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Professionally filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN‘s entire September 22 performance at the Rock In Rio fesitval at Cidade do Rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Moonchild
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. The Prisoner
04. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
06. The Trooper
07. The Number Of The Beast
08. Phantom Of The Opera
09. Run To The Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden

Encore:

15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free

In a recent interview with the Turkish web site Hafifmuzik.org, MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson revealed that there will be no new studio album from the band in 2014. He did, however, assure fans that MAIDEN has plans to release a new CD, although most likely not before 2015.

IRON MAIDEN last month landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from this summer’s Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

MAIDEN‘s 15th studio CD, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, “The Alchemist”, clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, “When The Wild Wind Blows”, lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds.

“The Final Frontier” sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

IRON MAIDEN‘s previous album, 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death”, opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003’s “Dance of Death” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of “Brave New World”, which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Final Frontier” was IRON MAIDEN‘s fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with “The Number of the Beast”, in 1988 with “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and in 1992 with “Fear of the Dark”.

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According to IRON MAIDEN‘s recording engineer Tony Newton, the band’s two Brazilian concerts in São Paulo (September 20) and Rock In Rio festival (September 22) will be professionally recorded. It is not presently clear if the resulting footage will be made available commercially.

In a recent interview with the Turkish web site Hafifmuzik.org, MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson revealed that there will be no new studio album from the band in 2014. He did, however, assure fans that MAIDEN has plans to release a new CD, although most likely not before 2015.

IRON MAIDEN last month landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from this summer’s Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

MAIDEN‘s 15th studio CD, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, “The Alchemist”, clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, “When The Wild Wind Blows”, lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds.

“The Final Frontier” sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

IRON MAIDEN‘s previous album, 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death”, opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003’s “Dance of Death” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of “Brave New World”, which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Final Frontier” was IRON MAIDEN‘s fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with “The Number of the Beast”, in 1988 with “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and in 1992 with “Fear of the Dark”.

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Fan-filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN ‘s entire September 10 perfomance at Austin 360 Amphitheater in Austin, Texas can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Moonchild
02. Can I Play With Madness
03. The Prisoner
04. 2 Minutes To Midnight
05. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
06. The Trooper
07. The Number Of The Beast
08. Phantom Of The Opera
09. Run To The Hills
10. Wasted Years
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
12. The Clairvoyant
13. Fear Of The Dark
14. Iron Maiden

Encore:

15. Aces High
16. The Evil That Men Do
17. Running Free

IRON MAIDEN last month landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from this summer’s Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

MAIDEN‘s 15th studio CD, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, “The Alchemist”, clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, “When The Wild Wind Blows”, lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds.

“The Final Frontier” sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

IRON MAIDEN‘s previous album, 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death”, opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003’s “Dance of Death” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of “Brave New World”, which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Final Frontier” was IRON MAIDEN‘s fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with “The Number of the Beast”, in 1988 with “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and in 1992 with “Fear of the Dark”.

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British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN this week landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com ‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from this summer’s Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

MAIDEN‘s 15th studio CD, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, “The Alchemist”, clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, “When The Wild Wind Blows”, lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds.

“The Final Frontier” sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

IRON MAIDEN‘s previous album, 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death”, opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003’s “Dance of Death” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of “Brave New World”, which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Final Frontier” was IRON MAIDEN‘s fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with “The Number of the Beast”, in 1988 with “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and in 1992 with “Fear of the Dark”.

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

IRON MAIDEN last month landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $19 million in ticket sales from 14 performances in 13 cities on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 259,298 fans, including a sellout crowd of 55,531 at a football stadium, Friends Arena, in the Stockholm suburb of Solna, Sweden. Also included was a sold-out concert on May 29 at Lisbon, Portugal’s Pavilhão Atlântico.

IRON MAIDEN‘s August 3 show at London, England’s O2 Arena (with a capacity of up to 20,000, depending on the event) sold out in just 12 minutes, so a second show was added on Sunday, August 4. This was definitely the band’s last U.K. show this year as soon after they head off for a few selected USA shows before a massive trip around Latin America, including headlining Rock In Rio and national stadiums in Mexico, Chile and Argentina.

MAIDEN‘s 15th studio CD, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, “The Alchemist”, clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, “When The Wild Wind Blows”, lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds.

“The Final Frontier” sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

IRON MAIDEN‘s previous album, 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death”, opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003’s “Dance of Death” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of “Brave New World”, which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Final Frontier” was IRON MAIDEN‘s fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with “The Number of the Beast”, in 1988 with “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and in 1992 with “Fear of the Dark”.



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Sonisphere 2010 - Iron Maiden

Living rough: Dickinson

Iron Maiden are planning to release their sixteenth studio album next year, according to Swedish website Talarforum.se.

At the end of an interview with frontman Bruce Dickinson they say: “In addition to upcoming tour plans the band to record a new album, which, if all goes as planned, is scheduled for release in 2014.”

Some fans feared that 2010′s The Final Frontier would prove to be their last studio release, because many years previously Steve Harris had said Maiden would make 15 albums then stop. The bassist later explained things had changed.

