First Issue Of Iron Maiden Comic Series To Officially Be Released In October

It was previously revealed that Iron Maiden‘s iconic mascot, Eddie was going to be featured in a new five-part comic book series published by “Heavy Metal” magazine, and now the release schedule for those comics has been confirmed. Here it is:

Issue #1 – October 11, 2017
Issue #2 – November 15, 2017
Issue #3 – December 13, 2017
Issue #4 – January 17, 2018
Issue #5 – February 14, 2018

The comics are based on the “Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast” video game story line, as well as the band’s albums. Writers Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton worked on them, along with artist Kevin J. West.

“Heavy Metal” previously said the following about the comic:

“Eddie‘s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos. Now, Eddie must journey across space and time to battle the twisted legions of The Beast, seek out the lost shards of his soul, and bring order to the realms.”

“Heavy Metal”‘s Jeff Krelitz also added:

“As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. When we discussed the potential of coming together on this project, it was immediately clear that there was no better home for Iron Maiden than Heavy Metal. Heavy Metal‘s nearly half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team Iron Maiden has working on this series.”

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson To Release His Memoir “What Does This Button Do?” In October

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson will officially release his memoir “What Does This Button Do?” on October 19. You can preorder it now at ironmaiden.com.

Here’s an official description:

“This Autumn HarperCollins NonFiction are publishing WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO?, the hugely anticipated memoir from Iron Maiden frontman and rock legend, Bruce Dickinson.

One of the world’s most storied musicians, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too. A true polymath, Bruce is, or has been, an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist, radio presenter, TV actor and a world-class fencer.

Now, for the first time, Bruce tells his story in his own words. In WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO?, Bruce (a man who famously never gives interviews about his personal life) shares the most fascinating recollections, including his thirty years with Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realising his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.

Bruce Dickinson is so much more than the frontman of one of the biggest bands on the planet. A rock icon, a true renaissance man, Bruce has been, and remains, a man of legend.

Bold, honest, intelligent and very entertaining, WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? is the long-awaited window into the life, heart and mind of one of our most adventurous and multifaceted sons.”

Concert Review: Iron Maiden & Ghost In Oakland, CA

On July 5, I attended the Iron Maiden and Ghost concert at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, and it was an epic show.

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Ghost kicked off the night with their brand of satanic themed metal. Tobias Forge aka Papa Emeritus was great at commanding the crowd and the Nameless Ghouls were definitely a solid musical unit, which is pretty impressive considering the drastic lineup changes the band has faced. Highlights from their set included: “Square Hammer,” “Cirice,” “Mummy Dust,” and “Monstrance Clock.”

Then it was time for heavy metal legends Iron Maiden. The audience went crazy as soon as they heard UFO’s “Doctor Doctor” blasting through the speakers, followed by a cool video game looking intro video. After the clip the curtain fell to reveal a elaborate stage setup that looked like an ancient Mayan temple, complete with flaming pillars and a smoking podium, where frontman Bruce Dickinson appeared to sing the first part of “If Eternity Should Fail.”

From there, the show just exploded with energy. Dickinson’s all powerful voice, Steve Harris’ bass lines, Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers’s guitar harmonies, and Nicko McBrain’s thundering drums only helped prove how much they deserve their icon status. The show didn’t stop at musicianship either.

The visuals were just as great, and ranged from simple things like Dickinson wearing a monkey mask for “Death or Glory” to spectacles such as the vocalist battling the group’s mascot Eddie, only to rip his heart out and toss it into the crowd. There was even things like a huge Eddie for a performance of their eponymous track “Iron Maiden” and a giant goat creature for “The Number Of The Beast.”

The show pretty much had it all, aesthetics, great music, and even things like a nice speech from Dickinson about diversity and equality. As far as song highlights go, I would say the following: The Number Of The Beast,” “Children of the Damned,” “Blood Brothers,” “The Trooper,” the title track of their latest album “The Book Of Souls,” and their finale “Wasted Years.” If you have a chance, you should hit one of the remaining dates, especially since the band are planning to retire “The Book Of Souls” stage setup very soon.

