Arena on September 5th. There will also be shows in Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center on September 7th, St Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless on September 8th and the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on September 12th , all of which Maiden last visited way back in 2000 on the Brave New World Tour. Plus a return to Austin, TX for a show at the 360 Amphitheater on September 10th, the first time the band have played in that city since the original Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour twenty-five years ago!
Very special guests on all these dates will be MEGADETH.
Before they finally head south towards Brazil, Maiden will also headline a very special event at the San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA. The Battle Of San Bernardino will take place on Friday 13th September. Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton will join tour special guests Megadeth for this performance only, making for a big, loud and exciting day out for Metal fans in Southern California.
Tickets for the Las Vegas and San Bernardino shows go on sale 12 April. Tickets for Raleigh, Nashville, St Louis and Austin go onsale 13 April. Tickets for Kansas City go onsale 17 May. See below for exact onsale times and links.
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Wednesday 10 April. Fan Club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
Maiden will play at BJK Inonu Stadium, Istanbul on 26 July on their 2013 Maiden England Tour. Tickets go on-sale March 25, Monday 11.00 a.m (local time)
Very Special Guests will be legendary BIG 4 thrash masters Anthrax, with support also from Voodoo Six
Fan club "Iron Maiden Bulgaria" and metal bar "The Black Lodge" are organizing a trip to Bucharest, Romania for IRON MAIDEN's show on July 24th with special guests ANTHRAX. Price for the transport is 50 BGN [25 EUR] (45 BGN [22 EURO] for members of fan club "Iron Maiden Bulgaria"). Tickets for the show depending on the chosen area (Golden Circle: 54,30 EUR, Silver Circle: 43,31 EUR, Normal Circle: 36 , 70 EUR) are available via Eventim (Order online). The bus leaves on July 24th at 7:00 AM from the parking lot at the national stadium "Vasil Levski". Right after the show the bus will leave for Sofia.
Passengers will need a passport or ID card valid for at least six months from the date of travel. Persons under the age of 18 need a notarized statement from both parents that they give their permission for the travel.
Maiden will play outdoors in the magnificent setting of Piata Constitutiei ('Constitution Square') in the heart of Bucharest in Romania on 24 July. Tickets for this unique event go on-sale Tuesday 19 March.
The Piata Constitutiei has on one side the Palace of the Parliament, one of the largest and most impressive buildings in Europe (pictured below). The Palace has been cited as the world's heaviest building (!!), the largest civilian building and the most expensive administrative building, and was named Casa Republicii (House of the Republic), but many Romanians call it the Casa Poporului (People's House). This stunning location makes for the perfect setting for a Maiden concert.
Very Special Guests will be legendary BIG 4 thrash masters Anthrax, with support also from Voodoo Six.
The Rockin' Rag's Rock'n Rolivia conducted an interview with legendary IRON MAIDEN illustrator Derek Riggs on March 16 at the grand opening of Rock Your Loxx hair salon in Oceanside, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Riggs is behind one of the most recognizable characters in all of heavy metal, IRON MAIDEN's mascot Eddie. He has created some of the most complex album covers of all time with precision and a painterly flair.
Few months ago we quoted the Romanian webzine metalhead.ro with information for eventual maiden gig in Bucharest on June 1st. Today the webzine has posted new information stating that Iron Maiden will play in Romania at the end of July. It is expected during the next week all eastern Europe dates to be announced officially. Stay tuned for more information and we hope to find if the rumors for concert in Bulgaria are true.
We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Steve Harris said "This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time."
Bruce Dickinson adds "I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family"
As Maiden fans all know, Clive joined Maiden in 1979 and performed on the first three albums Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number Of The Beast (1982).
Prior to that he was a member of Samson, the band Bruce fronted before he too joined Maiden
"TROOPER": A NEW CASK AND BOTTLED ALE FROM IRON MAIDEN AND ROBINSONS BREWERY.
British rock legends Iron Maiden have teamed up with Cheshire family brewers Robinsons to create a new beer, "Trooper".
Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce Dickinson, Maiden's vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson's brewery in Stockport. Dickinson's on-stage Union Jack flag-waving military character is an iconic element of the band's live concerts and "The Trooper", written by bassist Steve Harris, is one of Maiden's most popular songs and one of the highlights of any Maiden show.
Announcing the partnership, Oliver Robinson, Managing Director of Robinsons, said: "This collaboration - between two huge British success stories - makes for an ideal and natural match; Bruce Dickinson loves his real ale, and Robinsons Brewery is one of Britain's most established and respected independent family-owned brewers."
And Bruce Dickinson added: "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is Trooper. I love it."
Iron Maiden, who continue their Maiden England World Tour this summer - including an historic return to the Download Festival, Donington Park, headlining for a record fifth time - have been at the forefront of heavy rock worldwide for more than three decades. Maiden are one of Britain's most influential and revered bands, with close to 90 million album sales, more than 2,000 live performances in 58 countries and 15 studio albums described by critics as being of "unerring quality and power", including the most recent - The Final Frontier - which is their biggest ever chart success attaining No.1 positions in over 28 countries including the UK.
Robinsons has been brewing award-winning beers from its Unicorn Brewery in Stockport for 175 years. Best known for its legendary 'Old Tom' strong ale, which was voted 'World's Best Beer' by the international Beers of the World publication, it is Robinsons' younger ales (Dizzy Blonde and 'build a rocket boys!' beer; produced in partnership with Manchester band Elbow) that have lately been causing a stir in the beer world and introducing future ale drinking generations to Robinsons.
Oliver Robinson said: "Trooper is a premium British ale with true depth of character and flavour. For more than thirty years, the unmistakable icon of Eddie, the band's instantly-recognisable mascot, has adorned every album cover, T-shirt and poster - so it is fitting that Eddie will now adorn the cask pump clip and take centre stage on the bottle label of Trooper.
"Not only do Iron Maiden genuinely enjoy a good pint of cask ale, but so do many of their fans - and they have an important part to play in our customer base. This partnership works for both of us. Music and beer are great treats for the senses in their own right, but the combination is very powerful. Authentic collaborations such as this are invaluable not only to our company but to the industry as a whole, because it shows that the world of real ale is more than just manufacturing, it is liquid artistry by the people who brew it - and for the people who drink it."
