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Iron Maiden

Known for such powerful hits as "Two Minutes to Midnight" and "The Trooper," Iron Maiden were and are one of the most influential bands of the heavy metal genre. The often-imitated band has existed for over nearly four decades, pumping out wild rock similar to Judas Priest. Iron Maiden have always been an underground attraction; although failing to ever obtain any real media attention in the U.S. (critics claimed them to be Satanists due to their dark musical themes and their use of grim mascot "Eddie"), they still became well-known throughout the world and have remained consistently popular throughout their career. Iron Maiden were one of the first groups to be classified as "British metal," and, along with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and a host of other bands, set the rock scene for the '80s.

Iron Maiden were first formed in 1976 by bassist Steve Harris, who would soon join up with rhythm guitarist Tony Parsons, drummer Doug Sampson, and vocalist Paul Di'Anno. Before finally obtaining a record deal, the group played in local areas throughout the '70s, receiving a fair amount of London airplay. Parsons replaced Dennis Stratton, and the band made its record debut in 1980 with the self-titled Iron Maiden album. Although the release was recorded in a hurry, it was nonetheless a hit in the U.K. due to the single "Running Free." Iron Maiden's 1981 follow-up, Killers, displayed a harder approach to their music than before, and also saw the replacement of Stratton with Adrian Smith. Due to his uncontrollable alcohol addiction, Di'Anno was forced to part company with the group and would soon be replaced with vocalist Bruce Dickinson in 1982 for the band's groundbreaking Number of the Beast. This album, boasting such songs as the title track and "Hallowed Be Thy Name," would come to be known as one of the greatest rock recordings of all time. Since the unexpected worldwide success of Beast made Iron Maiden international rock superstars, they changed very little of their style for their next album, Piece of Mind. They undertook two major tours before recording 1983's Powerslave, which would go on to be another cult hit. The product of Powerslave's 11-month tour was 1985's Live After Death, a double live album that featured all of their biggest hit singles.

By the release of Live After Death, Iron Maiden had already established themselves as a powerful and unique metal band. Their long-awaited 1986 supplement album, Somewhere in Time, showed a bit of a departure from their past releases, showcasing the use of synthesizer guitars and songs more relevant to the same themes. Released in 1988, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, a concept album like its predecessor, featured the singles "The Evil That Men Do" and "The Clairvoyant," and soon became Iron Maiden's most critically acclaimed album since Number of the Beast. After another exhausting tour, Smith departed and the band took a one-year hiatus. With new guitarist Janick Gers, the band resurfaced with No Prayer for the Dying in 1990, a record that returned to the classic sound the group used when recording its earlier releases. One of the album's singles, "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter," was granted the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Song of the Year, but it nonetheless gave the band its first number one U.K. hit. By the time the group finished its 1991 tour, Dickinson expressed his desire to leave and promote another band he had founded, the Skunkworks. Fear of the Dark, the band's last album with Dickinson, debuted at number one on the U.K. charts and became one of Iron Maiden's biggest-selling albums to date. After their supporting tour, two live albums were released in 1993: A Real Live One, which contained live versions of their newer hit singles, and A Real Dead One, which featured the more "classic" Maiden songs live.

Dickinson's replacement, Blaze Bayley, marked his debut in 1995 with The X Factor. While the record failed to chart as well as some of its predecessors, it was still a minor success in England. Iron Maiden marked the end of 1996 with Best of the Beast, a double compilation album. In 1998, little interest in the Virtual XI album prompted Bayley's termination; Dickinson and Smith returned to the band for a tour in 1999, and a new album, Brave New World, emerged the following year. The band toured throughout the early 2000s, releasing the live Rock in Rio and the greatest-hits collection Edward the Great in 2002, followed by a new studio album, Dance of Death, in 2003. They followed DOD with the Rainmaker EP, as well as the live DVDs History of Iron Maiden, Pt. 1: The Early Days and Raising Hell in 2004. Sanctuary put out the two-disc The Essential Iron Maiden in 2005 to coincide with the group's co-headlining an Ozzfest tour with Black Sabbath, a tour that found Maiden pulling out due to a series of confrontations with Ozzy's wife/manager, Sharon. They released the live CD/DVD Death on the Road in September of 2005 and a collection of new material, Matter of Life and Death, in 2006. In 2009 the band released the soundtrack for the film Flight 666, a documentary/concert film recorded in 16 different cities during the group's first leg of their 2008 "Somewhere Back in Time World Tour." In 2010 the band released its 15th studio album, The Final Frontier, followed in 2012 by En Vivo!, a live video/album filmed at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile in April 2011. ~ Barry Weber, Rovi
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Comments

