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Some total legend has uploaded Iron Maiden‘s entire Maiden England Rock In Rio 2013 show, all in beautiful pro-shot.

Have a look below:

Maiden played three triumphant UK dates this year as part of their immense, multi-year, multi-continent Maiden England tour, with work on a new Maiden album rumoured to begin some time next year.

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Iron Maiden Rock In Rio 2013 Set List

Moonchild
Can I Play with Madness
The Prisoner
2 Minutes to Midnight
Afraid to Shoot Strangers
The Trooper
The Number of the Beast
Phantom of the Opera
Run to the Hills
Wasted Years
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
The Clairvoyant
Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden
Encore:
Churchill’s Speech
Aces High
The Evil That Men Do
Running Free
(with Drum Solo)

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Charlie Steffens of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

KNAC.COM: On this tour you’re playing the quintessential IRON MAIDEN songs, right?

McBrain: Yeah, we dusted off the cobwebs off of a few that haven’t had a showing for a while. Well, it’s been twenty five years since we’ve played “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, so you could say there’s that one song and that’s it. We pulled out “Trooper”. The last airing of that, I think, was eight, nine years ago. “Phantom Of The Opera”. Classic. We did “Can I Play with Madness” not so long ago. Yeah, those classics right there. We’ve got “Afraid To Shoot Strangers”, that’s always a great crowd pleaser. “The Prisoner”. I love that track. It’s just a wild song to play. It’s got a great groove to it. It’s the third song in the set. It’s so lovely to be revisiting some of the older stuff as well as that mid-’80s period. People think, “Yeah, you’re doing the ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ tour,” if you like. But it’s a retrospective look at MAIDEN. You still get the classics: “Number Of The Beast” and “Iron Maiden” always closes the show. We’ve left out “Hallowed Be Thy Name” just because we’ve always played “Hallowed” every tour, although, it’s one of my favorite songs, ever, to play with MAIDEN. So we’re doing a fair chunk of “Seventh Son”, but we’ve got before and after. “Fear Of The Dark”, for instance. “Afraid To Shoot Strangers”. Yeah, we’re really having a good time, mate. It went well for last year in Europe. It most definitely was received so very well in Raleigh the other night. People loved it, and we all came offstage with a smile on our face. You can’t not come off with a smile when you see how many people enjoyed themselves, you know.

KNAC.COM: Are you cruising around in the jet for this tour?

McBrain: No. In a way it would have been nice, but because this leg is just a couple months, or, actually, it’s only four weeks really — it was too cost-prohibitive to a 757 just to do a month out on the tour. That’s kind of the world jet, when we do around the world in a couple of months. You’re self-contained on it. You’ve got all the gear. You’ve got 12 tons of gear and all the crew. Mind you, we got a lot of beer now. [laughs]

KNAC.COM: Well, let’s talk about the most important thing. Beer. Trooper.

McBrain: Exactly. It’s funny, you know. When we were in rehearsals last week, we got to “The Trooper” in the set and before I kicked it off I started out, “All right lads, I think it’s time for a beer.” And they all looked at me and went, “What?” And I said, “It’s Trooper time, isn’t it?” We don’t drink while we play and we don’t drink before. At the very end of a night, we’ve been known to take a pint of Guinness, if we’re in Ireland, and toast the audience with it. But that’s at the end of the night. But yes, this Trooper beer, my lord, it’s so, so delicious. It’s wonderful. For any ale drinkers out there that love to drink a drop of beer. It’s not a lager. It’s like a bitter, extra special bitter, like an ESB. It was designed with Robinsons Brewery and Bruce [Dickinson] actually had a big hand in the design of the beer. When I first joined MAIDEN in 1982, I went out on tour with the band before Bruce. I was supporting the band when I was in TRUST, I went out on the “Killers” tour. All of us then drank ale across the British tour and we all loved our real ale beer in England. So Bruce knew what we wanted to taste in a beer, basically. So with that in the back of his mind, he went in and designed this beer. If you took IRON MAIDEN‘s logo and Eddie off the bottle and had a blindfold test — if you like beer — it’s really, really good. It’s not just IRON MAIDEN selling this beer with our names on it, although a lot of our fans are going to want to buy it because it’s a fantastic bottle. It’s a good souvenir, isn’t it? But it’s a great drop of beer, mate. My preference, by the way, Charlie, is I like it warm. When I say warm, I mean room temperature, not Florida room temperature because that would be 90-odd degrees. [laughs] But it’s funny, because Bruce and Steve [Harris, bass] — out of the bottle — they like it cold. But when you have it out of the cask, you know, the way it’s really brewed to be drank, it should be at room temperature or cellar temperature, which can be anywhere from 57 to 62, 65 degrees. When it’s warmer it has a more firmer taste. It really opens up. There’s a plus and a minus. Some people say, “I prefer it cold and not warm,” and vice versa… I’ve got to be honest with you — I live in Florida — I like ice cold Corona beers, you know. When you go from the hot — outdoors hot — you say, “Oh, I could murder a cold beer.” You do. You’ll have some and you’ll kind of chug it. Trooper beer — you can’t really chug it, even when it’s cold. But the thing is, if you sit down and you kind of take a minute, and you go, “I really want a really tasty beer. I don’t want something to quench me thirst. I’ll take it warm.” And I love my customers in me restaurant in Florida. I actually introduced it there two weeks ago. I was fortunate to actually open the first commercial bottle of beer in America on the Monday. I forget the date of it now. I figure it was the 10th or 12th, oh, anyway. On the next day we had this big launch for the beer and all these folks who came in were having it cold, first of all. Then I passed bottles around and gave them tastes of the room temperature or warm beer. And a lot of the folks said to me, “You know what? We’re American. We don’t like warm beer.” I said, “Just try this. Just for me. Try it and let me know what you think.” Ninety-six percent of the people turned around and said, “The next bottle of beer I’m going to buy in this place is going to be the one that is room temperature. It’s got much more of a fuller taste and I never would have thought I would have liked a warm beer.” So you know, horses for courses, Charlie, end of the day, mate.

