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 ;))))
by HullCityAFC08 December 10, 2008
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
The worlds best ever band, keep linkin park, greenday and girls aloud. Iron Maiden are so good that they dwarf even Motorhead and Metallica.
If you want to listen to a really good song go to HMV now and pick up any Iron Maiden Album. take it home bung it in your CD player and then enjoy the worlds best band.

Also, the reason the zombie is called eddie is very simple. In the garage that the band originally practiced in their was a halloween mask on the wall that was named "Ed the Head" this got turned into Eddie, who was given a body for the album cover and then became the bands mascot.
Iron Maiden kick so much ass that after listening to them you want to put your foot through something, the sole reason i took up my Bass guitar was just so that I could be like Steve Harris (who I idolise so much) I don't go a single day without listening to one of their songs.
by Stevo November 05, 2004
totally disagree with that guy on the other definition. "Fear of the dark" is the best iron maiden song. although iron maiden an metallica are qualitaaaaaaaaaaaay
iron fuckin maiden
by john September 29, 2003
The Kings of Metal... Metallica began WAY after Maiden. The original Iron Maiden formed in 1976!!! Metallica are NOTHING compared to the might of Iron Maiden!!1
Did you see the way IRON MAIDEN never get the credit the most talented, fantastic band ever deserve???

Did you see IRON MAIDEN live??? Didn't they just kick soooo much ass???

Plenty of men would turn gay to have sex with Gods like IRON MAIDEN
by Dave Murray's willing vassal January 28, 2004
The gods of music, many like them and many more hae heard of them.
Some cannot see the genious that is maiden, we call them idiots.
They are also playing at Leeds/Reading 2005
Albums: Iron Maiden, Killers, Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere in time, 7th Son of a 7th Son, No Prayer for the dying, Fear of the dark, X factor, Virtual XI, Brave New World, Dance of Death.
Lives: Live After Death, A Real Live/Dead one, Live at Donnington, Rock in Rio.
Best Of: Best of the Beast, Edward The Great
DVD: Iron Maiden Music Videos, Rock In Rio, The Early Days part 1
Games: Ed Hunter
Others: Beast Over Hammersmith, Best of the B' Sides, The BBC Archives.
UP THE IRONS
by Jayrider April 25, 2005
Iron Maiden. What to say? Iron Maiden is the greatest metal band to have ever existed, ever, and there is no arguing. Steve Harris is a fucking genius songwriter, not to mention the most Godlike bassist who EVER LIVED. You could basically cut off his hands, and he'd still be better than Les Claypool. He's that good. Don't forget, Bruce Dickinson is the most amazing singer, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers are the most amazing guitarists, and Nicko McBrain is the most amazing drummer to ever set foot anywhere in space. Ever.

Iron Maiden is not to be argued with, because their mascot Eddie, who is the fucking beastliest, coolest mascot EVER, will rip your head off. They are the greatest band ever, and people that like metal, but not Iron Maiden, should have their nipples ripped off and glued to their eyeballs.
Iron Maiden's best song is either "Hallowed be thy Name", "The Trooper", "Killers", or "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".

Maybe "Aces High".

Maidenhead: Iron Maiden fuckin roxorz my soxorz.
Fuckingdouche: Iron Maiden sucks.
*Maidenhead then proceeds to rip Fuckingdouche's pubic hair out and staple it to Fuckingdouche's face.
Fuckingdouche: You've converted me... Iron Maiden is fucking amazing.
Maidenhead: Damn straight.
by the one who worships Iron Maiden February 28, 2006
the best metal band ever
Iron Maiden kicks all other bands asses
by derek December 14, 2004

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