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Iron Maiden Return to the US for ‘Maiden England’ 2013 Tour Run

Good news for fans that missed out on Iron Maiden last summer when they brought their Maiden England tour to North America for a few months -- they're coming back!

Maiden just revealed that they’ll return to the States in September for a handful of shows leading up to their headlining gig at Brazil’s Rock in Rio Festival on Sept. 22 in front of a sold out crowd of over 70,000 fans.

The new string of dates includes stops in U.S. cities that Maiden have never included on past tours like Raleigh, N.C., and others that they haven’t seen in over two decades like Nashville, Tenn. and Austin, Texas. Dates in Kansas City, St. Louis and Las Vegas also made the list.

Rounding out the bill, Megadeth will provide opening support for Iron Maiden on all dates.

The short run of dates will culminate on Sept. 13 when Iron Maiden headline the Battle of San Bernardino at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif. The west coast metalfest will also feature Anthrax, Testament, Megadeth, Overkill and Sabaton for this one-time event.

Tickets for several of the dates go on sale starting April 12 through Ticketmaster.

Iron Maiden 'Maiden England' Tour Dates:

9/3 – Raleigh, N.C. – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 9/5 – Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena 9/7 – Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center 9/8 – St. Louis, Mo. – Verizon Wireless 9/10 – Austin, Texas – 350 Amphitheater 9/12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center 9/13 - San Bernardino, Calif. - San Manuel Amphitheater

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Iron Maiden open The Future Past Tour with setlist packed with rarities and live debuts

What a setlist!

Iron Maiden kicked off The Future Past Tour at Arena Stožice in Ljubljana, Slovenia last night (28th May) with a setlist packed with rarities and live debuts.

Following the conclusion of their 139-date The Legacy of the Beast World Tour last autumn, The Future Past Tour features unperformed songs from the band’s 2021 album ‘ Senjutsu ’, rarely performed material from their seminal 1986 album ‘ Somewhere in Time ’, and classic tracks.

Arriving on stage to the traditional sounds of UFO’s ‘Doctor Doctor’, and Vangelis’ Blade Runner outro, Iron Maiden surprised the 14,500-capacity crowd immediately with the first outing in 36 years of ‘Somewhere in Time’ opener ‘Caught Somewhere in Time’.

Iron Maiden launched into another live rarity, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, next. It was the first time they had played it since New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom way back in July 1999.

Elsewhere, ‘Somewhere in Time’ track ‘Heaven Can Wait’ was performed for the first time in 14 years, while ‘ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son ’ single ‘Can I Play with Madness?’ and ‘ The Number of the Beast ’ classic ‘The Prisoner’ made the setlist nine years on from their last performances on the Maiden England tour.

However, the biggest story of the night was undoubtedly the live debut of historical epic ‘ Alexander the Great ’, a track that many Iron Maiden fans started to doubt they would ever see live .

Elsewhere during Iron Maiden’s spectacular set, ‘Senjutsu’ songs ‘Days of Future Past’, ‘The Time Machine’, ‘Death of the Celts’, and ‘Hell on Earth’ all had their live debuts.

Watch Iron Maiden perform 'Alexander the Great' for the first time ever:

Iron Maiden concluded the set with seminal songs ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Wasted Years’ – the latter made the setlist for the first time since The Book of Souls World Tour six years ago.

As the official Iron Maiden video below shows, two incarnations of Eddie appeared on stage - the cyborg Eddie from 'Somewhere in Time' and samurai Eddie from 'Senjutsu', with both battling Bruce Dickinson in spectacular style.

The Future Past Tour hits the UK & Ireland in June and July for arena dates in Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and two nights at London’s The O2.

Iron Maiden’s The Future Past Tour setlist:

1 - Caught Somewhere in Time (first live performance since 1987)

2 - Stranger in a Strange Land (first live performance since 1999)

3 - The Writing on The Wall

4 - Days of Future Past (live debut)

5 - The Time Machine (live debut)

6 - The Prisoner (first live performance since 2014)

7 - Death of The Celts (live debut)

8 - Can I Play with Madness (first live performance since 2014)

9 - Heaven Can Wait (first live performance since 2008)

10 - Alexander the Great (live debut)

11 - Fear of The Dark

12 - Iron Maiden

13 - Hell on Earth (live debut)

14 - The Trooper

15 - Wasted Years

Iron Maiden's legendary career in photos:

Iron maiden's career beginnings.

Bassist and sole constant band member Steve Harris founded Iron Maiden on Christmas Day 1975 after he exited his previous group Smiler for ventures new. Harris took the band's moniker from the medieval iron maiden torture device after watching the 1939 movie The Man in the Iron Mask. Alongside Harris, the first incarnation of Iron Maiden featured vocalist Paul Day, guitarists Terry Rance and Dave Sullivan , and drummer Ron Matthews. The band made their live debut at St Nick's Hall in Poplar on 1st May 1976 and soon took up a residency at the Cart & Horses Pub in Maryland, Stratford, which rightfully calls itself The Birthplace of Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden's debut recording 'The Soundhouse Tapes'

Iron Maiden underwent numerous line-up changes throughout the late 70s with singer Paul Day the first to get axed in favour of Dennis Wilcock who mimicked his favourite band by wearing make-up and using fake blood during performances. Other members throughout this period included drummers Barry Purkis and Doug Sampson, keyboardist Tony Moore, and guitarists Bob Sawyer and Terry Wapram. Current Iron Maiden axeman Dave Murray joined Iron Maiden in 1976 but was sacked a year later following an argument with Wilcock. When Wilcock left 1978, Murray was reinstated to the band and has remained a constant member of Iron Maiden ever since. Paul Di'Anno was recruited as vocalist in November 1978 and shortly before New Year, Iron Maiden recorded the three-track EP 'The Soundhouse Tapes', which was limited to 5,000 copies and is now a highly sought-after collector's item.

Iron Maiden's 1980 line-up

Now guided by long-term manager Rod Smallwood , Iron Maiden penned a major record deal with EMI in 1979. With Dennis Stratton recruited as their second guitarist and ex-Samson drummer Clive Burr replacing Doug Sampson, who left for medical reasons, the five-strong band kicked off the 1980s by playing 11 dates of the now-legendary Metal for Muthas Tour, which was headlined at alternate dates by Motörhead, Samson, and Saxon. Pictured is Iron Maiden's Clive Burr, Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Dennis Stratton and Paul Di'Anno walking through a park in 1980.

