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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden
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Celebrate Iron Maiden's timeless legacy in this special one-off magazine, which collects the best interviews and features from the pages of Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines. We follow the band from their earliest days on the London pub circuit to the triumphs of the 80s right up to the present day, where they stand as the most iconic and enduring metal band on the planet.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

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2 min.

There’s no other band like Iron Maiden. It’s not just the music (as fantastic as it is) or the album covers or the stage shows (though you’d be hard pressed to find anyone else with a mascot as enduring as Eddie) or even the incredible universe they’ve willed into being over the last 40 years. Though, of course, all of those stand as a measure of their achievements. No, what truly sets Iron Maiden apart has been their amazing ability to connect with successive generations in a way that other bands don’t. Whether you came on board in the late 70s with The Soundhouse Tapes, in the midst of their imperial height in the 80s or during their incredible post-millennial resurgence, the Maiden you first banged your head to are the…

7 min.
rising sons

In November 1973, Steve Harris was a 17-year-old trainee draughtsman whose dreams of becoming a professional footballer had been elbowed aside by a burgeoning interest in rock music. With the sort of single-mindedness that would define him, he bought a bass, jacked in his job and joined his first band–the first step in a career that’s still going strong more than 40 years later. Bob Verschoyle (vocalist, Gypsy’s Kiss): I met Steve when I was twelve and he was ten. He lived on Beaumont Road Estate in Leyton and I lived nearby. Steve loved football, so I used to go over after school and at weekends for a kick about. Every Sunday afternoon, someone would bring a radio and we’d listen to Pick Of The Pops with Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman, to…

8 min.
the brith of nwobhm

Between 1975 and 1978, the nascent Iron Maiden earned their spurs on London’s pub circuit. But with punk raging, getting noticed by record labels was easier said than done–at least it was until a DJ named Neal Kay opened a new club in the wilds of North London. Neal Kay (DJ/founder, Heavy Metal Soundhouse): Punk was the prevalent music in 1978, but since 1975 I’d been building up a small venue in Kingsbury as a heavy metal discotheque. It was known as The Bandwagon in the Prince Of Wales pub, but I re-christened it The Heavy Metal Soundhouse. The main room held about 700 people, and we had a fuckin’ ginormous sound system. I kept badgering Geoff Barton at Sounds to come down, because I knew it was unique, and a…

4 min.
the ex-factor

Paul Mario Day VOCALS, 1975-76 “I worked close to where Steve Harris lived. One day I saw him the street, and asked whether he was looking for a singer. This was at the end of Gypsy’s Kiss, and they had a singer at the time. But shortly after he said he’d give me a try. My first gig was at a church hall in front of about 10 or 20 people. But we quickly got a residency at the Cart And Horses every Thursday. We mostly did original material, songs that would end up on the first two Maiden albums. But we’d also do the occasional cover. The band’s sound was already in place. I wasn’t an experienced frontman, and that eventually counted against me. They wanted me to be more showbiz,…

19 min.
running free

In the first days of 1980, when Iron Maiden entered Kingsway Studios in West London to begin recording their debut album, bassist Steve Harris had mixed emotions. He had a quiet confidence in the strength of the material he had written for the band and he also knew that the band’s new line-up was the best it had ever been, with the addition of a hard-hitting drummer in Clive Burr, and an accomplished guitarist in Dennis Stratton to play alongside Dave Murray. Even so, Harris had, deep down, a sense of nagging fear. “I suppose I was always worried in the back of my mind that it could all come tumbling down rather quickly,” he later admitted. “You don’t take anything for granted–it’s the old ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ thing. And…

15 min.
‘woe to you, oh earth md sea for the devil sends the beast with wrath because he knows that time is short. let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast. for it is a human number. its number is… six hundred and sixty-six’

In the summer of 1981, Iron Maiden took the decision to fire singer Paul Di’Anno. It was a bold move. The brash, cocksure, 23-year-old East Londoner was a hero to the headbangers, earthdogs, hell rats and rivet-heads whose fanatical support had propelled Maiden to the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. His expulsion from the band not only marked the end of an era, but also was viewed with a certain amount of unease by longterm supporters. There was genuine concern that, having failed to match the Top 10 success of 1980’s self-titled debut album with the more considered follow-up, Killers, Maiden were now thinking about a stylistic makeover more attuned to the lucrative, but notoriously fickle, American rock market. In December 1981, when the freshly minted Kerrang!…