Sonisphere festival landed for the second time in Finland. Even though Sonisphere was once again the biggest metal event here with over 60 000 visitors, it made more headlines for other reasons other than it’s brilliant artists. A huge storm hit the festival area and winds ripped apart one of the main stage’s support scaffolding and sent it flying into the crowd. Altogether around 40 people were injured, with three requiring hospitalization. The accident delayed the concert for a few hours and all scheduled performances on the second stage were cancelled. Iggy Pop managed to play a short acoustic set on the main stage but Motley Crue was forced to cancel its entirely show because bands instruments were completely destroyed by the storm.
Metal legends Iron Maiden released their 15th studio album “The Final Frontier” on August 16/17 and reached new heights by attaining the No. 1 sales chart position in several countries including Canada and the UK. Trax like “The Final Frontier”, “The Talisman”, “Isle of Avalon” display why Maiden remains Metal’s leading act.
While they were in Montreal in July, LoudTrax.com had the great pleasure of doing video interviews with Maiden’s legendary manager Rod Smallwood and guitarist Janick Gers.
Both interviews were done moments before they took the stage and prior to the release of the Final Frontier album. The interviews were done for the metal news site Bravewords.com and were originally posted in their “Brave Videos” section.
Legendary metal group Iron Maiden have a new song and a new single, ‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier,’.
With its heavy rock attack guitar riffs and a sci-fi music video (produced by Darkside Animation Films), it’s clear that the group is going in a new direction (much of it since the last albums). And for a metal band that’s achieved pretty much everything possible in this world, it makes perfect sense that Iron Maiden would begin pursuing the kinds of new galactic frontiers most other bands can only dream of.
‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier’ is the first single off of Iron Maiden’s new album, ‘The Final Frontier,’ due to hit stores Aug. 16 (Aug. 17 in US). The album will also be released in a limited edition, collectors ‘Mission Edition’ CD case, and will come with extra features like the director’s cut of the ‘Frontier’ music video, interviews with the band, photos, wallpaper and the exclusive game ‘Mission II: Rescue & Revenge.’
The brand new IRON MAIDEN video for ‘The Final Frontier’, the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, can now be seen below.
For diehard fans, the previously revealed tracklist for The Final Frontier (found below) now features the song credits:
‘Satellite 15… The Final Frontier’ (Smith/Harris)
‘El Dorado’ (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
‘Mother Of Mercy’ (Smith/Harris)
‘Coming Home’ (Smith/Harris/Dickinson)
‘The Alchemist’ (Gers/Harris/Dickinson)
‘Isle Of Avalon’ (Smith/Harris)
‘The Talisman’ (Gers/Harris)
‘The Man Who Would Be King’ (Murray/Harris)
‘When The Wild Wind Blows’ (Harris)
The release date for The Final Frontier is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th. The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘El Dorado’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect.
Let the onlsaught begin. Footage from IRON MAIDEN’s June 9th kick-off show in Dallas, TX for The Final Frontier North American tour is available below:
The setlist on the night was as follows:
‘The Wicker Man’
‘The Ghost Of The Navigator’
‘Brighter Than a Thousand Suns’
‘The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg’
‘These Colours Don’t Run’
‘No More Lies’
‘Brave New World’
‘Fear Of The Dark’
‘Number Of the Beast’
‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’
Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
11 – Houston, TX – The Woodlands
12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
14 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
16 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
17 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
19 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
20 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
22 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
24 – Vancouver, BC – GM Place
26 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
29 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
3 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheater
6 – Ottawa, ON – Blues Fest
7 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9 – Quebec City, QC – International Summer Festival
11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
12 – New York City – Madison Square Garden
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
15 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
17 – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Theatre
18 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
20 – Washington DC – Nissan Pavilion
A widget for IRON MAIDEN’s forthcoming new studio album, The Final Frontier, can be found below.
The release date for Iron Maiden’s new studio album, The Final Frontier, is now confirmed for Monday, August 16th.
The new album features artwork illustrated by Melvyn Grant and, to mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘El Dorado’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect. Click here for your free download. US fans, visit this location.
Iron Maiden’s new single, ‘El Dorado’, is now available for streaming via YouTube. Check it out below.
Singer Bruce Dickinson explains, “‘El Dorado’ is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour (which opens in Dallas on June 9th) we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”
Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.
Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.
Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)
The following are a series of interviews done with all the members of Iron Maiden just prior to the U.S. release of the watershed 5th album, Powerslave, circa Autumn of 1984. At the time, the band was also in the midst of touring Europe in support of the same album. (The tour had already taken them “Behind the Iron Curtain” into Poland, a first for a western heavy rock band at the time, and an event which also resulted in a public relations coup and a documentary later shown on MTV, etc.)
BLAZE BAYLEY is best known as the man who, at their darkest hour, infused IRON MAIDEN with new passion and enthusiasm and bestowed his voice and songwriting talent to THE X FACTOR and VIRTUAL XI albums in 1995 and 1998 respectively, as well as the track "Virus" on the "Best of the Beast" compilation in 1996. Blaze’s career did, not begin nor end with IRON MAIDEN. The debut album, called LIVE FAST DIE FAST, of his first professional band, WOLFSBANE, was released in 1989. A second album, DOWN FALL THE GOOD GUYS, followed in 1991 and finally, after a live album called MASSIVE NOISE INJECTION in 1993, the band put out their final, selftitled, album in 1994. After diverging from the ranks of IRON MAIDEN, Blaze forged on with a new band simply called BLAZE and released, against great adversity, three studio albums, SILICON MESSIAH in 2000, TENTH DIMENSION in 2002 and BLOOD AND BELIEF in 2004, as well as a live album called AS LIVE AS IT GETS in 2003. By the year 2007, BLAZE has been transformed into BLAZE BAYLEY with the summer seeing the release of the very first DVD from the band. Hopefully later in the year a new studio album, as well as an extensive world tour, will also be forthcoming. Read on to learn what Blaze Bayley has to say about his ordeals and endeavours, past, present and future.