Eddie the Head makes his debut

Iron Maiden released their debut single 'Running Free' on 8th February 1980 coinciding with the Metal for Muthas Tour. The single features the very first appearance of Iron Maiden's beloved mascot Eddie the Head . His creator, Portsmouth born artist Derek Riggs, obscured the face to build an enigmatic aura ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album two months later. Eddie had already been appearing at Iron Maiden shows for a number of years and was originally a papier-mâché head created by the band's lighting technician Dave "Lights" Beazley, before he soon evolved into a fibreglass head. Eddie has been an ever-evolving mainstay of Iron Maiden's albums, merchandise and live shows ever since and he's easily the greatest mascot in rock history.

Iron Maiden - 'Iron Maiden' (1980)

Iron Maiden's self-titled debut album 'Iron Maiden' was unleashed in the UK on 14th April 1980, and it stormed straight in at number 4 on the album chart. The band's only record to feature guitarist Dennis Stratton and to be produced by Wil Malone, the eight-song album was widely lauded by critics for its rampant ferocity and blistering and uncompromising heavy metal sounds. Mascot Eddie's proper horrorshow face was revealed to the world for the first time thanks to the striking Derek Riggs sketch on the sleeve.

Debut headline tour and Adrian Smith joins Iron Maiden

After cutting their cloth supporting Judas Priest on their British Steel tour, Iron Maiden embarked on their inaugural headline UK solo tour in April 1980 before hitting the road opening for KISS that summer. Following the high profile KISS trek, Dennis Stratton was sacked from Iron Maiden in October 1980 due to creative and personal differences, and Adrian Smith from Dave Murray's former band Urchin was recruited as his replacement. Pictured is Steve Harris, Clive Burr, Paul Di'Anno, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray in early 1981.

Iron Maiden - 'Killers' (1981)

Iron Maiden's second studio album 'Killers' was released on 2nd February 1981 and it was written almost entirely by Steve Harris. Interestingly, most of the tracks – except 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'Prodigal Son' – predate the band's debut album, however they hadn't been recorded professionally until the band joined forces with producer Martin Birch , who went on to helm their next eight studio albums. 'Killers' peaked at number 12 in the UK and spent eight weeks on the chart, eventually shifting more than 100,000 units. The artwork depicts a murderous Eddie holding a blood-smeared axe as his unfortunate victim claws at his chest. The block of flats in the background is based on where artist Derek Riggs was living at the time.

Iron Maiden's first world tour

Following the release of 'Killers', Iron Maiden embarked on their first world tour – the aptly entitled Killer World Tour. Opening in Ipswich on 17th February 1981, the extensive tour featured 131 shows across the UK, Europe, Japan, United States and Canada. Singer Paul Di'Anno didn't complete the tour, however, as he was fired from Iron Maiden due to his increasingly volatile behaviour and waning live performances linked to his excessive drug use. Paul Di'Anno's final show was at Odd Fellows Mansion in Copenhagen, Denmark on 10th September 1981. Pictured are Iron Maiden wearing traditional Kendo uniforms during their first visit to Japan in May 1981 while flanked by two Eddie the Head characters.

Iron Maiden poke fun at the departing Paul Di'Anno

The original cover of September 1981's 'Maiden Japan' live EP depicted Eddie clutching the decapitated head of the then frontman Paul Di'Anno. Maiden manager Rod Smallwood swiftly ordered a redraft when he saw it as the band were preparing to oust Di'Anno. Despite Smallwood's best efforts, the EP was released with the original sleeve in South America.

Iron Maiden recruit Samson's Bruce Dickinson

Pictured is a 23-year-old Bruce Dickinson of British heavy metal band Samson in August 1981. After bumping into Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood at Reading Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend, Bruce Dickinson auditioned for Iron Maiden in September 1981 and was swiftly recruited to their ranks. Dickinson played his first concerts with Iron Maiden in Italy that October before playing the Rainbow Theatre and Ruskin Arms in London in the run-up to Christmas.

Iron Maiden - 'The Number of the Beast' (1982)

With Bruce Dickinson as their new powerhouse vocalist, Iron Maiden released their third studio effort 'The Number of the Beast' in March 1982 and it climbed to Number 1 in the UK the following month. Boasting fan favourites including 'Run to the Hills', 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and title track 'The Number of the Beast', the record is rightfully regarded as a masterpiece to this very day and a landmark album of the heavy metal genre. The equally seminal artwork for 'The Number of the Beast' was originally meant to be used on the cover of single 'Purgatory' eight months earlier, however, the band were so overawed that they asked Riggs to hold it back for their next album. An iconic image of Eddie holding Satan like a puppet and Satan clutching an even smaller Eddie, it was all too predictably condemned by staunch Christian groups in America.

Iron Maiden upset Christian groups in the US

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Clive Burr and Dave Murray hit the Queens pub in Islington, London in 1982 following the release of 'The Number of the Beast.' In support of the blockbuster album, Iron Maiden embarked on The Beast on the Road tour across North America, Japan, Australia, and Europe, which featured a coveted headline slot at Reading Festival. In the southern states of the US, Iron Maiden were met with protests from Christian groups who accused them of being Satanists because of their album title track. Unsurprisingly, the protests gave Iron Maiden some welcome free publicity Stateside.

Nicko McBrain replaces Clive Burr

In December 1982, drummer Clive Burr was ousted from Iron Maiden in somewhat acrimonious circumstances. Steve Harris maintained that the firing was due to Burr's offstage antics affecting his performances, while Burr claimed his dismissal was unfair. Iron Maiden drafted in Nicko McBrain, formerly of the rock bands Sleepwalkers and Trust, as Burr's replacement and Maiden soon decamped to Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas to commence work on their next album. Pictured is Iron Maiden backstage at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin in 1983.

Iron Maiden - 'Piece of Mind' (1983)

Iron Maiden unleashed their fourth album 'Piece of Mind' on 16th May 1983 and it peaked at Number 3 in the UK. A lyrically weighty musical opus packed with an array of cultural and historical references including Greek mythology ('Flight of Icarus'), Alfred, Lord Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade ('The Trooper') and the life of samurai Miyamoto Musashi ('Sun and Steel'), musically 'Piece of Mind' packed a punch too and it saw the band finely hone their trademark heavy metal sound. Poking fun at their Satanism accusations, album track 'Still Life' featured a hidden message that could only be deciphered when played backwards. The album artwork saw Eddie undergo a dramatic transformation into a deranged, lobotomised mental patient complete with shackles and straitjacket.

Iron Maiden's World Piece Tour

Iron Maiden on their tour bus in September 1983 during the US leg of the World Piece Tour. A relentless trek, Maiden played 150 shows in seven months across the UK, Europe and North America. Bruce Dickinson noted in 2016 that their tour bus during the eighties was "the subject of all manner of shenanigans." The mind boggles...

