If some people say the magic after the first Maiden album is gone – maybe they are right. Yesterday, however, Dennis Stratton brought the magic from the eponymous Maiden album to live for the Bulgarian fans. The perfect sound, perfect organization and the five legendary bands were only a small part of of the fantastically organized AERO ROCK STARZ. Coming soon on our site are report and pictures from the event, and later interview with Dennis Stratton and Gabriele Bernasconi (The Clairvoyants).
The cancellation of the Bulgarian SONISPHERE festival was a major disappointment for many fans. It is interesting that there are attempts of covering the inadequate behavior and incompetence of promoters behind disinformation aimed at passing along the blame to someone else. These actions culminate in the accusations towards the fans for “lack of festival culture”. Almost one month has passed since the moment when the dreams of many people to see their favorite bands in their own country were shattered. Quite soon everybody began to forgive and put everything aside. But we have not forgotten and do not want the things to remain this way. We want a meaningful explanation and the whole truth!
Three lucky winners who won tickets for AERO ROCK STARZ from our question tis week are:
The correct answer of course was Lionheart. Congratulations to the winners they will receive an e-mail to arrange the way to receive their tickets. For all other fans ..do not lose hope. In Monday we will publish the last question for a special award where the winners will have the opportunity to meet personally Dennis Stratton himself and all other bands from AERO ROCK STARZ
ARE YOU READY TO ROCK WITH A LOADS OF BEER ON AERO ROCK STARZ!
The Nearly eight-hour rock show starts on AIRPORT Stara Zagora on July 9 - Saturday at 16:00! This week the company - promoter Genesis Events announced that the beer in the area of the concert will be only 1 lev for a large "Zagorka"!
Tickets for the event are 35 leva (order online) and are valid for the concert and the three days of the air show. Children under the age of 7 years will enter for free with their parents, and from 8 to 12 years for 10 leva ticket with escort. There is a camping area, free parking area and access for people with disabilities. Guests of the show will be lifted in the sky on board of hot air balloon. Among the other attractions are retro bikes, handmade jewelry, tattoos, body art, spectacular demonstration of martial arts and many more. In the pauses between the bands the host Ivan Matev, better known as Super Lubo will warm up the audience with hard rock karaoke!
I don’t believe it!
A large Zagorka only 1 leva! It can’t be True.
It is true. All Zagorka beer sold at Aero Rock Starz inside the concert venue will be 1 lev throughout the duration of the concert on 9th July – guaranteed. The partnership between Aero Rock Starz and Zagorka has really brought rock home. 7 hours of great metal rock from 6 superb bands for 35 leva and large beers for only 1 leva: it’s gonna be a real ‘Rock Party’.
Remember, drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive!
Don’t forget to check on this site for details of the air show which runs from 8th – 10th July
It is Saturday and it's time to announce the lucky winners from our game with Aero Rock Starz. First let me pay attention on the answer of the question last week, because there were surprisingly too many wrong answers. Dennis Stratton has appeared in ONE video of Iron Maiden - Women in Uniform, which is also their first official video. Shortly afterwards, Dennis quits the band.
The three lucky winners are:
The winners will receive e-mail to arrange the way to receive their tickets. Here is the question for This week
Which band lineup Dennis Stratton joins soon after IRON MAIDEN?
Meanwhile, fans can now register in the Aero Rock Starz forum.. Where you can ask questions to the musicians and they will answer them personally. This is one way of communication between fans and musicians made for the first time in Bulgaria. More interesting news about Aero Rock Starz are Coming soon ..so stay tunned.
We want to remind you that the unique event Aero Rock Starz will be held on July 9 at the airport in Stara Zagora where on one stage will play Dennis Stratton, Praying Mantis, OD Saxon, X-UFO and WEPON . Tickets are on sale through Eventim (order online) and the offices of Bulsatcom
Orion Books announce that the photographic documentary compiled by official IRON MAIDEN photographer John McMurtrie entitled 'ON BOARD FLIGHT 666' will be published in the UK on 20th October 2011.
