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IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain will take part in a meet-and-greet at the Coral Springs, Florida location of School Of Rock on Thursday, November 8 between 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.. The young music students of School of Rock are presently in rehearsals for a "tribute to IRON MAIDEN" show and are looking forward to some first-hand advice from Nicko himself.

"Nicko is awesome for volunteering his time to mentor the kids," says School Of Rock Coral Springs Music Director Andrew Musselman. "This is an opportunity that the kids will never forget."

"Our house band has been working on a cover of IRON MAIDEN's 'Aces High'," says Christian Davis, Music Director at the School Of Rock West Broward. "It would be amazing if they got to rehearse it with Nicko."

The performance-based music school, has decided to open their doors to the public for this one night, so that other kids in the community can meet Nicko and better understand the importance of music education. In lieu of an admission fee, School Of Rock will be accepting optional donations to the Rock School Fund. This fund will provide instruments and scholarship funding to cover tuition expenses based on a student's financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program.

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Vans and IRON MAIDEN are excited to give metal fans the chance to grab an instant classic with the Vans x Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast Classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi. Each shoe comes emblazoned with the iconic Eddie cover art from the album and an embroidered IRON MAIDEN logo on the heel.

Among the most popular Vans band collaborations to date, Vans and IRON MAIDEN have previously created four other projects saluting other essential MAIDEN albums: "Killers" (2007), "Piece Of Mind" (2007), "Powerslave" (2008) and "Trooper" (2008).

You can buy or find out more about these special kicks and where to find them at a dealer near you at vans.com/ironmaiden.

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From today you can order the NFL – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son comic book from our online shop. Shipments are available worldwide, for Europe the shipment is free. The Comic book is quite limited so don't miss it.

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In celebration of its 5th anniversary Iron Maiden Bulgaria will present a unique comic book for the first time in Bulgaria and Europe

The Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son comic is quite rare and with a collectors value. It is created by fans of the band and based on the legends for "Alvin the Maker" by Orson Scott Card. Until now the magazine has been available mainly in South America.

Now the fans can buy it on the party for 7 EUR. If there are some books remaining after the party they will be available for purchase on our website. The quantity is really limited so if you cannot join the party you can mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will save a book for you

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The Maiden England tour continues into The Netherlands on June 25th at the new 17,000 capacity Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
Tickets go onsale Saturday 27th October at 10am CET with an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members on Friday 26th October 9am CET - 5pm CET.

Sweden: Following the announcement of the Friends Arena show in Stockholm, a 50,000 capacity stadium which sold-out in record time, Maiden will now play another Swedish date, Malmo Stadium on July 10th. Tickets go onsale Friday 26th October at 9am CET with an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members on Wednesday 24th October 9am CET - 6pm CET.

Iron Maiden Fan Club members will also be eligible to be in the draw to be First To The Barrier at both these shows.

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On 27th October IRON MAIDEN BULGARIA will celebrate its 5th year anniversary. This is the occasion for a huge party that will be held at the Black Lodge Bar.

As usual there will be a lot of surprises and gifts for all the guests so don't miss it. The playlist through all the night will be a fine selection of favorite Iron Maiden tracks. The Party will start at 9 PM. Entrance: FREE.

More interesting news will be posted on Tuesday ...

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IRON MAIDEN have confirmed that they will close the show at the incredible 2013 Rock in Rio, Brazil, headlining the final night on 22 Sept - and they expect to go out with a bang!

They first appeared at the inaugural Rock In Rio, supporting Queen in 1985, during their World Slavery tour and made an historic return in 2001 headlining to over 200,000 fans shortly after Bruce and Adrian rejoined the band on the Brave New World tour. As Maiden fans know, this passionate performance from both band and crowd alike was captured on the Rock In Rio concert video cementing a lifelong relationship between Maiden and their Brazilian and Latin American fans which continues and grows to this day. Since then Maiden have been regular visitors to Brazil playing extensive tours in major arenas and stadiums from Belem to Porto Allegre, Recife to Manaus, and many cities between with four sold-out Stadium shows in Sao Paulo alone.

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The first 3 headline acts announced for Rock in Rio 2013 are Maiden , Bruce Springsteen and Metallica. For more information go to www.rockinrio.com

In a interview we did with BLAZE BAYLEY last week (Read the interview), the singer revealed quite interesting details for his future plans and ever surprised us with the date for his next visit in Sofia. The date that blaze is talking about will be part of his acoustic tour in support of the new Acoustic EP with Thomas Zwijsen. You can find the whole article in our interview campaign. We will keep you updated for any details around Blaze Bayley's upcoming tour.

