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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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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.

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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."

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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!

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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.

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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'

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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.

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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 –
Moonchild
The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Killers
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
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Run To The Hills*
Running Free*
Sanctuary*

*previously unreleased.

DISC TWO – THE HISTORY OF IRON MAIDEN PART 3
The History Of Iron Maiden - Part 3
12 Wasted Years
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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:

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* 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.

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* 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.

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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."

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