Iron Maiden’s Eddie To Be Featured In “Angry Birds Evolution”

Rovio Entertainment have announced the addition of Iron Maiden inspired characters to “Angry Birds Evolution” for the Halloween season. The band’s mascot Eddie will be featured as Eddie The Bird with four evolutions based on the band’s “Killers,” “Powerslave,” “Somewhere in Time” and “The Book of Souls” albums. Eddie will be available for two weeks starting October 18.

Miika Tams, VP games and product lead for “Angry Birds Evolution”, commented:

“Our team is filled with massive Iron Maiden fans and Eddie was both our first choice and a natural fit in ‘Angry Birds Evolution.’ It’s about time his status as a true rock icon was celebrated and we know that fans will love seeing Eddie The Bird raise hell on Bird Island!”

Llexi Leon, interactive creative director at Phantom Music Management added:

“When you get a call from Rovio, one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world, confessing that they are Maiden fans and want to celebrate Halloween with Eddie, you just have to take notice. They have outdone themselves with this incredible tribute to MAIDEN and the opportunity to share the band’s music with their millions of players around the world. I really can’t wait to play him and skittle those pigs!”

Bird Island will also be transformed into a Halloween-themed island during this time with metal and Iron Maiden style tributes. Limited edition Eddie The Bird merch will be available as well.

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Announces Fall 2017 U.S. Book Tour Appearances

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson will officially release his memoir “What Does This Button Do?” on October 31, and the vocalist has announced a U.S. book tour. Here’s the dates for that:

Oct. 30 – Huntington, NY @ Book Revue at 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 – New York City, NY @ Hudson Union Society at 12 p.m.
Oct. 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar (hosted by Word bookstore) at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater (hosted by Book Soup) at 7 p.m.
Nov. 02 – Menlo Park, CA @ Kepler’s Books at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 03 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre (hosted by the Strand bookstore) at 6 p.m.
Nov. 04 – Ridgewood, NJ @ Bookends bookstore at 1 p.m.

Here’s an official description of the book:

“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.”

You can also find an excerpt HERE.

Read Excerpt From Bruce Dickinson’s (Iron Maiden) Memoir “What Does This Button Do?”

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) will officially release his memoir “What Does This Button Do?” on October 31, and now an official excerpt has been shared. In this section of the book, the singer discusses struggling with his voice while performeing with Samson, and getting the offer to join Iron Maiden. You can read that, and watch a clip about finishing the book below:

Excerpt:

We started to rehearse for some shows; I was hoarse after half an hour. We played the Marquee Club; I couldn’t speak for two days afterwards. I was in despair. I had sung on an album that was getting great reactions, but I felt like a fraud. My voice couldn’t do it. I moped around for a couple of days, crying into my beer, before my subconscious drew my attention to some sage guidance I’d received from my dentist ex-girlfriend. As an ex-pupil of the very prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College, she’d had quite extensive singing lessons, and she kept a notebook.

‘I think you’ve got a jolly nice voice, but it needs a bit more control,’ she said, lecturing me in her plummy tones.

This made me grumpy – but interested. ‘For example?’

‘Well, can you do this with your tongue?’

I peered down her throat. Anybody watching might have thought I was trying to retrieve a goldfish, but I was in fact examining her ability to flatten her tongue like a squashed toad.

‘Hmm.’ I borrowed her exercise book, and took to the library in search of the voice and how it works.

Remember the little singing notebook, and the hours researching breathing and resonance in the library? my subconscious said. Remember stupid exercises with candles, holding chairs in front of you, squashing your lower back against walls and a multitude of other bizarre things to do to strengthen your diaphragm and develop resonance in your chest voice and head voice? it said. I started to pay attention to it.

Technique is just empty unless you apply it. You have technique to apply to your new voice. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and be smart. Learn how to be you. Teach yourself.

I started to enjoy my new-found pipes. I began to see that a whole new landscape had been opened up. If I was a painter, it would have been like being given a massive canvas and a whole palette of new colours.

Theatre of the mind was becoming very exciting, but I wasn’t sure if it would be with Samson. A&M Records were now interested in us. Rather more specifically, they were interested in me, which was made abundantly clear at a photo session in which I was certainly in the foreground, the band consigned to the middle distance.

Reading Festival that year was much more straightforward, but with a different drummer. Barry had left; Paul wanted him gone. I liked Barry but had to concede that in the actual business of drumming, there were certain shortcomings. Mel Gaynor stepped in. He was in about four bands at the same time and had a very active social life. He was an unbelievable drummer. Our swansong at Reading was rather good. I rolled out my new voice, everybody cheered and no one seemed to miss the gimp mask.

The festival was awash with gossip and rumour that night. There was no mud – it was fine and dry – and alcohol and chemicals were doing a fine job of creating mental instability and inability. In the middle of a clearing, surrounded by hospitality chalets and beer tents, was a single large pole, with bright white lights on top. I was in a corner of a beer tent when Rod Smallwood approached me, saying, ‘Let’s go somewhere quiet where we can talk.’ We walked out and stood, illuminated for all the world to see, under the pole in the middle of the backstage area. I felt sure he was working up to something.

‘Do you want to come back to my room for a chat?’ he said. I felt sure he didn’t have any etchings for me to see. Reading Holiday Inn became a low-ceilinged rabbit warren of debauchery for a week around the festival if, of course, you could get a burrow.

Back in the room, away from prying eyes, Rod laid out his cards. ‘I’m offering you the chance to audition for Iron Maiden,’ he said. ‘Are you interested?’

There had been enough beating around bushes and tap-dancing around issues, I decided, so I told him what I thought: ‘First of all, you know I’ll get the job or you wouldn’t ask. Second, what’s gonna happen to Paul, the current singer, and does he know he’s going? Third, when I do get the job, and I will, are you prepared for a totally different style and opinions and someone who is not going to roll over? I may be a pain in the arse, but it’s for all the right reasons. If you don’t want that tell me now and I’ll walk away.’

The speech was a combination of pissing in beans, injustice, sleeping on floors, bravado and genuine invention. If Iron Maiden wanted to play with the hammer of the gods then bring it on. If not, take a hike and get someone more boring instead. As the saying goes, we should all be careful of what we wish for because we just might get it.

[via ironmaiden.com]

Iron Maiden To Release New Live Album “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter”

Iron Maiden will be releasing a new live album titled “The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter“ on November 17. The effort will come with various tracks recorded around the world on the band’s “The Book Of Souls” tour, and it will be available on CD, deluxe CD, vinyl, and digitally. The band are also planning a live film with footage from the tour as well. That will be streamed for free with a digital copy set to be released later on.

Steve Harris and Tony Newton served as the producers for the release, with Harris saying the following:

“We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”

Track Listing:

01. “If Eternity Should Fail” – Sydney, Australia
02. “Speed Of Light” – Cape Town, South Africa
03. “Wrathchild” – Dublin, Ireland
04. “Children Of The Damned” – Montreal, Canada
05. “Death Or Glory” – Wroclaw, Poland
06. “The Red And The Black” – Tokyo, Japan
07. “The Trooper” – San Salvador, El Salvador
08. “Powerslave” – Trieste, Italy
09. “The Great Unknown” – Newcastle, UK
10. “The Book Of Souls” – Donington, UK
11. “Fear Of The Dark” – Fortaleza, Brazil
12. “Iron Maiden” – Buenos Aires, Argentina
13. “Number Of The Beast” – Wacken, Germany
14. “Blood Brothers” – Donington, UK
15. “Wasted Years” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Preorders can be found HERE, and live footage of “Speed Of Light” from the set can be seen below:

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.