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Dutch classical guitarist Thomas Zwijsen will release his album, "Nylon Maiden", on January 8, 2013. The CD contains 11 unique arrangements of IRON MAIDEN tracks on classical guitar. Additional musicians on the album are Anne Bakker (violin), Nathanael Taekema (drums), Tony Newton (bass; VOODOO SIX, bass) and Blaze Bayley (vocals; IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE).

Zwijsen has worked closely with Bayley; as composer, co-producer and lead guitarist on Blaze's most recent "The King Of Metal" album and tour and the following acoustic U.K. tour. He is, however, better known for his "Nylon Maiden" videos in which he displays his technical and tuneful abilities.

The "Nylon Maiden" videos have had over 1.5 million views on YouTube.

"Nylon Maiden" track listing:

01. Aces High
02. Rainmaker
03. The Trooper
04. Dance Of Death
05. Can I Play With Madness
06. Blood Brothers
07. The Clairvoyant
08. Wasting Love
09. Wasted Years
10. The Clansman (featuring Blaze Bayley)
11. The Talisman (featuring Tony Newton)

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"Nylon Maiden" will be released on CD and as digital download. Prior to release, Zwijsen will release a single with two non-album tracks ("The Evil That Men Do" and "Run To The Hills") on vinyl and as digital download on November 26.

Supporting this album, Zwijsen is already booked to open for MAIDEN UNITED, the all-acoustic MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) and Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), on most of their European dates in November/December.

From January, Zwijsen will go on a three-month tour with Blaze Bayley in South America and Europe, playing a double set: first opening the show with a solo "Nylon Maiden" performance, before a full acoustic set with Blaze.

For more information, visit www.ThomasZwijsen.com.

"Tortured Tone", the new video from PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION, the project featuring IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith and SIKTH frontman Mikee Goodman, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's debut album, "Awoken Broken", which was released in the U.S. on April 17 and in Europe on February 27 through Spinefarm Records.

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More dates have been added to the Maiden England European Tour 2013. Maiden will play 5 shows in Germany. The dates are: the Festhalle Frankfurt on 11 June, the O2 World in Berlin on 18 June, O2 World in Hamburg on 19 June, Open Air Arena Singen-Aach on 29 June and Open Air an der KöPi-Arena in Oberhausen on 06 July.

Tickets will go on sale in Germany on Saturday, 20 October 2012. Tickets are available through all official box offices, the national ticket hotline 01805 – 570 000 (14 ct./min., mobile prices max 42 ct./min) or online at www.eventim.de. An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run from 15 October, 10am until 16 October 6pm. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.

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Professionally filmed video footage of Belgium-based classical guitarist Thomas Zwijsen and British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) performing an acoustic set on July 27 at The Asylum in Birmingham, England can be seen below.

The setlist was as follows:

01. Lord Of The Flies (IRON MAIDEN)
02. The Launch
03. Truth Is Revealed
04. Meant To Be
05. Stare At The Sun
06. I Like It Hot (WOLFSBANE)
07. One More Step
08. Man On The Edge (IRON MAIDEN)
09. Como Estais Amigos (IRON MAIDEN)
10. Doctor Doctor (UFO)

Bayley is working on songs for a new classical EP with Zwijsen. The five-song effort will include a "full classical guitar arrangement" of the IRON MAIDEN song "Sign Of The Cross", which the duo performed on their recent U.K. acoustic tour.

Zwijsen previously recorded an acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute album called "Nylon Maiden", which featured a guest appearance by Bayley on a cover version of "The Clansman".

Zwijsen is one of the musicians who backed Bayley on Blaze's most recent European "The King Of Metal" tour.

We also managed to do an interview with BLAZE BAYLEY in which he told us quite interesting things. Soon you will be able to find the interview on our pages.

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As you might notice, our Khan Eddie T-shirt is totally sold out, so the sop is free for new items. We have the feeling that we had ignored the ladies with our boring t-shirt models so we decided to meke up for that. From today in our online shop you will find quite big collection of handmade clothes for the ladies.

The clothes are designed by our friend Cveta Uzunova (7th Son) and we are sure that they will satisfy even the most fastidious taste.

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Soon you can expect brand new t-shirts which will be quite limited edition.

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J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder Steve Harris about Steve's solo/side project album, "British Lion". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Decibel: How long have you been thinking about doing a solo album?