Iron Maiden - 'Powerslave' (1984)

Very much keeping up the ante, Iron Maiden released their fifth album 'Powerslave' just 16 months after 'Piece of Mind' in September 1984. Once again recorded at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas with producer Martin Birch at the helm, 'Powerslave' featured the towering singles '2 Minutes to Midnight' and 'Aces High' plus the 13 minutes and 45 seconds epic 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', a musical retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1798 poem of the same name. The visually striking, ancient Egyptian themed 'Powerslave' cover saw mascot Eddie morph into a giant stone Pharoah.

Iron Maiden's World Slavery Tour

Iron Maiden's Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain during the World Slavery Tour in 1985. Easily the band's biggest tour to date, Maiden played 189 shows to an estimated 3.5 million people over 331 days. The triumphant yet highly gruelling trek was immortalised with the seminal live album 'Live After Death' in October 1985, which was recorded at Long Beach Arena in California and London's Hammersmith Odeon.

Iron Maiden perform to 300,000 fans at Rock in Rio

Iron Maiden made their South American debut on 24th January 1985 during the World Slavery Tour appearing alongside Queen at Rock in Rio. Pictured are Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris in their imperious live glory in front of the 300,000-strong crowd. Suffering from fatigue and with tensions growing, Iron Maiden took a well-deserved four-month break following the conclusion of the World Slavery Tour in July 1985.

Iron Maiden - 'Somewhere In Time' (1986)

Iron Maiden's sixth record 'Somewhere In Time' came out on 19th September 1986 and reached no.3 on the UK album chart. Featuring no song contributions from Bruce Dickinson, instead Adrian Smith stepped to the fore with three songwriting credits – 'Sea of Madness', and the singles 'Wasted Years' and 'Stranger in a Strange Land.' The album saw Iron Maiden diversify their musical palette with the introduction of guitar synthesisers and although not strictly a concept record, the theme of time permeates through several of the tracks. 'Somewhere In Time' culminates with the historical epic 'Alexander The Great', which, although a firm fan favourite, has never been performed live by Iron Maiden. The visually potent artwork depicts a cyborg Eddie and there are dozens of references to the band's history and previous album/single sleeves across the front and back covers.

Iron Maiden in 1986

Iron Maiden looking resplendent in the California desert in 1986.

Iron Maiden's Somewhere on Tour tour

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York in April 1987 on the Somewhere on Tour tour. The ambitious stage set featured a giant inflatable cyborg Eddie as the backdrop.

Iron Maiden - 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ (1988)

Widely regarded as one of Iron Maiden's greatest albums, critically lauded concept record 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' landed on 11th April 1988 and it powered to Number 1 in the UK becoming the band's first chart-topper since 'The Number of the Beast' six years earlier. Inspired by the novel Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card, the musically ambitious masterpiece saw the band meld progressive rock elements (complete with keyboards) with their trademark heavy metal sound. The artwork draws parallels with surrealists Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali and depicts a bodiless, floating Eddie holding his innards (which entomb a baby Eddie) while his head burns in direct contrast to the still and serene polar landscape. Rod Smallwood's brief was to create something "surreal and bloody weird" and Derek Riggs succeeded emphatically.

Iron Maiden headline Monsters of Rock

Iron Maiden's ensuing Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Tour featured over 100 shows throughout 1988, including, most notably, the band's inaugural headline appearance at Monsters of Rock in front of an estimated 107,000 people with KISS and Guns N' Roses also on the blockbuster bill. However, the event was marred by the tragic death of two fans during a crush during Guns N' Roses' set. Iron Maiden's two concerts at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre were immortalised in the VHS live video 'Maiden England' in 1989 and, later, the live album of the same name.

Bruce Dickinson releases solo album

With Iron Maiden taking some time out following the gruelling Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Tour, in 1989 Adrian Smith released the album 'Silver and Gold' with his short-lived solo venture A.S.a.P (Adrian Smith and Project). In August '89, Bruce Dickinson recorded the solo song 'Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter' with former Gillan guitarist Janick Gers for the 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child' soundtrack. Musical kindred spirits, the pair struck up a close friendship and they soon worked together on Dickinson's debut solo album 'Tattooed Millionaire', which saw the light of day in May 1990. Alongside nine original tracks, the album featured a cover of the David Bowie-penned Mott The Hoople track 'All The Young Dudes', which peaked at no.23 in the UK.

Janick Gers joins Iron Maiden after Adrian Smith quits

Following their break, Iron Maiden regrouped in 1990 to commence work on their eighth studio album. While the record was still in its embryonic stages, Adrian Smith quit Iron Maiden following a decade-long tenure due to differences in opinion with the direction the band were taking musically. Adrian was replaced by Janick Gers, who had recently worked with Bruce Dickinson on 'Tattooed Millionaire.' Hartlepool-born Janick was the first new Iron Maiden member in seven years and he's still with the band to this very day.

Iron Maiden - 'No Prayer for the Dying' (1990)

Released on 1st October 1990, Iron Maiden's eighth studio album 'No Prayer for the Dying' was more stripped back and raw musically than its two more experimental predecessors 'Somewhere in Time' and 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'. It was recorded at Steve Harris' barn in Essex and utilising The Rolling Stones' Mobile Studio with long-time producer Martin Birch at the helm. The album featured Iron Maiden's version of Bruce Dickinson's solo track 'Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter', which stormed straight in at Number 1 in the UK (the band's only chart-topper to date) despite the track being shunned by mainstream radio stations. The 'No Prayer for the Dying' artwork was created by Derek Riggs and featured a more 'classic' version of Eddie the Head, emerging from a grave and clawing at an unfortunate undertaker's neck.

Iron Maiden - 'Fear of the Dark' (1992)

Following the year-long No Prayer on the Road Tour, Iron Maiden released their ninth studio album 'Fear of the Dark' on 11th May 1992, and it peaked at Number 1 in the UK. With Bruce Dickinson in particular unhappy with the sound of 'No Prayer for the Dying', Steve Harris' barn was converted into a 'proper' recording studio for 'Fear of the Dark'. The record was co-produced by Steve alongside Martin Birch who retired soon after its release. It proved to be not only Birch's final record with Maiden but his final ever before his death in 2020. Embracing weighty themes such as football hooliganism ('Weekend Warrior'), the AIDs pandemic ('Fear is the Key') and the Gulf War ('Afraid to Shoot Strangers'), 'Fear of the Dark' also featured the band's first power ballad, 'Wasting Love.' The album was the first Iron Maiden long-player not to feature artwork by Derek Riggs as the band opted for Melvyn Grant's eerie painting of a half-tree/half-demon Eddie instead.

