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Vintage Rock's Junkman (www.vintagerock.com) conducted an interview with drummer Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN on January 25 at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.

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Maiden will play at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium, Finland on Saturday 20th July.

Tickets go onsale Wednesday 30th January at 8.00 (CET). An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Monday 28th January. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.

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Iron Maiden will headline two Sonisphere festivals in Spain this summer. The Madrid show takes place at the Miguel Rios Auditorium on Friday 31 May and the Barcelona show takes place at the Parc Del Forum on Saturday 1 June.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday January 23rd, please visit www.sonispherefestivals.com for more information.

Note:This official information eliminates the rumors for the band playing in Romania on 1 June.

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Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has recorded a song with the Paraguayan metal band RUSHMORE. In 2008 RUSHMORE was the band that supported Di'Anno on his Latin American tour. After a lot of negotiations, RUSHMORE was finally able to get their old friend to collaborate with them on their new album.

The first single from the CD, "Kingdom Of Demons", is available for streaming below. (Note: The track doesn't feature Di'Anno.)

 

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According to the Swedish CD/DVD online shop CDON.se, the legendary video MAIDEN ENGLAND will be released on March 25th. The fans can make a preorder for the item on the website. We would like to remind that until now the video was available only on VHS cassette and there were some unofficial DVD releases. In previous news we informed you about the intentions of the band to release MAIDEN ENGLAND on DVD/BluRay with 3 previously unreleased tracks from the show. The maiden collectors will be happy to know that the audio from the concert will be available on double CD and limited Picture Disc/Vinyl.

Stay tuned for more information and official confirmation.

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Special thanks to: Stiff

Maiden will headline the Topfest Festival at Piestany, near Bratislava on Thursday June 27. The last time the band played in Slovakia was in 2003 during the Dance Of Death Tour and they haven't played in Bratislava since 1993 on the Real Live Tour.
For details of how to buy tickets visit www.topfest.sk

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Steve Harris will be taking his new solo/side project British Lion out on the road next month visiting fourteen countries and twenty four cities across Europe, starting in Portugal on Feb 21. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, Iron Maiden's bass player, founder member and leader will be taking temporary leave from his Maiden activities and heading out on a full European Club tour.

Steve comments "I love touring and live shows and I'm very excited about touring with British Lion. It's fantastic to get out there and once again experience the sheer vibrancy of small clubs with the fans right up front and in your face. I think the fans will enjoy that too. It's exciting, going back to the roots, and it's going to be fantastic. We are taking this to clubs all round Europe - a full club tour, with club shows at club prices, hot, sweaty and loud . We have no idea how many people will turn out to see us as it's obviously very recent and very new, so we have kept the venues small with tickets priced accordingly as low as we reasonably could.

I've known all the guys in the band for ages and, besides being great musicians, they are also good friends, which is lucky because this has been an ongoing project for many years! They've had to be very patient with me as, of course, I'm so involved with Maiden I don't really get a lot of free time to work on other stuff. So it's great to finally have the opportunity to get out and do all these shows. The reaction to the album has been really good and I think it will sound great live. We're all planning to have a lot of fun on this tour!"

FEBRUARY 2013
THU 21 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB
SAT 23 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA
SUN 24 SPAIN BARCELONA SALAMANDRA
TUE 26 SWITZERLAND ZURICH KOMPLEX
WED 27 ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB
THUR 28 ITALY ROME ORION