John's unrestricted access has allowed him to capture exclusive images and moments both onstage and off, in over 300 photographs accompanied by his personal insights and anecdotes in more than 250 glossy pages of photographs
ON BOARD FLIGHT 666 charts the extraordinary journey of IRON MAIDEN in their specially customised Boeing 757, piloted by lead singer and airline Captain Bruce Dickinson. Travelling across 5 continents, twice around the globe to undertake two World Tours, John's pictorial odyssey maps their progress from Ed Force One's historic take-off in January 2008 on the groundbreaking Somewhere Back In Time Tour through to 2010/11's The Final Frontier World Tour in support of their fifteenth and most successful chart studio album to date, The Final Frontier (August 2010) which reached No 1 in at least 28 countries.
With a personal foreword by Bruce Dickinson ON BOARD FLIGHT 666 takes you up close with Iron Maiden as they circumnavigate the planet to play to their loyal legion of fans giving an inside look into what makes this band so special and so adventurous in their unique touring plans.
The hard back version of ON BOARD FLIGHT 666 is available now to pre-order on Amazon, Waterstones, Book Depository, Play or WH Smiths.
Details of overseas editions will be announced when known
Click here to download an 18 page preview of this book
The day that Iron Maiden should play in Sofia has passed. The band didn't come but their fans from all over the world were prowling in Sofia. They are more than welcome and we are happy that we had the chance to meet them.
Thank you for the wonderful evening guys ..hope to see you again on tour soon...
Dear fans and friends ... with deep regret we want to announce the IRON MAIDEN show in Sofia – Bulgaria, part of the SONISPHERE FESTIVAL is CANCELED. There are now words to describe the disappointment but those things just make us stronger and we are looking forward for new chance to see our favorite band some day.
Each week three of you will have the opportunity to win tickets for AERO ROCK STARZ.
For those who do not know AERO ROCK STARZ (buy a ticket) is a unique combination of first-class air show plus classic rock - the perfect formula for a great experience.
How to win a ticket? ... Very simple!
1. Watch for our special issues each week
3. Your name may be withdrawn
4. ... And Stara Zagora is waiting for you
The question this week:
In our Fan club gallery section you will find photos from the FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY release party which took place on 9 June. Except the disc with the compillations, two fans won tickets for the upcoming AERO ROCK STARZ where DENNIS STRATTON, PRAYNG MANTIS and OD SAXON will perform.
Here are the winners:
From today you will have the opportunity to win tickets from or site by answering specific questions. More details and the questions very soon ...
Fan-club "IRON MAIDEN BULGARIA" and metal bar "The Black Lodge" are pleased to invite you to a IRON MAIDEN party on 9 June (Thursday). This will be a release party of the compilation FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY. Attendees will have the opportunity to win two CDs with the compilation provided by ANIMATO MUSIC, as well to buy it on the spot at the bar. Start 21:00h, free entrance.
As most fans know, Maiden's official Photographer John McMurtrie has been on the road with the band since Ed Force One first took to the skies back in January 2008, capturing not only the Somewhere Back In Time World Tour but also the current Round The World In 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier Tour. We are pleased to announce that this extensive coverage is soon to be made available in the form of a glossy, hardback IRON MAIDEN photographic book.
Tentatively entitled 'ON BOARD FLIGHT 666 ' it will be published by Orion Books later this year and will feature hundreds of stunning photos which give an exclusive, behind-the-scenes pictorial documentation of the tours. Many of the images will be accompanied by captions, allowing the reader a first-hand glimpse into life aboard Ed Force One and its groundbreaking exploits on this intimate visual journey into the world of Maiden.
More details to follow so keep checking the website for news.
On Saturday the 9th of July, The Airport in Stara Zagora will play host to a 'first of its kind' event for the Centre of Bulgaria. A unique blend of Heavy Metal Rock and Aerial displays promises to be an occasion not to be missed.
Organising this extraordinary spectacle is Stara Zagora company Genesis Events, led by English expat Shaun Fetzer. He is keen to point out, "This is an event for rock fans by rock fans and by aero plane enthusiasts for aero plane enthusiasts'".
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) celebrated their 30th anniversary last year and this concert in Bulgaria is extending the celebrations! 3 great British bands plus support from Bulgarian bands make this an Anglo/Bulgarian day to be remembered.
