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.
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.
Soon you can expect brand new t-shirts which will be quite limited edition.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
"This Is My God", the new video from IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder Steve Harris's solo/side project album, "British Lion", can be seen below.
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'.
Today is the release date of STEVE HARRIS's British Lion.
Fan club IRON MAIDEN BULGARIA and METAL HAMMER BULGARIA are pleased to invite you to a release party for the album on 27 September (Thursday) at Metal bar "The Black Lodge"
Attendees will have the chance to win 2 cd's with the album or buy it on a promotional price. There will be even more surprises from IRON MAIDEN BULGARIA and METAL HAMMER BULGARIA.
The party starts at 21:00 – entrance free
IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson recently teamed up with Joe McBryan, owner and operator of Buffalo Airways, who is also a star of the History Television reality-TV show "Ice Pilots NWT". The singer got a chance to fly one of Buffalo's Second World War-era planes, the venerable DC-3, to Yellowknife.
The "Ice Pilots NWT" series focuses on Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways, whose future is under the gun from the effect of an "economic downturn, a dwindling supply of specialty aviation gas and the high cost of flying vintage aircraft," according to the History Channel web site
Edmonton Journal's Sandra Sperounes and photographer Fish Griwkowsky of FisheyeFoto tagged along for the ride and were asked to document this once-in-a-lifetime meeting. Their report can be seen below.
According to the Romanian website METALHEAD.RO, MAIDEN ENGLAND 2013 tour will visit Bucharest. The site is not giving any source for this information, but points out June 1st (Saturday) as the date for the event. Other rumors claim that DREAM THEATER will have a concert in Bucharest on the same date.
More information and official confirmations are now missing, but as always we will try to keep you informed.
FAN ON THE EDGE is a new campaign on our site where we will introduce to you our fan club members with series of interviews. The interviews will be posted every last Sunday of the month. We decided to open the campaign with interview with Nikola Petras (a.k.a Nicko) who is our site and forum administrator.
Bruce Dickinson, Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE), Brian May (QUEEN), Alice Cooper, John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN) and Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS) are among the musicians who took part in the 2012 edition of The Sunflower Jam, which took place on Sunday, September 16 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Jacky Paice, wife of Ian Paice, set up The Sunflower Jam charity in 2006 to help people treat cancer within the UCLH (University College London Hospitals). Now the charity raises acceptance of an integrated approach in medical treatment. By educating, supporting, informing and developing services around patient-centric care, and by bringing together doctors, health professionals, scientists and patients, alongside an array of musicians who not only perform but support the cause, the organizers aim to create a wider network of support and raise awareness through their event.
The charity works by supporting initiatives set up to bridge the gap between integrated, functional and conventional medicine with a natural approach to wellness for children, young people, adults and their families with a range of acute and chronic emotional, mental and physical conditions.
Better-quality fan-filmed video footage of Dickinson's performance at this past Sunday's concert can be seen below.
Having recently completed the North American leg of the MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR, one of the most successful rock tours of the summer, IRON MAIDEN will now be storming across Europe in 2013 playing stadiums, major festivals and arenas with this critically acclaimed show. The first date to be announced is at the UK's Download Festival on Saturday June 15th when Maiden return to the legendary Donington Park to headline for a record FIFTH time! (following 1988,1992, 2003 & 2007).
That achievement is equally significant as 2013 is the 25th anniversary of Maiden first topping the bill there in 1988 when the festival was known as Monsters Of Rock attracting 107,000 fans, which is still the highest attendance ever at Donington. This was during their Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son tour, from which the current tour draws much of its inspiration for both set list and production as seen in the 1988 long form concert video 'MAIDEN ENGLAND', making this Download appearance even more unique!
IRON MAIDEN bassist/founder Steve Harris will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Harris by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the "Rockline" web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.
Harris' debut solo/side project album, "British Lion", will be released in the U.S. on September 25 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Mixed by Kevin Shirley — whose credits include IRON MAIDEN as well as Led ZEPPELIN, JOURNEY and RUSH, among many others — the CD, which features Harris alongside vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson, presents a different side of the bassist's musical visions.
The brand new edition of CLASSIC ROCK is in stores now – with Iron Maiden's iconic mascot Eddie on its eye-catching, dollar bill-inspired, illustrated cover.
The Maiden story starts in London's East End and then quickly storms across the Atlantic to the West Coast of America. We tell the tale of how Maiden took on the United States – and won. The new Classic Rock also comes with a fabulous free CD titled Fresh Fruit: ripe, succulent tunes from rock's latest basket of plenty – including Rival Sons, Richie Sambora, Ian Hunter, Dinosaur Jr. and more.
Steve Harris has revealed to the German magazine ROCK HARD that the band's "MAIDEN ENGLAND" concert video will be re-released in the first half of 2013, with the footage expanded to comprise the show's encores which were not included in the original VHS version of the set. According to information from bootlegs of the show the unreleased encore tracks are "Run To The Hills", "Running Free", and "Sancturary". More information will follow soon..
Aseries of special limited edition IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc albums are due to be released by EMI and UMe starting in October 2012. Comprised of the first eight albums of Maiden's career, all released in the 1980's, each picture disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve with full colour printed inner bags and the heavyweight vinyl will be cut from the original album master tapes.
The albums will be released chronologically between October and February, starting with 'Iron Maiden' and 'Killers' on 15 October 2012 followed by 'The Number Of The Beast' and 'Piece Of Mind' in November 2012.
To open the new year 'Powerslave' and the double album 'Live After Death' will be released in January, with the final two titles, 'Somewhere In Time' and 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' coming out in February 2013.
These vinyl picture discs are being released to commemorate IRON MAIDEN's current Maiden England tour which comprises largely 80's material, in particular focussing on the 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' album.
In our interviews section you will find an interview with Steve Harris for CLASSIC ROCK Magazine. bass legend talks about his forthcoming solo album – "British Lion" and reveals details around the plans for solo albums of other Maiden band members.
"British Lion" will be out on 24 September from EMI Music. More interesting news are coming soon...
MAIDEN UNITED, the all-acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) and Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), will release its new album, "Across The Seventh Sea", on September 28.
"Across The Seventh Sea" track listing:
01. Seven Deadly Sins
02. Only The Good Die Young
03. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. Flash Of The Blade
06. Children Of The Damned
07. Infinite Dreams
08. 22 Acacia Avenue
09. The Evil That Men Do
10. Wasted Years
Newly released audio samples of the songs "Only The Good Die Young" and "Prowler" can be streamed below.
Perttu Kivilaakso of APOCALYPTICA plays cello on the songs "The Evil That Men Do" and "Infinite Dreams".
The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Blacklake, who also worked with MAIDEN UNITED on their first studio album, "Mind The Acoustic Pieces".
MAIDEN UNITED's debut album, "Mind The Acoustic Pieces" (2010), was described as "an acoustic re-imagining of the entire classic IRON MAIDEN album "Piece Of Mind" with new arrangements."
Mind The Acoustic Pieces (2010)
'Across The Seventh Sea' is scheduled to be released on CD, iTunes and limited edition black & blue transparent vinyl.
Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE): Vocals
Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION): Guitar
Joey Bruers (UP THE IRONS): Bass
Marco Kuypers (CLOUDMACHINE): Piano
Mike Coolen (WITHIN TEMPTATION): Drums
For more information, go to www.MaidenuniteD.com.