Iron Maiden Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

20th October 2015

Fact: Rockers Iron Maiden are set to close the Download Festival at Donington Park in England in June (16). The performance will be their only show in the U.K. next year (16).

20th August 2015

Fact: Bruce Dickinson's aviation company has set up a pop-up stall at London department store Harrods to sell private jets to super-wealthy customers. The Iron Maiden frontman is chairman of Aeris Aviation, the company behind the initiative.

5th May 2014

Fact: Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain showed his passion for snooker by attending the final of the sport's World Championship in Sheffield, England on Monday (05May14). The match featured reigning title holder Ronnie O'Sullivan against Mark Selby.

8th July 2013

Fact: Iron Maiden's branded beer Trooper Ale is to be served to British politicians at the bar in the House of Commons in London after a member of parliament (Mp) nominated the beer to be introduced to the drinks list.

25th April 2013

Fact: Iron Maiden's beer, named Trooper, has proved so popular that the brewer of the drink - a deep golden ale which features a hint of lemon - has stepped up production to six days a week to meet demand from more than 100 countries.

4th January 2013

Fact: Iron Maiden rocker Steve Harris is selling his mansion - which comes complete with its own pub. The sprawling property, in Essex, England, also features a soccer field, indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. The estate has been listed at $10.8 million (£6.75 million).

21st September 2012

Fact: Rockers Iron Maiden have signed up to headline Britain's Download Festival next summer (Jun13) on the 25th anniversary of their first appearance at the event.

29th December 2011

Fact: Barry Clayton, the actor who provided the spoken-word intro to Iron Maiden hit The Number Of The Beast, has died, aged 80. He stepped in when horror movie star Vincent Price turned the band down. Bruce DICkinson and his bandmates were then alerted to the voice talents of Clayton, who was reading ghost stories on radio at the time.

20th July 2011

Quote: "I think it's quite funny, really. She came to a show in Tampa and we met her. She seemed to really like the band and my kids all wanted their photos taken with her, so it was good fun. There've been a few unlikely people that are into Maiden. Even Miley Cyrus, for example. I just take it as a compliment." Iron Maiden star Steve Harris on his unlikely celebrity fans, Lady GaGa amd Miley Cyrus.

20th October 2010

Fact: Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson took to the skies this week (beg18Oct10) to fly British soccer team Liverpool FC to Italy ahead of a match in the country on Thursday (21Oct10). The singer is a qualified pilot and often flies the band around the world while on tour.

4th May 2010

Fact: Legendary British broadcaster John Peel's son, TOM RAVENSCROFT, will replace Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson as the host of a Friday night show on digital station BBC 6. Peel was BBC Radio 1's longest-serving DJ at the time of his death in 2004.

19th March 2010

Fact: Iron Maiden are to perform a historic Italian show at Napoleon Bonaparte's former residence, Villa Manin near Udine on 17 August (10). The palace was built in the 17th century.

19th February 2009

Quote: "When you walk away from the aeroplane and you close the door, that's it - job done. Nobody follows you up and says you've got an interview at three, and I thought wow, amazing people have lives like that. The one thing with rock 'n' roll is that you're never off-duty." Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson would prefer to be a full-time pilot.

3rd February 2009

Fact: Iron Maiden star Steve Harris' daughter LAUREN has stripped for a photoshoot in British magazine FHM. The spread coincides with the release of her new single, Your Turn, which became the first single of 2009 after it hit the Internet at one second past midnight on 1 January (09).

22nd May 2008

Quote: "With Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter we did a service to the nation by knocking SIR CLIFF (RICHARD) off the Christmas number one. I'm still waiting for my C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)." Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson believes he is owed huge praise for surpassing the British crooner on the U.K. charts in 1991.

12th March 2008

Fact: Veteran rockers Iron Maiden are releasing their new compilation album SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME as a free high-quality download on their website from 12 May (08) - but fans will only be able to play each track three times.

26th January 2008

Fact: Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will interview the band's former singer BLAZE BAYLEY on his BBC6 Music radio show on 15 February (08).

16th October 2007

Fact: Iron Maiden are in negotiations with Norwegian video developer Hybris to create a new game based on the group's music and the band's monster mascot EDDIE. The game has been awarded a grant from the Norwegian Film Fund for the first phase of development.

13th July 2007

Quote: "I was drunk and called Bruce Dickinson a devil-worshipping, Satan's c**k-sucking w**ker. And he just came over and put my nose in his mouth. It was the first encounter I'd had with a famous person, too." Blur star Alex James didn't make a good impression on the Iron Maiden frontman when they met.

30th May 2007

Fact: It will take Iron Maiden's 200-strong road crew three days to construct the group's 30-ton stage for Monday's (28May07) Lokomotiv stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria show. More than 30,000 fans are expected to attend the gig.

31st January 2007

Fact: My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden are headline acts at England's Download Festival in June (07).

10th August 2006

Quote: "We were in our mid-20s, we were rock stars, we had gold cards and we were in a convertible driving around LA, so yeah, we had a great time. I see bands like Lostprophets now, and it's the same sort of s**t, and why not?" Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has no regrets about his debauched younger years.

28th June 2006

Quote: "Some of the new songs are quite angry. It's just the times we're living in. We've got global fundamentalism, state-sponsored terrorism, dirty bombs, global warming and everything else. I think this is our response to all that." Rocker Bruce Dickinson describes Iron Maiden's forthcoming 'angry' album A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

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