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LONDON December 1st: Bruce Dickinson last night unveiled the dramatic, action-packed video for ‘Afterglow Of Ragnarok’, the first single to be taken from his upcoming solo album The Mandrake Project. In front of a packed audience on the opening d [ ... ]

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Maiden united featuring Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron M...
14 Nov 2023 08:27Maiden united featuring Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) will play in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 14th

The acoustic tribute project Maiden United will play for the first time in Bulgaria on April 14th. A special guest for the show will be the original guitarist of Iron Maiden – Dennis Stratton. Maiden United is a project of Joey Bruers who wanted t [ ... ]

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USA, Canada & Chile shows added to The Future Past...
28 Oct 2023 08:06USA, Canada & Chile shows added to The Future Past Tour 2024

Back… with the Future! Iron Maiden will return to the USA, Canada & Chile with The Future Past Tour in 2024.

The dates are as follows:

October 2024
04 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA, USA
05 Michelob ULTRA Arena,  [ ... ]

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IRON MAIDEN will continue The Future Past tour into 2024, and here are the first dates to be announced: 1st September - RAC Arena, Perth, Australia *
4th September - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia *
6th September - Rod Laver Arena, [ ... ]

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"Dancing with the Dead" - Live tribute by RAISING ...
23 Sep 2023 08:59

The Bulgarian fan club of Iron Maiden and Live & Loud invite you to a tribute evening dedicated to IRON MAIDEN. After several great tribute gigs celebrating the anniversaries of the albums "The Number Of The Beast", "Piece of Mind", and the fan c [ ... ]

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Bruce Dickinson announces The Mandrake Project
21 Sep 2023 16:24Bruce Dickinson announces The Mandrake Project

Renowned around the world as one of the greatest and most distinctive heavy metal vocalists of all time, Bruce Dickinson will be releasing a brand new solo album in early 2024 on BMG Records. Entitled The Mandrake Project it sees him reunited with lo [ ... ]

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BRITISH LION announce UK winter tour 2024
15 Sep 2023 10:55BRITISH LION announce UK winter tour 2024

British Lion return to the UK for a 16-date winter tour to kick off the new year, starting on January 4th at London’s famed Cart & Horses venue in Stratford, where Steve played his very first gigs. Tony Moore's Awake (one man show) will be thei [ ... ]

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A Message from Nicko McBrain
03 Aug 2023 11:55A Message from Nicko McBrain

Hello Boys and Girls, I hope this message finds you all well! The reason I'm writing to you all today is to let you know of a very serious health problem that I have been through. In January I had a stroke, thank the Lord it was a minor one ref [ ... ]

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IRON MAIDEN have started their Future Past Tour - ...
29 May 2023 01:46IRON MAIDEN have started their Future Past Tour - Spoilers ahead.

Last night Iron Maiden had started their Future past tour in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We have no words and will leave you with the following video, pictures and setlist See you somewhere…. We are on our way to Prague.   Setlist:
Intro: Blad [ ... ]

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New Facebook page
21 May 2023 08:22New Facebook page

It's been more than 3 months since our Facebook page with 6.5k Followers was taken down without any reason or warning. It's still sitting somewhere there with the Facebook admins in "In Review" mode. All attempts to get it back or to find out why it  [ ... ]

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Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery’s TROOPER beer c...
27 Apr 2023 10:49Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery’s TROOPER beer celebrates its tenth birthday

Trooper Beer, the hugely successful and award-winning beer produced in collaboration between British music icons Iron Maiden and Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery, celebrates its 10th birthday this year on Tuesday 9th May, 2023. To celebrate the mil [ ... ]

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IRON MAIDEN MONOPOLY will be available in June thi...
20 Apr 2023 21:52

The legendary game Monopoly will be available in I IRON MAIDEN version. Details below:
Celebrate nearly 50 years of heavy metal history with the ultimate game for Iron Maiden fans! Iron Maiden Monopoly lets players relive the prolific English metal ba [ ... ]

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01 Apr 2023 14:41NEW SHIRT ALERT!

It is the year when we celebrate 40 years of Piece of Mind. Let’s do it properly with this limited fan club shirt. The shirts will be available at the Tribute concert on April 8th at Club Live & Loud. After the event if there are any shirts lef [ ... ]

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Blaze Bayley postpones tour because of a recent he...
26 Mar 2023 17:36Blaze Bayley postpones tour because of a recent heart attack!