MARCH 2013
SAT 02 GERMANY NUREMBURG ROCKFABRIK
SUN 03 GERMANY MUNICH BACKSTAGE HALLE
TUE 05 GERMANY STUTTGART LKA
THUR 07 AUSTRIA VIENNA ARENA
SAT 09 GERMANY COLOGNE LIVE MUSIC HALL
SUN 10 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIA CLUB
TUE 12 SWEDEN MALMO KB
WED 13 SWEDEN GOTHENBURG BREWHOUSE
THUR 14 NORWAY OSLO ROCKERFELLER
SAT 16 SWEDEN STOCKHOLM KLUBBEN
MON 18 FINLAND HELSINKI CIRKUS
FRI 22 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM MELKWEG
SAT 23 BELGIUM VOSSELAAR BIEBOB
SUN 24 FRANCE PARIS LA TRABENDO
TUE 26 ENGLAND O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON
WED 27 ENGLAND O2 ACADEMY 2, BIRMINGHAM
FRI 29 SCOTLAND GLASGOW GARAGE
SAT 30 ENGLAND MANCHESTER CLUB ACADEMY

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Pilot, writer, radio and TV host, lector, director, composer and one of the greatest heavy metal singers of our time. Bruce Dickinson is without a doubt a person that deserves attention. Also known for his 30 years as a singer for IRON MAIDEN , Bruce has quite astonishing solo career.

Fan club Iron Maiden Bulgaria invites you to a party dedicated to the solo career and side projects of Bruce Dickinson. The party will be on 10th of January at the Metal Bar "The Black Lodge". The playlist will contain tracks only from Bruce's career outside IRON MAIDEN.

As always there will be awards for some of the visitors. Party starts at 21:00. Entrance Free

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Iron Maiden will headline the SEEROCK Festival at Schwarzlsee/Graz, Austria on Friday June 21. This two-day festival takes place on June 21 and 22. Other bands confirmed so far are Motorhead and Stone Sour. Tickets go onsale Friday 7th December at 9am.

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"Beast Over Greece" is Metal Hammer Greece's compilation album which features Greek bands covering tracks from IRON MAIDEN's legendary career. The CD will be given away free with Metal Hammer Greece issue 337, on sale Wednesday, December 5.

Commented Metal Hammer Greece: "IRON MAIDEN's music is divine. The whole heavy metal universe humbly worships their magnitude and so do we.

"Metal Hammer Greece decided to release the compilation 'Beast Over Greece' along with its December issue, in order to honor the legendary Brits. Some of the most important Greek bands contributed in the creation of the CD and the final result is absolutely amazing.

"We are very happy to present you some of the best metal music ever written with a Greek twist! Enjoy! Up the irons."

"Beast Over Greece" track listing:

01. SPITFIRE - "Where Eagles Dare"
02. WARDRUM - "Be Quick Or Be Dead"
03. NIGHTSTALKER - "Running Free"
04. BOB KATSIONIS feat. PETER ELLIS - "Moonchild"
05. DREAM WEAVER - "Flight Of Icarus"
06. MAHAKALA - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
07. ACID DEATH - "Deja Vu"
08. DARK NOVA - "The Clairvoyant"
09. CONVIXION - "Sanctuary"
10. MARAUDER - "Children Of The Damned"
11. MAIDENANCE - "Alexander The Great"

You can order your copy here.

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Source: Iron Maiden Greek FC

Maiden will play at Lisbon's Atlantic Pavilion on May 29th. Tickets go onsale 8th December at 10am (GMT). An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on 6th December starting at 10am (GMT). Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.

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Maiden will return to Russia in 2013 with a show at Arena (Ice Palace), Saint-Petersburg on 16th July and a show at Moscow's Olimpyski Stadium on 18th July. Tickets go onsale 7th December at 09:00 (CET) .

An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on 6th December starting at 09.00 (CET). Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'

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The late show "Denis & Friends" on BNT 1 this Tuesday (04.12.2012) will be a tribute to IRON MAIDEN. The guests in the studio are Nikolas Petras - Nicko from IRON MAIDEN Bulgaria and the long time music journalist and author of the books "Rule the Bulgarians"Adrian Lazarovski. The show starts at 23:00 and you can watch it on this address (Only for Bulgaria).

