IRON MAIDEN have added six more European dates to their Legacy Of The Beast 2022 Tour, including Arena Armeec, Sofia on 13 July. Tickets go on sale 6 December at 10am at ticketstation.bg. As always there will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden fan club members. Special Guests at the Bulgarian show will be Lord Of The Lost.
The show has already been seen by almost two million people across the globe, being hailed by fans and media alike as the most extravagant and visually spectacular performance of the band’s career to date, with a decades-spanning set list of fan favourites and hits. The 2022 show will also include some songs from Maiden’s new studio album Senjutsu - which debuted at #1 in Bulgaria - being played live for the first time.
Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood comments:
“Next summer we will finally get to play the huge European stadium tour for Legacy of the Beast originally set for 2020 and since moved twice! We are delighted to be able to add shows in some of the great cities of eastern Europe, including in the Ukraine where we have never played. We’ll be making a couple of changes to the production and setlist to include some songs from our new album Senjutsu and are making the 2022 version of Legacy Of The Beast even more exciting and spectacular than the acclaimed original show , but you can be sure that we will still be featuring all the “hits” and the key elements of the original tour like the Spitfire, Icarus, Hell, flamethrowers and pyro and the rest! But we will shake it up a bit and Trooper Eddie will have serious competition in a new Senjutsu “world” we are adding.”
Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson adds,
“We’re really looking forward to our return to Europe next year and its terrific that we are now able to add Sofia and the other shows in eastern Europe, great cities and great fans. I’m excited about the new additions to the stage production and we can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve got planned. The whole band has really enjoyed the Legacy tour and now we just can’t wait get back out on the road to play live, have fun and see everyone again!”
You can get your ticket only at www.ticketstation.bg since 6 December in the following price categories, depending on your position in the hall:
- 80 BGN – standing;
- 100 BGN;
- 110 BGN;
- 130 BGN;
- 140 BGN – Front of Stage, Standing;
- 150 BGN.
‘Stratego' is the second track from Maiden’s long-awaited, 17th studio album, Senjutsu which is being released globally on September 3rd.
It’s one of two songs on the 10 track, 82 minutes long album written by guitarist Janick Gers and founder member/ bassist Steve Harris.
Recorded back in 2019 again at Guillaume Tell studios in Paris, the track was produced by Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley & co-produced by Steve Harris.
'Stratego' is available to stream now on your favourite streaming platform.
We are thrilled to announce the release of IRON MAIDEN’s 17th studio album Senjutsu on September 3rd through Parlophone Records (BMG in the USA). It was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.
For Senjutsu – loosely translated as ‘tactics & strategy’, the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Steve Harris. And with a running time of a little under 82 minutes, Senjutsu, like their previous record The Book Of Souls, will be a double CD album/triple vinyl album.
Steve says "We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. The setup there is perfect for our needs; the building used to be a cinema and has a really high ceiling so there’s a great acoustic sound. We recorded this album in the same way we did The Book Of Souls in that we’d write a song, rehearse it and then put it down together straight away while it was all fresh in our minds. There’s some very complex songs on this album which took a lot of hard work to get them exactly as we wanted them to sound, so the process was at times very challenging, but Kevin is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth the effort! I’m very proud of the result and can’t wait for fans to hear it."
Bruce Dickinson continues, "We’re all really excited about this album. We recorded it back in early 2019 during a break in the Legacy tour so we could maximize our touring yet still have a long set up period before release to prepare great album art and something special as a video. Of course the pandemic delayed things more - so much for the best laid plans – or should that be ‘strategies’!? The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised - in a good way, I hope!"
