New Iron Maiden Masks Coming This Fall

It’s never too early to prepare for Halloween, and Iron Maiden have you covered. The band have teamed up with Trick Or Treat Studios for four new masks, including three versions of Eddie (“Final Frontier,“ “Aces High,” and “Somewhere In Time“), as well as the devil from “The Number Of The Beast“ cover art. Head to trickortreatstudios.com to pre-order those and check out the other previously released masks.

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Stern Pinball Announce Iron Maiden “Legacy Of The Beast” Pinball Machine

Stern Pinball have officially announced their new Iron Maiden “Legacy Of The Beast” pinball machine. It features artwork from Jeremy Packer (Zombie Yeti) and it will be available in three options including pro ($5,999), premium ($7,599), and limited edition ($8,999) models. It will also include the following tracks: “Aces High“, “2 Minutes To Midnight“, “The Trooper“, “Wasted Years“, “Can I Play With Madness“, “Number Of The Beast“, “Run To The Hills“, “Powerslave“, “Hallowed Be Thy Name“, “Flight Of Icarus“, “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner“, and “Fear Of The Dark.“

Here’s an official description:

“On all models, players will go to battle as Eddie with the help of four flippers, two spinners, a set of 3-bank drop targets, metal and wireform ramps, a captive ball mechanism, a dual up-post lock mechanism, and a center bullseye target.

The Premium and Limited Edition models also feature an interactive sarcophagus ball lock, a motorized secret tomb entrance, a controlled middle pharaoh laser-cut metal ramp that raises to reveal the underworld scoop, a dual sensing Newton ball, and two custom Eddie sculpts.

The Limited Edition, limited to 500 units globally and in perpetuity, includes additional unique features such as an exclusive mirrored backglass and an upgraded sound system featuring an improved speaker cabinet and high quality JBL branded backbox speakers.

Complementing the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the high-definition video display. SPIKE™ reduces system complexity and energy usage resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing. The state-of-the-art electronic system also powers a high-fidelity 3-channel audio system that is three times more powerful than audio systems of previous generations.”

Iron Maiden Settle “Hallowed Be Thy Name” Lawsuit

As previously reported, Iron Maiden were drawn into a legal dispute over “Hallowed Be Thy Name” and ended up having to drop it from their setlist due to it containing pieces of Beckett’s “Life’s Shadow.” The suit said Steve Harris and Dave Murray took six lines from the track, which is credited to Robert Barton and Brian Quinn. Quinn wrote the song in 1969, and Barton recorded it with Beckett for a 1974 release. “The Nomad” was also mentioned in the dispute for similar reasons. The matter was settled out of court in favor of attorney Barry McKay, who was acting on behalf of Quinn. Harris and Murray had to pay £100,000 in damages as well as £285,000 in legal costs for McKay and Quinn, in addition to their own legal costs. “Hallowed By Thy Name” and “The Nomad” are now cleared to be played live again. However, it is worth noting that McKay is “representing three other songwriters who also allege that Steve Harris and Dave Murray have profiteered from lyrics that they wrote.”

Representatives for Iron Maiden issued the following statement:

“We do not believe that Brian Quinn was the one who wrote these six lines in question over 40 years ago as was claimed by Barry McKay. However due to escalating legal fees and the potential huge costs of a court case it was pragmatic to reluctantly settle this action with McKay for £100,000, a fraction of what he brought the action for. A serial litigator like Mr McKay would have foreseen this.”

McKay also responded:

“Brian Quinn did not settle for ‘a fraction’ of his claim. The claim form lodged with the High Court, stated that we were claiming a minimum figure of £200,000. Instead Harris/Murray instructed expensive lawyers who went on to cost them £300,000, as well as having to pay for every penny of my legal costs which were £285,000, on top of which they had already previously paid out £220,000 in damages and costs when they secretly settled with the other co-writer of “Life’s Shadow” Bob Barton.

If Andy Taylor and Rod Smallwood (managers of Harris/Murray/Iron Maiden) had provided accurate earnings figures for the two Maiden songs that infringed the “Life’s Shadow” copyright at the start of the claim (which they did not) and then offered Brian Quinn a fair settlement of around £250,000, Steve Harris and Dave Murray could have saved themselves around £600,000 in legal costs. Instead they wanted a fight and so they got one.

To call me a “serial litigant” is sour grapes. Harris and Murray and their managers appear to me to be bad losers. However, I am now also representing three other songwriters who also allege that Steve Harris and Dave Murray have profiteered from lyrics that they wrote. If that makes me a ‘serial litigant’ so be it. Musicians who have their intellectual property exploited by others who did not write or compose it are entitled to professional assistance.”

Iron Maiden Have Released New Eddie Figures

Iron Maiden have released some new “Trooper” and “Shaman” Eddie figures to tie-in with their “Legacy Of The Beast” game. You can get those HERE. On another note, Super 7 will release new M.U.S.C.L.E. Eddie figures on February 14.

[via The PRP]

Iron Maiden File Lawsuit Against Internet Counterfeiters

According to Trademarks & Brands Online, Iron Maiden have filed a lawsuit against Internet counterfeiters at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Divisionon on January 23. The band have chosen to take action to stop them from infringing on their trademarks. The article goes on to say that the group are claiming that these online counterfeiters are “trading on the band’s reputation and goodwill” and that they are infringing on various US trademarks with “Iron Maiden” in their names. This affects the consumers who “have come to expect the highest quality from plaintiff’s products provided under the ‘Iron Maiden’ trademarks.” The band are now seeking a “permanent injunction against the online sellers, transfer of the domains, and either profits or $2 million for each infringing use.” They also want the court to make online outlets “disable and cease providing services for the defendants selling the counterfeit goods.”

Iron Maiden To Release “Light Brigade” Beer For Charity

Iron Maiden have joined forces with Robinsons Brewery yet again to make a 4.1% ABV English ale called “Light Brigade.“ It will be available on February 1 and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Help For Heroes, an organization that “supports those with injuries and illnesses attributable to their service in the British Armed Forces.” Pre-orders are available HERE.

Bruce Dickinson commented:

“We are very proud to have been asked to get involved. I have been an instructor on several of British Airways’ flight simulator ‘Flying Heroes’ days for Help For Heroes Veterans, so I know the charity and the work that they do well. Light Brigade is our interpretation of a golden ale that maintains the elements of strength and character that are the essence of Trooper but at a more sessionable level. In fact, the two beers complement each other very well.”