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Iron Maiden

Known for such powerful hits as "Two Minutes to Midnight" and "The Trooper," Iron Maiden are one of heavy metal's most influential bands. They're also one of metal's most enduring and distinctive acts, thanks to their melodic guitars, ambitious songwriting, powerhouse vocalist Bruce Dickinson, and iconic mascot Eddie. One of the first groups to be classified as "British metal," Iron Maiden helped set the rock scene for the '80s and inspired generations of subsequent bands, including Metallica, Dream Theater, Slipknot, In Flames, and Avenged Sevenfold. Despite a lack of radio airplay or mainstream media support, early allegations of Satanism, and a revolving lineup, they have remained consistently popular throughout their career.

Iron Maiden were formed in 1975 in Leyton, East London by bassist Steve Harris, formerly of the band Smiler. The group's lineup was volatile during its early years, but eventually settled on drummer Doug Sampson, guitarist Dave Murray, and vocalist Paul Di'Anno in 1978. Late that year, this incarnation of the band recorded a four-song demo and circulated it to club owners and others involved in the London scene, including the group's soon-to-be manager Ron Smallwood. The demo's popularity led Iron Maiden to self-release it as 1979's The Soundhouse Tapes EP, which soon sold out its 5,000-copy run. After scoring a deal with EMI, the band enlisted a second guitarist, Dennis Stratton. Late in 1979, Sampson departed due to health issues and former Samson drummer Clive Burr took his place behind the kit. The band's self-titled debut arrived in 1980; though it was recorded in a hurry, it was nonetheless a U.K. hit due to the single "Running Free." Its 1981 follow-up, Killers, had a harder approach thanks in part to producer Martin Birch -- with whom the group worked until his 1992 retirement -- and also saw the replacement of Stratton with Murray's childhood friend Adrian Smith.

Due to substance abuse issues, Di'Anno was dismissed from Iron Maiden after the Killer World Tour in 1981. His replacement was Bruce Dickinson, another former Samson member who joined that September and made his recorded debut with the band on 1982's groundbreaking The Number of the Beast. Boasting songs such as the title track and "Hallowed Be Thy Name," it became known as one of the all-time great rock albums. Though it was the band's first chart-topping album in the U.K. and was a Top Ten seller in several other countries, Christian activists and conservative politicians in America claimed the band was Satanic (which Iron Maiden denied). Nevertheless, The Number of the Beast's success made Iron Maiden international superstars, and despite the replacement of Burr with former Trust drummer Nicko McBrain, they changed very little of their style on 1983's Piece of Mind. The band undertook two major tours before recording 1984's Powerslave, which would go on to be another cult hit and featured the 13-minute epic "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," which was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem. The product of Powerslave's 11-month tour was 1985's Live After Death, a double-live album featuring their biggest hit singles.

Now established as a powerful and unique metal band, Iron Maiden experimented on their long-awaited 1986 album, Somewhere in Time, incorporating synthesized bass and guitar and futuristic themes. They continued to expand their sound and subject matter with 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Another concept album featuring the singles "The Evil That Men Do" and "The Clairvoyant," as well as the band's first use of keyboards, it was Maiden's most critically acclaimed album since The Number of the Beast. After that album's release, Smith and Dickinson worked on their own projects: Smith's album with his band ASAP arrived in 1989, while Dickinson's solo album, Tattooed Millionaire, appeared the following year.

When Iron Maiden reconvened to work on a new album, Smith left over creative differences; ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers, who played on Tattooed Millionaire, joined the fold for 1990's No Prayer for the Dying. A return to the band's stripped-down sound of the early '80s, it gave Iron Maiden their first number one U.K. single with "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter." At the end of the band's 1991 tour, Dickinson expressed his desire to leave and work on his own music. However, he recorded another album, 1992's Fear of the Dark, and toured with the band, ultimately leaving in 1993. That year, two live albums were released: A Real Live One, which focused on their contemporaneous hit singles, and A Real Dead One, which featured Maiden's classic songs.

Iron Maiden took some time off after Dickinson's departure, returning with 1995's The X Factor, which featured new singer and ex-Wolfsbane member Blaze Bayley. While the record didn't perform as well commercially as some of its predecessors, it was still a success in England. Its follow-up, 1998's Virtual XI, was one of the band's lowest-selling albums; in addition, Bayley was having issues with his voice, and he left Iron Maiden early in 1999. Soon after, Dickinson and Smith returned to the group, who released the ambitious, Kevin Shirley-produced Brave New World the following year.