Adrian Smith makes guest appearance at Monsters of Rock

Three months after the release of 'Fear of the Dark', Iron Maiden headlined Monsters of Rock for a second time with Skid Row, Thunder, Slayer, W.A.S.P. and The Almighty also on the line-up. The performance was immortalised with the November 1992 live album and VHS video 'Live at Donington' and the set culminated with former guitarist Adrian Smith guesting on 'Running Free.' He recollected years later: "Steve Harris rang me up and said, 'Why don't you come down and play Running Free' with us?' So I went down there and I didn't expect to feel the way I felt. The tour manager brought me up to the side of the stage and I watched a few songs. I got really, really emotional. I wasn't expecting it, but I was overwhelmed — the guys are playing the songs I used to play in front of thousands and thousands of people."

Bruce Dickinson leaves Iron Maiden

In early 1993, Bruce Dickinson announced his plans to leave Iron Maiden to focus on his solo career. However, with the band's Real Live Tour already booked, Bruce agreed to proceed with the shows as a farewell to fans. Unsurprisingly, the tour was blighted be inter-band tensions with Steve Harris in particular extremely unhappy with Bruce's inconsistent performances – claims that Bruce denied. Bruce himself later said of the tour: "It wasn't a good vibe. We walked out onstage, and it was like a morgue. The Maiden fans knew I'd quit, they knew these were the last gigs and I suddenly realised that, as the frontman, you're in an almost impossible situation." Pictured is Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers at London's Wembley Arena on 17th May 1993. Three months later, Bruce Dickinson played his final shows with Iron Maiden (for now) at London's Pinewood Studios.

Blaze Bayley joins Iron Maiden

With Bruce Dickinson gone, in 1994 Iron Maiden pored over hundreds of demo tapes sent by vocalists aiming to become the band's new singer. However, with Steve Harris wowed by Blaze Bayley 's vocal prowess when Wolfsbane supported Maiden on the No Prayer on the Road Tour, the band successfully convinced him to join their ranks. Blaze Bayley told Planet Rock in 2021 : "They offered me the job. I'm so different to Bruce (Dickinson), I mean just so different in my presentation, my voice, everything. But I think they wanted to change, and they offered me the job. So I left Wolfsbane at that point and went on to the greatest job in the world for a heavy metal singer. It was fantastic, an incredible time." He added: "I don't know why they chose me, but they did, and the things that I learnt then - and already being a fan of Maiden - it stayed with me and that confidence that I'd got as a songwriter, that was unshakable."

Iron Maiden - 'The X factor' (1995)

Unfortunately for Blaze Bayley, his tenure with Iron Maiden didn't start well as he injured his leg in a motorcycle accident near his home delaying the band's tenth studio album. Eventually, 'The X Factor' finally saw the light of day on 2nd October 1995. Iron Maiden's first album since their eponymous 1980 debut without the now retired producer Martin Birch at the helm, sonically the band traversed darker musical realms including the Apocalypse Now inspired 'The Edge of Darkness'. Although 'The X Factor' was initially met with a more muted response than its predecessors, it's looked on much more favourably retrospectively and 11-minute epic 'Sign of the Cross' was added to the setlist for Maiden's The Legacy of the Beast Tour in 2018. The hard-hitting artwork was created by graphic artist Hugh Syme (noted for his work with Rush) and features a revival of the lobotomised Eddie.

Iron Maiden's The X Factour

Blaze Bayley's inaugural trek with Iron Maiden, The X Factour, ran for a year from September 1995 and opened with the band's debut shows in Israel and South Africa. It saw Maiden return to more intimate venues except for the closing South American and Mexican concerts that took place in stadia and arenas. Due to the rigours of touring, Blaze Bayley suffered vocal problems in North America resulting in the cancellation of eight show in spring 1996. Pictured are Blaze Bayley and Dave Murray at London's Brixton Academy on 10th November 1995.

Iron Maiden - 'Virtual XI' (1998)

After unleashing their first greatest hits compilation 'Best of the Beast' in 1996 and the accompanying standalone single 'Virus', Iron Maiden released their eleventh studio album 'Virtual XI' on 23rd March 1998. Widely regarded as a nadir in Iron Maiden's recording history, 'Virtual XI' was the band's biggest commercial flop to date charting at no.16 in the UK and - just like 'The X Factor' - it failed to dent the Billboard Top 100 Stateside. Yet, despite being savaged critically, there were some standout moments on the record including the fast and ferocious opener 'Futureal' and the bona fide Iron Maiden classic, 'The Clansman.' Melvyn Grant created the artwork of a demon like Eddie straight from the bowels of hell ominously reaching for a child wearing a virtual reality headset.

Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith return

Blaze Bayley's five-year tenure with Iron Maiden came to an end in January 1999 when he was fired by the band. Blaze noted 20 years later: "It was a shock to leave Iron Maiden - it was an absolute shock. But CD sales were gone; there was no interest in the band; things were going down; and they wanted a reunion (with Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith) — the record company wanted a reunion." Manager Rod Smallwood convinced Steve Harris to welcome Bruce Dickinson back into the band and the vocalist accepted during a meeting in Brighton in January 1999. The very same day Adrian Smith was also invited back by phone and Iron Maiden became a three-guitar, six-piece heavy metal behemoth. The line-up has remained constant to this very day.

Iron Maiden's The Ed Hunter Tour

The newly 12-legged Iron Maiden embarked on The Ed Hunter Tour in the summer of 1999 in support of their greatest hits album and video game 'Ed Hunter.' A relatively short trek compared to Maiden's usual tours, the band played 28 shows in North America and Europe. Dave Murray broke his finger in Los Angeles resulting in the cancellation of the band's gigs in San Jose, Paradise and Mesa.

Iron Maiden - 'Brave New World' (2000)

Iron Maiden's twelfth studio album 'Brave New World' was unleashed to Planet Earth on 29th May 2000. Lauded by critics and Iron Maiden fans alike, 'Brave New World' was named after the Aldous Huxley novel of the same name and it was recorded with esteemed producer Kevin 'The Caveman' Shirley at Studio Guillaume Tell in France. Musically, 'Brave New World' is a majestic heavy metal opus that has plenty of progressive flourishes and it ushered in the new Millennium perfectly for the band. Towering tunes including 'The Wicker Man' and 'Blood Brothers' (which Steve Harris penned for his late dad) are widely regarded as Maiden classics. For the artwork, Derek Riggs (returning to a Maiden cover for the first time in a decade) created the Eddie that appears as a menacing cloud of smoke above a Steve Stone illustration of a space-age London. It would be Riggs' last Iron Maiden album cover artwork to the present day.

Iron Maiden's Brave New World Tour

The Brave New World Tour took place from June 2000 to January 2001 and saw Iron Maiden perform 81 shows in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Pictured is the fearsome wicker incarnation of Eddie at London's Earl Court Arena on the opening month of the tour.

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris and Adrian Smith at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on 17th October 2000 during their Brave New World Tour. Three months later, Iron Maiden performed in front of a massive crowd of 250,000 fans at Rock in Rio, which was released as a live album and video.

