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IRON MAIDEN’s Steve Harris (Classic interview)

August 28th, 2005

Classic Interview with IRON MAIDEN’s Steve Harris
July 1982, Alpine Valley Resort, Wisconsin

Steve Harris picture from 1982Interviewed by Gueniviere in 1982!

This article/interview, written when Iron Maiden were the support band on the Scorpions’ “Blackout” Tour, first appeared in the August/1982, edition of NIGHT ROCK NEWS, a now-defunct Chicago music paper.

The following is a transcription of the article I wrote from the first interview I did with Steve Harris back in July of ’82. It’s so funny to view some of the comments in hindsight! Remember, at the time, not all that much was known about Iron Maiden in the US yet, and there was no internet to access the info. You basically had to rely on anything else that was written that you could find, and at the time there wasn’t much around in the US. But then, it made me ask questions I might not have asked otherwise!

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Janick Gers of Iron Maiden

August 24th, 2005

Janick Gers of Iron Maiden
Interviewed in July 1999 by David Lee

Janick - Live

It is not as though IRON MAIDEN haven’t blazed plenty of trails across the heavy metal landscape already. One might think that selling upwards of fifty million records and redefining a genre when it was starting to sag around the middle was more than meeting the heavy metal call to arms, one might think this but, only when the subject is other than the beast that is IRON MAIDEN. Though they would be quick to tell you that they never really left, MAIDEN is back and more powerful than anyone could have ever conceived.

A PC video game, “ED HUNTER,” is this summers reason to wake band mascot Eddie from his slumber not to mention the army of stage hands and crew that it takes to stage a MAIDEN event. The game itself is built completely around the world of MAIDEN and visits all the famous scenes capes from the classic album covers. Thugs throwing bottles at you as you shoot the popup portraits of the band and even Eddie himself, all to the music of IRON MAIDEN. Strictly family entertainment me thinks! A bit less violent and the real focus of what MAIDEN does are the twenty “Greatest Hits” as chosen by the fans via the MAIDEN web site. Pure capitalistic democracy in action here on this three CD release Janick Gers has ridden the MAIDEN beast for the last decade of its being and has given fans their moneys worth on both album and stage, now he is part of what can only be described as a heavy metal guitar army. Along with fellow axe wielders, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, Gers has engineered a faster, broader and meaner MAIDEN that is currently huffing and puffing its way across America and soon, Europe. By Spring of next year there should be a new album featuring the beefed up six man lineup of Gers, Smith, Murray, bassist Steve Harris drummer Nicko McBrain and the most popular MAIDEN mouth, Bruce Dickinson. What more could the metal world ask for? And lest you be fooled into thinking this is just some quick cash scheme masquerading as a “reunion”, well, get thee to a show and then you will witness a sizable chunk of metal’s past glory as well as a glimpse into a very exciting metal future. Janick was kind enough to sit and chat before the mighty MAIDEN’s Detroit gig.


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Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden

August 23rd, 2005

Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden
Interviewed Jan. 1999 by David Lee

With over twenty years on the metal scene you would think that a band that has given so much to the genre would get a little respect now and then. Unfortunately for the mighty MAIDEN respect has been in particularly short supply over the last half decade. Personal and stylistic changes would seem to be at the root of all the fuss and with the decline of the metal market place you might think that these guys would chuck it all in. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

“VIRTUAL 11″ has a revitalized MAIDEN returning to the formula that made them the metal legends that they are. Also back is the completely over the top stage production for MAIDEN’s first tour in nearly three years. Just short of the scale that was used in the “golden era” of metal, this thing is impressive, to say the least. The beast is far from dead. Blaze Bayley, the groups current vocalist, gave us a ring recently and spoke to us of all things MAIDEN. A genuine sense of pride and accomplishment seemed to pervade the conversation and understandably so.  The man is fronting one of the all time great metal bands and has just released a collection of tunes that will most assuredly become MAIDEN classics. We could go on singing his and the groups accolades but lets hear it from Blaze himself.


 

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Blaze Bayley

March 23rd, 2005

BLAZE BAYLEY

Interview and pictures by Marko Syrjala

Thanks to Duke for the Transcription

Blaze Bayley is probably best known for the wrong reasons because most people in the music world remember him only because of his brief period as the lead singer for Iron Maiden. However he has done a lot more during his long lasting career. Before Maiden he did several albums with Wolfsbane and after Iron Maiden he formed a new band called Blaze which last summer released their third studio album called "Blood and Belief". I was fortunate enough to meet Blaze before his performance at Wacken in 2004 and then we talked about Blaze, Wolfsbane and of course a little about Iron Maiden too? Here are the results of that nice conversation? enjoy!


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IRON MAIDEN’s Bruce Dickinson

January 1st, 2000

IRON MAIDEN Interview With Bruce Dickinson
Interview by David Lee, January 2000

Bruce Dickinson is one of the more entertaining personalities to speak with in this business and never more so than when he is “feeling his way.”  The celebrating in the IRON MAIDEN camp must have been  furious this week.  The happiness with this new Millennial MAIDEN is intoxicating in and of itself but when Bruce has obviously been with the grape; well that makes for an altogether different interview.  Not one to hold out from peer pressure (or for lack of a better excuse!) I popped myself a can of suds or six and got to the point, as much as was possible by the end of this drunken verbal marathon we were on.  Fact is, there is quite a bit of business in both the Bruce Dickinson and IRON MAIDEN camps, time to get serious.

Dickinson has recently released yet another solo album, this time a live disc, and as faithful metalheads would expect from Bruce, it is top shelf material all the way.  Representing the largest portion of setlists from concerts in several Brazilian cities, “SCREAM FOR ME BRAZIL” showcases the Bruce Dickinson Band at their rocking best.  No MAIDEN numbers here, the focus is on solo material, as Dickinson will explain, there was no need to because he is once again back with MAIDEN.  So, what we have here are songs representing the best of Dickinson’s solo catalogue performed in front of a teaming arena of crazed Brazilian metalheads.  The tour book sized CD insert documents it all and is itself so incredibly well done that special mention should be made of it and, I guess, just has been!  Kudos to the art director for the mass of photos and other documentation included.

In addition to the live solo record, issued under Dickinson’s own AIR RAID RECORDS imprint, there are to be several other releases.  At least three SAMSON releases that feature Dickinson, the reappearance of the “METAL FOR MUTHAS” series and a compilation of rare and unreleased solo tracks and by years end another solo studio album, whew!  Combine all that with a full-blown MAIDEN album/tour cycle and it looks to be yet another busy year for Mr. Dickinson to say the least.

Bruce phoned in from France where he was finishing up the new MAIDEN epic.  We covered a lot of ground as the hour we had planned to speak slipped into two and then quite nearly three.  Here are a few feet of that territory, as for me, next stop is the aspirin bottle.

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