Fans of both Iron Maiden and real ale can sign up to get news and updates on Trooper Premium British Beer from ironmaidenbeer.com, where bottles will be available to purchase by both UK and overseas customers from May 2013.
IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain will perform "four or five songs" with his former PAT TRAVERS BAND bandmates Pat Travers and Peter "Mars" Cowling at The Classic Rock & Roll Party on Saturday, March 2 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Proceeds from the event will go to HomeSafe, a non-profit organization helping society's most vulnerable residents — victims of severe child abuse and domestic violence in Palm Beach County and South Florida.
Founded in 1979, HomeSafe provides comprehensive programs preventing new cases of family violence, protecting victims of child abuse and domestic violence, and preparing children and families for safer, more productive lives.
Through results-based programs and highly dedicated and qualified staff, HomeSafe has grown into a leading provider of prevention and intervention services. Each year, HomeSafe serves over fifteen thousand infants, children and families.
Learn more about HomeSafe at HelpHomeSafe.org.
McBrain recorded two albums with PAT TRAVERS BAND: "Makin' Magic" (1976) and "Putting It Straight" (1977).
An interview with Dan Shinder of Drum Talk TV in which McBrain talks about his participation in The Classic Rock & Roll Party can be seen below.
Maiden's opening show of the Maiden England European Tour 2013 will be at the BEC! Bilbao, Spain on 27 May. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday 13 March.
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Mon 11 March. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
They are the greatest band of all time. They are a British institution. They are IRON MAIDEN, and they're coming to getcha this June at Download 2013! On the eve of the release of their epic new Maiden England '88 DVD, we talk to all six members of the finest metal band of them all to reveal some amazing brutal truths about the Seventh Son... era, those history-making Donington and Birmingham NEC '88 sets, why Maiden's golden age was very nearly the age that tore them apart and why it all went a bit Spinal Tap. This is about the first Golden Age of Maiden, and some very loud clothing. It's only in the new issue, ladies and gentlemen. You can order it from here.
More information for the new issue you can find in the magazine's official website.
According to Amarillo.com, West Texas A&M University professor Martin Jacobsen recently fused metal music and literature classes by using the "Out Of The Silent Planet" track off IRON MAIDEN's 2000 album "Brave New World" during a class exercise, presenting visual diagrams of lyrics construction with the music playing at the same time.
"The students were mad for it," the professor tells Amarillo.com. "They just thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out there just as an offhand comment one day — 'What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal' — and there was universal agreement from the students in the class, like, 'Yes, we should actually do that.'"
The class exercise was such a hit that Jacobsen is now teaching a new course called "Introduction To Literature: Heavy Metal As A Literary Genre". The professor explains that many metal lyricist have been inspired by some of the greatest writers of all time.
"You constantly see these nods to the intellectual tradition that these writers, these lyricists come from," he said. "It's connected itself and grounded itself in literary tradition. Therefore it's reasonable to conclude that it is a form of literature as well as a form of music. In much the same way, you might say country music is a species of folklore."
22-year-old student Eric Bauer, who got really into heavy metal in middle school with METALLICA, thinks heavy metal is a broader genre than it gets credit for.
"In the lyrics of heavy metal, you can write about anything," he said. "Social issues, the human experience, wizards and dragons — if you're interested in a subject, there's probably a heavy metal song about it."
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was one of the featured speakers on January 25 at Harstadkonferansen in Harstad, Norway. Dickinson addressed the conference on inspiring entrepreneurship. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
We are really happy to announce that we have become partners with the POWERSLAVED COMMUNITY !
POWERSLAVED is a new Iron Maiden audio / video community, for Iron Maiden fans from all around the world to meet up and share their passion and love for, who else? IRON MAIDEN! A community built by fans, run by fans, and, most importantly, supported by fans.
POWERSLAVED is not another board for simply sharing stuff; it is rather a meeting place for regular fans, tapers, filmers, traders, collectors, people who've been listening to Maiden since they were born as well as people who are new to the Iron Maiden experience.
For all of them POWERSLAVED has reserved, and keeps on offering for their enjoyment, hundreds of audio and video shows by Iron Maiden and Maiden related artists, high quality artwork for bootlegs that don't have one, the Powerslaved Forum with plenty of vivid discussions, competitions with special awards, reviews of audio / video shows, unique contribution benefits for our VIP members...to name a few.
So, everyone feel free to visit the community and enjoy your time there.
May this Maiden-born affiliation long live and prosper!
Maiden will play at Prague's Synot Tip Arena in Czech Republic on 29 July and Zagreb Arena in Croatia on 31 July. Tickets for Zagreb go on sale 15 February. Tickets for Prague go on sale 16 February.
An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on 14 February. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'
EMI are proud to announce the highly anticipated release of the Double Disc DVD MAIDEN ENGLAND '88 on 25 March. Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour". Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 longform VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: Running Free, Run To The Hills and Sanctuary thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes . Maiden's own Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly remastered each shot digitally; colour correcting and grading to give the image the best possible look from that time. As well as the VHS stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer between 1981 and 1993, the DVD also includes a brand new 5.1 audio surround mix by Maiden's current producer Kevin Shirley. The concert was meticulously directed and edited by bass player and founder member Steve Harris, so as to capture the performance from a fans-eye view of the stage, focusing fully on the music, the elaborate stage production and the lighting. Add into the mix an electrifying set list and of course Eddie, and Maiden England now offers a snapshot of a bygone era in which the band, as they continue to do today, devote their all in delivering the ultimate live experience for their fans.
Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in the History of Iron Maiden. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager, Rod Smallwood. Picking up the story in the aftermath of the '84/85 World Slavery tour, this interesting and insightful documentary sees the band speak candidly about their memories of an exciting and occasionally turbulent period from which would emerge the albums Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. As the Eighties began to draw to a close, so did another chapter in Maiden's compelling history.
Other special extras on the bonus disc include Twelve Wasted Years. First released as a longform VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary runs for 90 minutes and includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band's beginnings in the now legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London's Marquee club and three World Tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured and have been carefully restored and improved upon from the original films using the very latest software with the audio remastered in digital stereo.
Manager Rod Smallwood comments "We've been busy upgrading this concert footage for a long time, with our in-house Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews working tirelessly to weave his magic yet again!. The 1989 VHS video has been largely unavailable for many years and we know how eagerly our fans have been awaiting the new version so we wanted to give it the best possible treatment. The current Maiden England World Tour which continues later this year revisits much of the set list and production from the initial 1989 VHS release so it will be interesting to compare just how much has changed in terms of our 2013 live show production, especially with all the advances in modern technology and the improvements we've been able to make to the set".