Iron Maiden raise money for Clive Burr

In March 2002, Iron Maiden performed a trio of sold-out benefit concerts at London's Brixton Academy raising money for former drummer Clive Burr, who had recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Iron Maiden played two further gigs for Burr's MS Trust Fund charity in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

Iron Maiden headline the first Download Festival

Iron Maiden headlined the opening night at the very first Download Festival at Donington Park – the home of Monsters of Rock – on Saturday 31st May 2003.

Iron Maiden - 'Dance of Death' (2003)

Two weeks after the conclusion of their Give Me Ed... 'Til I'm Dead Tour, Iron Maiden released their thirteenth studio album 'Dance of Death' on 2nd September 2003. Peaking at no.2 in the UK, the acclaimed album was produced by Kevin Shirley and it contains two Iron Maiden firsts – 'Journeyman' is their first ever fully acoustic track, while 'New Frontier' is the first and only song in Iron Maiden's formidable back catalogue to have been co-written by Nicko McBrain. Once again 'Dance of Death' is packed with historical references - 'Montségur' is based on the fall of the Cathar stronghold in the aftermath of the Albigensian Crusade in 1244, while the Maiden epic 'Passchendaele' references The Battle of Passchendaele in which half-a-million soldiers died in World War I. Eddie the Head plays the role of the grim reaper on David Patchett's computer generated sleeve.

Iron Maiden in 2003

Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers in concert at London's Earls Court in December 2003.

Iron Maiden’s Eddie Rips Up the World Tour

Tied in with their 2004 DVD The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days, Iron Maiden's Eddie Rips Up the World Tour in 2005 featured material from Iron Maiden's first four studio albums – 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'The Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. The first European leg culminated with a massive 60,000 capacity show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden on 9th July 2005, before Maiden returned to headline Reading and Leeds Festival (pictured) at the end of the summer.

Iron Maiden inducted into Hollywood RockWalk

Iron Maiden were inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles in August 2005. Alongside the band's handprints, Eddie the Head's skeletal claw was also immortalised in concrete.

Iron Maiden's Ozzfest show sabotaged

Sandwiched between the European dates, in the summer of 2005 Iron Maiden co-headlined the majority of the Ozzfest tour with Black Sabbath. Seemingly unhappy with comments Bruce Dickinson had made on stage about reality TV and certain artists using autocue, Sharon Osbourne allegedly sabotaged Iron Maiden's final performance at the Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino on 20th August 2005. During opener 'Murders in the Rue Morgue', Maiden were pelted with eggs, cups and bottle caps from a specific area of the pit and a man invaded the stage during 'The Trooper' clutching an American flag. Worse, the PA system cut out numerous times and "Ozzy, Ozzy, Ozzy" chants were played through the speaker system. At the end of the set, Sharon Osbourne addressed the audience calling Iron Maiden "wonderful" but Bruce Dickinson a "prick." Rod Smallwood praised Iron Maiden afterwards for completing their set, saying "The imperturbable attitude and ability of the band shone through and in the end made this a truly remarkable rock and roll event, even if for all the wrong reasons. I do think the band deserve an apology from a number of people, and you know who you are."

Iron Maiden 'A Matter of Life and Death' (2006)

Iron Maiden's 14th studio album 'A Matter of Life and Death' came out 25th August 2006 and it embraced themes of war and religion throughout, including on the artwork which was created by Tim Bradstreet and depicts Eddie as an army general driving a tank through a desolate, war-torn landscape with his skeletal comrades. Continuing their rich vein of form since Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to their ranks, 'A Matter of Life and Death' was praised by critics and it was their first album to dent the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 debuting at no.9 Stateside. Years later, Nicko McBrain has hailed 'A Matter of Life and Death' as the best record he has recorded with Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden perform A Matter of Life and Death in full on tour

Iron Maiden's A Matter of Life and Death World Tour in 2006 saw the band perform 'A Matter of Life and Death' in its unadulterated entirety before culminating the set with 'Fear of the Dark', 'Iron Maiden', '2 Minutes to Midnight', 'The Evil That Men Do' and 'Hallowed Be Thy Name'. It was their first tour since 1982 not to feature 'The Number of the Beast' in the set. This was rectified in 2007 on the A Matter of the Beast Tour, which featured five songs from their latest records and four songs from 'The Number of the Beast' alongside other Maiden classics. Pictured is Steve Harris throwing his iconic pose in Toronto in October 2006.

Iron Maiden headline Download again

Pictured is Iron Maiden in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2007 ahead of their appearance at the Lokomotiv Stadium. A week later they headlined Download Festival for the second time, which was their fourth bill-topping spot at Donington Park including Monsters of Rock. They concluded the A Matter of the Beast Tour at London's Brixton Academy on 24th June 2007 with proceeds going to Clive Burr's MS Trust Fund charity.

Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour

Iron Maiden kicked off the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour in February 2008 and it took in 90 shows over 14 months in front of 2 million people. The setlist predominately celebrated the band's 1980s material including from 'Powerslave', 'Somewhere In Time' and 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' with rarities including 'Moonchild' and 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' getting an outing. Loosely based on the World Slavery Tour from 24 years earlier, the ambitious stage production boasted eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics and the welcome return of the giant mummified Eddie, together with the cyborg walk-on Eddie from 1986. Pictured is Steve Harris at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne at the start of the tour.

Iron Maiden's Flight 666

The Somewhere Back in Time World Tour was a landmark trek for Iron Maiden as it was the first tour they commissioned an aeroplane – an Astraeus Airlines Boeing 757 to be exact - as transport. Dubbed Ed Force One after a naming competition on Iron Maiden's website, the plane was flown by Bruce Dickinson, who was also a commercial airline pilot for Astraeus, and it carried the band, their crew and all the stage production for the tour. Ed Force One featured in the April 2009 documentary film Iron Maiden: Flight 666.

Iron Maiden - 'The Final Frontier' (2010)

Iron Maiden's 15th studio album 'The Final Frontier' was unleashed on 13th August 2010. Widely praised in the music press, the album reached Number 1 in 28 countries around the globe including the UK where it was Iron Maiden's first chart-topper in 18 years. Musically it was densely layered and epic in scope and the album's 10 songs clocked in at 76 minutes and 36 seconds. The Final Frontier' is also notable as it was only the fourth Iron Maiden album that features songwriting credits from Steve Harris on every single track. Melvyn Grant concocted the alien-like Eddie the Head on the sleeve, and it proved to be highly divisive among fans. Steve Harris described this Eddie as "possibly the most outrageous one to date" and he wasn't wrong.