If there is a better concert opener than Winnies speech into Aces High I've not heard it. Awesome in 85, Awesome in 99. Awesome in 2008 - and awesome as the encore opener in 12/13.
every iron maiden single has its own album art its f**king awesome
Damn, that voice..... Running Loooooow!
Luv it ↑ the f**kin irons baby!!!!!
Iron Maiden... Is by far... The Greatest Heavy Metal Band That Ever Walked The Face Of This Earth!!!<><
Iron maiden enuff said!
hiphipjorge1
UP THE IRONS!
Song's freaking amazing and hell of a lot of fun to play on guitar
My Bloody erection is about to burst
matt79513
ONE DIRECTION SUCKS POP SUCKS F*** YOU
One direction
I remember i saw this guys in 86!thet tore up the stage!was blazed out had good time!were have all the good dsys gone?rock out maiden.thax for the memories.
Bruce Dickinson, Again the Greatest Lead Rock Singer of all time... I am not sorry, Bruce is the best of all time. I am not going to offer appoligies for my view. Iron Maiden is the Greatest Hard Rock Band there ever was...<><
Feels so good to hear the classics :D Maiden is my favorite rock band :D
Msilvermerli n spelled really wrong, dumbass
msilvermerli n
LOVE DANCE OF THE DEAD! SOME WHERE IN TIME AND SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON! REALYY JUST LOVE THEM PERIOD.
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, if I had to pick, would be my most favorite album. Otherwise, All Iron Maiden... !!!UP THE IRONS!!!<><
Maiden maiden maiden maiden maiden!!!!
Up the Irons lol. Of course Americans never cared tons for Maiden, they're actually good lol; seen em twice so far, once with frikin Dreamtheater ; what a good a** concert
iron maiden is one of the best metal bands ever created ... i love iron maiden ...iron maiden is the best. ~anarchist~b a n d
GREAT SONG!!!MAIDE N F**KIN ROCKS!!!!
Eddie lives!!!
The first two lps are ones I was into Maiden and Killers.
I have seen these guys, must be four times now. Last was in 2011 in Wash, DC. Still pros, still rock on, they are serious about being the best. And, as far as I am concern, they are the best heavy metal band ever!
F**king awesome
SPS Bruce was talking smack thats the wich through eggs !
sick a** s**t aaaaaaaaaaaa a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a true rocker
Page Osbourne through eggs and ice at the band during Ozzy Fest for no reason then attacked there roadies and sound guy!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Talk about rivalry for at least 40 years!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
The 2 greatest comeback albums (Bruce back in the band) Van Halen's A different kind of truth and Brave new world !!!!
666! The number of the beast!
aycehowl
No mention of Dave Murray in the bio???? He was there from the start and never left...
Sorry but Bruce Dickinson is the only singer that can bring true justice to Iron Maiden
Wow! I don't know how I missed these songs mentioned by Chuck T and maranathalor d m e s s i a h , thanks guys, these songs are both sweet!
Infinite Dreams, is by far my personal favorite song of all time. I lost it on Iron Maiden... I still think they are the greatest Metal Band that there ever was, is still now, will ever be<><
Just played Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Took me from a crappy mood to a great mood - all with just one 14 minute awesome song. That we must love all things that God made. Sure sounds like Devis worship to me LOL.
Just played Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Took me from a crappy mood to a great mood - just with one frigging awesome 14 minute song. Sheer Brilliance. that we must all things God made. Sounds like Devil Worship to me LOL.
maiden sounds way better
I like Sabbath better
Needs more likes!!!!!!
So much maiden. So little time..Great music never gets old!
Iron maiden is my religion.... . . . And also my alarm clock
Wasted Years, hell yeah!
UP THE IRONS! \m/
Iron Maiden proves the heavy metal era isn't over!
Maiden rocks
Complete and total RULEAGE! Up the Irons~!
Pandora's discography is missing "Fear of the Dark." They need to update that.
one of the greatest bands of all time
The Greatest singer of all time, to this date, beyond question. My favorite song none the less<><
jobsforfelix
Much Love Brothers!
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