The full tracklisting is:
1. Senjutsu (Smith/Harris) 8:20
2. Stratego (Gers/Harris) 4:59
3. The Writing On The Wall (Smith/Dickinson) 6:13
4. Lost In A Lost World (Harris) 9:31
5. Days Of Future Past (Smith/Dickinson) 4:03
6. The Time Machine (Gers/Harris) 7:09
7. Darkest Hour (Smith/Dickinson) 7:20
8. Death Of The Celts (Harris) 10:20
9. The Parchment (Harris) 12:39
10. Hell On Earth (Harris) 11:19
Senjutsu will be released on the following formats and available to pre-order from all good music retailers starting Wednesday July 21st
Standard 2CD Digipak
Deluxe 2CD Book Format
Deluxe heavyweight 180G Triple Black Vinyl
Special Edition Triple Silver & Black Marble Vinyl (from selected retailers)
Special Edition Triple Red & Black Marble Vinyl (from selected retailers)
Super Deluxe Boxset featuring CD, Blu-Ray and Exclusive Memorabilia
Digital album (streaming and download)
IRON MAIDEN revealed their brand-new track, The Writing On The Wall, with an eagerly anticipated global YouTube video premiere. The song was written by Adrian Smith & Bruce Dickinson, produced by Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.
Bruce Dickinson initially had a concept for the video which came to fruition in collaboration with two Award-winning former Pixar executives and long-standing Maiden fans Mark Andrews & Andrew Gordon. With partners lining up to get involved with the project they chose BlinkInk, a London based animation studio.
In BlinkInk director Nicos Livesey, another long-time Maiden fan & kindred spirit, they found a man who shared the collective vision for the track – resulting in the final film which features the very first glimpse of a stunning new incarnation of Eddie.
Bruce comments: “I had a pretty clear idea of the concept to accompany the song and when I met Mark and Andrew, on Zoom, it quickly became clear we were all very much on the same wavelength, and this was reinforced with the addition of Nicos and his young BlinkInk team. Our weekly team Zoom meetings were then usually both highly creative and a lot of fun!
I’m very proud of the way the video turned out, it’s more like a mini-film really. I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards - I thought we could make something very special together. I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact it it’s pretty much created by Maiden fans!! ”
Director, Nicos Livesey takes up the story: “We quickly found the expertise we wanted, and people were literally throwing themselves at me to work on a Maiden video – we had more than 60 people in 13 countries from Brazil to France, & Romania to the USA to add something to the clip and I’d say their love, passion and understanding of the band shines through every frame.”
Iron Maiden have teamed up with BrewDog for a new lager, Hellcat.
The “feisty” new 6% ABV India Pale Lager will be brewed in Columbus, Ohio, and is going to be exclusively available in America online and via select retailers later in the year.
“I’ve been looking for the perfect partner with whom to bring a fresh, exciting beer to the U.S.,” Bruce Dickinson tells American Craft Beer. “I’ve long been an admirer of BrewDog, not just because of their beers, but also of their attitude and style. When I met the BrewDog team, we discovered the respect is mutual, and that we could make an undeniably unique beer together.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with a world-renowned rock band like Iron Maiden,” adds James Watt, CEO and Co-Founder of BrewDog. “Iron Maiden, like BrewDog, have maintained their spirit of independence throughout their stellar career. Hellcat is a hop-forward lager with a golden hazy appearance and crisp finish – an epic beer worthy of this massive collaboration.”
Hellcat is said to have “a citrus-forward flavour” with “an epically complex balance of malts and hops”
According to our Greek friends from ironmaidenfc.gr, Iron Maiden will visit Athens on July 16, 2022.
The date has not been officially confirmed by the band, but according to an interesting advertisement by the promoters - High Priority Promotions, we can assume that the band will visit Greece again. The date will be part of Legacy of the Beast Tour 2022. Stay Tuned!
You can see the advertisement here:
Iron Maiden & West Ham build on their successful collaboration with the launch of a new 'Away Shirt' & Training Range
Die With Your Boots On is the name of the successful collaboration that launched back in 2019 between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. With thousands of home shirts sold, there was huge appetite from West Ham & Steve to extend the range for fans around the world to enjoy in both football and music. The new West Ham/Iron Maiden away shirt (worn by West Ham attacking midfielder Saïd Benrahma & Steve Harris above) is accompanied with a new West Ham/Iron Maiden training jacket and a new range of Iron Maiden training wear.
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 and 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.
