IRON MAIDEN FACTS:
Members: Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain, Janick Gers
Genre: Heavy Metal
Hometown: London, England
Albums: 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); The Final Frontier (2010)
Awards: 1 Grammy Award
Hits: "Wasted Years," "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"
Other: Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 70's and early 80's.
When anyone thinks of heavy metal, there are a few bands that instantly come to mind, and Iron Maiden should be one of them. Straight from the streets of east London, Iron Maiden has been rocking for more than 35 years, and with a devoted fan-base and a catalogue stretching back decades, they're here to stay.
Formed in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris, Iron Maiden toiled in obscurity for several years before finally hitting it big in 1980. That year, the band released its self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim. Popular in both their native England and across the Atlantic in the U.S., many consider it to be an iconic heavy metal album. The record contained a string of hits that helped define the band including "Prowler," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Strange World."
Encouraged by the success of their debut, Iron Maiden released a number of albums over the next several years, but perhaps their most famous was the 1982 epic The Number of the Beast. The album went on to be certified platinum in both the U.K. and the U.S., and spawned a trio of popular songs "The Number of the Beats," "Run to the Hills" and "Hallowed be Thy Name," all of which are still regularly played by the band.
Throughout its first few years, Iron Maiden had established themselves as one of the smartest rock bands around. Their songs were often littered with literary allusions, and this is especially evident on their 1984 album Powerslave. The record is mostly known for a musical adaptation of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." The song remains one of the tunes most closely-associated to Iron Maiden.
Over the next 15 years, Iron Maiden continued to experiment with their sound and include new and unique allusions. In 2000, the band enjoyed a resurgence with the album Brave New World. Thanks to the singles "The Wicker Man" and "Out of the Silent Planet," the album went on to earn positive reviews from most critics and performed modestly well in the UK and U.S.
It's been more than 35 years since Iron Maiden first exploded on the scene, but they are still rocking as hard as ever. With a fan base unlike any other, they will surely be around for years to come.
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High Expectations This concert was at the att center, which is a great place. As I sat in my seat ready to have my head rocked to the limit by Iron Maiden, Dream Theater opened for them, and did a great job. I was ready for the main event! The first thing that was wrong is they opened with a song no on knew. The stage left me confused. The drummer was in the stage like he at one time was going to raise up, but never did. The only thing they did correct is the encore was all songs we knew. All in all I was very disappointed and left not with the feeling I wanted. My friend drove us down there, so we jammed some old maiden all the way back to Austin and had a great time. Maiden is a great band, just did not do the best I thought they could. August 18, 2010