Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith To Release Fishing Memoir “Monsters Of River & Rock”

Iron Maiden guitarist and fisherman Adrian Smith has announced that he will be releasing a new fishing memoir called “Monsters Of River & Rock.” The book will be released on September 3 via Virgin Books.

The following description of the book was posted on

“Adrian got hooked on fishing as a child growing up in East London, plundering ponds and bomb craters on the Hackney Marshes for newts and sticklebacks and catching perch from the Grand Union Canal whilst on outings with his father.

And then things began to get more exotic.

The young angling enthusiast grew up to become lead guitarist in one of the most successful rock bands in history, and started travelling the world playing to millions of fans. But once a fisherman, always a fisherman. The gear went with him, the fish got bigger, the adventures more extreme.

Welcome to the world of Adrian Smith, as he clocks in to his day job furthering the geographical boundaries of hard rock, and clocks off to explore far-flung rivers, seas, waterways, lakes and pools on his fearless quest for fishing nirvana. His first sturgeon was a whopping 100 pounder from Canada’s swirling Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour. And how about the close shave with a large shark off the Virgin Islands whilst wading waist-deep for bonefish? Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK.

Over to Adrian, to take you on his lifetime’s adventure as a rock pioneer on the final frontier of fishing.

‘Monsters Of River & Rock’ will be released on September 3rd in the UK and Ireland, with more countries to follow. We’re also working on some special editions of the book which we’ll let you know about in due course.”

Iron Maiden Cancel 2020 Touring Plans, Announce New Dates For 2021

Iron Maiden have officially cancelled all of their 2020 shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band are planning to return to the stage in June 2021.

Iron Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood commented:

“I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well, wherever you may be, and my continued thanks to you all for bearing with us so patiently.

Due to the continuing health issues Worldwide around Covid-19 we regretfully inform you that Iron Maiden will now not be playing any concerts until June 2021.

However, we are now in a position to give you details of our touring plans in respect to those shows we had hoped to play this year.

Firstly, we are very pleased to tell you that we’ve managed to reschedule all our European own-shows on the Legacy Of The Beast tour for June/July 2021 with the exception of Moscow, St Petersburg, Weert and Zurich which unfortunately we have been unable to re-arrange in this period.

To consolidate the tour routing, as you can see, we have added 2 further shows in Arnhem and Antwerp.

We are in the process of inviting back all the Special Guests and supports who were due to play with us this year. Where any band is unable to commit to this due to their own rescheduling situations, we will look at finding other suitable acts of equivalent stature. The majority are already confirmed and can be found on the tour page at

Re-arranging the headline Festival dates has unfortunately not been possible. This is mainly because we already had an extremely busy year lined up for 2021 and, as I’m sure you can imagine, a great deal of forward planning has already gone on and there’s only so much we can do within the timeline and logistics already in place. The band enjoy playing at Festivals so please be assured we will get back to as many of these as we can at another time.

In respect of what should have been the opening leg of the 2020 tour starting on May 1 in Perth, Australia and visiting New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan, Dubai and Israel, we are currently working on a possible return to as many of these countries as we can, in some guise, in the first half of 2022, more news on that will follow at the appropriate time.

The band are all fine and send you guys their best wishes, they are very much looking forward to getting back on stage next year and seeing you all so, please, continue to take care of yourselves and stay SMART.”

Here’s the group’s confirmed dates for 2021:

06/11 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy
06/13 Bremen, GER – Burgerweide
06/15 Prague, CZE – Sinobo Stadium
06/16 Wiener, AUT – Neustadt Stadium Open Air
06/19 Barcelona, SPA – Olympic Stadium
06/21 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Nacional
06/24 Bologna, ITA – Sonic Park
06/26 Stuttgart, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/27 Antwerps, BEL – Sportpaleis
06/30 Berlin, GER – Waldbuhne
07/03 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium
07/08 Cologne, GER – Rhein-Energie-Stadium
07/10 Arnhem, NET – GelreDome
07/11 Paris, FRA – La Defense Arena

