Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Says He Would Like To Choose His Replacement If He Couldn’t Sing Anymore

During an interview with Daily Star, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson said he would want the band to continue without him if he was unable to sing anymore. In that event, he would even go as far as choosing his own successor.

Dickinson said the following:

”If tomorrow I don’t feel able to sing more than four songs a night, I’d like the guys to continue and I should be able to choose my replacement. I would stick my head in from time to time and the other singer would do the rest.”

He continued:

“When you look at Keith Richards, who suffers from arthritis, he’s not on top form every night but he’s supported by other guitarists. It’s The Rolling Stones. I don’t think it upsets anyone. In any case, everything I’ve said isn’t going to happen.”

He also added the following when asked about a possible hologram concert:

“That’s hell on earth. I really don’t understand the point of it.”

[via NME]

“The Official Iron Maiden Colouring Book Volume II: The Singles” To Be Released In June

Rock N’ Roll Colouring will be releasing a new Iron Maiden coloring book, titled “The Official Iron Maiden Colouring Book Volume II: The Singles,” on June 5. Pre-orders are available HERE.

The following was said about the book:

“If you ever doodled the logo of your favourite band on the back of your exercise book at school, or you spent hours on end staring at every detail of your favourite vinyl album cover….then this is for you. Rock N’ Roll Colouring is proud to present for the first time an officially endorsed colouring book featuring many of the amazing single artworks for one of Heavy Metal’s greatest bands – Iron Maiden!

Featuring iconic artwork from classic singles released by the band over the years, all printed on high quality paper, in a square format, fully endorsed and officially licenced, these killer designs have the potential for hours of satisfying colouring in. Each book allow you to raise the horns in celebration of one of Heavy Metal’s most legendary and important bands, letting your imagination run riot as you create your own personalised versions of your favourite designs.

Each book contains painstakingly created renderings of each image, with beautifully detailed outlines ready for you to unleash your artistic skills using pens, pencils or paint. Let your imagination run wild and add your own interpretation of these classic images, or simply recreate them as closely as you can to the originals. Whatever you decide, the satisfaction of adding your personal touch to these classic designs is extremely rewarding.

Devised and created by two life long rock and heavy metal devotees and colouring book fans, Rock N’ Roll Colouring was formed by fans, for fans. Every effort has gone into making sure these books do justice to the legacy of Iron Maiden, and give fans another reason to enjoy some of the most beautiful and creative artwork from this band. And not only that Colouring has proven significant mental health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation and increased focus, and can be enjoyed by any age group. These books provide hours of creative and restful activity that combines a love of the music with a love of the art.”

Iron Maiden Announce “Legacy Of The Beast” In-Game Collaboration With Arch Enemy

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Arch Enemy for a new collaboration inside their “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game. The band’s frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz will appear as “Queen Beast” in the game during an “Atomic Sunset” event, which will run for a week starting today (May 12).

A press release offered more details:

“The week-long event will take fans and players on a journey with Eddie and Queen Beast, a regal warrior harnessing the fierce powers of wild animals, striking fear in the hearts of all who oppose her!

As they walk through a post-war dystopian wasteland, society at large is witnessing the rise of a mutant species, a creature that is the product of the nuclear war. They are driven to destroy all of what is left of the natural world; human and animal kind.

Queen Beast and her companion GreyClaw must work together with Doomsday Eddie to gather survivors and rebuild the community while fighting mutant henchmen. Future generations’ survival lies in their hands.”

White-Gluz commented:

“We made sure to include elements of the entire band. We worked directly with the developers to make this character really special and unique that really symbolizes Arch Enemy.

I think fans playing this game will have a fun time, also seeing AE lyrics in the script, in the storyline of the game and I’m curious to see who picks up on the little easter eggs we left in there. It’s really exciting to see that AE will be fighting alongside Eddie and our character that we’ve developed Queen Beast along with her companion Greyclaw.”

She also added the following about the “Queen Beast” character:

“Strength, femininity, power and compassion! We really put a lot of detail into developing her attacks, the way she looks, the way she moves, and I think its gonna be a really fun element for people playing the game.”

“Iron Maiden: The Official Coloring Book” To Be Released In July

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Fantoons to create a new coloring book titled “Iron Maiden: The Official Coloring Book.” The effort will be available on July 19 and fans that pre-order it will receive a limited edition decorative cereal box while supplies last.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Up the Irons! with this officially licensed Iron Maiden Coloring Book, packed with 72 pages of spectacular illustrations, all inspired by the band’s thunderous discography, and of course! Eddie…One of the greatest characters of all-time.

With over 2,000 live performances, 100 million record sales, millions of fans around the globe and 17 monumental studio albums, Iron Maiden is rightfully heralded as one of the most significant rock bands in the world. Alongside their incredible riffs, Iron Maiden’s vast catalog of music paints a collage of mesmerizing imagery and weaves unforgettable and haunting tales.

Created by artists of the award-winning animation studio (and huge fans of the band) Fantoons, this official Iron Maiden Coloring Book showcases artwork inspired by the band’s exhilarating sound, gripping storytelling and humor. Choose your colors, crank the music LOUD and enjoy this unique coloring book from one of the greatest bands of all-time! A must-have for any Iron Maiden Fan.

Color outside the lines at your own risk…YOU KNOW EDDIE IS WATCHING!”

Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden Have No Plans To Ever Retire: “We’ll Probably Drop Dead Onstage”

During a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson discussed the possibility of retirement. The frontman says the band have no plans to ever retire and that they will “probably drop dead onstage.”

