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Iron Maiden were formed in Leyton in 1975 by bassist and band leader Steve Harris. Seen as one of the most innovative and influential metal bands of all time, Iron Maiden were at the vanguard of the NWOBHM movement in the 1980s.
Their mix of guitar wizardry, soaring vocals and prog elements have seen them go from strength to strength over their 40+ year career.
History of Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden were formed on Christmas Day 1975 by Steve Harris, who had just left his old band, Smiler. He drew inspiration for the name from the novel “The Man in the Iron Mask” by Alexandre Dumas.
The band had a revolving door of members in the early years, going through many singers before Steve Harris finally found vocalist Paul Di’Anno in 1978.
By 1979 the band’s line-up consisted of vocalist Paul Di’Anno, bassist Steve Harris, long time guitar duo Adrian Smith and Dave Murray with Clive Burr on drums. This line up released the debut self titled album in 1980.
The album was a critical hit, lauded for its fast pace, technical aspects and heavy song writing. This lead to a full UK headline tour, as well as a European tour with Judas Priest and appearances at Reading Festival.
Maiden released their follow up effort “Killers” a year later, however tensions grew between Di’Anno and the rest of the members due to his self-destructive behaviour.
Bruce Dickinson & Mainstream Success
Bruce Dickinson, lead vocalist of the NWOBHM band Samson, was hired by the band in September 1981.
The band’s first record with Bruce, “The Number of the Beast” gave the band their first UK no.1 hit album and saw the band become one of the most popular metal acts in the world.
By December 1982 drummer Clive Burr had been replaced with Nicko McBrain and the band once again returned to the studio to record “Piece of Mind”.
Like Number of the Beast before it, Piece of Mind was a critical and commercial hit, solidifying Iron Maiden as one of the biggest and best metal acts in the world.
“Powerslave” and “Somewhere in Time” followed, both becoming fan favourites and heavy metal classics.
Bruce Dickinson’s Departure
By 1993 Bruce Dickinson had left Iron Maiden, resulting in a worldwide search for a new vocalist. Having sent in an audition tape, Blaze Bayley was hired by the band to be the new frontman and vocalist of Iron Maiden, releasing the “X Factor” and “Virtual XI” albums with the band.
These albums were amongst the band’s poorest selling and in 1999 Bayley was asked to leave the band.
Dickinson’s Return & Later Years
Following Dickinson’s return the band released “Brave New World” in 2000, which was seen by many fans as a return to form.
Since then, the band have released 4 more studio albums, as well as numerous world tours, many of which use the band’s own jet flown by singer Bruce Dickinson.
Iron Maiden Discography
Iron Maiden (1980)
The Number of the Beast (1982)
Piece of Mind (1983)
Somewhere in Time (1986)
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
No Prayer for the Dying (1990)
Fear of the Dark (1992)
The X Factor (1995)
Virtual XI (1998)
Brave New World (2000)
Dance of Death (2003)
A Matter of Life and Death (2006)
The Final Frontier (2010)
The Book of Souls (2015)