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Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in east London, formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. Since their inception, the band's discography has grown to include a total of thirty-eight albums: fifteen studio albums; twelve live albums; four EPs; and seven compilations.

Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of U.S. and UK platinum and gold albums, including 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death, 1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their latest studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 different countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, Iron Maiden have reportedly sold over 85 million records worldwidewith little radio or television support. The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002, and were also inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California during their United States tour in 2005. As of October 2009, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For the past 30 years, the band have been supported by their famous mascot, "Eddie", who has appeared on almost all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows.

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After several lineup changes, Iron Maiden members settled on vocalist Paul Di'Anno, guitarist Dave Murray and drummer Doug Sampson. The band released an EP as a four piece, before hiring guitarist Dennis Stratton in 1979. Drummer Clive Burr replaced Sampson and the band released their self-titled debut album in 1980. Later that year, Stratton was replaced by guitarist Adrian Smith, due to musical and personal differences. During the tour supporting their sophomore effort, Di'Anno was fired from the band, due to excessive cocaine abuse. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who had just left his previous band auditioned for Iron Maiden in September 1981 and joined shortly afterwards. In 1990, prior to the recordings of their eight studio album, Smith left the due to lack of enthusiasm with the musical direction it was taking. Janick Gers, an old friend of Dickinson who played in his debut solo album, became the new guitarist. This formation recorded one more album, before Dickinson departed in 1993, to further pursue his solo career. Maiden auditioned hundreds of vocalists, before settling on Blaze Bayley. After releasing two studio albums, Bayley departed from the band by mutual consent, due to creative differences. In 1999, Dickinson and Smith rejoined Iron Maiden, which has since become a six-piece band, with four studio albums released by this lineup.

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The Number of the Beast is the third studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The album was released on March 29, 1982 through EMI and on its sister label Capitol on the Harvest imprint in the US originally before it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia in the US. This was the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best and most iconic albums of the genre.

The Number of the Beast also cemented Iron Maiden as one of "the biggest metal bands on the planet". Of all the songs in the album, "The Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name" remain on the set lists of nearly all of the band's concert tours, with the latter two often used to close a show. All three songs have been released as singles in various forms. The album is also Iron Maiden's highest selling album worldwide with over 14 million sales estimated. The Beast on the Road was the tour supporting the album.


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Iron Maiden during the Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, 2008

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Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958) is an English singer, airline pilot, radio show host, fencer, author, and songwriter best known as the vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Dickinson performed for some local bands including Styx (not the American band of the same name) in 1976, Speed, (1977–1978), and Shots in early 1979. He then joined hard rock band Samson later in 1979, where he gained some popularity. In this band he went by the name of "Bruce Bruce." He left Samson in 1981, citing musical differences. Shortly afterwards, in 1981, Dickinson was hired as Iron Maiden's new vocalist, debuting for that band with the 1982 album The Number of the Beast. During his time in that band, they issued a series of high impact releases, resulting in Dickinson gaining worldwide fame, and becoming one of the most acclaimed heavy metal vocalists of all time.

Dickinson quit Iron Maiden in 1993 in order to pursue his solo career, being replaced by Blaze Bayley. Dickinson's solo work ranged a wide variety of heavy metal and rock styles. Dickinson rejoined Maiden in 1999 along with guitarist Adrian Smith. Since then, Dickinson has only released one more solo album, Tyranny of Souls. He is the older cousin of Rob Dickinson, lead singer of British alternative rock band Catherine Wheel.


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Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter is the second single from the album No Prayer for the Dying, Iron Maiden's first full-length album in over two years (following the 1988 release Seventh Son of a Seventh Son). The song was originally recorded and released by Bruce Dickinson on the soundtrack album to the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. The original version of the song can now be found on disc 2 of The Best of Bruce Dickinson. It is the only UK number 1 Iron Maiden have ever had. When Dickinson recorded with Iron Maiden in the autumn of 1990 following a two year hiatus, the band recorded their own version of the song, which became the first Iron Maiden single to reach #1 on the UK charts. The single also received the dubious honour of a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Original Song" of 1989.


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