Iron Maiden To Release Remastered Versions Of “Live After Death” & “Rock In Rio“ In June

Iron Maiden will be continuing their series of reissues with “The Live Collection – Remastered” on June 19. This set will include remastered digipak CD versions of 1985’s “Live After Death” and 2002’s “Rock In Rio.“ It’s worth noting that there will also be a limited edition box set version of “Live After Death” with a statue and a patch. Pre-orders can be found at

XM Studios Release Iron Maiden “Eddie X The Chinese Dragon” Statue

XM Studios have released a new statue inspired by the artwork that was created for the Chinese leg of Iron Maiden’s “The Book Of Souls” world tour in 2016. You can purchase that HERE.

Here’s a description of the statue:

“XM Studios is excited to present our first collaborative project with Divine. As one of the most influential bands that helped to shape the 80s Heavy Metal music scene and with a career spanning four decades and over 100 million records sold, Iron Maiden needs no introduction. We are proud to present this unique 1:4 scale statue which is inspired by The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 artwork created for their Beijing and Shanghai leg.

As most of XM’s licenses and products reside in the entertainment and pop culture realm, we are excited to also have the chance to delve into the area of iconic music properties. Immortalized in amazingly detailed Cold Cast Porcelain, Iron Maiden fans we hope you love this piece, even for collectors who are not familiar with Iron Maiden, there is no doubt that this artwork will look badass in your collection.

About Divine: Divine is a labor of love born from a lifelong obsession of heavy metal, comic books and pop culture. Divine seeks to deliver the most iconic characters in statue form, bringing the horrors and the beauties of each and every character to life in glorious detail never seen before.

Eddie X The Chinese Dragon: 2016 The Book Of Souls World Tour Premium Collectibles statue features:

A dynamic statue featuring Eddie the head on a fierce dragon
Crafted in cold cast porcelain.
Each painstakingly handcrafted statue is individually hand-painted with the highest possible quality finish
ES: Made-to-order capped at 666

​Product and Box Dimensions

Product size : 60 cm L X 47 cm B X 76 cm H (estimate)
Est. Box Size : 79 cm L X 71 cm B X 49.5 cm H (estimate)

Est. Product Weight : 20 kg (estimate)
Est. shipping weight : 30 kg (estimate)”

Iron Maiden Cancel Japanese Dates

Iron Maiden have cancelled their Japanese dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows were supposed to take place in May.

The following statement was issued:

“We have been informed by our Japanese Promoter, Creativeman Productions that they are cancelling all their International Artists’ shows in Japan up to May 31. The Iron Maiden shows will therefore not be taking place in Tokyo on May 19 & 20, and in Osaka on May 22.

Please see the full statement from the Promoter below. We send our best wishes to the people of Japan and to all our fans there.

Announcement about all international Artists’ shows scheduled up until May 31st 2020.

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, all international artists’ shows scheduled up until May 31st 2020 will be either cancelled or postponed.

Some of the tours during April through May period that have not been officially announced the status yet, will still not happen during the said period. And for those without status, we will soon be able to announce whether it it’s cancelled or postponed. We are in discussion right now, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.

** in any case, please hold on to your tickets, as you will need them for refund.

Our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

Please be safe and stay alert.

Creativeman Productions”

Iron Maiden Postpone Australian/New Zealand Tour

Iron Maiden have postponed their Australian/New Zealand tour with Killswitch Engage due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows will be rescheduled at a later date.

The following statement was issued:


TEG Dainty regret to announce that IRON MAIDEN’s Australia and New Zealand dates in May have been postponed until further notice. This is due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation and recent Government instruction.

TEG Dainty advise ticket holders to hold on to their original tickets and await further information.

If you find you’re unable to attend the new dates when they are announced, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Message from Rod Smallwood/Iron Maiden:

Aussie and Kiwi Troopers,

We are hugely disappointed not to be seeing our fans in Australia and New Zealand in May due to the understandable Government concert bans surrounding Coronavirus. Sadly these are difficult and uncertain times for us all.