The Maiden England '88 concert soundtrack will also be made available on 2CD album, Limited Edition double vinyl picture disc and Digital Download formats. The audio had previously only ever been available before on CD as part of EMI's 1994 Sound And Vision Series packaged alongside the VHS, but with two tracks fewer than the video contained. Can I Play With Madness and Hallowed Be Thy Name were not featured as there was no space on the 1CD disc. Now with the three encores also included the double disc offers a total of 5 tracks previously unavailable on CD making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.
DISC ONE – MAIDEN ENGLAND '88
Set List –
The Evil That Men Do
Die With Your Boots On
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Run To The Hills*
DISC TWO – THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART 3
The History Of Iron Maiden - Part 3
12 Wasted Years
Wasted Years promo video
Stranger In A Strange Land promo video
Can I Play With Madness promo video
The Evil That Men Do promo video
The Clairvoyant promo video
Celebrating a relationship that spans two decades, Premier presented Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN with a special one-off snare drum at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Check out video footage of the presentation below.
Premier announced two new Nicko McBrain snare drums at NAMM 2013:
* Handcrafted in Premier's manufacturing facility in Lancashire, England, "Nicko's Sicko" is a snare drum like no other. It is produced with a 100% sycamore, 10mm thick, 16-ply shell. The characteristic warmth of the sycamore with the added attack from the 10mm thick shell gives this snare drum a warm yet powerful punch with plenty of sensitivity. Finished with a "silver shimmer" outer ply of sycamore with a hand rubbed oil finish, this snare also includes 2.3mm chrome plated triple-flange steel hoops, a 0610 quick release heavy-duty snare strainer and chrome plated British Collection solid brass tube lugs. The drum also features two touches inspired by Nicko: a Remo Emperor X coated batter head and 42 strand snare wire.
* The "Aces High" snare drum is inspired by the song of the same name that recalls the skill and bravery of fighter pilots during World War II. Handcrafted in Premier's manufacturing facility in Lancashire, England, the "Aces High" consists of a 14" x 5.5" shell which is 10mm thick and constructed from 17 plies of sycamore. The outer ply features a stunning handmade-inlay from dyed sycamore and cherry to recreate the camouflage of a Supermarine Spitfire. This intricate marquetry also incorporates a Royal Air Force target, a red, white and blue tail fin ensign and carries the LZ symbol of the Royal Air Force Squadron 66 who flew Mk6 Supermarine Spitfires. The inner ply is finished in a sky blue sycamore to represent the underside of the Spitfire. The snare drum is fitted with Premier's Spitfire chrome plated solid brass tube lugs, themed on the front nose of the Spitfire to complement the shells unique markings. Like the Spitfire Series within the British Collection, the "Aces High" also includes 2.3mm chrome-plated triple-flange steel hoops, a 0610 quick release heavy-duty snare strainer and internal aero-dynamic isolation washers. The drum also features two touches inspired by Nicko: a Remo Emperor X coated batter head and 42 strand snare wire. Limited to a production run of 100 snare drums only, each one will be personally hand-signed by Nicko.
According to BBC News, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will speak at a meeting of Northern Ireland businessmen next month.
Chairman of the Institute of Directors Mervyn McCall said the dinner was the highlight of their year.
"I'm sure everyone who attends will be greatly anticipating hearing from Bruce and how he combines his musical and business careers," he said. "No doubt he will reveal the parallels between the world of the rock star and the world of the business director."
Vintage Rock's Junkman (www.vintagerock.com) conducted an interview with drummer Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN on January 25 at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Maiden will play at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium, Finland on Saturday 20th July.
Tickets go onsale Wednesday 30th January at 8.00 (CET). An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Monday 28th January. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.
Iron Maiden will headline two Sonisphere festivals in Spain this summer. The Madrid show takes place at the Miguel Rios Auditorium on Friday 31 May and the Barcelona show takes place at the Parc Del Forum on Saturday 1 June.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday January 23rd, please visit www.sonispherefestivals.com for more information.
Note:This official information eliminates the rumors for the band playing in Romania on 1 June.
Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has recorded a song with the Paraguayan metal band RUSHMORE. In 2008 RUSHMORE was the band that supported Di'Anno on his Latin American tour. After a lot of negotiations, RUSHMORE was finally able to get their old friend to collaborate with them on their new album.
The first single from the CD, "Kingdom Of Demons", is available for streaming below. (Note: The track doesn't feature Di'Anno.)
According to the Swedish CD/DVD online shop CDON.se, the legendary video MAIDEN ENGLAND will be released on March 25th. The fans can make a preorder for the item on the website. We would like to remind that until now the video was available only on VHS cassette and there were some unofficial DVD releases. In previous news we informed you about the intentions of the band to release MAIDEN ENGLAND on DVD/BluRay with 3 previously unreleased tracks from the show. The maiden collectors will be happy to know that the audio from the concert will be available on double CD and limited Picture Disc/Vinyl.
Stay tuned for more information and official confirmation.
Special thanks to: Stiff
Maiden will headline the Topfest Festival at Piestany, near Bratislava on Thursday June 27. The last time the band played in Slovakia was in 2003 during the Dance Of Death Tour and they haven't played in Bratislava since 1993 on the Real Live Tour.
For details of how to buy tickets visit www.topfest.sk
Steve Harris will be taking his new solo/side project British Lion out on the road next month visiting fourteen countries and twenty four cities across Europe, starting in Portugal on Feb 21. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, Iron Maiden's bass player, founder member and leader will be taking temporary leave from his Maiden activities and heading out on a full European Club tour.
Steve comments "I love touring and live shows and I'm very excited about touring with British Lion. It's fantastic to get out there and once again experience the sheer vibrancy of small clubs with the fans right up front and in your face. I think the fans will enjoy that too. It's exciting, going back to the roots, and it's going to be fantastic. We are taking this to clubs all round Europe - a full club tour, with club shows at club prices, hot, sweaty and loud . We have no idea how many people will turn out to see us as it's obviously very recent and very new, so we have kept the venues small with tickets priced accordingly as low as we reasonably could.
