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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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

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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'.

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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

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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.

Everyone can sign in the metal bar The Black Lodge. The places are limited. For more information, and follow the websites www.blacklodge.bg, www.ironmaiden-bg.com, or send an e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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"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.

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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."

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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.

 

Bruce introduces 'Trooper' from Trooper on Vimeo.

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'.

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.

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