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Top: Steve Harris (L), Dave Murray (R)
Middle: Adrian Smith (L), Bruce Dickinson (R)
Bottom: Nicko McBrain (L), Janick Gers (R)

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-eight albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of UK and US 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 2010 studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim. Their sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls, was released on 4 September 2015 to similar success.

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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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Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris (born 12 March 1956) is an English musician, best known as the bassist, band leader, primary songwriter and only constant member of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden (although Dave Murray has played with the group since 1976). In addition, he plays keyboards, and sings backing vocals. He founded the band as a teenager in 1975.

He and Dave Murray are the only members of the band to have appeared on all of the band's albums, and as Murray left the band for a few months prior to the first album to join Urchin, Harris is the only member to have remained in the band throughout its duration. He used to work as an architectural draftsman in the East End of London but gave up his job upon forming Iron Maiden. During the mid 1970s he was a youth team footballer for West Ham United. He still is a talented amateur football player and often has the crest of West Ham on his bass, and he has stated his first ambition in life before music was to become a professional footballer.

Harris' first band was named Influence then Gypsy's Kiss featuring Bob Verscoyle(Lead Vocals) Dave Smith(Guitar)and Drummer Paul Sears. Harris and Sears later joined Smiler, of which all the band members were several years older than he was.

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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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