Maiden uniteD

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Maiden uniteD
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Damian Wilson.
Background information
Origin United Kingdom, Netherlands
Genres Acoustic rock, influenced by heavy metal
Years active 2006–present
Labels Private Management
Associated acts Iron Maiden
Members Damian Wilson
Ruud Jolie
Joey Bruers
Marco Kuypers
Mike Coolen
Perttu Kivilaakso
Anneke van Giersbergen

Maiden uniteD is an acoustic project. Musicians from different bands join together to play an all-acoustic tribute to English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The songs are played with new arrangements.


In 2006, Joey Bruers was asked to perform a tribute at a convention for the Dutch Iron Maiden fan club in Dynamo, Eindhoven.[1] Together with several musicians he played a set of acoustic Iron Maiden songs.[2] Steve Harris attended the convention and gave the band ‘two thumbs up’.[3]

There were a few more shows like this and then he started to write new acoustic arrangements for a series of songs with Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation).

They began to search for musicians to record these songs and on 9 December 2010 their first album was released; Mind the Acoustic Pieces, an all-acoustic reinterpretation of Iron Maiden’s classic album Piece of Mind.

The album was supported by the "Pieces Over Europe Tour" (December 2010 - April 2011). Maiden uniteD played at the 2011 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany[4] and they played at the 2011 Download festival in the UK.[5]

Their second album 'Across The Seventh Sea' was released in September 2012 and followed by a European tour in November and December. This album contains rearranged songs from several Iron Maiden albums. Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) plays cello on the tracks 'The Evil That Men Do' and 'Infinite Dreams'.[6]

Maiden uniteD brought their third album Remembrance out in 2015. There are also special guests on this album such as ex Iron Maiden singers Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley. Next to them are Wudstik, Marcela Bovio of Stream of Passion and ex Iron Maiden drummer Thunderstick also on the album. A European tour follows from September through December.




  • The Trooper/Sun and Steel (with Anneke van Giersbergen on vocals) (2011)
  • Strange World (2015)

Current members[edit]

Damian Wilson (Threshold, Ayreon, Headspace): Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation, For all we Know): Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons): : Bass
Stef Broks (Textures): Drums
Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten): Keyboards

Guest Members on Tour[edit]

Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica): Cello
Anneke van Giersbergen (formerly The Gathering), (Devin Townsend), (Ayreon): Vocals
Luke Appleton (Iced Earth): Bass
Lee Morris (formerly Paradise Lost): Drums
Huub van Loon (Dearworld): Keyboards
Joe Lazarus (Voodoo Six): Drums
Martijn Balsters (The Dust Connection): Guitar
Wudstik (Ayreon), (For all we Know): Vocals
Tom Sikkers (Daybroke): Guitar

Former Members[edit]

Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine): : Piano
Mike Coolen (Within Temptation): : Drums

Concert tours[edit]

{List of Maiden United concert tours}

Duration Concert tour Lineups
Vocals Bass Guitars Drums Keyboards Guests on Tour Gigs
2010/2011 Mind the Acoustic Pieces Tour Damian Wilson Joey Bruers Ruud Jolie Mike Coolen Marko Kuypers Anneke van Giersbergen 24
2012/2013 Across the Seventh Sea Tour Stef Broks Huub van Loon / Thijs Schrijnemakers Perttu Kivilaakso / Luke Appleton / Lee Morris / Martijn Balsters / Tom Sikkers / Wudstik 42
2015 Remembrance Tour Dirk Bruinenberg Huub van Loon / Thijs Schrijnemakers Marcela Bovio, Wudstik, Joe Lazarus tba

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