Iron Maiden Information
The English metal band from East London is setting their sails for Boston University's Agganis Arena October 6th, 2006. The last time that the band had played together with front man Bruce Dickinson was last August at the OzzFest after tribulations with Ozzy Osborne. Maiden is due to release their next studio album, "A Matter of Life and Death" August 28, 2006. Maiden has an acclaimed history of selling nearly 70 million albums worldwide, producing 13 studio albums which include four best of albums, nine live albums, and four boxed sets. Maiden has also received the Ivor Novello Award, named after entertainer Ivor Novello, for songwriting and composing. The award is presented annually by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. Many of the bands songs are rumored to be in historical reference to England.
Maiden is ranked #24 in VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock as well as having on of the most iconic mascots in history, Eddie the Head, a perennial cartoon based on the American head the artist, Derek Riggs, saw on the news hat hung on the side of a Vietnamese tanker. The name, Iron Maiden, was created by bassist Steve Harris after the medieval torture device used in a movie adaptation of, The Man in the Iron Mask.
Maiden headlined the annual Monsters of Rock Festival in 1988 that was noted in the 1990 Guinness Book of World records for the largest PA system used for a show. The show was held in England's Castle Donington where the band used a total of 360 turbo sound cabinets that, "offered a potential of 523kw of programme power, which was at the time the largest front of the house PA." The average sound pressure level at the mixing tower was, 118db peaking at a maximum of 124db during Iron Maiden's set. It took a total of five days to set up the system.
Maiden began as a band playing heavily in the punk club circuit in London's rough East End. The band's influences include, Deep Purple, Yes, Wishbone Ash, Apocalypse, Queen, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and some punk overtones. New Year's Eve in 1978, Maiden recorded one of the most famous demos in history, The Sound house Tapes that consisted on only four tracks. There were only 5,000 copies made that quickly sold out in a matter of weeks.