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  • School me on IRON MAIDEN!

    I've been a fan of Iron Maiden since I first heard them back in the 80's. Thing is, I'm a fan, but I'm a casual fan thus far. I have a weird relationship with metal....I like a lot, but my patience level when it comes to long-ass songs is not always the greatest. After watching the pretty rad documentary FLIGHT 666, I've decided that I'd like to become more of a fan of Iron Maiden.

    I know that the first album had Paul Di'Anno singing, and I've got friends who are anti-Di'Anno or anti-Dickinson to extreme proportions. i start at the beginning? With the first album? And then move to the next? Are there editions of the albums that i should be avoiding? I know there are a lot of metal dudes out there, figured somebody would know.

  • #2
    You don't have to start at the beginning, you just need to get everything up to and including Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - at which point there's still a lot of good stuff, but it's more hit or miss and not as consistent.

    Di'Anno's stuff is great, but pretty different. More punk in some ways. Dickinson's stuff, especially the earlier ones, is just... epic.
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    • #3
      Also, buy yourself some tube socks and pull'em up as high as you can when you listen to the Dickinson stuff. It makes it more fun.
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      • #4
        Well, yeah. I figured that was a given. haha.


        • #5
          I don't think there's an order you really need to concern yourself with, but for my money these albums are the best: Killers, Powerslave, and Number of the Beast. Every song is awesome. Even though you might not get into longer songs, Rime of the Ancient Mariner is amazing. Just start listening to those three albums and the rest should fall into place. I didn't listen to much of their stuff after Seventh Son so I can't say much past that album. Their first album has some pretty ballsy stuff on it, but I think Killers is where they really honed their style and sound. Just a great album.
          Todd Jordan
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          Last edited by Todd Jordan; 09-17-2011, 04:15 PM.


          • #6
            Just shopping around for say, the KILLERS CD....there's the South American import pressing, the 1988 pressing, the 2008 pressing, the enhanced CD version....what should i be avoiding?


            • #7
              I have the enhanced one, it's fine.

              I think Piece of Mind is a really underrated album. Everyone goes over Beast and Powerslave when talking about the Bruce albums but Piece Of Mind is fucking rad. Just sayin'...
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              • #8
                I really like Killers, I guess that puts me in the Di'Anno camp, I find Dickinson just too much for me although I should revisit those albums as I haven't really heard them since I was a teen.


                • #9
                  I dig Piece of Mind for sure (The Trooper is wicked rad...I had the poster for that song over my bed for years). Truth be told I would say everything up to and including Somewhere In Time is great and should be required metal listening. But if he goes with those three albums I said, he will be on the path to loving 80s Maiden. It's a bloody formula and it frigging works.


                  • #10
                    I had that poster too. That one and Aces High and Stranger In A Strangeland. They hung proudly beside my Styper banner.
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                    • #11
                      I also had one with Eddie holding a decapitated devil's head. That was an awesome poster. Not sure what song that was for.


                      • #12
                        I agree with every album up to Seventh Son being solid. Then after a four album slump Brave New World and the albums that follow are halfway decent if you don't mind proggier stuff. And if you want a good live album go for Live After Death.


                        • #13
                          There's nothing I can really add that hasn't been said already, Mark, but I'll agree with what's been said by Roderick; LIVE AFTER DEATH is great, and BRAVE NEW WORLD and beyond are much better than most people give them credit for. I've seen Maiden twice in concert, and both times they were AWESOME. Hands down the best concert I've been to. Bruce Dickinson's voice also sounds better than it ever did in the 80's as well. Just a tremendous show, with the stage setup and props, as well as the great musicianship. We even saw Chris Jericho in Edmonton at this concert!

                          Bottom line: Maiden rule, and they're great to their fans; you never go away disappointed!


                          • #14
                            One more thing: check out the Blaze Bayley albums - they got a bad rap because they weren't albums with Dickinson. The albums are pretty solid.


                            • #15
                              Iron Maiden - MAIDEN ON THE CHARGE

                              Iron Maiden announce "Maiden England World Tour" with extensive dates in North America this summer
                              Very Special Guest Alice Cooper to July 21, Coheed and Cambria after July 21.