Dennis Stratton: ex Iron Maiden – One of the pioneers of the 2 guitar 'Melody Rock' synonymous with Iron Maiden today. The first album of the same name – 'Iron Maiden' voted best debut rock album of all time. Toured with Status Quo, Rory Gallagher and Mott the Hoople. Formed Lionheart and toured with Whitesnake, Saxon and Def Leppard. Joined Praying Mantis. Recording contract produced 10 albums. Dennis is now regularly touring Europe and South Africa with his "The Maiden Years" tour playing to fanatical fans. Dennis's band for Stara Zagora will be unique in that there will be 3 guitars, especially for us!
Praying Mantis are the greatest band of melodic hard rockers that Bulgaria has 'never' heard. Formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in the mid 70's, 'Praying Mantis' and 'Iron Maiden', spearheaded the NWOBHM movement. Their first album 'Time Tells No Lies' received much critical acclaim.
Following various projects, including 'Stratus' featuring Clive Burr (ex Maiden) & Bernie Shaw (now with Uriah Heep), Praying Mantis reformed in 1990 (for the 10th anniversary of NWOBHM) with Paul Di anno & Dennis Stratton. They recorded 'Live at last' which sparked a re-birth and followed up with a further 11 albums.
They are gaining new fans worldwide every day, especially since the release of the brilliant 'Sanctuary' which is receiving excellent reviews throughout the Rock and Metal world.
Bulgaria, prepare to be amazed!
Metal bar "The Black Lodge" in association with "Fan Club Iron Maiden Bulgaria" will organize again a trip for IRON MAIDEN concert. This time the road trip will be in Athens, Greece on June 17. MAIDEN will headline the SONISPHERE FESTIVAL in GREECE, which will be held at Terra Vibe Park. Other bands confirmed are SLIPKNOT, MASTODON, GOJIRA, MOONSPELL, VIRUS, and others that will be announced soon. The standard ticket for the festival costs 65 euro (130 BGN). The cost of the transportation is 50 euro (100 BGN)
Iron Maiden are confirmed to headline Sonisphere Turkey 2011. The Festival will be held at Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul on Sunday 19 June. Other bands confirmed are Slipknot, Alice Cooper, In Flames and Mastodon.
For ticket availability and further information click here
All Maiden shows for 2011 have now been announced.
Blaze Bayley has released the following statement:
"Dear fans, due to financial and medical reasons, I've been forced to part ways with the [BLAZE BAYLEY] band. I will give a full statement in the next few days about my future plans.
"I hope that all my fans will keep on supporting me in my further projects.
"The English dates will be postponed to December but the festivals in Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and the show in Istanbul will definitely proceed!"
--- Good Luck Blaze
One of the better-known IRON MAIDEN fan sites, MaidenCroatia.com, proudly presents a book by Stipe Juras, one of their founding members and a long-time music journalist and writer, which describes, for the first time in history, the life of the legendary metal musician and IRON MAIDEN founder Steve Harris. The book is called "Steve Harris - The Clairvoyant" and has just been released in English and Croatian, and a Portuguese edition is being prepared for the Brazilian and Portuguese markets (tentatively due in August).
EMI has announced the release of "From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010". A double-CD set spanning twenty years this follows the huge success of 2010's studio album "The Final Frontier" which hit the number one spot in 28 countries around the world. It also became the band's highest-charting album in the USA where IRON MAIDEN have just been awarded their first Grammy for "Best Metal Performance", for the song "El Dorado", taken from "The Final Frontier" album, and which is included in this selection.
"From Fear To Eternity" is a chance for the new fans of the band to explore IRON MAIDEN's rich history, with the highlights of their last eight studio albums distilled into this handy collection, which follows 2009's compilation of their earlier work, the 1980-1990 "Somewhere Back In Time" album.
The full track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. The Wicker Man
02. Holy Smoke
03. El Dorado
05. Different World
06. Man On The Edge (live)
07. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
08. Blood Brothers
10. Sign Of The Cross (live)
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark (live)
01. Be Quick Or Be Dead
03. No More Lies
04. Coming Home
05. The Clansman (live)
06. For The Greater Good Of God
07. These Colours Don't Run
08. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
09. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows