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 ;))))
#iron #maiden #best #metal #band #ever
by HullCityAFC08 December 10, 2008
one of the greatest metal bands of all time!!!
iron maiden sing gr8 songs like: powerslave, phantom of the opera, run to the hills, flight of icarus and fear of the dark.

steve "it was awesome wen they sang fear of the dark"
matt "rkn"
#iron maiden #metallica #rock #gnr #powerslave
by ROCK OWNS RAP April 24, 2006
The greatest band ever!

Formed in East London in 1976 as a pub band,they are now one of the most immatated bands in Heavy Metal. The man who has held the band together through the rough times is Bass God Steve Harris. Steve had always dreamed of playing football for his team, West Ham United, but took up the Bass when they turned him down (to americans reading- West ham utd are a soccer team from England whose badge is the castle and hammers badge on Steve's bass). He was formerly a member of pub rockers Smiler. The heavy metal scene of the late 70s was widely regarded as stagnant, with only a few bands proving their ability to survive and produce music of quality. It was at this time that a new breed of young british bands began to emerge. This movement which began to break cover in 79 and 80 was called the new wave of british heavy metal and maiden were the definitive example. Since then, they've recorded 13 studio albums with dozens of classic metal anthems including hallowed be thy name, the trooper, aces high and the evil that men do.

Bruce Dickinson- vocals
Steve Harris- Bass, backing vocals
Adrian Smith- Guitar, backing vocals
Dave Murray- Guitar
Janick Gers- Guitar
Nicko McBrain- Drums
#heavy #metal #rock #band #nwobhm
by ed hunter January 15, 2006
Hmmmm.....Let me see.....IRON MAIDEN ARE THE SINGLE BEST HEAVY METAL BAND EVER, GO SEE THEM NOW.....yup, oh yeah, this guy "Joe Joe"? sound like YOU had your balls cut off, you little incoherent fool, you probably didnt hear the best maiden songs properly cos of that shit in your ears, you castrated single one best maiden song, their newest album is WAY BETTER than metallicas new one, ahem, , sooo...UP THE IRONS, ROCK OUT TO FEAR OF THE DARK, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, DANCE OF DEATH, RAINMAKER, CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED(heh, me),STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MONTSEGUR...SEE? THEIR NEW ALBUM ROCKS... AND ALL THE OTHER MAIDEN SONGS (can you name a bad maiden song)....

iron maiden=gods of metal
by SCrEWlOOsE June 07, 2004
the best metal band ever, in less then six months i have obtained 9 of there albums, anyone who doesnt like this band i will personally come out hunt down and shove into an iron maiden, whilst playing iron maiden the whole time.
iron maiden is the best
and there best song is...well there is no single best song, but im listining to the trooper right now.

by eric December 17, 2003
Best band in the world
Iron Maiden is the best band in the world!
by Eareckson Murray October 21, 2003
n. A band that has inspired all ears and has had an epic career as genious metal performers.
I went to the Iron Maiden show the other day and i have to say i was rocked out, in, out again.
by Tommy the Red October 04, 2003
BEST BAND IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
some songs include: hallowed be thy name, rime of the ancient mariner, fear of the dark, aces high, run to the hills, 2 minutes to midnight, number of the beast, the evil that men do, virus, the trooper and many, many, many, many more amazing songs! (they also have a wicked mascot eddy)
Dude i wish i wuz alive for rock in rio Iron Maiden kicks ass!
by CrazyMaidenFan April 04, 2005
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