Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Etc. Members To Perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” During November Show In Hungary

Singer Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), bassist Roger Glover (Deep Purple), guitarist Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey), and drummer Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, Don Airey) will be performing Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” during a special show in Győr, Hungary on November 5. The event will also feature the Győr Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paul Mann.

Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden’s Animated Video For “The Writing On The Wall” Was Inspired By Rammstein

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson revealed that the band’s animated video for “The Writing On The Wall” was actually inspired by Rammstein. He said the following about that:

“I said to [our manager] Rod [Smallwood], ​‘Have you seen the video for Deutschland by Rammstein?’. That, to me, is a groundbreaking video. That’s astonishing. Now, I’m not suggesting we do that, because we’re not Rammstein. But think of what we could do that would have the equivalent impact for us. So, I wrote storyboard for the vid, tweaked it a little bit, and gave it a happy ending. Well, kind of a happy ending – Adam and Eve start again, but with Eddie going,​‘I’ll still get you in the end.’”

As previously reported, “The Writing On The Wall” will appear on Iron Maiden’s new album, “Senjutsu,” which is set to be released on September 3.

Iron Maiden To Release New Album “Senjutsu” In September

Iron Maiden have announced that their new album “Senjutsu” will be released on September 3. The effort, which loosely translates to “tactics and strategy,” was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin Shirley. The first single, “The Writing On The Wall,” was released last week and it can be found HERE. The samurai-themed cover art, which was created by Mark Wilkinson, can be found below along with the track listing:

“Senjutsu” Track Listing:

01. “Senjutsu”
02. “Stratego”
03. “The Writing On The Wall”
04. “Lost In A Lost World”
05. “Days Of Future Past”
06. “The Time Machine”
07. “Darkest Hour”
08. “Death Of The Celts”
09. “The Parchment”
10. “Hell On Earth”

Steve Harris commented:

“We chose to record at Guillaume Tell Studio in France again as the place has such a relaxed vibe. The setup there is perfect for our needs; the building used to be a cinema and has a really high ceiling so there’s a great acoustic sound. We recorded this album in the same way we did ‘The Book Of Souls’ in that we’d write a song, rehearse it and then put it down together straight away while it was all fresh in our minds. There’s some very complex songs on this album which took a lot of hard work to get them exactly as we wanted them to sound, so the process was at times very challenging, but Kevin is great at capturing the essence of the band and I think it was worth the effort! I’m very proud of the result and can’t wait for fans to hear it.”

Bruce Dickinson added:

“We’re all really excited about this album. We recorded it back in early 2019 during a break in the ‘Legacy’ tour so we could maximize our touring yet still have a long set up period before release to prepare great album art and something special as a video. Of course, the pandemic delayed things more — so much for the best-laid plans — or should that be ‘strategies’!? The songs are very varied, and some of them are quite long. There’s also one or two songs which sound pretty different to our usual style, and I think Maiden fans will be surprised — in a good way, I hope!”

Iron Maiden Premiere Animated Video For New Song “The Writing On The Wall”

Iron Maiden have premiered a new song titled “The Writing On The Wall.” You can find an animated video for that track below:

Frontman Bruce Dickinson, who worked on the video with Mark Andrews, Andrew Gordon, and Blinkink‘s Nicos Livesey, commented:

“I had a pretty clear idea of the concept to accompany the song and when I met Mark and Andrew, on Zoom, it quickly became clear we were all very much on the same wavelength, and this was reinforced with the addition of Nicos and his young BlinkInk team. Our weekly team Zoom meetings were then usually both highly creative and a lot of fun!

I’m very proud of the way the video turned out. It’s more like a mini-film, really. I knew it was going to work out as soon as Mark brought my treatment to life with his incredible storyboards. I thought we could make something very special together. I think we did and hope our fans will agree. In fact, it’s pretty much created by MAIDEN fans!!”

Livesey added:

“We quickly found the expertise we wanted, and people were literally throwing themselves at me to work on a MAIDEN video — we had more than 60 people in 13 countries from Brazil to France and Romania to the U.S.A. to add something to the clip and I’d say their love, passion and understanding of the band shines through every frame. They were a dream team for the producers and myself to manage.”

