Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Premiere “Taking My Chances” Video, Reveal Details For New Album

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have premiered a new video for their song “Taking My Chances.” This track is from their new self-titled album, which will be released on March 26.

Track Listing:

01. “Taking My Chances”
02. “Running”
03. “Scars”
04. “Some People”
05. “Glory Road”
06. “Solar Fire”
07. “You Don’t Know Me”
08. “I Wanna Stay”
09. “‘Til Tomorrow”

Notably, the record features some guest drummers including Smith’s Iron Maiden bandmate Nicko McBrain, who played on “Solar Fire,” and Tal Bergman, who plays on “You Don’t Know Me,” “I Wanna Stay,” and “‘Til Tomorrow.” Kotzen handled the drumming on the other five songs.

Smith commented:

“Richie and I started working together a couple of years ago. We’d been jamming as we’d been friends for a few years before that. We both share a love for classic rock and bluesy rock, so we decided to get together and start writing some songs and it went from there. Pretty much everything on the album is handled between Richie and myself, including the production. We had developed a really strong idea of how we wanted it to sound, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. There’s a lot of cool songs on there that we are really happy with.”

Kotzen added:

“We had a very fluid process in writing. Sometimes Adrian would send me a riff and I would immediately hear some kind of melody or a vocal idea. And sometimes it was the other way round, so it was a kind of circular motion. We’d get together whenever we could and throw some ideas around and it just evolved, which was great because there was no pressure and nothing other than just a natural course and I think the record really speaks for that.”

Watch Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Cover Iron Maiden’s “Revelations” On Guitar

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has shared footage of himself performing a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Revelations” on guitar. He said the following about that:

“I’ve always loved the Iron Maiden song Revelations, I think it’s the highlight off of #pieceofmind . I wanted to do a version with just an army of guitars, layer after layer. This is a shorter version than the one I am going to do but you get the idea. I changed it a bit and had fun with it.”

Watch Machine Head’s Robb Flynn And Jared MacEachern Cover Iron Maiden, Metallica, Etc. Songs

On January 15, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern played a virtual “Electric Happy Hour” set. The performance included various Machine Head tracks as well as covers of Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets,” System Of A Down’s “Aerials,” and a snippet of Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69.” You can watch the full show below:

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno’s Knee Surgery

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise money for former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, who is in need of knee surgery. The following was said about that:

“Paul waited for the past 5-6 years to get this surgery done but now it looks the only way to get it done and quick is privately. Please donate as much as you can so we can make it happen for Paul. We know times are hard for everyone now but every little helps. If we all get together we can make this happen for him.”

Watch Beyond The Black Cover Iron Maiden, Disturbed, Volbeat, And Sabaton Acoustically

Beyond The Black have digitally released a new EP titled “W:O:A Acoustic Clash – The Lockdown Session.” The effort features acoustic covers of Sabaton’s “To Hell And Back,” Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness,” Volbeat’s “A Warrior’s Call,” and Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper.” You can find videos for those below. The band commented:

“A few weeks ago Thomas Jensen of Wacken Open Air challenged us to cover metal songs of his and finally your choice, in an acoustical manner. We accepted the challenge, worked the songs out in a short period of time and are happy that we can make the work and love we put into this available for you on all digital platforms from now on!…”

Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) And Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs) Premiere New Song “Taking My Chances”

Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs) have launched a new project called Smith/Kotzen. You can check out their debut single “Taking My Chances” below:

Watch Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith Play “Gangland” For First Time In Years

Iron Maiden have shared footage of guitarist Adrian Smith playing “Gangland” for the first time in years. You can check that out below. “Gangland” appears on the band’s 1982 album “The Number Of The Beast.”

Anthrax, Sum 41, Etc. Members Join Forces For Medley Of Mötorhead, Judas Priest, & Iron Maiden Covers

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Baksh (Sum 41), Tom Thacker (Sum 41), Danko Jones, and Jean Genus (Hank Von Hell, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine medley of Mötorhead‘s “Overkill,“ Judas Priest‘s “Electric Eye,” and Iron Maiden‘s “Murders In The Rue Morgue.“ You can check that out below:

All of the musicians commented:

Dave Baksh:

“As a 1980 baby my first exposure to metal was the big four, my love for their music made me want to learn more about where they came from. Who were the innovators for them? Who moved an entire genre forward for their generation? This question lead me to the term “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.” A genre within a genre so powerful that its music still inspires to this day.

