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
Number of the Beast
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 ;))))
by HullCityAFC08 December 10, 2008
A great rock band from britain. Songs include Aces High, Phantom of the Opera, and The Trooper.
Iron Maiden kicks Creed's ass.
by Panzer May 09, 2004
Arguably the most influential heavy band of all time. Not only are they hands down the most musically talented metal band, they have also harnessed the power of evil will thrashing guitar riffs and explosive lyrics of folklore and true historical events. Anyone who slanders Iron Maiden is an immediate threat to the immortal Gods of Metal. Your days are numbered, and the time will undoubtedly come when Eddie will seek reparations by impaling your soul in a true iron maiden. The forces of evil do not tolerate douche bags who villify the fathers of contemporary metal. Claim allegiance to Iron Maiden or perish in a whirlind of hellish fire. Resistance will only exacerbate the wrath of the almighty one. Hail Eddie, the surveyor of all evil, and executer of flamers who know nothing about heavy metal!
Long live Iron Maiden, Eddie, booze, big 80's chugs and anything cool. Judgement day is near for all tools who don't listen to Iron Maiden!
by Eddie's Keeper May 26, 2005
Iron Maiden is awesome
Best songs are Fear of the Dark and The Wicker Man
Notice how all the people who dont like Iron Maiden get all thumbs down
The shadow of the wicker man is rising up again
by TM May 05, 2005
the fuckin best band ever. they were formed in the east end o'london in '76 by Steve 'arry' Harris, the best bassist and songwriter in the world. They have recorded 13 studio albums so far and every one of them is a fuckin' classic. whoever says that the two Blaze albums are shite dont know what theyre on about. Maiden fuckin' rule!
where ever you are, Iron Maiden's gonna get ya!
by Eddie Hunter March 19, 2006
1. Most definitely THE greatest band in the history of music. Also the coolest band to be a fan of along with Megadeth and Judas Priest
2. One of the most loved bands in the world along with Slayer and Judas Priest.
3. Quite possibly one of the most talented bands in the history of music, not only on instruments, but with vocals and songwiting ability
4. The reason why we have Power Metal and Thrash metal (both great)
5. People who dislike them are all below the age of 16 and think real heavy music is Slipknot and the like.
1.O my god they are so awesome
2.I walk into a public restroom with my Maiden hat on, some kid looks at me and says "hey-ey! Iron Maiden wooo!!!!!" *devil horns*
3.Listen to Infinite Dreams, thats the highest quality guitar work and songwiting you will ever hear
4. Thank Maiden for great bands such as Metallica (Lars says he got his thrash inspiration from listening to 22 Acacia Avenue)
5.Dipshit Kid: Iron Maiden suck, they are old as hell and soft i listen to real bands like Slipknot who are much cooler.
by Dsizzle January 02, 2006
Simply a great band. Metal rules and Iron Maiden is one of them.

I'm swedish, and Maiden calls their swedish fans blood brothers. I know alot of bands say that to everyone, but I know they don't lie. 55 000 tickets sold out in 2,5 hours here. Pretty good for a country with 9 million citizens.

I think you have to play for 25 years to enter the rock Hall of Fame. Maiden has played 25 years. Don't you think they should be allowed to enter?
Maiden fan: Iron maiden rules. Simple as that
by Swedish_maggot January 13, 2005
Actually the best band ever owns every single band. Bruce, Janick, Steve, Adrain, Dav and Nicko put on the most stunning show ever and anyone hwo says they suck need a punch. Thanks Rod
Iron Maiden = PWN and GOD
by Voodooo October 10, 2005
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