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
Definitively, one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time, if not the best. they have achieved this position by making good, meaningful, and kickass music for over 30 years. Their greatness is undeniable.
uneducated person -iron maiden sucks
metalhead- well, do you even listen to all of their stuff?
uneducated person- no
metalhead- well then you should shut up!
by lordnyra March 19, 2007
The most kickass metal band ever. Dispite many lineup changes, they still rock from their first album in 1980 to The Dance of death album (2003) They have inspired all 1985+ Heavy metal/death metal bands. Influenced mainly by Judas Preist their music has a style like none other. The current lineup is:
Bruce dickinson - vocals
Dave murray - guitar
Adrian smith - guitar
Janick gers - guitar
Steve harris - bassist
Nicko mcBrain - Drummer

Iron maiden have dominated the charts since they have been around. Never have maiden. Iron maiden have the best fans, best bandmembers and Sound AMAZING live.

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Try hard iron maiden fan : I have 4 iron maiden albums.
Proper iron maiden fan : I have them all.
Up the irons
by Me October 08, 2004
Best Band Eva!
Hallowed be they Name!
by Slanesh March 16, 2004
What's with the impersinators? Maiden rule, Die with your boots on is the best. No need 2 keep on dissing me Gumba Gumba coz half the time it ain't even me doing the definitions.
"No point in asking what's the game, no point in asking who's to blame, If you're gonna die, die with boots on!" Iron Maiden rule.
The most awsome heavy metal band on this planet... what more can i say ..some of their greatest songs include:The number of the best , The trooper ,can i play with madness , fear of the dark , hallowed be thy name and, lord of the flies , anyone who doesn't like iron maiden is an idiot and probably a chav
Iron maiden rock , they are great if any one ever gets to go to a maiden gig you aare sooo lucky
by headbanger11 September 24, 2005
Thee greatest metal band that's ever graced da planet.
I've seen Iron Maiden 2x and it was freaken awesome; it almost brought a gosh darn tear to my eye.
by =ll HaRdY ll= September 21, 2003
1- DEFINATLEY the best metal band EVER shut up " iron butterfly" iron maidens in town. They carved a good road to metallica, and all that crap. they have the best guitarists and best drummer and singer. "IRON MAIDEN CANNOT BE FOUGHT" in the words of bruce dickenson.
Also see- Maiden, rock in rio

2- a badass medival torture, rather killing device which was composed of an iron shell, with strategically placed spikes inside to provide the victim with no chance of living. the door was closed. and the spikes hit all the main living parts, such as heart and brain ect.
" Rock in rio is the BEST iron maiden concert ever"
by Dean KRamer February 27, 2005
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