Top: Steve Harris (L), Dave Murray (R)
Middle: Adrian Smith (L), Bruce Dickinson (R)
Bottom: Nicko McBrain (L), Janick Gers (R)
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-eight albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve 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 UK and US 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 2010 studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim. Their sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls, was released on 4 September 2015 to similar success.
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After several lineup changes
, Iron Maiden members settled on vocalist Paul Di'Anno
, guitarist Dave Murray
and drummer Doug Sampson
. The band released an EP
as a four piece, before hiring guitarist Dennis Stratton
in 1979. Drummer Clive Burr
replaced Sampson and the band released their self-titled debut album
in 1980. Later that year, Stratton was replaced by guitarist Adrian Smith
, due to musical and personal differences. During the tour
supporting their sophomore effort
, Di'Anno was fired from the band, due to excessive cocaine
abuse. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson
, who had just left his previous band
auditioned for Iron Maiden in September 1981 and joined shortly afterwards. In 1990, prior to the recordings of their eight studio album
, Smith left the due to lack of enthusiasm with the musical direction it was taking. Janick Gers
, an old friend of Dickinson who played in his debut solo album
, became the new guitarist. This formation recorded one more album
, before Dickinson departed in 1993, to further pursue his solo career. Maiden auditioned hundreds of vocalists, before settling on Blaze Bayley
. After releasing two studio albums, Bayley departed from the band by mutual consent, due to creative differences. In 1999, Dickinson and Smith rejoined Iron Maiden, which has since become a six-piece band, with four studio albums released by this lineup.
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Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on September 2, 1984 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Records in the US in 2002). It is notable for its Egyptian theme displayed in the album art, as well in the title track's musical style. It contains a musical re-telling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", which uses pieces of the original poem as lyrics, and is the longest song Iron Maiden have ever recorded at a length of 13 minutes and 38 seconds. The album is also notable amongst the band's albums as being the first album to feature the same lineup as the previous one. As of 2010, this is the last of the band's albums to contain an instrumental track: "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)."
"2 Minutes to Midnight" and "Aces High" were released as singles, the former being a staple in nearly all of the band's concert tours. World Slavery Tour was the tour supporting the album.
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Paul Bruce Dickinson
(born 7 August 1958) is an English singer, airline pilot
, radio show host, fencer, author, and songwriter best known as the vocalist of the heavy metal
band Iron Maiden
Dickinson performed for some local bands including Styx (not the American band of the same name) in 1976, Speed, (1977–1978), and Shots in early 1979. He then joined hard rock band Samson later in 1979, where he gained some popularity. In this band he went by the name of "Bruce Bruce." He left Samson in 1981, citing musical differences. Shortly afterwards, in 1981, Dickinson was hired as Iron Maiden's new vocalist, debuting for that band with the 1982 album The Number of the Beast. During his time in that band, they issued a series of high impact releases, resulting in Dickinson gaining worldwide fame, and becoming one of the most acclaimed heavy metal vocalists of all time.
Dickinson quit Iron Maiden in 1993 in order to pursue his solo career, being replaced by Blaze Bayley. Dickinson's solo work ranged a wide variety of heavy metal and rock styles. Dickinson rejoined Maiden in 1999 along with guitarist Adrian Smith. Since then, Dickinson has only released one more solo album, Tyranny of Souls. He is the older cousin of Rob Dickinson, lead singer of British alternative rock band Catherine Wheel.
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"Different World" is the first track from English heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2006 album A Matter of Life and Death. The song is the band's thirty-fifth single, and is also the second single from the album, released on 14 November 2006 in the United States, and 26 December 2006 in Europe. The song has been stated by the band to be a tribute to Thin Lizzy due to the low sounding melodies sung by Bruce Dickinson that are reminiscent of those Phil Lynott would sing. The song is featured in the skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam.
Two music videos of "Different World" were released. In the first, a computer animated version of Dickinson is watching a factory of drones reorganizing test tubes. The second version features the band recording the song in studio 1 of Sarm Studios, West London, UK.
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