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This signed Maiden guitar is being auctioned for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. The Jackson Adrian Smith Signature electric guitar, signed in 2011 by members of Iron Maiden: Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain, and Janick Gers. The body is additionally inscribed "To Ronnie James Dio Cancer Trust USA." Serial number 8535. PROVENANCE From the collection of Adrian Smith

Proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

For more info click here

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The Greek Iron Maiden fan club (www.ironmaidenfc.gr) held its second meeting and its growing bigger and stronger.

Last Saturday our friends had a big meeting at the Rainbow Live club in Athens (see pictures) . The tribute band Maidenance was responsible for the great music and the party was a killer.

Grateful for the Night to remember the Greek FC gave a "Blood Brothers" award to the band. You can see a video from the party below.

We at "Fan Club Iron Maiden Bulgaria" would like to wish all the best to our Greek Blood Brothers and we hope their fan club to grow even bigger and stronger. We will see each other soon!

UP THE IRONS!

 

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"Us Against The World", the new video from IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris, can be seen below. The song comes off his first-ever solo release, "British Lion", which sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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Top British string manufacturer Rotosound has improved its Steve Harris signature bass strings using a new burnishing process. The new upgraded strings have a smoother finish making them much easier to play at high speed.

Harris is well known as a founding member of IRON MAIDEN and is one of only two members to play on all their albums. He is considered one of the best and most influential heavy metal bass players in the world today. He is known for his "galloping" fleet fingered bass lines and his own unique tone.

To get the sound he likes the best, Steve has used Rotosound strings throughout his career.

The upgraded signature bass strings have been developed using a new process that gives these flatwound strings a smooth, slicker feel that means you can easily glide from the first to twelfth position without hearing the movement. Slightly brighter than traditional flatwound strings the Steve Harris signature set (product code SH77) has a unique clear mellow tone, which brings up the bottom end while toning down the high to balance the bass nicely.

If you appreciate quality — you will appreciate these. Oh — and each set comes with Steve Harris' favorite West Ham colours on the silk ends. The four-string set comes in 50, 75, 95 and 110 gauges.

To find out more about the Steve Harris signature bass stings, Rotosound and its other strings and accessories, visit www.rotosound.com where you can buy them online.

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"Werewolf", a brand new song from the Victoria, Australia-based project VESSEL, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track, which features a guest appearance by British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE), comes off VESSEL's debut album, "Introspective", which is due in December.

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IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris has put his English country house on the market for £6,750,000 (approximately $10,805,000).
A description of the property reads as follows: "Approached via a pretty country lane and private gated entrance into a sweeping gravel driveway with large parking area, Sheering Hall is an historic substantial medieval country house of some 11,000 square feet full of character and period features throughout. It is grade II listed and there has been a house on the site since the Domesday Book and parts of the house date back to 1427. The property offers a fantastic variety of facilities for entertaining on a grand scale.

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"Surrounding the entrance hall with its exposed beams and open fireplace are the three main reception rooms. The sitting room and drawing room both have fine detail and character with floor to ceiling oak panelled walls and high ceilings with guilded ornate cornicing. The drawing room boasts a grand wooden carved fireplace with wood burner. The kitchen benefits from a four-oven aga and raised breakfast area and from the kitchen there is access to the playroom, boot room and utility area.

"Through a further hallway is access to your own private and fully equipped pub 'The Horse And Cart' complete with ale on tap. From the second hallway, further leisure amenities extend to an impressive media room, again with a high ornately decorated ceiling and an office, editing studio and equipment store. A second staircase leads to the bespoke indoor heated swimming pool with truly unique hand painted mural tiles and wall murals with raised gym area, 2 separate recreational areas, changing room, separate kitchen and impressive split level galleried recording studio.

"From the entrance hall, the main wood panelled staircase leads up to the first floor with the principal bedroom, dressing room and en suite bathroom, there are 7 further bedrooms, a family bathroom and three shower rooms as well as staff accommodation consisting of bedroom, shower room, sitting room and kitchen which can also be accessed via the second staircase. Additionally there is a separate 3 bedroom coach house with sitting room, 2 shower rooms, extensive garaging and workshop."

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Source: Blabbermouth