Iron Maiden's second Ed Force One and Grammys win

Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier Tour took place from June 2010 to August 2011 and took in almost 100 shows. The 'Around The World in 66 Days' leg between 11th February and 17th April 2011 saw Iron Maiden use a new Boeing 757 Ed Force One to fly between 27 shows in 25 cities in 12 countries across five continents. Their triumphant concert at Estadio Nacional de Chile on this leg was later immortalised with the 2012 live album and video 'En Vivo!'. February 2011 also saw Iron Maiden scoop their first ever Grammy Award - Best Metal Performance for 'El Dorado.'

Iron Maiden's Maiden England World Tour

Named after the 1989 concert video Maiden England, which was filmed in Birmingham in 1988 and later re-released on DVD, Iron Maiden embarked on the 100-date Maiden England World Tour from June 2012 to July 2014. Just like the 2005's Eddie Rips Up the World Tour and 2008–2009's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, it was Iron Maiden's third tour inspired by a period of their history and the setlist largely echoed the original Birmingham show a quarter-of-a-century earlier. Firmly entrenched into Iron Maiden folklore, the band's headline performance at Download Festival in June 2013 saw them enter the stage as a Spitfire flew over the crowd in perfect tandem.

Clive Burr dies aged 56

On 13th March 2013, former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died four days after 56th birthday due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Steve Harris said at the time: "This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time."

Iron Maiden launch Trooper Beer

In spring 2013, Bruce Dickinson joined forces with Robinson's Brewery in Stockport to launch Iron Maiden's Trooper beer. On its eighth birthday in 2021, it was announced that Trooper had reached the huge milestone of 30 million pints sold around the globe. Alongside the original Trooper beer, there have been a number of spin-off brews including Trooper Fear of the Dark, Trooper IPA, Sun and Steel (sake infused pilsner), Red 'N' Black (porter), 666 (extra strong bitter), and Belgian styled beer, Hallowed, along with the annual "Day of the Dead" Trooper special edition.

Bruce Dickinson beats cancer

Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer shortly before Christmas 2014 when doctors discovered a small cancerous tumour was found at the back of his tongue during a routine check-up. In May 2015, Iron Maiden said in a statement: "We are very happy to announce that following his recent MRI scan, Bruce was today officially given the all-clear by his specialists." Bruce himself said: "I'm a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I'm feeling extremely motivated and can't wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!"

Iron Maiden - 'The Book of Souls' (2015)

Iron Maiden's sixteenth studio album 'The Book of Souls' was released on 4th September 2015. The 92-minute musical opus was widely praised by critics, and it stormed straight in at Number 1 in the UK – their fifth chart-topping album on these shores. Recorded at Guillaume Tell Studios in Paris with producer Kevin Shirley, Iron Maiden gave the album a "live feel" by embracing spontaneity during the recording process - they entered the studio with only "outlines" of ideas before rehearsing them and laying them down in one go. Clocking it at a massive 18 minutes, epic Bruce Dickinson penned closing track 'Empire of the Clouds' is the longest song in Iron Maiden's four decade recording history. On 'The Book of Souls' album cover, Eddie the Head got a fearsome Mayan makeover by artist Mark Wilkinson.

Iron Maiden's The Book of Souls World Tour

Taking in 117 shows across 35 countries and five continents, Iron Maiden's The Book of Souls World Tour in 2016 and 2017 was the band's longest trek since The X Factour in the mid-90s. In true Iron Maiden style, the Mayan themed stage production was truly mind-blowing and it featured a 10-metre high inflatable bust of Eddie from Mark Wilkinson's album cover image, and an inflatable Devil Goat. The tour spawned the 2017 live album 'The Book of Souls: Live Chapter' featuring tracks recorded at various stops on the tour, including Maiden's 2016 headline set at an extremely soggy Download Festival.

Iron Maiden's third Ed Force One

Once again piloted by Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden used a third Ed Force One plane to fly between shows on The Book of Souls World Tour. Featuring the Mayan Eddie from 'The Book of Souls' artwork, Iron Maiden upgraded to an ex-Air France Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet, supplied by Air Atlanta Icelandic.

Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast World Tour

Inspired by their summer 2016 mobile game Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast and comic book of the same name, Iron Maiden commenced The Legacy of the Beast World Tour in 2018 and, due to Covid-19, it's due to conclude in Europe in summer 2022. In keeping with the game, the stage set design features a number of different but interlocking 'worlds' and a gargantuan replica Spitfire plane during opener 'Aces High'. Musically the opening legs of the tour featured a slew a rarities including 'Flight of Icarus', the Blaze Bayley-era tracks 'The Clansman' and 'Sign of the Cross', plus 'For the Greater Good of God' and 'Where Eagles Dare'. The tour has been immortalised with the 2020 live album 'Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City.'

Iron Maiden tease 17th studio album

In June and July 2021, a series of cryptic clues were unveiled pointing towards Iron Maiden's first studio album. In a Sky News interview, Bruce Dickinson wore a Belshazzar's Feast T-shirt – the same image as a poster that appeared at Download Pilot festival in June. Fans. Belshazzar's Feast is the story of the writing on the wall in the bible and fans noticed that a Legacy of the Beast Tour poster had WOTW – writing on the wall – emblazoned on a wall. A series of other cryptic clues have followed including on a poster promoting Nicko McBrain's Rock N Roll Ribs restaurant, a Twitter user called Daniel (@bels_feast) following 16 accounts linked to Iron Maiden's first 16 studio albums, a poster at Robinson's Brewery where Trooper is made and much more.

Iron Maiden unleash 'The Writing On The Wall'

After weeks of Belshazzar's Feast and WOTW cryptic teases, Iron Maiden unleashed their first song in six years, 'The Writing on the Wall', on Thursday 15th July 2021. The seven-minute epic was accompanied by an incredible and thematically potent animated music video featuring a samurai incarnation of Eddie the Head. A sensational return to the fray for both Iron Maiden and Eddie.

Iron Maiden release 'Senjutsu'

Iron Maiden released their 17th studio album 'Senjutsu' on Friday 3rd September 2021 through Parlophone Records. 'Senjutsu' is a double album and it contains 10 songs that clock in at just under 82 minutes. 'Senjutsu' was recorded at Paris' Guillaume Tell Studio will longterm producer Kevin 'The Caveman' Shirley, and Iron Maiden founder and sole constant member Steve Harris on co-production. The album title 'Senjutsu' loosely translates to "tactics & strategy" and the Mark Wilkinson artwork depicts the samurai Eddie from 'The Writing On The Wall' video clutching a bloodied sword.

Bruce Dickinson quashes Maiden retirement rumours

Speaking in March 2022, Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson insists the band have no plans to retire. With all six band members in their 60s and drummer Nicko McBrain turning the big 7-0 in June 2022, Dickinson replied "I think we'll probably drop dead onstage." This was as the band geared up to resume their covid-delayed Legacy of the Beast Tour which had been postponed two years.

