Iron Maiden

Formed 1975.

English heavy metal band

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Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden on the Heavy Metal wardrobe

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden talks through choice items of clothing that embody the Heavy Metal aesthetic from the 1989 BBC Arena programme Heavy Metal.

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Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, east London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-seven albums, including fifteen studio albums, eleven live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of US and UK platinum and gold albums, including 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death, 1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their latest studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 different countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Despite little radio or television support, Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, with The New York Times reporting in 2010 that they have sold over 85 million records worldwide. The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002. As of October 2013, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For the past 35 years, the band have been supported by their famous mascot, "Eddie", who has appeared on almost all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990-2010

    From Fear to Eternity – The Best of 1990-2010 2011

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    A revealing release, which makes it clear that Maiden’s ‘lean’ years were anything but.
  2. Review of The Final Frontier

    The Final Frontier 2010

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    A remarkable achievement from the metal titans.
  3. Review of Somewhere Back In Time

    Somewhere Back In Time 2008

    Reviewed by Eamonn Stack
    It's straight-ahead,...
  4. Review of A Matter Of Life And Death

    A Matter Of Life And Death 2006

    Reviewed by Andy Maclarty
    Maiden again prove their uncanny ability to write great lyrics wrapped around guitar...
  5. Review of Dance Of Death

    Dance Of Death 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    While there's no denying the oft-comical aspects of all things heavy and metallic only...
  6. Review of No Prayer For The Dying

    No Prayer For The Dying 1990

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Sought to expand an already extensive following by toning up a bit of instrumental flab.
  7. Review of The Number Of The Beast

    The Number Of The Beast 1982

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Maiden newbies are advised to start their journey to metal hell and back right here.
  8. Review of Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden 1980

    Reviewed by Tim Nelson
    ...get a copy, wind the volume and give it a jolly good thrashing!
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