Iron Maiden Officially Invite Fans To “Belshazzar’s Feast”

Iron Maiden have shared a new video message to formally invite fans to “Belshazzar’s Feast.” This news comes after the band previously appeared to have launched an elaborate teaser campaign that frequently mentioned “Belshazzar’s Feast” and the acronym “WOTW.” Bruce Dickinson said the following in the latest clip:

“July the 15th. Rain or shine, heaven or hell, man or beast, you’re invited to Belshazzar’s Feast… But your mum can’t come.”

Are Iron Maiden Planning To Release New Music This Month?

It looks like Iron Maiden might be getting ready to release new music on July 15. The band have yet to confirm this news, but their plans have seemingly been revealed through an elaborate teaser campaign. You can find some of the clues below courtesy of Loudwire.

One piece of evidence comes from flyers that fans found at the “Download Pilot” festival. Those ads carried the title of “Belshezzar’s Feast” and featured several phrases including: “live forever,” “man or beast” and “heaven or hell.” They also contained the numbers “15/07” and the Roman numerals “IMXVII,” leading to speculation that fans may get music from “Iron Maiden 17” on July 15. On top of that, the flyer also had an email address and those that sent messages to it ended up with responses containing the acronym “WOTW” and possible lyrics:

Notably, the “WOTW” acronym was previously teased on a tour poster as well:

Another piece of evidence came from musician Frank Turner, who was asked if he knew anything about a rumored Iron Maiden album during an interview at “Download Pilot.” He didn’t offer to much information, but he casually unzipped his hoodie to reveal a “Belshazzar’s Feast” t-shirt:

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was also wearing the same “Belshazzar’s Feast” shirt during a recent interview with Sky News:

Furthermore, someone identified as “Daniel” has also launched a @bels_feast Twitter account and has been sharing things related to “Belshazzar’s Feast.” The account is also following 16 other pages, which each reference one of Iron Maiden’s 16 albums.

Speaking of social media, Iron Maiden’s official accounts also seem to be mentioning “WOTW” through phrases such as “Walker On The Wing,” “Working On The Wires,” and “Win On The Way”:

If that wasn’t enough, a new YouTube account launched under the name “Daniel Belshazzar” also posted a fake Iron Maiden song called “Writing on the Wall (Belshazzar’s Feast).” However, it is unclear if this is part of the apparent teaser campaign or just a clever troll. The track, which is actually a Black Phantom song called “Redemption,” can be found below:

This news comes after producer Kevin Shirley seemingly hinted that Iron Maiden recorded new music at Guillaume Tell Studios in Paris in 2019. An email reply shared by “Daniel” also seemed to reference the studio with the phrase: “Find the apple by the river / Did they choose heaven or did they choose Hell?.” Guillaume Tell Studios, which has an apple logo, is conveniently located by the Seine River and they recently posted a photo with a “Belshazzar’s Feast” flyer in the background:

[via Loudwire]

Funko Announce New Iron Maiden Pop! Rocks Vinyl Figures

Funko have announced some new Pop! Rocks vinyl figures based on Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie. Those include new “Somewhere In Time” and “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” Eddies, which are both expected to be released on September 10. Pre-orders are available at FYE and those that purchase the “Somewhere In Time” Eddie will have a chance to get a special “Stranger In A Strange Land” Eddie. Notably, leaked images suggest that Funko are also planning to release new “Live After Death” and “Nights Of The Dead” Eddies as well.

Iron Maiden Team Up With Igloo For New Playmate Cooler

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Igloo for a new band-branded Playmate cooler. The special-edition ice chest is available HERE. Brian Garofalow, chief marketing officer at Igloo, commented:

“This collaboration has been surreal in all the best ways. By incorporating an army of instantly recognizable Eddies onto our Playmate Classic cooler, we’re able to provide Maiden fans a chance to chill with the Beast and own a unique piece of memorabilia.”

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Premiere “Solar Fire” Music Video

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have premiered a new video for their song “Solar Fire.” The track, which features Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), is from the band’s self-titled album, which was released in March.