I've known all the guys in the band for ages and, besides being great musicians, they are also good friends, which is lucky because this has been an ongoing project for many years! They've had to be very patient with me as, of course, I'm so involved with Maiden I don't really get a lot of free time to work on other stuff. So it's great to finally have the opportunity to get out and do all these shows. The reaction to the album has been really good and I think it will sound great live. We're all planning to have a lot of fun on this tour!"
THU 21 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB
SAT 23 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA
SUN 24 SPAIN BARCELONA SALAMANDRA
TUE 26 SWITZERLAND ZURICH KOMPLEX
WED 27 ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB
THUR 28 ITALY ROME ORION
SAT 02 GERMANY NUREMBURG ROCKFABRIK
SUN 03 GERMANY MUNICH BACKSTAGE HALLE
TUE 05 GERMANY STUTTGART LKA
THUR 07 AUSTRIA VIENNA ARENA
SAT 09 GERMANY COLOGNE LIVE MUSIC HALL
SUN 10 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIA CLUB
TUE 12 SWEDEN MALMO KB
WED 13 SWEDEN GOTHENBURG BREWHOUSE
THUR 14 NORWAY OSLO ROCKERFELLER
SAT 16 SWEDEN STOCKHOLM KLUBBEN
MON 18 FINLAND HELSINKI CIRKUS
FRI 22 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM MELKWEG
SAT 23 BELGIUM VOSSELAAR BIEBOB
SUN 24 FRANCE PARIS LA TRABENDO
TUE 26 ENGLAND O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON
WED 27 ENGLAND O2 ACADEMY 2, BIRMINGHAM
FRI 29 SCOTLAND GLASGOW GARAGE
SAT 30 ENGLAND MANCHESTER CLUB ACADEMY
Three lucky winners who won tickets for AERO ROCK STARZ from our question tis week are:
The correct answer of course was Lionheart. Congratulations to the winners they will receive an e-mail to arrange the way to receive their tickets. For all other fans ..do not lose hope. In Monday we will publish the last question for a special award where the winners will have the opportunity to meet personally Dennis Stratton himself and all other bands from AERO ROCK STARZ
ARE YOU READY TO ROCK WITH A LOADS OF BEER ON AERO ROCK STARZ!
The Nearly eight-hour rock show starts on AIRPORT Stara Zagora on July 9 - Saturday at 16:00! This week the company - promoter Genesis Events announced that the beer in the area of the concert will be only 1 lev for a large "Zagorka"!
Tickets for the event are 35 leva (order online) and are valid for the concert and the three days of the air show. Children under the age of 7 years will enter for free with their parents, and from 8 to 12 years for 10 leva ticket with escort. There is a camping area, free parking area and access for people with disabilities. Guests of the show will be lifted in the sky on board of hot air balloon. Among the other attractions are retro bikes, handmade jewelry, tattoos, body art, spectacular demonstration of martial arts and many more. In the pauses between the bands the host Ivan Matev, better known as Super Lubo will warm up the audience with hard rock karaoke!
Iron Maiden are to perform at the St Jakobshalle in Basel, on Thursday 14th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
Steve Harris says "We've always been regular visitors to Switzerland on just about every tour since our first journeys abroad in the early eighties so we have a lot of friends there and it will be great to see them again on this spectacular tour. Although this time is a little different as we're going to being playing up in Basel in the north which we haven't visited a long time."
Tickets go on sale to the public Monday 28th December 10am GMT but members of the Iron Maiden fan club will get special and exclusive first access to purchase tickets from Wednesday 26th December - just check the FC News section.
Fan-club "IRON MAIDEN BULGARIA" and metal bar and "The Black Lodge" are inviting you to a night dedicated to the solo career of BRUCE DICKINSON. The party will take place on Thursday, September 22-nd and the palylist will be fully concentrated on Bruce's projects outside of IRON MAIDEN. Attendees will have the opportunity to win the latest Bruce Dickinson album - Tyranny of Souls, and the Anthology DVD compilation. The party starts at 21:00. Entrance free.
Maiden have just confirmed that they'll be playing Belgium's Graspop festival in June 2008. Full details of the festival can be found at www.graspop.be or check the poster below for a few clues!
According to U.K.'s Rock Radio, IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood has revealed the band is planning to tour on Ed Force One next year.
MAIDEN became the first outfit in history to travel round the world in a customized jet during their "Somewhere Back in Time" tour, as detailed in award-winning movie "Flight 666".
The Boeing 757 carried musicians, crew, gear and guests with singer Bruce Dickinson, a qualified airline pilot, at the controls.
Speaking in the Iron Maiden Fan Club magazine, the manager said that the band will spend the period before Christmas in writing.Than they will take Christmas off and after that into recording. Maiden will finish the album in time to be out next year. Rod also said that the band will visit some new places on the next tour and some other that they have missed on the previous one.
Due to phenomenal demand, we've added another night in Paris!The extra show is on Wednesday 2nd July at the Ominisport De Bercy Arena. Tickets for this gig go on sale on December 28th at 10am.
The actor Barry Clayton – whose deep bass voice was behind movie trailers and the introduction to the IRON MAIDEN song, 'The Number Of The Beast' – has died at the age of 80.
An Islington resident for 40 years, Clayton was also a pioneer of black television and radio programming. He produced the Black Londoners radio programme for the BBC – the first black daily radio programme – from its first airing in 1974 until 1988 when he left to join Capital Radio.
To all our visitors and to all Maiden Fans We would like to inform you that our site is NOT going offline. The same goes to the Fan Club Iron Maiden Bulgaria.
There are some strange rumors lately.. That our site is going to be closed and soon offline and this is the reason why we want to assure you that this is not true
Dew the last 2 years, a bunch of people worked extremely hard to make this site number one and we almost did it.
ABSOLUTLY NOTHING ! will make us to leave it behind and make it go offline.
We are all now giving 666% from ourselves and working on the site to make it even more functional and useful with even larger database with information. Expect soon a lot of new stuff new t-shirts and surprises that will make every Maiden fan happy
Team: Iron Maiden Bulgaria
Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Split City Stadium in Split, Croatia on Sunday 10th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
Steve Harris says "This will be our very first visit ever to the city of Split and we're very excited about getting there to play on this tour. We have visited Croatia only a couple of times before, both times in Zagreb much further north in the country. The first time was way back in 1986 and last time on the 'Give Me Ed' tour 3 or 4 years ago. So to us this will just be like playing somewhere new for the first time which always gets us going on stage and I'm sure many of our friends from Zagreb will be making the trip down south for this special show."