From artists, skaters and even the Rainbow’s video poker machine so many have had their lives touched by Motörhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. We chose these songs in our medley as a tribute to all the bands that are part of the infamous N.W.O.B.H.M. Our lineup for this one was something that I could only have dreamed of. Thank you, Tom, Jean, Danko, Charlie and please send love from our family to yours.”

Charlie Benante:

“When Dave asked me to be a part of a Medley featuring Mötorhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden how could I say no? Then he told me Danko, Tom and Jean would be a part of it! That added a whole other dimension to it. This was fun and it really takes me back to a time when Heavy Metal was great.”

Danko Jones:

“‘Overkill‘ by Mötorhead is probably the most perfect rock song ever written. Lyrically, it keeps with its title, ending thrice! It also contains the drumbeat that laid the foundation for an entire genre of music.

‘Electric Eye‘ is the clarion call for one of the greatest Priest albums in their canon.

‘Murders In The Rue Morgue‘ is one of the best songs of the Di’ Anno era.

Although I have a million miles to go chasing the three legends who sang these songs, I am grateful to be given a chance. Being able to sing alongside these fine gentlemen was an honor.”

Tom Thacker:

“What an honor to rock this metal medley with these very talented dudes whose bands I love and respect! And Dave Brownsound, my bro-in-sound! So stoked to be a part of this!

Iron Maiden was one of my first musical loves and remain a favorite to this day. The first record I heard was Number of the beast. I listened on repeat until the tape wore out. It seemed much more substantial than a lot of the other bands, theatrical, literary, it was like a school course that fucking rocked. So much more than just killer riffs. But the riffs were enough for me!!

Electric eye is my favorite Judas Priest song. Halford’s voice sounds so sinister. It is the ultimate metal voice. And the Priest twin guitar attack… devastating. Like two tornadoes colliding.

There is no band more badass than Motörhead. They scared the shit out of me as a kid. The riff for Overkill has so much raw power just playing it will lay waste to an army of posers”

Jean Genus:

“Motörhead, Priest, Maiden… If there are any bands that have changed the rock world, it is probably these. In their completely own ways.

The first stadium show I ever went to was an Iron Maiden show. Just a little kid in a stadium with 75.000 people. I think that was one of those moments you think to yourself.. I wanna do that!

And as a bassist…what can I Say Steve Harris, Ian Hill & Lemmy. Three fine British Gentlemens👌”

Iron Maiden Stream “Sign Of The Cross” From “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City”

Iron Maiden are streaming “Sign Of The Cross” from their new live album “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City.“ You can find that track below, along with a new video in which Bruce Dickinson discusses the effort. “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City“ will be released on November 20 and it will feature songs that were recorded during three sold-out arena shows that the band played in Mexico City back in September 2019.

Iron Maiden Add More Dates To Summer 2021 “Legacy Of The Beast” European Tour

Iron Maiden have added more dates to their summer 2021 “Legacy Of The Beast” tour. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

06/05 Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle (with Lord Of The Lost)
06/07 Zagreb, Croatia – Arena (with Lord Of The Lost)
06/09 Budapest, Hungary – Groupama Arena (with Lord Of The Lost)
06/11 Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy (with Within Temptation and Lord Of The Lost)
06/13 Bremen, Germany – Buergerweide (with Powerwolf and Airbourne)
06/15 Prague, Czech Republic – Sinobo Stadium (with Airbourne and Lord Of The Lost)
06/16 Wiener Neustad, Austria – Stadium Open Air (with Airbourne and Lord Of The Lost)
06/19 Barcelona, Spain – Olympic Stadium (with Within Temptation and Avatar)
06/21 Lisbon, Portugal – Estadio Nacional (with Within Temptation and Airbourne)
06/24 Bologna, Italy – Sonic Park (with Airbourne and Lord Of The Lost)
06/26 Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena (with Airbourne and Lord Of The Lost)
06/27 Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpalais (with Avatar and Lord Of The Lost)
06/30 Berlin, Germany – Waldbühne (with Airbourne and Lord Of The Lost)
07/03 Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium (with Airbourne)
07/06 Frankfurt, Germany – Deutsche Bank Park (with Sabaton and Airbourne)
07/08 Cologne, Germany – Rhein Energie Stadium (with Airbourne and Lord Of The Lost)
07/10 Arnhem, Netherlands – Gelredome (with Amon Amarth and Airbourne)
07/11 Paris, France – La Defense Arena (with Airbourne and Avatar)