Iron Maiden remained reinvigorated throughout the 2000s, touring and recording almost as consistently as they did in the '80s. They reunited with Shirley for 2003's critically acclaimed Dance of Death, which was inspired by battles ranging from the conquering of a 13th century Cathar stronghold ("Montségur") to a notable World War I campaign ("Paschendale"). The Rainmaker EP, as well as the live DVDs History of Iron Maiden, Pt. 1: The Early Days and Raising Hell, followed in 2004. Sanctuary put out the two-disc The Essential Iron Maiden in 2005 to coincide with their gig co-headlining an Ozzfest tour with Black Sabbath, which the band left due to a series of confrontations with Ozzy's wife/manager, Sharon. Another live set, Death on the Road, appeared in September of 2005, shortly before Iron Maiden returned to the studio to work on their 14th album. The results were 2006's A Matter of Life and Death, the band's first album to enter the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Three years later, Iron Maiden released the soundtrack for the film Flight 666, a documentary/concert film recorded in 16 different cities during Maiden's first leg of their 2008 Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, which saw the band traveling in a customized Boeing 747 (called Ed Force One) flown by Dickinson, who is also a licensed pilot.

Iron Maiden worked with Shirley once again on 2010's The Final Frontier, which reached the top of the charts in 28 countries and earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for the single "El Dorado." It was followed in 2012 by En Vivo!, a live video/album filmed at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile in April 2011. In 2013, the band began work on its 16th studio album, with plans to release it in 2015. Though the album was completed, the discovery of cancerous tumors on Dickinson's tongue and neck in late 2014 slowed things down. He underwent rigorous chemotherapy.

He was declared cancer free in May of 2015. Iron Maiden put the finishing touches on the album and issued the video pre-release single "Speed of Light" in August. The 92-minute, double-length album Book of Souls followed in September. ~ Barry Weber & Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Maiden England '88

Disc 1

1. Moonchild (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

2. The Evil That Men Do (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

3. The Prisoner (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

4. Still Life (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

5. Die With Your Boots On (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

6. Infinite Dreams (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

7. Killers (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

8. Can I Play With Madness (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

9. Heaven Can Wait (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

10. Wasted Years (Live At Birmingham NEC 1988)

Disc 2
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Track List: The Final Frontier (Mission Edition)

1. Satellite 15....The Final Frontier

2. El Dorado

3. Mother Of Mercy

4. Coming Home

5. The Alchemist

6. Isle Of Avalon

7. Starblind

8. The Talisman

9. The Man Who Would Be King

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Track List: Flight 666 The Original Soundtrack (Live)

Disc 1
Disc 2

1. Powerslave (Saprissa Stadium/San Jose, Costa Rica February 26, 2008) (Live)

2. Heaven Can Wait (Palmeiras Stadium/Sao Paulo, Brazil March 2, 2008) (Live)

3. Run To The Hills (Simon Bolivar Park/Bogota, Colombia February 28, 2008) (Live)

4. Fear Of The Dark (Ferrocarril Oeste Stadium/Buenos Aires, Argentina March 7, 2008) (Live)

5. Iron Maiden (Pista Atletica/Santiago, Chile March 9, 2008) (Live)

6. Moonchild (Coliseo De Puerto Rico/San Juan, Puerto Rico March 12, 2008) (Live)

7. The Clairvoyant (Pedreira Paulo Leminski/Curitiba, Brazil March 4, 2008) (Live)

8. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Air Canada Centre/Toronto, Canada March 16, 2008) (Live)

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Track List: Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989

1. Churchill Speech

2. Aces High (Live)

3. 2 Minutes To Midnight

4. The Trooper

5. Wasted Years

6. Children Of The Damned

7. The Number Of The Beast

8. Run To The Hills

9. Phantom Of The Opera (Live)

10. The Evil That Men Do

11. Wrathchild (Live)

12. Can I Play With Madness

13. Powerslave

14. Hallowed Be Thy Name

15. Iron Maiden (Live)

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Track List: The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg

1. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg

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Track List: Death On The Road (Live)

Disc 1
Disc 2

1. No More Lies (Live)

2. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live)

3. Fear Of The Dark (Live 2003)

4. Iron Maiden (Live)

5. Journeyman (Live)

6. The Number Of The Beast (Live)

7. Run To The Hills (Live)

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Track List: The Essential Iron Maiden (CD 1)

Disc 1

1. Paschendale

2. Rainmaker

3. The Wicker Man

4. Brave New World

5. Futureal

6. The Clansman

8. Man On The Edge

9. Be Quick Or Be Dead

11. Holy Smoke

12. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter

13. The Clairvoyant

Disc 2

1. The Evil That Men Do

2. Wasted Years

3. Heaven Can Wait

4. 2 Minutes To Midnight

5. Aces High

6. Flight Of Icarus

7. The Trooper

8. The Number Of The Beast

9. Run To The Hills

10. Wrathchild

11. Killers

12. Phantom Of The Opera

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Track List: Dance Of Death

1. Wildest Dreams

2. Rainmaker

3. No More Lies

4. Montsegur

5. Dance Of Death

6. Gates Of Tomorrow

7. New Frontier

8. Paschendale

9. Face In The Sand

10. Age Of Innocence

11. Journeyman

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Track List: Fear Of The Dark

1. Be Quick Or Be Dead

2. From Here To Eternity

3. Afraid To Shoot Strangers

4. Fear Is The Key

5. Childhood's End

6. Wasting Love

7. The Fugitive

8. Chains Of Misery

9. The Apparation

10. Judas Be My Guide

11. Weekend Warrior

12. Fear Of The Dark

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Track List: No Prayer For The Dying