In the Talaforum interview Dickinson recalls a period of time when he was down on his luck, living on the streets of London and carrying all his worldly possessions in a small suitcase.

He says: “I was homeless. I had £10 in my pocket – it was all the money I had. I walked around and wondered what bench I would sleep on, and I started thinking about what I would do with my money.

“How do I ‘invest’ my £10? Maybe take the subway, buy food, or maybe I should save the money? After thinking for a long while, I noticed I had ended up in front of a rock club, which is still there, called Dingwalls. I thought, ‘If I still go to sleep on a park bench I might as well go in and have a few beers.’

“So I took my £10, paid admission to the show – and ran right into an old friend that I had been playing in a band with. He worked there as a sound technician. I told him I didn’t have anywhere to stay and asked if I could crash on his couch.

“After living with him for a week, I ran into a couple of other buddies. It floated on like that until I started singing in Iron Maiden.

“What seemed to be an almost insignificant decision turned out, in retrospect, to be a real milestone.”

Dickinson says the moral of his story is: “You have to take risks in order to take responsibility for your life.”

Maiden will headline this year’s Download festival at Donington Park on June 15.

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Want a free copy of one the best albums of 2012, Killing Joke’s MMXII?  Why would you not?  All you have to do to be in the running is post your playlist right here and right now.  How much simpler can I make it?  I’m not even asking you to solve a three-part trivia question or send in pictures of yourselves stage diving into snow, albeit the latter might be a riot and something to consider as a future feature with the raw grit of winter upon us.

Give me your playlists on this site by Friday and the winner will be announced at the end of the week.  Come on, you know you want this one if you don’t already own it. 

With that, I’m moving on to my own current playlist.  Cheers, mad love for all you mofos.

Listening:

Dag NastyMinority of One
Uriah HeepDemons and Wizards
Uriah HeepThe Magician’s Birthday
RammsteinMein Herz Brennt maxi single
HatebreedThe Divinity of Purpose
Sticky BoysThis Is Rock ‘n Roll
Pig DestroyerBook Burner
Iron MaidenPiece of Mind
Iron MaidenThe Final Frontier
Gov’t MuleHigh & Mighty
Gov’t MuleMighty High
Gov’t MuleThe Deep End Volume 1
Funeral For a FriendConduit
TroubleThe Skull
TroublePsalm 9
Siouxie and the BansheesPeep Show
Dead BoysYoung, Loud and Snotty
Billy IdolRebel Yell
OverkillTaking Over
MegadethPeace Sells…But Who’s Buying?

Watching:

NFL playoffs
Tank – War Machine Live
Diamonds Are Forever
Godzilla:  Final Wars

Reading:

James PattersonMerry Christmas, Alex Cross

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You might assume I have Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Killers, Piece of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time or Seventh Son of a Seventh Son humming along while I write this, all iconic slabs of heavy metal, much less the representative best of the beast, depending on how you view them.  Nope, call me a sinner or traitor if you wish, but it’s Iron Maiden’s The X-Factor that accompanies my spraying fingertips this morning, albeit A Matter of Life and Death and The Final Frontier are on deck, so keep your stones relegated to the ground where they belong.  Like most anyone else, I don’t rank The X-Factor towards the upper echelon of Iron Maiden’s reknowned catalog, yet it is what I consider the dark horse Maiden album you either keep an open mind about or you don’t.  Steve Harris considers it one his band’s finest moments and history is finally softening its hardline condemnation of Blaze Bayley, who had the fortune (or misfortune, if you will) of helming that album and its ill-received successor, Virtual XI.  If anything, Bayley is slowly becoming embraced by the metal community for his solo work and his Wolfsbane years, if not for having the sheer balls to stand in there and suffer the wrath, the trash and the spit of Bruce Dickinson loyalists.

I consider The X-Factor an appropriate choice for this review of British author Neil Daniels’ latest compendium, Iron Maiden:  The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast.  Why, you might ask?  Because what you’re getting here isn’t going to wholly satiate you if you’re coming to this book looking for a comprehensive biography.  One day we’re sure to have the principals themselves issue their memoirs.  You can feel them coming anytime now.  Bruce Dickinson is the likeliest figurehead to pen his story since amongst his other diverse roles, he’s a published author (i..e. The Adventures of Lord Iffy Boatrace and The Missionary Position) and we’ll all be there to buy it.  Steve Harris could probably offer us the most insight since Maiden is, as everyone knows, his baby.  Personally, I’d love to read Nicko McBrain’s reflections since I’ve interviewed the man and he is total hoot on top of a gentleman.  Cheers, forevermore, mate.

We’re here to discuss Neil Daniels, though, and in some ways, Iron Maiden:  The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast might be considered The X-Factor of Maiden books, if not No Prayer For the Dying.  This isn’t to be misinterpreted as a rip on Daniels, an accomplished rock and metal journalist and author of numerous books.  The point is that Iron Maiden:  The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast is a pretty sweet package, in particular its 3-D hardcover binding courtesy of longtime Maiden artist Derek Riggs.  You’re welcomed by a reverberating profile of Iron Eddie and the band atop his cranium upon the first crack and the inclusion of Riggs off-the-bat will bring an instant homefelt feeling.  The only real caveat to this project, however, is its overall sense of bare bones.  