Blaze Bayley's managment had posted the following message: We sincerely regret to announce that Blaze had a heart attack at home yesterday evening & is now in hospital in a stable condition, awaiting news of further surgery/treatment. He is in g [ ... ]

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Released 24th December 1990

1. Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter (Dickinson)
2. I'm A Mover (Fraser, Rodgers)
3. Communication Breakdown (Page, Jones, Bonham)

Strangely enough, the Bring Your Daughter... single made it to Number One in the U.K. charts and the song itself received abundant airplay throughout Britain at the time. The lyrical content of the song has triggered many remarks that I was able to hear first-hand when I mentioned that I was a Maiden fan. "How can you listen to a band that encourage the rape of women?" was the most common of these remarks and I have to admit that it was hard to understand why a song with such repulsive lyrics (if taken at face-value) could have become so popular. Maybe the AC/DC kind of sound and style was responsible for such popularity. In any case, that was a weird xmas release quite remote from your average 'Jingle Bells'!

Jessica Rabbit It was brought to my attention that the red woman depicted with Eddie the Scarlet Whore of 'Moonchild'? Charlotte? was inspired by Jessica Rabbit. It does make sense when you compare with the picture on the right.

The cover also shows the door of the Paradise Club in the background. The Paradise Club was a British TV-series of independent 50-minute episodes aired from September 1989 to November 1990. The basic scenario is about two brothers, Frank and Danny Kane (respectively played by Don Henderson and Leslie Grantham, of EastEnders fame). Danny owns the "Paradise Club" and runs a small scale gangster business, whereas his brother Frank is a priest (!).

What has this all got to do with Maiden, then? Well, Bruce Dickinson actually starred in episode 17, called Rock'n'roll roulette and aired on 6th November 1990 on the BBC, in which he is a famous guitarist/singer, Jake Skinner, who's pissed off with the way the record company dictates his life. He's out playing on the street in the opening scene of the programme and is being picked up by some Al Capone-ish guys who brings him to the studio where he was supposed to be recording an album. What happens is that the record company has signed him to a sponsoring deal which says that he should drink only one drink, "Rock 'n' Cola", until the upcoming tour is done. This, of course, pisses him off and he leaves the studio in anger and the rest of the fifty-minute episode is based on his battle against the record label.

In the studio we see "Fraud Squad" which are, Janick Gers on guitar, Andy Carr, bass and Dickie Flitzar on drums, i.e., the band that Bruce used during his 1990 solo tour. In a clip where they're in the studio recording they play a part of the song 'Wishing Well' by Free, which they used to play on the Tattooed Millionaire tour. The recording used in the studio scene was done in CTS studios (where all the James Bond themes were done) on 7th-8th June 1990, when the band was rehearsing for the tour. This studio version of the song remains unreleased. (All this info comes from the defunct Bruce Dickinson Well-Being Network website.)

As a last piece of trivia, note that the bands playing "tonight" at the Paradise Club are:

Iron Maiden
Genghis Khan
Charlotte And The Harlots
999 And The Inverted Morons
Ron Maiden And The Dixie Chickens

Rod Smallwood's comments are taken from the Best Of The B'Sides album booklet included in the Eddie's Archive box.

Bring Your Daughter... ...To The Slaughter (Dickinson)
This is the same version as the one that appears on the No Prayer For The Dying album.

I'm A Mover (Fraser, Rodgers)
'I'm A Mover' is a brilliant blues song that was originally recorded by the London band Free on their 1968 album Tons Of Sobs. Free is mostly known for their 1970 great hit 'All Right Now', but Maiden decided to record a lesser-known song, which is in my opinion better than something that has been re-hashed so many times. Blues-lovers will appreciate this songs, while the others may be a bit disappointed. It is also worthy to note that Dave was a huge fan of guitarist Paul Kosoff and even bought one of Kossoff's guitars he saw in a newspaper ad.

The great Free song Free being a major favourite of Dave Murray who still owns an original Paul Kossoff guitar.

Rod Smallwood

Communication Breakdown (Page, Jones, Bonham)
This is a Led Zeppelin song from their 1969 eponymous debut album. Many who know and like the original song have complained about Bruce's horrible singing style and there are comments such as "Robert Plant must be rolling his eyes when he hears this" floating around. I tend to agree with such comments, as it sounds like Bruce is simply bored and has lost his enthusiasm about Maiden. The song is saved by the fact that the original was a very good track, but it probably gives Zeppelin fans the same impression that Maiden fans have when they hear their favourite band covered by Death Metal bands.

Fantastic cover of the Zeppelin classic. Balls full on. Great track.

Rod Smallwood




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