Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in East London, formed on 1975. The band is directed by founder, bassist and songwriter Steve Harris. As pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, they achieved success during the early 1980s and after several lineup changes, went on to release a series of platinum and gold albums. These include the US platinum-selling landmarks The Number of the Beast in 1982, Piece of Mind in 1983, Powerslave in 1984, the acclaimed live album Live After Death in 1985, Somewhere In Time in 1986, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in 1988. Their most recent studio effort, A Matter of Lifeand Death, was released in 2006.

As one of the most successful heavy metal bands to date, they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. The band won the Ivor Novello Awards for international achievement in 2002 and were also inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California during their tour in the United States in 2005. As of October 2009, the band has played just over 2000 live shows during their career. In 2010, they will be performing at Summer Festival Tour, Sonisphere, Wacken, etc. They will also be releasing a DVD, Blu-ray, CD which will be out on May 25 and June 9.

Other Information

  • Origin: Leyton, East London, England, United Kingdom
  • Genres: Heavy metal
  • Years active: 1975–present
  • Labels: EMI, Universal Music Group, Sanctuary Records, Epic Records, Columbia Records, Portrait Records, Capitol Records
  • Associated acts: Gogmagog, The Untouchables
  • Website: http://www.ironmaiden.com
  • Members:
  1. Bruce Dickinson – vocals
  2. Adrian Smith – guitars, backing vocals
  3. Dave Murray – guitars
  4. Janick Gers – guitars
  5. Steve Harris – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  6. Michael “Nicko” McBrain – drums, percussion

Releases

Full-lengths

  • Iron Maiden (1980)
  • Killers (1981)
  • The Number of the Beast (1982)
  • Piece of Mind (1983)
  • Powerslave (1984)
  • Somewhere in Time (1986)
  • Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
  • No Prayer for the Dying (1990)
  • Fear of the Dark (1992)
  • The X Factor (1995)
  • Virtual XI (1998)
  • Brave New World (2000)
  • Dance of Death (2003)
  • A Matter of Life and Death (2006)
  • TBA (2010)

Demos

  • The Soundhouse Tapes (1979) – Demo

EPs

  • Live!! + One (1980)
  • Maiden Japan (1981)
  • Running Free – Sanctuary (1990)
  • Women in Uniform – Twilight Zone (1990)
  • Purgatory – Maiden Japan (1990)
  • Run to the Hills – The Number of the Beast (1990)
  • Flight of Icarus – The Trooper (1990)
  • 2 Minutes to Midnight – Aces High (1990)
  • Running Free – Run to the Hills (1990)
  • Wasted Years – Stranger in a Strangeland (1990)
  • Can I Play With Madness – The Evil That Men Do (1990)
  • The Clairvoyant – Infinite Dreams (1990)
  • No More Lies (2004)

Video/VHS

  • Live at the Rainbow (1981)
  • Video Pieces (1983)
  • Behind the Iron Curtain (1984)
  • Live After Death (1985)
  • 12 Wasted Years (1987)
  • Maiden England (1989)
  • The First Ten Years (1990)
  • From There to Eternity (1992)
  • Donington Live 1992 (1993)
  • Raising Hell (1994)

Boxed sets

  • The Story So Far Part One (1995)
  • The Story So Far Part Two (1995)
  • Eddie Head (1998)
  • Eddie’s Archive (2002)

DVDs

  • Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast (2001)
  • Rock In Rio (2002)
  • Visions of the Beast (2003)
  • The Early Days (2004)
  • Death on the Road (2006)
  • Live After Death (2008)
  • Flight 666 (2009)

Lives

  • Live After Death (1985)
  • A Real Live One (1993)
  • A Real Dead One (1993)
  • Live at Donington (1993)
  • Maiden England (1994)
  • Rock in Rio (2002)
  • Death on the Road (2005)
  • Flight 666: The Original Soundtrack (2009)

Compilations

  • Best of the Beast (1996)
  • Ed Hunter (1999)
  • 17 Numbers by the Beast (2002)
  • Edward the Great (2002)
  • The Essential Iron Maiden (2005)
  • Somewhere Back in Time – The Best of: 1980-1989 (2008)

Links

~ by molco on October 29, 2009.

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