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.”

Iron Maiden Cancel 2020 Touring Plans, Announce New Dates For 2021

Iron Maiden have officially cancelled all of their 2020 shows due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band are planning to return to the stage in June 2021.

Iron Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood commented:

“I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well, wherever you may be, and my continued thanks to you all for bearing with us so patiently.

Due to the continuing health issues Worldwide around Covid-19 we regretfully inform you that Iron Maiden will now not be playing any concerts until June 2021.

However, we are now in a position to give you details of our touring plans in respect to those shows we had hoped to play this year.

Firstly, we are very pleased to tell you that we’ve managed to reschedule all our European own-shows on the Legacy Of The Beast tour for June/July 2021 with the exception of Moscow, St Petersburg, Weert and Zurich which unfortunately we have been unable to re-arrange in this period.

To consolidate the tour routing, as you can see, we have added 2 further shows in Arnhem and Antwerp.

We are in the process of inviting back all the Special Guests and supports who were due to play with us this year. Where any band is unable to commit to this due to their own rescheduling situations, we will look at finding other suitable acts of equivalent stature. The majority are already confirmed and can be found on the tour page at IronMaiden.com.

Re-arranging the headline Festival dates has unfortunately not been possible. This is mainly because we already had an extremely busy year lined up for 2021 and, as I’m sure you can imagine, a great deal of forward planning has already gone on and there’s only so much we can do within the timeline and logistics already in place. The band enjoy playing at Festivals so please be assured we will get back to as many of these as we can at another time.

In respect of what should have been the opening leg of the 2020 tour starting on May 1 in Perth, Australia and visiting New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan, Dubai and Israel, we are currently working on a possible return to as many of these countries as we can, in some guise, in the first half of 2022, more news on that will follow at the appropriate time.

The band are all fine and send you guys their best wishes, they are very much looking forward to getting back on stage next year and seeing you all so, please, continue to take care of yourselves and stay SMART.”

Here’s the group’s confirmed dates for 2021:

06/11 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy
06/13 Bremen, GER – Burgerweide
06/15 Prague, CZE – Sinobo Stadium
06/16 Wiener, AUT – Neustadt Stadium Open Air
06/19 Barcelona, SPA – Olympic Stadium
06/21 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Nacional
06/24 Bologna, ITA – Sonic Park
06/26 Stuttgart, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/27 Antwerps, BEL – Sportpaleis
06/30 Berlin, GER – Waldbuhne
07/03 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium
07/08 Cologne, GER – Rhein-Energie-Stadium
07/10 Arnhem, NET – GelreDome
07/11 Paris, FRA – La Defense Arena

Iron Maiden To Release Remastered Versions Of “Live After Death” & “Rock In Rio“ In June

Iron Maiden will be continuing their series of reissues with “The Live Collection – Remastered” on June 19. This set will include remastered digipak CD versions of 1985’s “Live After Death” and 2002’s “Rock In Rio.“ It’s worth noting that there will also be a limited edition box set version of “Live After Death” with a statue and a patch. Pre-orders can be found at ironmaiden.com.

XM Studios Release Iron Maiden “Eddie X The Chinese Dragon” Statue

XM Studios have released a new statue inspired by the artwork that was created for the Chinese leg of Iron Maiden’s “The Book Of Souls” world tour in 2016. You can purchase that HERE.

Here’s a description of the statue:

“XM Studios is excited to present our first collaborative project with Divine. As one of the most influential bands that helped to shape the 80s Heavy Metal music scene and with a career spanning four decades and over 100 million records sold, Iron Maiden needs no introduction. We are proud to present this unique 1:4 scale statue which is inspired by The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 artwork created for their Beijing and Shanghai leg.

As most of XM’s licenses and products reside in the entertainment and pop culture realm, we are excited to also have the chance to delve into the area of iconic music properties. Immortalized in amazingly detailed Cold Cast Porcelain, Iron Maiden fans we hope you love this piece, even for collectors who are not familiar with Iron Maiden, there is no doubt that this artwork will look badass in your collection.

About Divine: Divine is a labor of love born from a lifelong obsession of heavy metal, comic books and pop culture. Divine seeks to deliver the most iconic characters in statue form, bringing the horrors and the beauties of each and every character to life in glorious detail never seen before.

Eddie X The Chinese Dragon: 2016 The Book Of Souls World Tour Premium Collectibles statue features:

A dynamic statue featuring Eddie the head on a fierce dragon
Crafted in cold cast porcelain.
Each painstakingly handcrafted statue is individually hand-painted with the highest possible quality finish
ES: Made-to-order capped at 666

​Product and Box Dimensions

Product size : 60 cm L X 47 cm B X 76 cm H (estimate)
Est. Box Size : 79 cm L X 71 cm B X 49.5 cm H (estimate)

Est. Product Weight : 20 kg (estimate)
Est. shipping weight : 30 kg (estimate)”

Iron Maiden Cancel Japanese Dates

Iron Maiden have cancelled their Japanese dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows were supposed to take place in May.

The following statement was issued:

“We have been informed by our Japanese Promoter, Creativeman Productions that they are cancelling all their International Artists’ shows in Japan up to May 31. The Iron Maiden shows will therefore not be taking place in Tokyo on May 19 & 20, and in Osaka on May 22.

Please see the full statement from the Promoter below. We send our best wishes to the people of Japan and to all our fans there.

Announcement about all international Artists’ shows scheduled up until May 31st 2020.

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, all international artists’ shows scheduled up until May 31st 2020 will be either cancelled or postponed.

Some of the tours during April through May period that have not been officially announced the status yet, will still not happen during the said period. And for those without status, we will soon be able to announce whether it it’s cancelled or postponed. We are in discussion right now, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.

** in any case, please hold on to your tickets, as you will need them for refund.

Our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

Please be safe and stay alert.

Creativeman Productions”