Maiden, 1985 vintage.

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, eleven 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.

Despite little radio or television support (aside from the Friday Rock Show), Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, with The Observer reporting in 2015 that the band have sold over 90 million copies of their albums worldwide. The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002. As of October 2013, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For the past 35 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....(Read more)

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Maiden recorded one session for the Friday Rock Show: this featured Running Free, which was released as a single early the following year and became their first UK chart hit, reaching number 34 in 1980. Their most successful single tracks were Run To The Hills, which reached number 7 in 1982 and hit the top 10 again in a re-recording twenty years later; and Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter (1991), their only number 1. It sold 29,918 copies, making it the lowest first week sale for such a single.

They enjoyed three number one albums before the end of the Millenium: Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son doubtless achieved this due to TV's heavy airplay (even airing one track on a pre-release cassette recording) and a special show (01 April 1988) devoted mostly to the band and a Bruce Dickinson interview.

A measure of the band's enduring popularity among TV's listeners is their domination of the 12th Anniversary Chart of 1990, with five tracks making the cut: this is three more than AC/DC and Bon Jovi, the only other acts to achieve multiple entries.

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1. Recorded: 1979-11-14. First broadcast: 14 December 1979. Repeated: 18 January 1980, 31 January 1986

  • Iron Maiden / Running Free / Transylvania / Sanctuary


  1. Prowler
    Iron Maiden - 1979 11

    Iron Maiden - 1979 11.14 BBC Studios, London, England, UK (Full) - MetallicoSick-0

  2. Remember Tomorrow
  3. Running Free
  4. Transylvania
  5. Iron Maiden
  1. Children Of The Damned
  2. The Number Of The Beast
  3. 22, Acacia Avenue
  4. Iron Maiden
  • 16 June 1989: Donington Rock Festival, 1988-02-20. No known commercial release.
  1. Moonchild
  2. The Prisoner
  3. Wrathchild
  4. Infinite Dreams
  5. The Trooper
  6. Heaven Can Wait
  7. The Clairvoyant
  8. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  9. The Number of the Beast
  10. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  11. Iron Maiden

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  • 05 August 1983: '22, Acacia Avenue (LP-The Number Of The Beast)' (EMI)











Later Years


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