One of the best Metal bands ever and my most favourite band ever. They are also one of the most influential bands ever to exist.

Formed on Christmas Day 1975 by Steve Harris. The band name was gained through the TV film 'The Man in the Iron Mask' which Harris saw.

Steve Harris and Guitarist Dave Murray are the only 2 members who have been there since the first album. Maiden became the leaders in NWOBHM along with the likes of Judas Priest with their first two albums 'Iron Maiden' and 'Killers' which had Paul Di'Anno on vocals until he left half way through the Killers World Tour because of cocaine abuse, during the recording of Killers Adrian Smith came in to replace Dennis Stratton. It was not until a certain Mr Bruce Dickinson replaced Di'Anno that Iron Maiden hit international success with the classic album 'The Number of the Beast' and then after that the band just grew and grew. It was also after Number of the Beast where long time drummer Nicko McBrain replaced the departing Clive Burr and made his album debut on 'Piece of Mind'.

After recording the exceptional 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' album guitarist Adrian Smith left the band due apparent unhappiness of the band's music direction, he was then replaced by Janick Gers who played guitar on Bruce Dickinson's first solo album, Janick's first recording with Iron Maiden was No Prayer for the Dying. The turn of a new decade began a dip in Iron Maiden's journey with the rise of grunge and alternative rock. After 1992's 'Fear of the Dark' Bruce Dickinson left the band to pursue a solo career and he was replaced by Wolfsbane lead singer Blaze Bayley which lead to mixed reactions from the fans. Both albums 'The X Factor' and 'Virtual XI' with Blaze didn't chart very well and in 1999 Blaze left by mutal consent. The music world would be shocked when Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith both returned and the band where they also decided to retain Janick Gers giving the band 3 guitarists.

Since the classic line up returned they have recorded 3 albums which are Brave New World, Dance of Death and A Matter of Life and Death with all 3 albums recieving critical acclaim. With a new album planned it is expected to be released sometime in 2009.

My favourite albums from the Beast have to be:
Iron Maiden
Killers
Number of the Beast
Powerslave
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
A Matter of Life and Death
No Prayer for the Dying (a very underrated album to be fair)
Somewhere in Time

The band line up is:
Bruce Dickinson - Lead Vocals
Dave Murray - Guitar
Adrian Smith - Guitar
Janick 'Underrated' Gers - Guitar
Steve Harris - Bass/Band Leader
Nicko Mcbrain - Drums
And of course not forgetting the band's mascot Eddie The 'Ead
Iron Maiden's gonna get all of you ;))))
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An immensely popular metal band that hails from England, known for their high standard of musicianship, dramatic live performances, and off-kilter lyrical themes. The guitar duo of Adrian Smith and Dave Murray is arguably without equal when it comes to leads, solos, and harmonies. While their prime was roughly two decades ago, their 21st century albums are still first-rate efforts and easily lay all that mainstream junk to waste. Like any other band, they have their detractors, most of whom have precious little knowledge of music.
Iron Maiden are an exemplary band.
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GOD - too many fuckin good songs to write here.
dude I just saw Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden for the Gimme Ed Till Im Dead Tour. It was the greatest thing ever.
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A fucking good Metal band
The best Iron Maiden song is 'No prayer for the dying' (according to me).
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A British heavy metal band.Metallica owes there careers to this band.
oh man this iron maiden shit is good!
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THE BEST BAND ON THE UNIVERSE, OF ALL FUCKING TIMES. Steve Haris is my god. I couldn't live if i couldn't hear iron maiden. The other definition (def 38), was a piece of shit and im sure that all we agree, go kill urself bitch. All their albums are fucking godly.( best song has to be Hallowed By Thy Name, i do agre, and Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Random White guy: Iron Maiden....Whats that?
Crazzy Maiden Fan: They are gods on earth, go lick some grundle you dumb fuck.
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Best band ever. Enough said.
Best song is Trooper, everyone should listen to this song.
by Jamie January 08, 2004

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1.A british heavy metal band formed in 1976, considered by many to be the best band ever (I agree) however some people just cannot cut the awesome metal sound that is iron maiden, and for that i pity them. There live gigs are the best shows you will ever go to, they are also an influence on almost every heavy metal band in the last 25 years (including metallica).
2. A during device popular during the 1600s (imagine a coffin with nails in it)
3. A british doom metal banded formed in 1964... no really...
1. maiden kicked ass at reading festival
2. take them to the iron maiden!... for torture!
3. wow, didnt know that
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