Tickets go on sale to the public at midday on Thursday 20th December.
Pilot, writer, radio and TV host, lector, director, composer and one of the greatest heavy metal singers of our time. Bruce Dickinson is without a doubt a person that deserves attention. Also known for his 30 years as a singer for IRON MAIDEN , Bruce has quite astonishing solo career.
Fan club Iron Maiden Bulgaria invites you to a party dedicated to the solo career and side projects of Bruce Dickinson. The party will be on 10th of January at the Metal Bar "The Black Lodge". The playlist will contain tracks only from Bruce's career outside IRON MAIDEN.
As always there will be awards for some of the visitors. Party starts at 21:00. Entrance Free
Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Gwardia Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday 7th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
Steve Harris says "This will be a very special show for us for many reasons as the Powerslave Tour was the first time we visited Poland all the way back in 1985 which was a really big deal back then owing to the country being under Soviet rule at that time. Despite what many people told us to expect of life 'Behind the Iron Curtain' we found only the most friendly of welcomes from the fans in Poland some of whom would save up nearly a months wages just to get hold of one our records at that time. So ever since then we've always tried to make sure we got to Poland on every tour as the fans there always remind us of that amazing time."
Tickets go on sale Friday 14th December via www.ticketpro.pl
The Sonisphere Festival returns to Switzerland on Friday June 24th 2011 to a new site; it will take place in Basel - St.Jakob. Maiden are the Headliners with Special Guests Slipknot. More great bands to be added.
For ticket availability and further information click here
Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Cotroceni Football Stadium in Bucharest, Romania on Monday 4th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
Steve Harris says "We've mentioned before in previous announcements how exciting it is to be playing new places and although we have visited Bucharest only once before, way back in October 1995, this will be the first time our fans there will get to see Bruce performing the classic songs. So this will basically like playing here for the first time for us and I'm sure the fans will be as fired for it as we are!"
Tickets go onsale today at 1pm local time - www.myticket.ro
Iron Maiden are to perform at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival in Lisbon on Wednesday 9th July at the Parque do Tejo as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
Steve Harris says "I'm personally really looking forward to be playing this festival as I have a lot of close ties with Portugal because I spend a lot of time at my second home in Faro where I also have my 'Eddie's Bar' as well. So I will have a lot of friends and regulars coming down to this show. The Portuguese fans have always been very ardent and loyal followers of the band so it should be a great festival."
Tickets are on sale to the public at www.ticketline.pt
Iron Maiden are confirmed to headline the Sonisphere Festival in Spain in 2011.
Sonisphere Spain, now in its third year, will be held at Getafe Open Air, Madrid on Saturday 16th July. For ticket availability and other information click here.
Iron Maiden today announced they have renewed and extended their historic 28-year recording relationship with EMI for the World excluding USA.
Rod Smallwood commented, "We've had three tremendous decades working with EMI and have many friends there. Through many "regimes" EMI have always given us their full support and our relationship with their companies worldwide has always been excellent. We've got some great plans for 2008 and beyond, and I can't wait to get back on the road next year on a tour which appropriately celebrates the band's formative years. "
Tony Wadsworth, Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK said, "Since the early eighties Maiden has been a flagship band for EMI and we have enjoyed a fantastic long term relationship. Now that we can work with and support them in their broader music activities, our goal is to help build on the foundations already in place for an even more successful future."
According to the official BLAZE BAYLEY Facebook page. The Ex singer of MAIDEN will play in Sofia on 22 March at the RBF Club. Till now there is no official confirmation from Bulgarian promoter but we will inform you for further details as soon as possible.
Big Star Promotion in association with Phantom Music Management and K2 AgencyВ is proud to announce that Greece will be part of Iron Maiden's spectacular SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR 2008.
Iron Maiden are confirmed to perform at the Terra Vibe ParkВ in Athens on Saturday 2nd August 2008.
Steve Harris says, "This is a great venue to play. We played there back in 2005 and I remember it being unbearablyВ hot but the fans were just wild and gave us a fantastic reception. I have to say that fans in Greece are as loud and responsive as any anywhere in the world. Thats the major reason why we have always tried hard to have Greece in out tour itinery although it can be tough geographically!! We also enjoy Athens culturally and we have all made more than one visit to the Acropolis and other beautiful relics.And the food is terrific!!"
The stage of Terra Vibe Park - one of the largest ones in Europe - impressive, visible from all angles and able to lift 130 tons of equipment, will be perfect to host all the elements of the great show.
Tickets go on sale to the public at 10.00am on Tuesday December 18th, but members of the Iron Maiden fan club will get special and exclusive first access to purchase tickets on Monday 17th December. Watch the www.ironmaiden.com and www.didimusic.com for further information!
Yes, it's almost that time of year again!
As we've done in recent years, we're throwing the design of the official Iron Maiden xmas card open to you guys. This is the card that gets sent to FC members and to friends of the band.
Each year, the standard has been amazingly high and we've had a real challenge agreeing on a winner.
This year, we'd like a card with a Flight 666 theme. We'll leave it as vague as that - let your imagination run free!
Send us your designs - conforming to the specifications below - and the winner will be picked by Rod, be printed and sent to thousands of people. The winner will get a credit on the card, an Iron Maiden football shirt signed by all the members of the band and some other goodies from the Official Iron Maiden Shop. We'll also award prizes to any runners up we particularly like, and even if your card isn't chosen to be printed we'll be using our favourites on the homepage throughout December.
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 rest 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 hundreds of files called 'maiden.jpg' and it's hard to keep track of which is which!
This competition is open to everyone - fanclub members and non-fanclub members.
Closing date for entries is 9th November, we'll announce the winner within a couple of weeks of that date (sometimes decisions are hard to make!) Good luck!
Iron Maiden are confirmed to headline the Sonisphere Festival in Poland in 2011.
Sonisphere Poland returns to Bemowo Airport, Warsaw on Friday June 10th 2011. For ticket availability and other information click here
Arrrrrghh Finally!! More than year of hard work and the site is open. I sure hope you will enjoy it.
