Iron Maiden

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Iron Maiden is a brittish heavy metal band, and is often credited for being the first successfull (or even the very first) heavy metal band ever. Iron Maiden were ranked #24 in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". The band were ranked fourth on MTV's "Top 10 Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All Time". Iron Maiden were named the third best metal band of all time on VH1 Classic: Top 20 Metal Bands. The band also won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002.


Basist Steve Harris formed Iron Maiden on Christmas of 1975. Since then, they have released 14 studio albums (Iron Maiden(self titled), Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Peace Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XI, Brave New World, Dance Of Death and A Matter Of Life And Death) and 9 live albums (including Live After Death, A Real Live One, A Real Dead One, Rock In Rio, Death On The Road and many more)

After 4 years of frustration and lineup changes, Iron Maiden finally began recording their very first album in 1979 with vocalist Paul Di'Anno, guitarists Dennis Stratton and Dave Murry, bassist Steve Harris and drummer Clive Burr. This line up stayed for their first album. After their first tour, Stratton was fired due to unwanted musical differences and was replaced by Murry's childhood friend Adrian Smith. After then release of "Killers", Di'Anno was also fired due to his self-destructive behavior and use of cocaine. He was replaced by Bruce Dickinson. That same year Clive Burrleft the band due to family problems and was replaced by Nicko McBrain. Later on in 1993, Adrian Smith left the band to persue a solo carrear. He was replaced by Janick Gers. Bruce Dickinson also left in '93 becuase he wanted to change his writing style and Maiden woulnt allow it. He was replaced by Blaze Bayley. When Smith and Dickinson rejoined the band in 1999, Bayley was kicked out, but Gers was kept as a six-piece. Since then, there have been no lineup changes.


Bassist: Steve Harris
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Bassist and founder of Iron Maiden, Steve Harris was born on March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England. Harris is the "leader" (you could call it) and primary songwirter for Iron Maiden. He also plays keyboards and sings backup.

Guitarist: Dave Murray
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Dave Murray and Steve Harris are the only members of Iron Maiden to have played on every Iron Maiden album to have been released. He was born on on 23 December 1956, in Edmonton, London. Ever since hearing Jimi Hendrix's "Vodoo Child" he had a keen intrest in rock, sometimes practicing his guitar 7 hours a day. His first band he joined included Adrian Smith, which is where they both met eachother.

Lead Guitarist: Adrian Smith
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Lead guitarist Adrian Smith was born on February 27, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England. He befriend Dave Murray in their first band togeather. Smith's playing styles are always smooth and fast, always composed and never improvised.

Drummer: Nicko McBrain
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Nicko Mcbrain was born on June 5, 1952 in Hackney, in London, England. His real first name is Michel, but his childhood nickname was Nicky or Nicko, because he was attached to a stuffed bear that he called Nickolas. He used Nicko as a stage name all though his carrear. He played with many bands throughout the 70's. He first met Steve Harris in '82 at a gig and was instantly recurited to at least adution for Maiden. He did, and he was chosen.

Guitarist: Janick Gers
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Janick Gers was born on January 27, 1957 in Hartlepool, England. When Dickinson first left Maiden in '92, Janick Gers was hired by him to be his guitarist for his solo carrear. Not long after Harris asked him to join Iron Maiden to replace Adrian Smith who had also left at the time. When Smith and Dickinson rejoined the band in '98, Gers was kept as a 6th member.

Lead Vocals: Bruce Dickinson
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Bruce Dickinsin was born on August 7 1958, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. He is not only a singer, but songwriter, airplane piolet, fencer, radio show host, DJ, historian, television presenter producer and novelist. From a yound age his family moved around alot. In 1979 he sang for a band called Samson. When he left this band and adutioned for Iron Maiden, he knew this was the band for him.



As for their musical style. Its heavy metal. Some may be rather disturbed by some of their song lyrics. Sorry? Many songs are written about historical things, war, society's injustices, and many other strange ideas. These are a few songs which are my favorites

Run To The Hills


The Trooper


Aces High


Wasted Years


Paschendale



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Posted on October 28th, 2008 at 05:11pm

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