Dickinson said the following:

“We’re not planning to retire at all, really. I think we’ll probably drop dead onstage. I can think of worse places to drop dead. But no, we’re not planning on retiring. We’re all still firing away [with] loads of energy and loads of enthusiasm, so I can’t wait to get back together [with the other guys to start rehearsing for the upcoming tour].”

He also added the following about the group’s multigenerational appeal:

“With respect to our fans, we’ve got generations of fans now. Even at [my] spoken-word shows, I can crack jokes about the age of the audience only because half the audience is, like, my age, but the other half of the audience is often way, way younger. So it’s brilliant. We’ve got this whole intergenerational thing going. And, obviously, at the MAIDEN shows, it’s even bigger, the emphasis on that. And huge numbers of women. It’s fantastic. ‘Cause it always used to be cliché, back when I was starting in the early ’80s, that heavy metal was just, like, misogynist, male-dominated stuff… But no, it’s not true. There’s loads and loads of heavy metal fans who are girls.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden Cancel Russia & Ukraine Shows

Iron Maiden have cancelled their upcoming shows in Russia and Ukraine due to the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. The band issued the following statement:

“We are very sorry to announce that due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the promoters have cancelled the two Iron Maiden shows scheduled for May 29th in Kyiv and June 1st in Moscow on the 2022 Legacy Of The Beast World Tour. Ticket-holders for both shows will be informed by the respective promoters on refunds at the appropriate time. Our priority is, and will always be, the safety of our fans.”

Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” To Be Reissued On Cassette For 40th Anniversary

BMG will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” by reissuing it on cassette. The effort will be available as an independent record store exclusive on March 18, except in the U.S. where it will be available on March 25. Check for availability HERE.

Funko To Release Pop! Albums Figure Based On Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave”

Funko will be releasing a new Pop! Albums figure based on the cover art for Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave” later this year. Pre-orders can be found at Hot Topic, Entertainment Earth, Chalice Collectibles, and more.

Iron Maiden Announce “Legacy Of The Beast” In-Game Collaboration With Disturbed

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Disturbed for a new collaboration inside their “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game. Disturbed’s mascot “The Guy” will appear in the game as part of a special “Disturbing Sciences” event, which will launch today (February 16) at 4:00pm PDT / 7:00pm EDT.

A press release offered more details:

“The game’s ‘Disturbing Sciences’ event is an ode to both bands’ lore taking its broad themes from the cover of Iron Maiden’s 1986 album ‘Somewhere In Time’ and ‘Disturbed: Dark Messiah’, a five-part comic book series where The Guy makes his comic book debut.

Over the years, The Guy has been depicted as an antihero, saving people from corporate corruption, often through violent means. In this new storyline, Cyborg Eddie and The Guy have been summoned through time and space to the Polvo Valley, a small town transformed into a hyper-sanitized, machine-driven industrial city, where Eddie and The Guy are dead-set on punishing the city’s corporate overlord, Brian Kek, and confronting the CEO at Kek Tower before discovering the depth of his hubris.”

Disturbed’s David Draiman added:

“Myself and the guys from Disturbed are humbled to be included in the ‘Legacy of the Beast’ game. We feel that The Guy is a worthy addition to the saga and we’re very happy to be a part of it … when we first saw the first concept pieces of how he would be integrated into the game it was thrilling for all of us, it’s still kind of surreal!

I love that our ‘Dark Messiah’ storyline from the Disturbed comic book series, {from the graphic novel} is being integrated into the video game series, I think they go hand and hand with one another. I love more people having the opportunity to play as The Guy… and battle the forces out there that deserve to have their asses handed to them.”

Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden Plan To Perform “Senjutsu” In Full On A Future Tour

During an appearance on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson revealed that the band are planning a tour in which they will perform their latest album, “Senjutsu,” in full. However, it is unclear when the trek will take place since the group are still focusing on their “Legacy Of The Beast” tour.

Dickinson said the following:

“The plan we’ve got — it’s not really a secret; I think everybody else has chatted about it — we will, I hope, we’ve talked about doing the entire [‘Senjutsu’] album start to finish, but not this time around. And we all appreciate that that is something that really diehard fans will probably love and other people will go, ‘Hmmm, I’m not gonna go see that.’ So the answer is you play smaller venues so that they sell out with just your diehard fans. ‘Cause it’s a musical thing to do — it’s a musical thing.”

“The ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour, people have all paid their money to see the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ show, with Spitfires and flamethrowers and Icarus and everything that goes with. So they’re gonna get all that. But the first three tracks are probably gonna be the first three tracks on the [‘Senjutsu’] album. ‘The Writing On The Wall’ they already know, so everybody should know the first three tracks. And I just think [the] ‘Senjutsu’ [title track] is just such a great opening song — so dramatic. And then once you’ve done that — and we’ll have a stage set to go with it — once you’ve done that, you’re back to the kind of ‘Legacy’ world at that point. But I think ‘The Writing On The Wall’ is gonna be a great song — I mean, a crowd singalong song. You can imagine that. It’ll be fantastic.”

He continued when it was mentioned that the band angered some fans by performing “A Matter Of Life And Death” in full during a 2006 tour:

“Nobody has to buy a ticket. If you don’t wanna go [see us play an entire new album live], you don’t buy a ticket. It’s gonna be plain as the nose on your face. This is gonna be what they’re gonna do. So given that, don’t complain that they did what they said they were gonna do.”

[via Blabbermouth]