                              Following the massively successful Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11, IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of Arena, Amphitheatre and Festival shows in the U.S.A. and Canada, opening in Charlotte, NC, U.S.A. on June 21, and finishing in Houston, TX, on Aug 18 (dates listed below), to be followed by further dates around the World in 2013. The MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour”. This opening section of the World Tour is the band's most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of cities the band have not played in a very long time, such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.

                              In most venues, tickets will go on sale on March 2 and 3 but watch this site or check local venue information for fuller details. Fan Club members should check out for exclusive first day ticket presales and contest to be 'First To The Barrier'.

                              MAIDEN ENGLAND marks the third chapter in the History of Iron Maiden, a journey which began in 2004 with The Early Days DVD and subsequent 2005 Early Days Tour. Part Two followed in 2008 with the Live After Death DVD - the seminal 1984 concert recorded at Long Beach Arena (L.A) during the World Slavery Tour - and the band embarking on their groundbreaking Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008/9, which saw them play to over two million fans in almost 40 countries.

                              Comments vocalist Bruce Dickinson, “We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It's always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited - with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of Maiden England (shown below*), including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can't wait to get started in Charlotte”.

                              Iron Maiden are delighted to announce that the extraordinary and legendary Alice Cooper will be their Very Special Guest on all shows up to July 21. After that date, Special Guest will be Coheed and Cambria, the inspiring, cutting edge band from New York.
                              Iron Maiden continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way. Manager Rod Smallwood comments:

                              “We are trying to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want in the prime positions without paying over the odds to ticket scalpers. Maiden get infuriated with the way fans sometimes have to pay more than the ticket price to get good positions at our shows. So we will, wherever possible (Festivals excluded), with the assistance of the Promoters, arrange a paperless ticketing system at least for the front sections to try to eliminate as much of the ticket scalping and exchanges as we can. We put this into practice on our North American Tour in 2010; it worked well and we received many positive comments back from our fans, so we intend to increase this where feasible. With paperless ticketing, only those who actually pay initially for the tickets will get into the show so scalping is generally avoided (please see the comments from Ticketmaster below). We are also doing everything we can to avoid any drain of prime tickets going to the Secondary Ticketing sites which we feel make unfair profits from music fans.

                              As we consider all our fans to be VIPs, no tickets will be held specifically for VIP use. At some venues, the Promoter may provide the option for fans to pay extra for “VIP Parking”, early access, access to “VIP Bar” etc. But these will be purely optional for ticket holders only and will not be tied to ticket locations - the ability to get the best tickets should be the same for everybody outside of the usual presales.

                              Finally, we are of course once again arranging exclusive ticket pre-sales for our fan club members so they can be quick off the mark for great tickets and will also continue to run the contest in appropriate venues for fan club members so they can be 'First To The Barrier' prior to the show. We hope that these measures will help our fans as much as possible and ask that they keep checking for details on our website.”

                              TICKETMASTER comments:

                              Where possible the North American Iron Maiden shows will operate a paperless ticket policy. Select tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster's Paperless Ticket delivery, which means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser's party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue's ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show. To purchase paperless tickets or for more information, fans should visit or call the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000.

                              *Maiden England 1988 Longform Video VHS Tracklisting

                              Moonchild, The Evil That Men Do, The Prisoner, Still Life, Die With Your Boots On, Infinite Dreams, Killers, Can I Play With Madness, Heaven Can Wait, Wasted Years, The Clairvoyant, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, The Number Of The Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden.

                              MAIDEN ENGLAND 2012 TOUR DATES:

                              21st June - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
                              23rd June - Atlanta, GA - Aarons Amphitheatre
                              26th June - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
                              27th June - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
                              29th June - Philadelphia, PI - Susquehanna Bank Center
                              30th June - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
                              2nd July - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
                              5th July - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank
                              8th July - Quebec, QC - Colisee Pepsi Arena
                              11th July - Montreal, QC - Bell Center
                              13th July - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
                              14th July - Sarnia, ON - Bayfest
                              16th July - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
                              18th July - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Theatre
                              19th July - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Centre
                              24th July - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
                              26th July - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
                              27th July - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
                              29th July - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
                              30th July - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
                              1st August - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
                              3rd August - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
                              6th August - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
                              9th August - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
                              12th August - Albuquerque. NM - Hard Rock Pavilion
                              13th August - Denver, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
                              15th August - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
                              17th August - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
                              18th August - Houston, TX - The Woodlands
                              Rock! Shock! Pop!