Harris: Oh, forever. Since about ' 93. [laughs] It's been so long, it's ridiculous. I'm just so relieved to get this thing out, really, because it's finally there. I'm really pleased with the results, but it's taken a long while. I think everyone knows that I'm always the one that's the busiest in MAIDEN. When we're not touring or recording, I'm still doing loads of MAIDEN stuff — video editing and god knows what else — so I get a lot less downtime than the others. That's why it's taken so long, really. I was just trying to fit bits in here and there when the other people were available to work on stuff while I was back in the U.K., which over the last few years has not been very often.

Decibel: The press release mentioned that you recorded the album in secret between MAIDEN tours. Why the secrecy?

Harris: Yeah, I suppose that sounds a bit like espionage or something. But we just didn't tell anyone what was going on, really. These days, with the Internet and everything else, it's nice to have a little mystique in something. People weren't expecting this album, and it was a difficult thing to keep under wraps. But it was all done in the quiet, I suppose.

Decibel: Did the other guys in MAIDEN know what you were up to?

Harris: No. Not for a long time they didn't, anyway. I mean, when someone else in MAIDEN is working on another project, no one really talks about it. When Bruce [Dickinson, vocals] or Adrian [Smith, guitar] does stuff, they don't go around broadcasting to the others, and I didn't either. Actually, the only one in MAIDEN who's even heard the album is Nicko [McBrain, drums], because he asked to hear it. So, I played it for him. But the other guys haven't asked to hear it, so I haven't played it for them. Simple as that, really.

Decibel: My impression is that you're the main songwriter in MAIDEN. So, when you were working on this stuff...

Harris: I think I know what you're going to say. This is not throwaway MAIDEN stuff. These are not riffs that I could've used in MAIDEN because, like I said, it was done with other people. As soon as that happens, it's not gonna be used in MAIDEN. And the thing is, I've got a ridiculous amount of ideas that I'm probably never gonna get out the door in my lifetime. [laughs] So, there's no shortage of ideas for MAIDEN. And this stuff is different, anyway. It's more heavy rock than heavy metal, but to me the influences are all from the Well, it seemed like it would portray that idea same era. I have such a wide variety of influences from the '70s anyway. I mean, I think ["British Lion" track] "Us Against The World" sounds a bit like MAIDEN ... maybe "The Chosen Ones" and "A World Without Heaven", because they've got those harmony guitars. But in general it's more riffy, yeah? Well, obviously there's lots of melody, but then there's loads of melody in MAIDEN as well. Sometimes I think MAIDEN doesn't get enough credit for the melody we do have.

The entire interview can be found in the November 2012 issue of Decibel magazine, available on newsstands now.

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Bucharest, Romania-based metallers GOODBYE TO GRAVITY have recorded a cover version of IRON MAIDEN's 1988 classic "The Evil That Men Do". Originally on MAIDEN's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" album, the song was reinterpreted in GOODBYE TO GRAVITY's own style and features modern twists like growls, massive riffs and down-tuned guitars.

GOODBYE TO GRAVITY's debut album, which is due out November 26 via Metalfan Records, was produced and mixed by Alex Pascu and was mastered by Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KREATOR). The band played at this year's Summer Breeze open-air festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany after being selected from over 2,000 unsigned bands from around the world for the yearly New Blood Award.

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Source: www.blabbermouth.net

On June 5 Maiden will bring the Maiden England World tour to Paris Bercy, a venue they have played many times before, including on the original Seventh Son tour back in 1988. Tickets will go onsale on Monday, October 15 at 10.00 am, with an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members which will run from Wednesday, Oct 10 from 09.00 am, closing 6pm Thursday Oct 11. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.

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IRON MAIDEN are not only the first international act to announce their appearance at the magnificent national stadium in Stockholm — Friends Arena — they are also the first rock band to sell it out!

Spectacular ticket demand for MAIDEN was once again so great that the July 13, 2013 show sold out as quickly as the ticket system could handle — record-breaking for this new 50,000-capacity Stockholm stadium. The venue, Friends Arena, has a roof which means that for the first time ever in Sweden, IRON MAIDEN fans will be able to enjoy the full glory of the entire "Maiden England" show in a dark stadium.

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On July 13 the Maiden England tour hits Sweden where the band will play at the magnificent National Stadium in Stockholm - Friends Arena! This is the first rock show ever to be announced at this brand new 50,000 capacity venue. Tickets will go onsale on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 9.00 am, with an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members which will run from 10:00 Saturday 29th through to 18.00 hrs Sunday 30th September (local times). Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.

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