First I want to say one big THANK YOU GUYS!! To all the boys and girls who helped me for translating and finding most of the materials, pictures and stuff witch are included in the site. I wouldnвЂ™t do it. Without them (well I might, but maybe in 2070:P ). So thank you! I wonвЂ™t forget it. LetвЂ™s start with little explanation: This is an unofficial site with no connection to Iron Maiden. Most of the materials and information are taken from the Iron Maiden Official site, The Iron Maiden Commentary and other sites like Encyclopaedia Metallium Wikipedia and other Iron Maiden Fan-sites. Off course there is a lot to say and read for that GREAT, LEGENDARY AND IMMORTAL BAND so there are tons of materials, interviews and stuff that I hope you will find soon here As you see a lot of the sections of the site are still under construction But we are working hard to upload all the material as soon as possible. So Expect a lot of new material with the new updates. We are planning to make 1-2 updates every week.
This is Bulgarian Website, therefore the materials have to be translated and to be uploaded together with the English ones. If you think that you can help I will be very grateful and those who help will be included in the VIP group in the forum. And this will be the way to build strong BULGARIAN IRON MAIDEN COMMUNITY.
Iron Maiden are to perform at the Slavia Football Stadium in Prague on Friday 8th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
Steve Harris says "We've got a lot of friends in Prague as we visit there as often as we can although this time it's going to be a little different as we're in a much bigger venue than usual at the football stadium so the atmosphere will be all that more special I think.
I remember the last time we were there at the T Mobile Arena and it was the opening show of the Eddie Rips Up Europe tour in 2005 and the reception from the fans was just incredible. Nearly lifted the roof off the place! It's always electric thanks to the energy of the fans and we're really looking forward to playing there again."
Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday 17th December.
IRON MAIDEN announce their most ambitious and extraordinary touring plans ever -- and are very pleased to announce that this will include Australia for the first time in 15 years!
The 'SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME' World Tour 2008 will be in three sections, starting in February and March 2008 with the first leg encompassing major concerts in 20 selected cities on five continents in seven weeks including India, Japan, North America, Central and South America, and, of course, Australia, opening in Perth on Feb 4 and continuing through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
Iron Maiden have now added a third show in Brazil at Curitiba Pedreira (outdoor) on March 4th.
Tickets for this show, and Porto Alegre, go onsale on December 8th.
Following the news earlier this week that Astraeus Airlines has sadly now ceased operations, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson has disclosed he is currently working on a number of new aviation-related projects, some of which may involve his former Astraeus colleagues. One of his new ventures, which you will already be familiar with, is the upcoming Bruce Air Flight 666 Experience in the Boeing 737 Simulator.
Bruce's commitment to his aviation career remains as passionate as ever, and he wanted to reassure all MAIDEN fans that this includes the continuation of the Bruce Air fan club trips and more touring with Ed Force One at some point in the future.
Lauren Harris and band will be accompanying Iron Maiden on the first leg of next years Somewhere Back In Time World 2008 Tour as support act.
Says Rod Smallwood, "We're very happy to have Lauren and band travelling with us again this year and be part of this great tour as after all she is literally part of the 'Maiden family'. Everywhere she performed with us last year she received a great reaction in front of both Maiden audiences and festival crowds and it's also good to have a support band along with us throughout this first leg of the tour as part of the travelling party on our 757 which as you can see on the website is taking shape very nicely!"
Lauren toured all over the world while during 2006 and finished off last year with European tours with The Answer and supporting Alice Cooper in the UK.В This year kicked off with a extensive European tour with Within Temptation.
Currently on a UK tour with Thunder, Lauren will beВ putting the finishing touches to her debut albumВ in the next few months although fans can hear some songs on her myspace page.
You can find a new interview in the section „IRON MAIDEN WANTS YOU... TO TALK” its not with just someone, but with Paul Di'Anno. We had the chance to make this interview minutes before he went on stage in Sofia. Special thanks to Pro-Rock Magazine for giving us the chance to meet Paul, and talk about music, ex-wives and Maiden
The tickets for the iron maiden gig in Belgrade Serbia are on sale in Bulgaria
Official Fan Club will be traveling to Belgrade especially for the gig
The tour will be named “I Was Somewhere Back In Serbia”
The tour will be organized with the help from he Bulgarian metal bar The Black Lodge.
Check out the poster
Iron Maiden are to be the main headliner at Italy's "Gods of Metal Festival" on Friday 27th June as part of their 'Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008'.
The three day festival will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna with tickets going on sale on Thursday 29th November at 12.00 Midday
This will be the third time the band have headlined the festival, helping it grow to be Italy's premier Metal event.This will be the band's only Italian performance in 08.
A full supporting bill will be announced soon and fans can check progress at www.godsofmetal.it
Tickets go on sale to the public at 12noon CET 29th November.
Tickets available from www.ticketone.it
Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has posted five demo tracks — "Can You Hear Me Now?", "Psycho Sniper", "Only Fools Die Laughing", "Black Boots" and a "reworking" of the IRON MAIDEN classic "Running Free" — which may appear on his "soon-to-be-recorded" new album. Check them out in the YouTube clips below.
"Running Free" "reworking" (IRON MAIDEN):
A poster for IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's upcoming supernatural horror-thriller inspired by noted occultist Aleister Crowley called "Chemical Wedding"
As previously reported, "Chemical Wedding" wrapped principal photography in September with Julian Doyle at the helm. The film stars Simon Callow as a reincarnation of Crowley, once dubbed "the most evil man in Britain." Callow's character, Haddo, is a shy, stuttering professor.The film will be released in Britain and Ireland by Warner Bros. The studio also has a first-look option on other territories.
Iron Maiden will be playing their first ever stadium show in the UK at the Twickenham Rugby Stadium in London on Saturday 5th July 2008 as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008. Despite headlining major UK festivals like Reading and Donington many times and selling out stadiums around the World, the band have never before elected to play a stadium in the UK and intend to make this first time a very special occasion.
The 50,000 capacity celebrated home of English Rugby will be transformed into a Maiden mecca with fans travelling in from all parts of the country and further afield for this one and only UK show of 2008.
Iron Maiden are also to perform at the Ominisport De Bercy Arena in Paris on Tuesday 1st July as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.
"Maiden Mania" is currently gripping the world as tickets sales of the 2008 World tour fly out of the box offices in Australia, India, Japan, North and South America and now Europe with many shows selling out within only a few hours.
