Iron Maiden is one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world. They have sold over 100 million records and achieved countless awards worldwide. Here are some fascinating facts about this iconic band:
1. Iron Maiden was formed in 1975 by Steve Harris, who was only 17 at the time.
2. The band’s mascot, Eddie the Head, has appeared on every album cover since 1980’s ‘The Number of the Beast’.
3. Iron Maiden has released sixteen studio albums during their career, with eleven reaching number one in at least one country around the world.
4. The band has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and won several other awards throughout their career including five MTV Video Music Awards for best metal performance.
5. Iron Maiden was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in 2002, making them the first British metal band to be recognised with this honour.
6. The band’s 1985 hit ‘Run to the Hills’ is one of the most covered songs ever and has been covered by bands such as Sepultura, Def Leppard and Foo Fighters.
7. Iron Maiden’s live performances are renowned for their energy and spectacles that involve pyrotechnics, flashing lights and massive screens showing animations of Eddie the Head doing various activities during concerts.
8. Bruce Dickinson, who joined the band in 1981, is known as one of the best metal vocalists of all time and has a range of four octaves.
9. Iron Maiden’s songs often reference historical events and literature, with some albums such as ‘Powerslave’ being based on ancient mythology.
10. In 2004, founding member Steve Harris was voted one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.
Iron Maiden has continually evolved over the years to become one of the most influential bands in music history. Despite taking a hiatus between 1990 and 1999, they have remained iconic figures in popular culture for decades!