Harris was not going to turn down the opportunity to extend the range beyond the success of the original home shirt design, “It was incredible to see the number of Iron Maiden & West Ham fans that picked up the initial home shirt. With West Ham doing so well in the Premier League right now, it feels like a nice time to put out this ‘away’ shirt. I’m so happy to carry the Maiden/West Ham partnership further… who knows, it might bring us luck for a Champions league place, you never know! COYI!”
Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, speaks of how popular the Maiden collaboration was with the West Ham fans when it launched back in 2019. “We’ve had a phenomenal response to our first shirt collaboration with Iron Maiden, selling out repeat orders several times. The fans’ reactions were amazing with huge engagement on social media. We are now excited to release the ‘away’ shirt as a first run exclusive online at www.officialwesthamstore.com, with further styles to follow as we continue this highly successful partnership. Come on you Irons!!”
We regret to announce that the IRON MAIDEN 2021 June & July dates on the Legacy Of The Beast Tour have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The Legacy Of The Beast European Tour will now take place in the Summer of 2022 on the dates below. All tickets remain valid. Please note:
- The German Stuttgart 2022 show will now take place at the Cannstatter Wasen, not the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which is not available due to stadium reconstruction works. Tickets remain valid and ticket-holders will be notified by the local promoter/ticketing agency in due course.
- The Swiss show has reverted to Zurich Hallenstadion as was originally planned for 2020, as this venue is now available again for 2022. Therefore, there will be no rescheduled show for Basel St Jakobshalle (which never went onsale this year).
- Zurich along with Frankfurt, Arnhem and Belsonic will go on sale imminently – details below
The postponement of the Legacy Of The Beast Tour does however bring the good news that Maiden can now return to headlining the European festival dates initially planned for 2020 which were cancelled due to the pandemic. This includes Graspop in Belgium so therefore the own-show date in Antwerp (which had also not gone onsale) will no longer take place. Furthermore, we are in the process of finalising a further couple of own-shows in other European territories and will update you about those as soon as they are confirmed.
Confirmed supports for all own-shows can be found on the Tour date page. Where possible these will remain the same as announced for this year.
2022 LEGACY OF THE BEAST EUROPEAN DATES:
June 04 - Finland Hyvinkää Rockfest
June 11 - UK Donington Download Festival
June 13 - N.Ire Belfast Ormeau Park Belsonic Festival*
June 16 - Belgium, Dessel Graspop
June 18 - Denmark, Copenhagen, Copenhell
June 20 - Czech Republic Prague Sinobo Stadium (rescheduled from 15.06.2021)
June 23 - Norway Oslo Tons Of Rock
June 26 - France Paris La Defense Arena (rescheduled from 11.07.21)
June 27 - Netherlands Arnhem Gelredome (rescheduled from 10.07.21)*
June 30 - Switzerland Zurich Hallenstadion *
July 02 - Germany Cologne Rhein-Energie-Stadium (rescheduled from 08.07.21)
July 04 - Germany Berlin Waldbühne (rescheduled from 30.06.21)
July 07 - Italy Bologna Sonic Park (rescheduled from 24.06.21)
July 09 - Germany Stuttgart Cannstatter Wasen (rescheduled from Mercedes-Benz Arena 26.06.21)
July 10 - Austria Wiener Neustadt Stadium Open-Air (rescheduled from 16.06.21)
July 20 - Germany Bremen Bürgerweide (rescheduled from 13.06.21)
July 22 - Sweden Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium (rescheduled from 03.07.21)
July 24 - Poland Warsaw PGE Narodowy (rescheduled from 11.06.21)
July 26 - Germany Frankfurt Deutsche Bank Park (rescheduled from 06.07.21)*
July 29 - Spain Barcelona Olympic Stadium (rescheduled from 19.06.21)
July 31 - Portugal Lisbon Estadio Nacional (rescheduled from 21.06.21)
ARNHEM: On Sale Friday 16th April @ 10am CET
ZURICH: On Sale Friday 23rd April @ 8am CET
FRANKFURT: On-Sale Friday 23rd April @10am CET
BELSONIC: On-Sale Friday 16th April @ 9am BST
The Zurich and Frankfurt shows will have exclusive Iron Maiden Fan Club presales next week. Please click here for more info.
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!”