The prices for the tickets for the gig in Serbia are announced. As we informed you the gig wil be in the Belgrade arena on 10 February 2009. Tickets will go on sale on 11 December this year . Only 15 000 tickets will be sold
The prices are :
tribines - 2690 dinars (29.52 EUR)
parter - 3190 dinars (35.00 EUR)
golden seats - 3690 dinars (40.50 EUR)
fan pit - 4490 dinars (49.27 EUR)
Stay tuned for information and prices for the tickets for the tour to Serbia
There will be a tour at any cost and we even started to book people who are willing to join
The price will include the concert and the bus ticket
After a not so short pause we are happy to announce that today Starts the month dedicated to the SOMEWHERE IN TIME album. Every monday during this month we will upload new information interviews and matereials only for these albums. Its Hard to handle all the interviuews from this particular period of the band so we think that the "month" will last a little longer
In the beginning we are giving you full information for the Interview with Bruce Dickinson - April 1987
Disc one contains the recording of this full 90 minute concert.В Originally filmed on 35mm, the footage comes alive on DVD resulting in a visually stunning film that far outstrips the usual live video of the '80's.В The disc carries two sound options - the original concert audio specially mixed into 5.1 Surround Sound by Kevin Shirley, Maiden's producer since 1999, plus the original stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer from 1981 to 1993.В В Originally released on video in 1985, this has been largely unavailable for the past 20 years
Iron Maiden have added a concert at the Belgrade Arena on Tuesday 10th February on their way to Dubai on Ed Force One.Says manager Rod Smallwood, "We weren't able to get to Serbia in '08 so thought we should call in on our way East. When we last played a couple of years ago it was an incredible show with fans coming in on buses from all over the Balkans and we very much look forward to returning"
Tickets go on sale to the public on 11th December and we have made arrangements for a special pre-sale for fan club members on the 10th December. We also hope to run a 'FIRST TO THE BARRIER' draw for the show.
Note: It is unlikely that any other concerts will be added prior to Belgrade, making it the final European show of the 'Somewhere Back in Time Tour'.
EMA Telstar are delighted to announce the return of IRON MAIDEN to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland next year with what will be the biggest Rock Tour that any band has EVER undertaken in these Nordic regions. Following their record breaking and massively popular sell outs at Ullevi Stadium, in 2005, and the multiple arena shows around the region in 2006, EMA Telstar have put together a concert schedule which will allow the band to play to at least 250,000 fans in the six stadium shows in the Summer of 2008. The full schedule is --
This first leg of Iron Maiden's 'SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME' World Tour will open in Mumbai India on Feb 1st, and continue through Australia, Japan, Los Angeles and Mexico, followed by the band's first ever concerts in Costa Rica and Columbia, and then on to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rica and New York, before finishing in Toronto, Canada, on March 16th. Over the 45 day period it is anticipated that Maiden will play to well over 400,000 fans in 21 cities in 10 countries, flying close to 50,000 miles in the specially refitted plane (full schedule below).
IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain appeared at the one-year-anniversary celebration of Rock N Roll Ribs, the recently opened barbecue restaurant owned by McBrain, guitarist Rick "Moby" Baum and close friend Mitch Tanne, on Sunday, December 12 in Coral Springs, Florida. McBrain, a Boca Raton resident and MAIDEN's drummer since 1982, was on hand to pose for photos and sign autographs. His local band, MCBRAIN DAMAGE, also performed at the event.
Check out video footage of McBrain's appearance below.
A barbecue joint with a musical bent, Rock N Roll Ribs showcases its love for smokey Southern cooking with food like barbecued pork and chicken and clever takes on MAIDEN songs, like "Run to the Hills" wings.
Iron Maiden will visit Peru for the first time ever with a concert on March 26 at the 40,000 capacity Estadio National Jose Diaz in the capital city, Lima.
On sale date and ticket information to be announced soon.
Iron Maiden will headline the SEEROCK Festival at Schwarzlsee/Graz, Austria on Friday June 21. This two-day festival takes place on June 21 and 22. Other bands confirmed so far are Motorhead and Stone Sour. Tickets go onsale Friday 7th December at 9am.
American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT will support IRON MAIDEN on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Estadio Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
KAMELOT recently announced its highly anticipated return to Europe on the heels of the band's new album release, "Poetry for the Poisoned". More for the band you can find on http://www.myspace.com/kamelot and the bands official website www.kamelot.com
We are happy to inform you that our site was nominated for “Best Iron Maiden page for December 2008 by http://www.maiden666.de .
We want to say thank you to the people who nominated us. Because even small nomination in other website means a lot for us. We are doing everything we can to make our site really the best Iron Maiden page. So thank you once again !
The recently passed Somewhere Back In Time World Tour had inspired us to release special limited edition T-shirts.
Here they are
The T-shirts are Fruit Of The Loom and are available in all sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
The price of a shirt is 10 euro for Fanclub members 15 euro for everybody else The price is with delivery included.
Today The Official iron Maiden Fan club Bulgaria started new MySpace Profile. Stay tuned for new information, news and pictures from our travels, activities and etc.
The address is http://www.myspace.com/maidenbulgaria Fell free to send your friend requests and we hope to make the fan club popular not only in Bulgaria but also around the world.
Dates for Brazil are now announced as part of Iron Maiden's extensive journey around Latin America on the final leg of their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour. These are:
Thursday March 12 - MANAUS, Sambrodromo
Saturday March 14 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Apoteose
Sunday March 15 - SAO PAULO, Autdromo de Interlagos
Wed March 18 RECIFE, Estdio Municipal
Fri March 20 BRASILIA, Brasilia Camping
For more information go to: http://www.mondoentretenimento.com.br
This will be the first time that the band have ever played in the beautiful coastal city of Recife, the capital city Brasilia, and Manaus, situated on the Amazon in the very heart of the rainforest. It will also be their first visit to Rio for 6 years.
Following massive demand for tickets and the rapid sell out of the 40,000 capacity Palmeiras Stadium in Sao Paolo earlier this year the band will also return there again, but this time in a much bigger venue, the famous Formula One Grand Prix circuit Interlagos, where Lewis Hamilton sealed the Formula One World Championship last month. Other than Formula One Racing, the only other events ever to be arranged there are a concert by Kiss in 1999, Brazil's Skol Beat electronic dance festival and an appearance by His Holiness the Pope, for whom hundreds of thousands turned out. It promises to be a very special event.