There are more than 400 images including vintage and seldom-seen live photos plus Maiden memorabilia such as tour posters, promotional cut-outs, seven and twelve inch cover artwork, ticket stubs, t-shirts and press passes designed to generate a front-and-center access to the band for the reader.  Daniels invites a gaggle of esteemed heavy metal authorities such as Martin Popoff, Ian Christe, Mick Wall, Daniel Bukszpan, John Tucker, Garry Bushell and Gavin Bradley to contribute their critiques of Iron Maiden’s recorded body.  Daniels includes city-by-city itineraries for every known Maiden tour and their respective set lists.  You can safely bet “Running Free” and “Sanctuary” dominated the curtain calls for many of them.  The latter features are charming and intriguing from a diehard’s point-of-view.

Daniels assembles a cut-and-dry retrospective of Iron Maiden’s career using an assemblage of external journalistic sources in addition to his straightforward narration.  Appropriately his research is deeper fetched into the formative years of the band, while the remainder of his sojourn down Maiden’s sea of madness is more-or-less a primer to the later years.  In-between his documentation is no-holds-barred record analysis from guest scribes and they’re sure to piss off the devout at times with their articluate derisions that offset their toasts of Somewhere in Time, Dance of Death and even a few quibbling tolchocks against the mighty Powerslave.  It’ll be no surprise how they evaluate No Prayer for the Dying, Fear of the Dark and the short-lived Blaze Bayley era.

Therein, Iron Maiden:  The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast comes off like a well-constructed fan book since the objectivity is countered by opinionted critique you can value for the superb writing or you can ho and hum your way past them while chanting “to each their own” like a mantra. 

Daniels’ book does carry a warm vibe to it, as if it should be nestled in your lap with Live After Death, Flight 666 or Visions of the Beast whirling simultaneously on the tube.  Many of the photos Daniels gained permission to release are out of the old Hit Parader, Kerrang and Circus days.  One of the most nostalgic is Richard E. Aaron’s amusing shot of Bruce Dickinson pointing a fencing sword towards a markered and taped sign for a demonstration he was giving in California during the World Piece Tour.  Another is one that will make headbangers of old laugh with gleeful remembrance, as in Dickinson and Dave Murray mugging it up at Capitol Records, as if the giant gauntlet of commercialism is plunging in for them.   That gem, also from Richard E. Aaron, subliminally cues to mind the more cryptic artwork for Queen’s News of the World.  At least Maiden have remained true to themselves in the major leagues, scoffing at that proverbial gauntlet with smarmy farts cast in its general direction.  Then there’s Virginia Turbett’s hilarious capture of bell-bottomed headbangers of 1980.  These are your forefathers, young ‘uns, respect!

As Daniels constructs Iron Maiden’s legacy and the ascension of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, we’re treated to classic photos of the Paul DiAnno years and the back story of Iron Maiden’s first breakout success with the inclusion of “Sanctuary” and “Wrathchild” on the halcycon Metal For Muthas comp from 1980.  What really comes off as fascinating is seeing who Iron Maiden shared the stage with at the glorious Marquee forum, noted to be “the spiritual home of the NWOBHM” by Tygers of Pan Tang vocalist Jess Cox, much less Rock City in Nottingham:  everyone from punkers UK Subs and The Adverts to new wavers XTC and Human League to alt gurus Echo and the Bunnymen.  Even the freaking Kinks, who, sadly, were pale shades of their bombastic selves at that point.

Frequently offering the literature behind such hallmarks as “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” and more recently, “The Longest Day,” Daniels astutely imbibes the spirit of connection between written and audile media which illustrates Iron Maiden to be one of the most learned bunch of their ilk. 

By doing so, Daniels gives Iron Maiden:  The Ultimate Unauthorized History of the Beast a sense of art surpassing its initial air of mere worship.  The vast portfolio of Derek Riggs alone is enough to have this book on your headbanger’s coffeetable, but the spirited live photos and touring flotsam are an added attraction.  Where it pales from a lack of totality and too much arbitrary analysis, Daniels does give his audience a swift and often eye-popping trip down Iron Maiden’s not-yet-final frontiers.  Consider the irons upped formidably in that respect.

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Following the massively successful “Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11”, IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of arena, amphitheatre and festival shows in the USA and Canada, opening in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 21 and finishing in Houston, Texas on August 18, to be followed by further dates around the world in 2013.

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BEST EVENT

The nominees for Best Event this year are…

Manowar Returning To The UK

Iron Maiden’s UK Tour

Mustaine Playing With Metallica

Devin Townsend’s DTP London Shows

Tommy Lee Bringing His Drumcoaster To The UK

And the winner is… Iron Maiden’s UK tour!

Yet again, Iron Maiden slayed the UK when they toured The Final Frontier in the summer of last year, bringing their biggest Eddie yet and another killer live show to remember forever. The band are busy gearing up for their epic upcoming US tour, so longtime Maiden manager Rod Smallwood picked up the gong.

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