Iron Maiden & Robinsons Brewery To Release “Hallowed” Beer

Iron Maiden have joined forces with Robinsons Brewery yet again to release a new Belgian-style beer called “Hallowed.” This collaboration comes after the previous success of “Trooper” beer and the limited edition beers “Trooper 666” and “Red ‘N’ Black.” “Hallowed” will have a 6.0% ABV and it will be released in October for a limited time. Bruce Dickinson commented:

“What makes this brew pretty special is that we’re adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time. I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it’s as much a way of life as it is a drink. We’ve tried to bottle that philosophy in Hallowed – albeit with a British twist.”

Robinsons’ head brewer Martyn Weeks added:

“It’s all in the yeast. Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters. Put simply, this means more flavour and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat.”

Iron Maiden Comic Coming This Summer

Iron Maiden‘s iconic mascot, Eddie is set to be featured in a new five-part comic book series published by “Heavy Metal” magazine. The release is based on the “Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast” video game story line, as well as the band’s albums, and the first issue is expected to appear in “Heavy Metal” #287, which is going to be released in July. Writers Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton worked on the comic along with artist Kevin J. West.

“Heavy Metal” told Nerdist the following about the comic:

“Eddie‘s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos. Now, Eddie must journey across space and time to battle the twisted legions of The Beast, seek out the lost shards of his soul, and bring order to the realms.”

“Heavy Metal”‘s Jeff Krelitz also added:

“As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. When we discussed the potential of coming together on this project, it was immediately clear that there was no better home for Iron Maiden than Heavy Metal. Heavy Metal‘s nearly half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team Iron Maiden has working on this series.”

Iron Maiden Involved In Legal Dispute Over “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

Iron Maiden have apparently been drawn into a legal dispute over “Hallowed Be Thy Name” due to it containing pieces of Beckett’s “Life’s Shadow.” As a result of the dispute, Iron Maiden have dropped “Hallowed Be Thy Name” from their current setlists.

Iron Maiden‘s management commented:

“Phantom Management are aware of the action brought by Barry McKay (initially by Barry McKay and Brian Quinn) against Steve Harris and Dave Murray.

The dispute concerns the song ‘Life’s Shadow,’ a song originally written in the early 1970s, credited to Robert Barton and Brian Ingham, and recorded by the band Beckett. Steve Harris was a fan of Beckett and some six lines from ‘Life’s Shadow’ were referenced in Steve’s song, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name,’ which was recorded by Iron Maiden and appeared on the album ‘The Number of the Beast’ which was released in 1982.

As far as Steve is concerned, this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton, but there now appears to be a dispute between the two original writers as to their respective shares in ‘Life’s Shadow.’ Further, an individual called Barry McKay in taking this action now claims to publish Robert Barton’s interest in ‘Life’s Shadow,’ despite so far being unable to come up with a publishing agreement and showing little or no evidence in his claim of any interest in Mr. Barton’s songs in approximately 40 years. Mr. McKay also states that he entered into a publishing agreement with Brian Quinn (aka Ingham) on 29 March 2017, two days before the claim was served.

Mr Barton maintains he was the writer of the lyrics of ‘Life’s Shadow’ and recently said: ‘I wrote the lyrics of ‘Life’s Shadow’ and am happy with how Iron Maiden have, and are, dealing with this matter.’

Any evidence presented by Mr McKay will be looked at very closely and a Defence at court will be submitted in due course.”

Quinn‘s legal representative Barry McKay has since commented as well with his statement available via Metal Insider.

Iron Maiden Announce Next Series Of Album Reissues

Iron Maiden have announced 12 more vinyl reissues. Albums set to be reissued on black vinyl include: “No Prayer For The Dying”, “Fear Of The Dark”, “The X Factor”, and “Virtual XI” on May 19, “Brave New World”, “Rock In Rio”, “Dance Of Death”, and “A Matter of Life And Death” on June 23, and “Death On The Road”, “Flight 666”, “The Final Frontier”, and “En Vivo!” on July 31.

No Prayer through to Final Frontier album reissues coming this summer – all on black vinyl! #IronMaiden #Vinyl

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