Iron Maiden return to touring after 2 year break

Over two and a half years after their last pre-covid show in Santiago's Estadio Nacional in Chile, Iron Maiden resumed their Legacy of the Beast World Tour in Croatia on 22nd May 2022. Reflecting the fact that they'd released Senjutsu in the intervening years, the tour saw a change in both setlist and stage production, with an all-new Japanese temple themed set. In June 2022, they headlined Download Festival for a seventh time with a career-spanning set that was widely praised. The tour sees them taking in North America, stopping in both the USA and Canada before the end of 2022. They've been confirmed as headliners for Wacken Open Air in August 2023, with further 2023 tour dates surely in the pipeline.

Iron Maiden announce The Future Past Tour

In October 2022, Iron Maiden announced they were bringing a brand-new live show, The Future Past Tour , to arenas in the UK, Ireland and Europe in summer 2023. The Future Past Tour will feature previously unperformed songs from the band's 2021 album 'Senjutsu', rarely performed material from their seminal 1986 album 'Somewhere in Time', and classic tracks.

Iron Maiden honoured with Royal Mail stamps

In January 2023, Iron Maiden became only the fifth British band to feature in a dedicated Royal Mail stamp set following in the footsteps of The Beatles in 2007, Pink Floyd in 2016, Queen in 2020, and The Rolling Stones in 2022. The 12 set of stamps capture Iron Maiden in their live glory and also celebrate their beloved mascot Eddie. Steve Harris said: "We were all absolutely astounded – in a good way! When we heard first about the commemorative project, and equally pretty much speechless when we saw the stamps for the very first time. They look superb and I think they really capture the essence and energy of Maiden. We're all very proud that Royal Mail has chosen to honour the band's legacy like this, and we know our fans will feel the same way."

Nicko McBrain suffers stroke

On 3rd August 2023, Nicko McBrain revealed to the world that he had suffered a stroke in January 2023. The 71-year-old recorded a typically cheery video message, explaining to fans that "The good-looking one" was now, 7 months later, feeling 100%. In a longer statement, Nicko explained that he had suffered from a minor stroke known as a TIA, which had paralysed his right side. Manager Rod Smallwood reassured fans that the band were looking forward to "many more tours together".

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42 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Unleash ‘The Number of the Beast’

Happy anniversary to Iron Maiden ‘s The Number of the Beast .

“ Woe to you, oh earth and sea / For the Devil sends the beast with wrath / Because he knows the 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 .”

These words have been etched into the annals of heavy metal history, signaling the onset of one of the genre’s most venerable songs: Iron Maiden ‘s “The Number of the Beast.” The album, taking its name from the potent track, was released on March 22, 1982, thrusting Maiden onto bigger stages and under brighter spotlights as fans welcomed the arrival of new vocalist Bruce Dickinson .

After finding Paul Di’Anno ‘s replacement in the former Samson singer, Iron Maiden performed a small run of shows before hitting the studio to record the follow-up to 1981’s Killers . With bassist and founder Steve Harris ‘ well of songs running dry, it was the first time the band entered the studio without a significant amount of music ready to go. Esteemed producer Martin Birch oversaw the recording once again, having produced the aforementioned Killers . He would notably draw out the recording process, meticulously looking for a certain sound and insisting the band perform take after take after take.

“Martin would always drag out a little bit more — to the point where sometimes bits of furniture went flying across the studio and things like that out of frustration,” said Dickinson in Iron Maiden’s Early Days documentary. Echoing these statements, Birch commented, “I’d drive [Dickinson] crazy. I think he ended up throwing chairs around the studio and screaming and yelling and went home with a blinding headache threatening me he was never ever going to sing again. But I think now when he listens to it he realizes, ‘Yeah, he was right.’”

These unrelenting demands did more than simply find the perfect vocal take; they brought out one of metal’s most defining moments. Frustrated in the studio, Dickinson unleashed one of the most savage heavy metal screams in history on “The Number of the Beast,” which has yet to be replicated, though the singer has come alarmingly close onstage over the years.

“I enjoy making records with Martin. They’re not always comfortable, but they’re always bloody good,” Bruce stated. “Bloody good” is an understatement when discussing The Number of the Beast and Birch revealed, “I had the same feeling on The Number of the Beast as when we did the Deep Purple album Machine Head . It was the same kind of atmosphere — the same kind of feeling that was going on. Something really good is happening here and it’s exciting to do and I think that excitement comes through on the album.”

Perhaps to Dickinson’s amusement, Birch seemed to be haunted by the song. Sounding more like myth but is, in fact, truth, the producer was involved in a car accident to where the bill amounted to £666. “People don’t believe this, but he changed it to 667 pounds,” Harris said. “I mean that was only the one song we did, but he’s done a lot of work with Black Sabbath , and apparently, they’re into that sort of thing. So, I don’t know, maybe there’s something to it…” [via Metal Rules ]

The song itself was inspired by a dream Harris had after watching the film Damien: Omen II with the lyrical ideas coming from the Robert Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter . While the lyrics merely exclaim “ 6! 6! 6! / The number of the beast…” religious groups, predominantly in the United States, staged protests and publicly burned Iron Maiden records, accusing the band of being Satanists. The famous spoken word intro is taken from the Book of Revelation and Maiden had originally intended on horror legend actor Vincent Price doing the voice over. His asking price of £25,000 was too high, so they settled on the lesser-known and equally eerie-sounding Barry Clayton.

Iron Maiden, “Number of the Beast”

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Leading the record was the single “Run to the Hills.” Released over a month prior to the album and two weeks before Iron Maiden’s U.K. tour was set to kick off, it was the first single from the group to crack the Top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The B-side, “Total Eclipse” (written by Harris, guitarist Adrian Smith and drummer Clive Burr ) was selected over “Gangland” (written by Smith and Burr) as the band knew the song that was not selected would make its way onto the album. It was a decision they later regretted, feeling “Total Eclipse” would have made for a stronger album track than the raging speed of “Gangland.” The song was not included on the album until 1998, where it appeared between “Gangland” and the epic closer “Hallowed Be Thy Name” from then on.

Iron Maiden, “Run to the Hills”

The two cuts represent Burr’s only writing credits with the band and his replacement, Nicko McBrain , wouldn’t receive his first writing credit until 2003. Prior to The Number of the Beast , Paul Di’Anno and guitarist Dave Murray were the only members to take an active role in writing in Iron Maiden, but with Harris’ stockpile depleted, the need for other members to step up was paramount. Smith was the biggest secondary contributor, lending a hand on not only “Gangland,” but “The Prisoner” and “22 Acacia Avenue” as well.