Huge thanks to Gergana Popova, Ilian Kovachev, Constantine Yovkov and Dimitar Todorov. We spent many sleepless nights over the past months working on the site.
Our site can now introduce a second interview in our special section "IRON MAIDEN WANTS YOU ... TO TALK!" . A long time ago we interviewed Rafael Kaplunovski - Rafi, who over the last two tours of the band traveled almost the whole world to watch them as many times as possible.
Now we have the honor to present you an interview with Rasmus from Denmark, who is even more remarkable person and fan. You can see for yourself in the following interview.
The three South American dates for the last part of iron maiden’s last part of the SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME TOUR are announced
The dates are as follow
March 5 - Estadio CARACAS, Venezuela - cap 25,000 - www.evenpro.com
March 7 - Simon Bolivar Park, BOGOTA, Colombia - cap 50,000 - www.evenpro.com.co
March 22 - Estadio Nacional, SANTIAGO, Chile - cap 50,000 - www.ticketmaster.cl
Tickets for these shows go onsale Saturday 29th November
We will shortly be announcing a further eight concerts. You should check your local media for full details of the shows and ticketing for each show. www.evenpro.com
Dew to the lot of material and the fact that Iron Maiden and Killers are two different albums, We decided to extend the Maiden /Killers month for presenting these 2 albums.
Expect cool new stuff around the Killers album this month.
"Beast Over Greece" is Metal Hammer Greece's compilation album which features Greek bands covering tracks from IRON MAIDEN's legendary career. The CD will be given away free with Metal Hammer Greece issue 337, on sale Wednesday, December 5.
Commented Metal Hammer Greece: "IRON MAIDEN's music is divine. The whole heavy metal universe humbly worships their magnitude and so do we.
"Metal Hammer Greece decided to release the compilation 'Beast Over Greece' along with its December issue, in order to honor the legendary Brits. Some of the most important Greek bands contributed in the creation of the CD and the final result is absolutely amazing.
"We are very happy to present you some of the best metal music ever written with a Greek twist! Enjoy! Up the irons."
"Beast Over Greece" track listing:
01. SPITFIRE - "Where Eagles Dare"
02. WARDRUM - "Be Quick Or Be Dead"
03. NIGHTSTALKER - "Running Free"
04. BOB KATSIONIS feat. PETER ELLIS - "Moonchild"
05. DREAM WEAVER - "Flight Of Icarus"
06. MAHAKALA - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
07. ACID DEATH - "Deja Vu"
08. DARK NOVA - "The Clairvoyant"
09. CONVIXION - "Sanctuary"
10. MARAUDER - "Children Of The Damned"
11. MAIDENANCE - "Alexander The Great"
You can order your copy here.
Source: Iron Maiden Greek FC
Following the huge international success of their spectacular 'Somewhere Back in Time World Tour 08' Iron Maiden will be taking to the skies once again in 2009 for a fourth and final leg starting in Dubai on February 13th.
Тhe dates are as follows ...
Fri 13th - UAE - Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Sun 15th - India - Bangalore Royal Challenge Rock In India
Fri 20th - New Zealand - Auckland. Mount Smart Stadium
Sat 21st - New Zealand - Christchurch. AMI Stadium
Wed 25th - Mexico - Monterrey Estadio Technologico.
Thurs 26th - Mexico - Guadalajara Arena VFG Jalisco.
Sat 28th - Mexico - Mexico City Fero Sol Stadium Complex
1st - 29th March 2009 - South and Central America.
Details to be advised soon...
Today Starts the month dedicated to Powerslave Album and Live After Death . Every monday during this month we will upload new information interviews and matereials only for these albums. Its Hard to handle all the interviuews from this particular period of the band so we think that the "month" will last a little longer
In the beginning we are giving you full information for the Interview with Bruce Dickinson - October 1984
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we put this site online and it became such a huge project
For this one year we had the chance to meet really unique people from all around just because of our site
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped for the making of this site and to everyone who are still working today and supporting us.
For only one year we’ve done a lot, but we still have a lot of things to come and work to do.
During this year we formed a fully official and functional fan club, together we had the chance to see the band live and meet other great fans from all over the world.
But the most important thing is that we had the chance to know each other.
For this year our site was visited by over 16 670 visitors from over 85 different countries.
The official IRON MAIDEN photographer John McMurtrie will guest on the "Xfm Rock Show With Ian Camfield" this Saturday night, October 22 between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. U.K. time. For more information, go to this location.
The photographic documentary compiled by McMurtrie entitled "On Board Flight 666" was published in the U.K. on October 20 via Orion Books.
Video footage of John McMurtrie talking about the "On Board Flight 666" can be seen below.
If you want to win an exclusive print signed by John McMurtrie? Check out the On Board Flight 666 competition on the official band website!
In Interview for Rock Hard magazine Nicko McBrain has revealed details around the future plans of the band and the new Iron Maiden album Here is part of his interview:
Rock Hard: Is Iron Maiden working on a new album?
McBrain: "We start working on a new record in November. We've got November and the first couple of weeks of December booked into writing. We're gonna do a new album in January 2010, and we should tour with that in late summer, fall time. That's the plan. Hopefully, God willing, everybody's health is good and we can get on with it and get out there again."
Iron Maiden Bulgaria starts a new campaign. We decided to call the campaign IRON MAIDEN BULGARIA WANTS YOU…TO TALK because it will contain mainly interviews
You can find it in the FOR FANS section
Here is the full story about this idea
This Summer when we attended the Athens gig parto of the Somеwhere Back In Time Tour we met a lot of fans which were stunned by the fact that we traveled 1000 km just to see Maiden Live. Few weeks after that I found a person in the Internet who went on a journey that we only can dream of. I decided to found a special section in our site where we will introduce you interesting people and their stories connected with Iron Maiden. I’m really happy that Rafael Kaplunovsky - Rafi is the founder of this section and I am grateful that he agreed to answer some questions that I ve asked him about his amazing tour.
Here is the interview:
We still have no words to describe the tour... stay tunned for some pictures and comments about it soon
As I promised the Iron Maiden / Killers month starts today.
Expect a lot of material , interviews , bootlegs and info around those two albums to be uploaded on our site durring this month