We still intend to bring this great Legacy Of The Beast show to you all as soon we can and I promise we will do everything we can to achieve this with our promoters and subject to what is happening around us globally.

And to our brilliant fans everywhere…

We also appreciate that fans with tickets to shows in some of the other countries on our extensive 2020 tour will be anxious for news and updates. You can be sure we will keep you immediately updated here with any other changes, by country, that could become necessary as soon as we hear of them from the official Govt channels. Thank you for your patience and for bearing with us. We hope to see you all!

Take care of yourselves, be safe and be smart.

– Rod Smallwood/Iron Maiden”

Iron Maiden And Robinsons Brewery Announce New “Fear Of The Dark” And “Trooper IPA” Beers

Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery have announced two new beers including “Fear Of The Dark”, which is a 4.5% ABV English Stout, and “Trooper IPA”, which is a 4.3% ABV India Pale Ale. The drinks are available to pre-order through the Robinsons Brewery website.

Head brewer Martyn Weeks said the following:

“Trooper is close to seven years old and has exceeded all expectations for us as a brewery. These two new brews join an extensive lineup of beers that we have created in our collaboration with Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden. These are two new styles that we are proud to champion.”

Bruce Dickinson also commented:

“I’ve sampled so many different styles of beer around the world on my travels with Maiden and it’s hard to ignore how big IPA has become, and what an exciting style it can be. I’m a huge fan of both IPA and Stout and they were the gaping holes in the Trooper range. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked us to do a Fear Of The Dark Stout over the last few years!”

Weeks continued:

“An IPA is something we’ve always wanted to do with Trooper but had to wait until the timing and recipe were right. We are extremely proud of this brew which marries together familiar American hoppy flavours with a fundamentally British backbone.”

Trooper brand manager Sam Kennerley added:

“Fear Of The Dark is something fans have been begging for since Trooper was first released and we’re proud to finally be rewarding their loyalty. Trooper Red ‘N’ Black porter was one of our most popular releases so we knew there was a demand for new darker beers and we are glad to be finally releasing a sessionable stout for all our fans to enjoy.”

Weeks finished:

“These two new brews represent the next steps in the evolution of the Trooper beer collection. We can’t wait for fans old and new to try them!”.

[via Blabbermouth]

Did Iron Maiden Record A New Album This Year?

There are some unconfirmed rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Iron Maiden have finished a new album. As Blabbermouth pointed out, the band’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley recently shared a recap of 2019 in which he said that he spent a few months in Paris “working very hard on an unnamed but not-very-secret project.” He went on to say that he “finished with a loud ringing in [his] ears.” This news comes after an Italian website called Maiden Concerts previously shared evidence that seemingly proved that all six members of the band, their wives, and Shirley were in Paris at the same time. It also comes after frontman Bruce Dickinson told crowds at recent shows that new music is coming “sooner than you think” and that a new album is essentially a “certainty.”

Bruce Dickinson On The Possibility Of Performing Iron Maiden Songs With An Orchestra: “You Never Know”

According to Eonmusic, Bruce Dickinson discussed the possibility of performing Iron Maiden songs with an orchestra during his spoken word event in Dublin, Ireland. The frontman revealed that the idea came about after he performed at the 50th anniversary celebration for late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra.” Dickinson said the following:

“I did talk to the conductor Paul Mann, and we just very tentatively said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something that might involve some Maiden songs, but only Maiden songs that are really appropriate for doing [with] an orchestra?’ ‘Empire Of The Clouds’ is one of them. So yeah, you never know.”


Funko To Release New Iron Maiden Pop! Rocks Vinyl Figures

Funko have announced that they will be releasing new Pop! Rocks vinyl figures of Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie. So far, there are four different collectibles including a “Pop! Iron Maiden Eddie,” a “Pop! Killers Eddie,” a “Pop! Number Of The Beast Eddie” and a “Pop! Piece of Mind Eddie.” More are expected to be added later. There is no release date yet, but Funko said they are “coming soon.”