1. Tailgunner

2. Holy Smoke

3. No Prayer For The Dying

4. Public Enema Number One

5. Fates Warning

6. The Assassin

7. Run Silent Run Deep

8. Hooks In You

9. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter

10. Mother Russia

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Track List: Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

Disc 1

1. Moonchild

2. Infinite Dreams

3. Can I Play With Madness

4. The Evil That Men Do

5. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

6. The Prophecy

7. The Clairvoyant

8. Only The Good Die Young

Disc 2
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Track List: Somewhere In Time

Disc 1

1. Caught Somewhere In Time

2. Wasted Years

3. Sea of Madness

4. Heaven Can Wait

5. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner

6. Stranger In A Strange Land

Disc 2
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Track List: Powerslave

1. Aces High

2. 2 Minutes To Midnight

3. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)

4. Flash Of The Blade

6. Back In The Village

7. Powerslave

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Track List: Piece Of Mind

1. Where Eagles Dare

2. Revelations

3. Flight Of Icarus

4. Die With Your Boots On

5. The Trooper

6. Still Life

7. Quest For Fire

8. Sun And Steel

9. To Tame A Land

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Track List: The Number Of The Beast

1. Invaders

2. Children Of The Damned

3. The Prisoner

4. 22 Acacia Avenue

5. The Number Of The Beast

6. Run To The Hills

7. Gangland

9. Hallowed Be Thy Name

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Track List: Killers

1. The Ides Of March

2. Wrathchild

3. Murders In The Rue Morgue

4. Another Life

5. Genghis Khan

6. Innocent Exile

7. Killers

8. Prodigal Son

9. Purgatory

11. Drifter

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Track List: Iron Maiden

1. Prowler

2. Sanctuary

3. Remember Tomorrow

4. Running Free

5. Phantom Of The Opera

6. Transylvania

7. Strange World

8. Charlotte The Harlot

9. Iron Maiden

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Track List: Brave New World

1. The Wicker Man

2. Ghost Of The Navigator

3. Brave New World

4. Blood Brothers

5. The Mercenary

6. Dream Of Mirrors

7. The Fallen Angel

8. The Nomad

9. Out Of The Silent Planet

10. The Thin Line Between Love And Hate

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Track List: El Dorado (Radio Single)

1. El Dorado

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Track List: Speed Of Light (Single)

2. Speed Of Light

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Track List: The Book Of Souls

1. If Eternity Should Fail

2. Death Or Glory

3. Shadows Of The Valley

4. The Great Unknown

5. Tears Of A Clown

7. The Man Of Sorrows

8. When The River Runs Deep

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Fender Strat. Not Fender Start.
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Saw them in 1982, the first time. Saw them a few more times after that. Always a great show. Last time I saw them, I also got a Fender Start signed by the entire band (including Eddie)
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Aces High,,, Classic Maiden,, UP THE IRONS ppl.... F**kin bad a** jam. This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Consistently make awesome metal and fly the plane to the next gig? Unreal.
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Moonchild,, Classic Maiden.. UP THE IRONS... This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Thank you. I needed. That
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I went on flight 666
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elektra has a daughter
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Gh0$Tin'
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#87!!!!
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may 7th free comic book day. im going as the punisher.
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where eagles dare
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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DE JA VU,,, UP THE IRONS.. CLASSIC Maiden... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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my mom is 67 now
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up the irons
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Iron Maiden, up the Irons!!!
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run to the hills
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de ja vu
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i like dance of death. i also like when the wild wind blows. i dont like a matter of life and death and the new one.
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Iron Maiden is the best. The only two problems, Dance of Death, and Final Frontier, besides that, they are the best.
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I should duet with vanessa carlton
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I have princess athena on my channel playing mozart
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velvet sky joined the wwe
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rock icons dave mustaine
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ninja gym
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I'll miss you, Bruce.
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I'll miss bruce. thats why its not good to get aquainted with musicians and wrestlers.
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SaWeet
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Prince just passed away. Now when Bruce passes away let`s see if we hear about it from mainstream Not a chance.. Lol.
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jessica jones won a peabody award
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can i play with madness
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the trooper
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where eagles dare
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FLASH OF THE BLADE...I've only heard it twice in concert...bu t a great $0Ng
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Rainmaker... h a v e n ' t really listened 2 much of this 1
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cool
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I was in Toulon France on the USS Wasp in early 90's, I was fortunate to get a picture with the band when they visited our ship. Great Band, Great Sound.
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ive never seen maiden live. i sitll love em.
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Saw them at the Forum in LA last week. FUKKING AMAZING!!!!
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SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX... . .
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the trooper
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Phantom of the Opera(live) ...3 in a row...my karma =<√>…then priest & metal church
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2 minutes 2 midnight (live)
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Trooper (live)
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good song
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Back in the Village
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silver surfer on pandora
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powerslave needs the powerslave cover
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