Read the entire interview at KNAC.COM.

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IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain spoke to The Press-Enterprise ahead of the band’s September 13 concert in San Bernardino, California. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On playing in California again:

McBrain: “We love San Bernardino. Mainly, [we] just [remember playing] fantastic gigs [there in front of] fantastic crowds. I think 2005 was a little bit rough for us, but that was something that’s been very well documented and we shan’t talk about now.” [Referring to the band’s final gig on the 2005 Ozzfest in which they ended up with power cut off during the set and eggs thrown at them.]

“It’s always nice playing in California. We always used to stay uptown around the Sunset Strip area … we’ve calmed down from the party days. It’s a nicer pace of life in Santa Monica. It’s lovely being next to the ocean and the pier.”

On the “Maiden England” tour, which went worldwide in 2012 and brought back some of the band’s classics that haven’t been performed live in a while:

McBrain: “We dusted the cobwebs off of ‘Phantom Of The Opera’; we hadn’t played that in about five or six years. The one that really gets me is ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’. It’s a very tricky song to play. It’s got a lot of different moves and moods in it. That one I find really hard but challenging, and it’s really great to play because it’s a stunning piece of music.”

On support act MEGADETH:

McBrain: “They’ve got a great show. They’ve got these wonderful Jumbotron tellies and screens and they’re sounding really, really good.”

On the possibility of IRON MAIDEN staging its own festival:

McBrain: “You never know, you just never know in this game. I think it would be great to do a Maiden Fest.”

Read the entire interview at The Press-Enterprise.

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Band posts footage from Eurppean leg of Maiden England tour.

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Iron Maiden: legends

Iron Maiden have posted some more footage showing all the behind-the-scenes action from their epic 2013 Maiden England world tour, including their stop in London!

Check it out. Amazing scenes all round.

Report from the Road – Stockholm to London from Iron Maiden on Vimeo.

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Iron Maiden: legends

Ahead of their summer-defining shows at the London o2 Arena this weekend, Iron Maiden have released a special mini-documentary charting the most recent leg of their Maiden England world tour.

Check it out below:

Maiden England 2013 – Donington to Stockholm from Iron Maiden on Vimeo.

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A new 10-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from IRON MAIDEN’s “Maiden England World Tour 2013” can be seen below.

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Singer Bruce Dickinson of British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN announced earlier tonight (Saturday, June 15) to 90,000 fans at Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom that MAIDEN will round off the current 30-date European leg of its “Maiden England” world tour in London with a show at the O2 Arena on Saturday, August 3.

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British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN kicked off their European leg of the “Maiden England” tour last night (Monday, May 27) at Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Barakaldo, Bilbao, Spain.

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The “Maiden England” tour continues as Iron Maiden announces a few U.S. dates in September before they head to South America. Megadeth will be the opener on all shows.

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson: “As Maiden fans know, we’re going back to Brazil to headline Rock In Rio again, so we thought that on our way down south we should certainly stop off and do a few more shows in the U.S if we possibly could. We especially wanted to try and play some more cities we’ve not visited for a while, so we’re really excited about seeing our fans again in places we’ve not been to in over a decade, and in some cases over two decades, and for our first-ever visit to Raleigh! We’ll be bringing with us the same full production we had on the Maiden England Tour in North America last year so fans can expect to see the huge light show, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and all kinds of other exciting stuff”

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