This summer is your last chance to enjoy Iron Maiden’s 1980s retro spectacle live on stage. To warm up, here’s our in-depth look at the band’s glorious 1980s period!
Okay, so it’s not yet Friday. But with the lack of news to report right now, we thought it could be good to start gearing up for the 2014 tour via our in-depth Feature Friday articles.
The summer of 2014 will se Iron Maiden hitting the road in Europe for their final History shows. That’s right, singer Bruce Dickinson has stated that this will be the band’s last ever History tour, and manager Rod Smallwood has also confirmed that 2014 will most likely be the last time that Maiden will ever tour with a set based on the 1980s.
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This means that Iron Maiden’s soon-to-be legendary History tours are: The Early Days 2005, Somewhere Back In Time 2008-09, and Maiden England 2012-14. As the Maiden England tour finally winds down, it’s the end of the 1980s retro tours.
Feeling melancholy…? Nah, there is so much to celebrate! And after this tour there is a brand spankin’ new Maiden album to look forward to in 2015! Planet Maiden never stops spinning, as you all know so well.
To get going, here’s an overview of our Feature Friday series of in-depth articles that look at the making and near-breaking of Iron Maiden in their glorious 1980s period.
Click on the red links to read the stories!
It all began with the birth of the Iron Maiden sound in 1980-81, a process that drove Steve Harris beyond his wits several times as tempers flared and producers were tested and nixed. The band finally met Martin Birch, and from there on the sound was killer.
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With the arrival of singer Dickinson and drummer Nicko McBrain, the band reached the dawn of their classic era. The albums The Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind made their 1982-83 period one giant leap forward.
And just to prove that they were no fluke – how about Powerslave and Live After Death, bookending the humongous and completely legendary World Slavery Tour? In 1984-85 Iron Maiden were undoubtedly at the height of their commercial powers, in no small part thanks to guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith.
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The late 1980s, which were supposed to be the focus of the Maiden England tour, produced two more undeniable classics. But not without problems! Singer Dickinson was in major conflict with Harris and Smith over the direction of Somewhere In Time in 1986, and the lingering effects of post-tour burnout came close to ending the classic line-up right there…
But the band survived and ended their first decade with one of their best ever albums, 1988’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, as well as the 1989 concert video Maiden England, which was recently released on DVD as Maiden England ’88.
As the 1980s ended, so did Iron Maiden’s classic era. The new decade would bring artistic and commercial challenges aplenty, including the departures of both Smith and Dickinson. But in the summer of 2014, get ready for the final celebration of Maiden’s first golden age!
See you all out there!