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).
Brighton Concorde 2
Uden De Pul
Zaal Jagersborg Maasmechele
Paris Divan Du Monde
Faro Moto Clube Festival
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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.