Iron Maiden To Release New Live Album “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City” In November

Iron Maiden will be releasing a new live album titled “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City” on November 20. The effort was recorded during three sold-out arena shows that the band played in Mexico City back in September 2019. Pre-orders can be found HERE in digital, CD, and vinyl formats.

“Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City” Track Listing:

01. “Churchill’s Speech”
02. “Aces High”
03. “Where Eagles Dare”
04. “2 Minutes To Midnight”
05. “The Clansman”
06. “The Trooper”
07. “Revelations”
08. “For The Greater Good Of God”
09. “The Wicker Man”
10. “Sign Of The Cross”
11. “Flight Of Icarus”
12. “Fear Of The Dark”
13. “Iron Maiden”
14. “The Number Of The Beast”
15. “The Evil That Men Do”
16. “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
17. “Run To The Hills”

Bassist Steve Harris commented:

“When the final leg of our 2020 Legacy tour this summer had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, the whole band was very disappointed and deflated and we know our fans felt the same. We’d been really looking forward to bringing the show to even more countries and although we’ve been able to reschedule most of our European own-shows for 2021, we thought we’d take a listen to the recordings from the tour so far and see if we could create a definitive live album souvenir that everyone, everywhere could enjoy.

I’m very pleased with the results, especially as this set list includes songs which have never made it to a live CD before, such as ‘For the Greater Good of God’, and other older songs like ‘Where Eagles Dare’, ‘Flight of Icarus’, ‘The Clansman’ and ‘Sign of the Cross’ which haven’t been included in our live set releases for many years. We’ve never released a live album from Mexico before and I think this recording does justice to the passion and joy of our Mexican fans who always give us such a fantastic welcome whenever we play there.”

Manager Rod Smallwood added:

“All the shows on the tour so far have been amazing and our fans have loved the whole Legacy extravaganza with the elaborately themed stages, props and drapes, not to mention the killer setlist!

When our 2020 tour got cancelled, putting together a live album seemed the obvious thing to do and I think Steve, along with co-producer Tony Newton, has perfectly captured the essence of the 70,000-strong crowd across these three nights in Mexico City.

The album serves both as a celebration of this tour, which almost two million fans have already seen, and as a taster for, hopefully, next year’s final run for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the show.”

Bruce Dickinson Says Iron Maiden Have Been “Working Together A Little Bit In The Studio”

Bruce Dickinson recently shared a video update to discuss what Iron Maiden have been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, the frontman mentioned that the band have “been working together a little bit in the studio.”

Dickinson said the following in part:

“We’ve all had a bit of a torrid time — everybody in the whole world, Maiden included. We wanna be out on tour.

A lot of things haven’t happened this year — that’s blindingly obvious — and it’s very, very frustrating. However, we do have plans. In the meantime, what are we doing? Well, we’re doing bits of writing. I’m talking to Steve [Harris]. We’ve been working together a little bit in the studio. On what, I can’t tell you, ’cause they’d have to kill me.

All our crew are all on board with us,” he continued. “Obviously, after the cancelation of the shows and rescheduling of the shows this year, all of our lives were canceled. The killer crew is still on board for when we resume normal service next year, whenever that is.

In the meantime, we’re all still here, we’re all still gagging and raring to go. We are not going away. We are solid, and there’s gonna be some great stuff happening in the near future.”

This news comes after rumors surfaced last year that seemed to suggest that the group had recorded a new album.

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden To Release 40th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Iron Maiden will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut self-titled album by releasing a new limited edition vinyl pressing on October 9. You can pre-order the effort as a crystal clear picture disc at ironmaiden.com.

Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Etc. Producer Martin Birch Passes Away

Martin Birch has sadly passed away at the age of 71. The legendary producer is known for his work with Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, and more. You can find various tributes for Birch below:

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RIP Martin Birch (1948 – 2020) A man of many nicknames… and simply one of the greatest people we have ever worked with. Steve Harris: “He was just absolutely brilliant. He wasn’t just a producer, he was a hands-on engineer too, so he knew how to get a great sound. He was also fantastic at motivating people; he just had a knack of getting the best out of you. He was also a really nice man, great fun with a terrific sense of humour and that made him easy to work with. We all got along with him really well and the whole band is very saddened by today’s news.” Bruce Dickinson: “To me, Martin was a mentor who completely transformed my singing: he was a psychotherapist and in his own words a juggler who could mirror exactly what a band was. That was his special talent as a producer. He was not a puppeteer, he did not manipulate the sound of the band, he just reflected it in the best possible way. Apart from all of that he was a wonderful, warm & funny human being. Martin & I shared a passion for martial arts – he for karate and me for fencing which gave us another bond too. I’m so very sad to hear this news, it’s incredible that he has passed away at such a young age for a man who was so full of life.” Rod Smallwood: “He was a fantastic guy who always shared a mutual respect with the band. He never, ever, let us down in the studio. He was a true gentleman and he will be hugely missed by everyone in the Maiden Family." Albums produced by Martin Birch: 1981 – Killers 1982 – The Number of the Beast 1983 – Piece of Mind 1984 – Powerslave 1985 – Live After Death 1986 – Somewhere in Time 1988 – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 1990 – No Prayer for the Dying 1992 – Fear of the Dark 1994 – Maiden England '88 #IronMaiden #MartinBirch #Legend

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The Wheelblocks (Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc.) Share Cover Of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High”

The Wheelblocks, the new supergroup featuring Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta, have premiered a new video for their cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” You can check that out below. You can also head to Loudwire to read a new interview in which Jericho discussed the project.

New Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC. Etc. 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzles To Be Release In September

Zee Productions will be releasing a new line of 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles on September 18. This includes puzzles based on the artwork for various albums by Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, KISS, Queen, etc.

The following statement was issued:

“Rock Saws just got twice as intense!

We are proud to be rolling out 1000 piece variants of some of our all time classic puzzles. That much harder, but that much more rewarding, these 1000 piece variants have been in demand for a long time.

Our first round of officially licensed 1000 piece puzzles includes: Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast,” Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets,” Queen’s “Queen II” and “A Night At The Opera,” Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy” and “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Man,” KISS’s “Destroyer,” The Rolling Stones “It’s Only Rock And Roll,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” and of course Nirvana’s “Nevermind!”

This is a veritable embarrassment of riches and a must for any puzzle loving rock and roller, or simply those of us who wish to engage with classic album art in a whole new way.

See the full range, and pre-order yours here: https://bit.ly/ZEE-1000PUZ

PS: What other puzzles do you want to see as 1000 piece variants? We have our own ideas but would love your input!”

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Call On U.K. Government To Save The Live Music Scene

Over 1,500 artists, including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, etc., have voiced their support for UK Music’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign. The musicians have signed an open letter to the government in an effort “to get the public and financial support the industry needs to survive.”

The #LetTheMusicPlay campaign says the following:

“UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Like other countries such as Germany and Australia, we need the Government to help the music industry, which contributes £5.2 billion to the economy annually and sustains almost 200,000 jobs to ensure it remains world-leading following the damage caused by this pandemic.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2, 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax And Skid Row Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Iron Maiden’s “Transylvania”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jonathan Donais recently teamed up with Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo for a quarantine cover of Iron Maiden’s “Transylvania.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“Iron Maiden, Who doesn’t know them? They changed the face of Heavy Metal, literally, with “Eddie”. The 4 of us – SNAKE, FRANK and JON have so much respect for Maiden. They made every band that were influenced by them aspire to be Like them.

When I was learning to play guitar, Practicing along with Maiden, AC/DC, Priest, etc helped my coordination get better and better. Transylvania had so many cool guitar parts and I learned them all (at least I thought I did ). Maiden had something different, they brought out that Primal roar from us. This was a New style of Hard Rock and Metal: they had a Punk Drive to them with Boston styled guitar licks. They changed the game! I often say, “no Maiden, no Big 4”

Here is our version of Transylvania, a Classic Maiden Instrumental that to this day makes the hair stand up on our arms! Up the Irons! “Oh well, wherever, wherever you are, Iron Maiden’s gonna get you, no matter how far.” Scream for us YOU TUBE!!”

Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith To Release Fishing Memoir “Monsters Of River & Rock”

Iron Maiden guitarist and fisherman Adrian Smith has announced that he will be releasing a new fishing memoir called “Monsters Of River & Rock.” The book will be released on September 3 via Virgin Books.

The following description of the book was posted on ironmaiden.com:

“Adrian got hooked on fishing as a child growing up in East London, plundering ponds and bomb craters on the Hackney Marshes for newts and sticklebacks and catching perch from the Grand Union Canal whilst on outings with his father.

And then things began to get more exotic.

The young angling enthusiast grew up to become lead guitarist in one of the most successful rock bands in history, and started travelling the world playing to millions of fans. But once a fisherman, always a fisherman. The gear went with him, the fish got bigger, the adventures more extreme.

Welcome to the world of Adrian Smith, as he clocks in to his day job furthering the geographical boundaries of hard rock, and clocks off to explore far-flung rivers, seas, waterways, lakes and pools on his fearless quest for fishing nirvana. His first sturgeon was a whopping 100 pounder from Canada’s swirling Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour. And how about the close shave with a large shark off the Virgin Islands whilst wading waist-deep for bonefish? Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK.

Over to Adrian, to take you on his lifetime’s adventure as a rock pioneer on the final frontier of fishing.

‘Monsters Of River & Rock’ will be released on September 3rd in the UK and Ireland, with more countries to follow. We’re also working on some special editions of the book which we’ll let you know about in due course.”

Estranged Wife Of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Passes Away

Paddy Bowden, the estranged wife of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, has sadly passed away. Her body was found in a London home that the couple shared prior to their 2018 split. Dickinson and Bowden got married in 1990 and had three children together including Griffin Dickinson (SHVPES), Austin Dickinson (As Lions, ex-Rise To Remain), and Kia Dickinson. Bruce told The Sun the following:

“This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated. Out of respect for Paddy we won’t be making any further comment at this hugely difficult and painful time for our family.”