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Iron Maiden are a British heavy metal band from the East End of London. Iron Maiden are one of the most successful and influential bands in the heavy metal genre. The band was formed in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris. They are considered as one of the main pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

Band Biography[]

In 1975 Steve Harris formed Iron Maiden. There were many lineup changes, until the band's first self-titled album, which stabilised a lineup. Dennis Stratton, guitarist, left for the second album Killers and was replaced by guitarist Adrian Smith.

With the third album, The Number of the Beast vocalist Bruce Dickinson came in and replaced former singer Di'anno. One more lineup change came on the following album, Piece of Mind, which was the introduction of drummer Nicko McBrain, replacing Clive Burr. This was the first steady lineup and went from 1983–1989, wherein they recording 5 studio albums and a live album Live After Death. This era was probably the height of Maiden's popularity and overall career.

In 1989, guitarist Adrian Smith left, and Janick Gers (ex-Gillan guitarist), replaced him for 1990's No Prayer for the Dying. Dickinson at this time had a solo band as well. By the tour's end of the next album, Fear of the Dark, it was clear that Bruce Dickinson no longer wanted to be in Iron Maiden.

Dickinson was replaced by vocalist Blaze Bayley, and they recorded 2 albums with this lineup, and released a best of. In 1999 however, Bruce said that he would like to return to Iron Maiden. Adrian Smith also returned, making this band a 6 piece lineup with Janick staying. The band has recorded with this lineup since 2000.


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Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Members
Current Members: Bruce Dickinson - Steve Harris - Dave Murray - Adrian Smith - Janick Gers - Nicko McBrain
Iron Maiden Discography
Albums: Iron Maiden (album) - Killers - The Number of the Beast - Piece of Mind - Powerslave - Live After Death - Somewhere in Time - Maidenmania - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - The First Ten Years - No Prayer for the Dying - Fear of the Dark - A Real Live One - A Real Dead One - Live at Donington - The X Factor - The Story So Far (Part One) - The Story So Far (Part Two) - Best of the Beast - Virtual XI - A Real Live Dead One - Eddie's 'Ed - Ed Hunter - Brave New World - Rock in Rio - Edward the Great - Eddie's Archive - Dance of Death - Death on the Road - The Essential Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes - Live!! +one - Maiden Japan - No More Lies
Singles: Running Free - Sanctuary (song) - Women in Uniform - Twilight Zone - Purgatory - Run to the Hills - The Number of the Beast (song) - Flight of Icarus - The Trooper - 2 Minutes to Midnight - Aces High - Running Free (live) - Run to the Hills (live) - Wasted Years - Stranger in a Strange Land - Can I Play with Madness - The Evil That Men Do - The Clairvoyant - Infinite Dreams - Holy Smoke - Bring Your the Slaughter - Be Quick or Be Dead - From Here to Eternity - Wasting Love - Fear of the Dark (live) - Hallowed Be Thy Name - Man on the Edge - Lord of the Flies - Virus - The Angel and the Gambler - Futureal - The Wicker Man - Out of the Silent Planet - Run to the Hills (live '01) - Wildest Dreams - Rainmaker - The Number of the Beast (live) - The Trooper (live) - The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg - Different World
Iron Maiden Videography
Videos: Live at the Rainbow - Video Pieces - Behind the Iron Curtain - Live After Death (video) - 12 Wasted Years - Maiden England - The First Ten Years: The Videos - From There to Eternity - Donington Live 1992 - Raising Hell - Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast - Rock in Rio (video) - Visions of the Beast - The Early Days - Death on the Road (video)