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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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Maiden will play Lodz Atlas Arena on July 3rd and Ergo Arena Gdansk on July 4th. The last time they played these Polish cities was during the 1986 Somewhere In Time Tour.

Tickets go onsale December 1st at 10am CET with an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members from 10am CET Thursday 29th November – 4pm CET Friday 30th November.
Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'

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Metal4 (www.metal4.de) conducted an interview with former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno at the 2012 edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, which was held July 12-14 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

Due to a number of health issues, including a knee problem which will require surgery soon, Di'Anno announced in July that he will stop touring next year.

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Iron Maiden are the first headliners to be announced for Belgium's legendary Graspop Metal Meet.

The Festival takes place June 28-30. Maiden will be headlining on Sunday June 30th so will be closing the Festival for 2013.

For details of when tickets will go onsale and other information about the Festival, please refer to the official Graspop website.

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The Maiden England 2013 Tour continues into Switzerland on Saturday June 22 with a show at the Hallenstadion, Zurich.

Tickets go onsale Wednesday 28th November at 8am CET with an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members from 8am CET Monday 26th November – 8am CET Tuesday 27th November. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'

For tickets, go to www.ticketcorner.ch

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Former lead singer of IRON MAIDEN - Blaze Bayley will visit Bulgaria again in 2013. The singer will perform a two-hour acoustic concert with IRON MAIDEN classics, and songs from his solo career in a special arrangement. Tickets for the event are limited to 100 and their price is 25 BGN (~12,5 EUR) until the end of 2012. From 1st of January their price will be 30 BGN(~15 EUR) Blaze will promote a new maxi-single with acoustic versions of IRON MAIDEN songs. The guitar accompaniment will be from Thomas Zwijsen..

The show will start at 8 PM. Tickets can be purchased from November 20, 2012 through EVENTIM.

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According to AutoEvolution, IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, who is a Jaguar enthusiast, took delivery of a Jaguar XKR-S on Friday, November 9. The car is said to be the fastest XK model ever built, with its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 enabling the Jag to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Video footage of McBrain taking delivery of and driving his new Jaguar XKR-S can be seen below.

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Iron Maiden are confirmed to headline Sonisphere Italy which takes place in Milan at Fiera Milano Live Rho on Saturday 8 June, and Sonisphere France which takes place at Snowhall Park, Amneville, North Eastern France on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.

Tickets go onsale Friday Nov 16 at 9am (GMT).

For ticket availability and other information visit sonispherefestivals.com

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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

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