The Number of the Beast is where Iron Maiden began to truly gain notoriety for pulling influences from film and literature, a source they would return to time and time again throughout the rest of their career. “The Prisoner” was based off the British television show of the same name, taking the dialogue from the program’s opening sequence. The other Smith tune, “22 Acacia Avenue” was a leftover from his pre-Maiden days in the band Urchin. With Harris’ guiding hand, the two reworked the song into the thematic successor to “Charlotte the Harlot.” The Harris-penned “Children of the Damned” was also inspired by film, taking influences from Village of the Damned and its sequel, Children of the Damned.

Closing out the record is arguably Iron Maiden’s finest song of their illustrious career. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” is both a band and fan favorite, only ever having been omitted from a setlist on the ‘Maiden England World Tour’ between 2012 and 2014.

Iron Maiden, “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

These songs, now Iron Maiden classics, all arrived with the stunning Derek Riggs artwork which famously depicts the band’s beloved mascot Eddie pulling the strings of the marionette Devil. The renowned artist put a spin on this visual, adding an Eddie puppet for the Devil to control, leveling the field. The cover was originally submitted as a single for “Purgatory,” a cut off Killers . Upon receiving the cover art, manager Rod Smallwood shelved it for the next full length as it was incredibly high quality — too high of quality to use on a mere single. An error at the pressing plant resulted in the now iconic blue sky background, though this was swapped for a dark grey background for the 1998 remasters and all pressings onward.

Clive Burr made his last appearance with Maiden on The Number of the Beast , playing his final show with the band in December 1982. They did their best to retain his services at the time and he had been given three months to “sort himself out and he didn’t,” said Harris. Time was of the essence and they had to let Burr go, who was struggling with the demands of the increasing tour regimen, paving the way for Nicko McBrain to enter the fold, leaving his old band Trust, who had toured with Maiden in the past.

READ MORE: 10 Facts About Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ Only Superfans Know

In support of the record, Iron Maiden embarked on the ‘Beast on the Road’ tour, the second longest tour of their career. Spanning 18 countries, the band played 184 shows in just 10 months, only to best themselves two albums later on the mighty ‘World Slavery’ tour in support of Powerslave . The Number of the Beast marked the band’s first No. 1 album in the U.K. and has been certified platinum in the U.K., U.S. and Canada. As of 2010, it had sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.


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    Maiden England (re-released in 2013 as Maiden England '88) is a live video by the band Iron Maiden during their Seventh Son of a Seventh Son world tour, which was dubbed Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour.. It was recorded at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 27 and 28 November 1988, released on VHS in November 1989, followed by a limited VHS/CD edition in 1994.

  13. Iron Maiden Return to the US for 'Maiden England' 2013 Tour Run

    Good news for fans that missed out on Iron Maiden last summer when they brought their Maiden England tour to North America for ... Iron Maiden 'Maiden England' Tour Dates: 9/3 - Raleigh, N.C ...

  14. Iron Maiden

    Iron Maiden - Maiden England 2012-13 Tour (setlist spoiler) Amazing that these six guys are still touring relentlessly in their late 50's and putting plenty younger bands to shame regarding the number of shows they undertake. There's 29 shows announced so far and others to follow worldwide so looks like another couple of busy years for them.

  15. Iron Maiden to Bring the Stunning Maiden England World Tour to Europe

    THE BEAST RETURNS TO CASTLE DONINGTON TO HEADLINE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL! Having recently completed the North American leg of the MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR, one of the most successful rock tours of the summer, IRON MAIDEN will now be storming across Europe in 2013 playing stadiums, major festivals and arenas with this critically acclaimed show.The first date to be announced is at the UK's ...

  16. FEATURE FRIDAY: Our dream Maiden England setlists

    We sort of got a head start last Friday with Christer Bakke Andresen's massive story about Maiden's History tours, Maiden England Invades in Europe 2013. This week we head in the opposite direction. We've all seen the setlist from the recent North American stint for the Maiden England Tour 2012. By all means a terrific set, but being ...

  17. Maiden England Tour

    JULY 1 2014. Luxembourg Rock-A-Field Festival Ground (with Ghost) JULY 3 2014. Main Square Festival, Arras, France. JULY 5 2014. Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth, UK. Maiden England Tour - 2014 - The 2014 Tour will include dates in countries not visited during the 2013 leg and will be a much shorter run than is usual for a Maiden tour.

  18. Average setlist for tour: Maiden England

    View average setlists, openers, closers and encores of Iron Maiden for the tour Maiden England - European Tour 2013! setlist.fm Add Setlist. Search Clear search text. follow. Setlists; Artists; Festivals; Venues ... Iron Maiden Tour 1980 (127) Killer World Tour (128) Legacy of the Beast (139)

  19. Maiden England North American Tour

    Maiden England North American Tour - 2012 -

  20. Iron Maiden open The Future Past Tour with setlist packed with rarities

    Iron Maiden kicked off The Future Past Tour at Arena Stožice in Ljubljana, Slovenia last night (28th May) with a setlist packed with rarities and live debuts.. Following the conclusion of their 139-date The Legacy of the Beast World Tour last autumn, The Future Past Tour features unperformed songs from the band's 2021 album 'Senjutsu', rarely performed material from their seminal 1986 ...

  21. BEST & WORST: Iron Maiden's 10 Saddest Setlist Omissions

    7. KILLERS (Killers), 1990-1998 & 2005-2014The title track off Maiden's second album was brought back for the final leg of the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son tour in 1988, it is featured in the Maiden England video, but would not make its next appearance until the 1999 reunion tour. And that was it. Gone. Firstly, why did Blaze Bayley not get to sing more of the 1980-81 material that suited ...

  22. Iron Maiden Tour Statistics: Maiden England

    View the statistics of songs played live by Iron Maiden. Have a look which song was played how often on the tour Maiden England - European Tour 2013! setlist.fm Add Setlist. Search Clear search text. follow. Setlists; Artists; Festivals ... All Setlists. All setlist songs (2565) Years on tour. Show all. 2023 (37) 2022 (57) 2019 (44) 2018 (38)

  23. 42 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Unleash 'The Number of the Beast'

    Released over a month prior to the album and two weeks before Iron Maiden's U.K. tour was set to kick off, it was the first single from the group to crack the Top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart.

  24. Iron Maiden Album Statistics: Maiden England

    A Real Live Tour (45) Brave New World (86) Dance of Death (48) Eddie Rips Up the World (45) Fear of the Dark (67) Give Me Ed... 'til I'm Dead (55) Iron Maiden Tour 1980 (127) Killer World Tour (128) Legacy of the Beast (139) Maiden England (100) Metal for Muthas (30) No Prayer on the Road