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Iron Maiden beer a big bar hit - 3.5 million pints in a year

March 6th, 2014 3:20am EST
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Heavy rockers Iron Maiden are toasting the success of their beer after learning over 3.5 million pints have been sold.

Trooper Ale, the band's best-selling brew, launched a year ago (Mar13) and the band has achieved success without marketing the beer.

Robinsons brewery bosses, who helped Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson create the beer, unveiled Trooper at the Publican’s Beer Innovation Summit last year (13).

The beer makers have since been approached by Motorhead's management with a view to crafting a signature beer for Lemmy's band - but they declined the offer.

Super Furry Animals join celebrity beer brewers

January 22nd, 2014 3:20am EST
Super Furry Animals
Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals are following in Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Maximo Park's boozy footsteps by becoming the latest rockers to launch their own beer.

British stars Maximo Park announced last week (ends17Jan14) that they had teamed up with brewers at Newcastle's Mordue Brewery in England to release Maximo No.5, in celebration of their fifth album, Too Much Information, next month (Feb14), and now the Northern Lights hitmakers are entering the alcohol industry too.

Fuzzy, named after the band's 1996 debut album Fuzzy Logic, has been created with tastemakers at the Celt Experi...

Iron Maiden and Metallica to headline Sonisphere Festival

December 2nd, 2013 8:30pm EST
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden and Metallica will headline Britain's Sonisphere Festival when it returns after a two year break next year (14).

In 2012, the event was cancelled and the 2013 concert was pulled due to a failure to attract big name headliners, but it's back with a vengeance for a big show at Knebworth Park in England in July (14).

Announcing details of the hot ticket gig on Monday (02Dec13), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said, "We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent!

"Without being cliched, it r...

Iron Maiden and Arctic Monkeys back new ticketing law

August 5th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Rockers Iron Maiden and Arctic Monkeys are backing fresh calls for a new law to ban ticket touting in the U.K.

Several Members of Parliament (MPs) are banding together to force a review of the law to make it illegal for gig-goers to re-sell tickets for a massive profit.

They are hoping to put together a petition containing more than 100,000 signatures urging the government to take action, and among the backers of the campaign are veteran rockers Iron Maiden and Crying Lightning hitmakers Arctic Monkeys.

Conservative Party MP Mike Weatherley says, "Secondary ticketing takes place now on a...

Iron Maiden's beer is a big hit

July 5th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden's Trooper beer has proved a big hit as the brewers behind the drink have just produced the one millionth pint six months ahead of schedule.

The heavy rockers launched the ale two months ago (May13) and beer experts at brewing company Robinsons estimate they have sold 20,000 pints a day.

Managing director Oliver Robinson says, "We are amazed to reach this mark in such a short time, a million pints already is way ahead of all rational expectations, and are grateful for the support we have had from the retailers, Maiden fans, real ale enthusiasts, our distributors and the beer tr...

Iron Maiden launch Download set with fighter plane flyover

June 16th, 2013 4:29pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Heavy metal stars Iron Maiden opened their headlining set at Britain's Download Festival on Saturday (15Jun13) with a Spitfire flyover.

The classic World War II fighter plane crossed three times over the 90,000-strong crowd at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, before the band took to the stage for a pyrotechnics-packed performance.

Frontman Bruce Dickinson, who is a qualified pilot himself, had planned to arrive at Download on a charity bike ride with a group of fellow musicians, but he had to pull out of the cycling trek after falling sick with a virus.

However, the singer appe...

Slipknot return to Download festival

June 16th, 2013 11:45am EDT
Heavy rockers Slipknot returned to Britain's Download Festival on Friday night (14Jun13) to perform at the event for the first time since the death of bassist Paul Gray.

They headlined the first night of the music event on Friday, kicking off a weekend which will include sets by Iron Maiden and German rockers Rammstein.

Slipknot's set at the festival marked the first time they have played the event at Donington Park in England since 2009 and their first appearance at Download since Gray's death from a drug overdose in 2010.

Frontman Corey Taylor marked the occasion by dedicating a track ...

Rock legends honoured at 20th Kerrang! Awards

June 13th, 2013 8:52pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Rock legends Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera and Queen were feted at this year's (13) Kerrang! Awards in London on Thursday (13Jun13).

Iron Maiden picked up the Inspiration Award for their pioneering role in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, while Slayer's Kerry King and Tom Araya made their first appearance in the U.K. since the loss of bandmate Jeff Hanneman last month (02May13) to pick up the Kerrang! Legend Award.

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo took to the stage to accept the band's Hall of Fame Award, while Brian May and Roger Taylor accepted the Service to Rock Award on behalf of Que...

Iron Maiden switch Brazil venues over noise restriction fuss

June 5th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Iron Maiden
Heavy rockers Iron Maiden have been forced to reschedule an upcoming gig in Brazil due to noise restrictions.

The British group was set to perform at Sao Paulo's Jockey Club on 20 September (13), but the concert will now take place at Arena Anhembi.

Nicko McBrain and his band switched venues when they were told there would be sound restrictions in place at the original site.

The group will hit the arena stage on the same date with Slayer.

Swedish launch of Iron Maiden beer postponed

May 13th, 2013 8:50pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Plans to launch Iron Maiden's own brand of beer in Sweden have suffered a setback amid concerns the drink's label violates the nation's strict alcohol laws.

Sales of the rockers' new Trooper ale, which features a picture of their skeletal mascot Eddie the Head on the label, have been halted in government-owned liquor stores Systembolaget, according to local reports.

Company spokesperson Therese Elmgren says, "There has been a discussion about the label. The alcohol law stipulates how it can look. We therefore don't yet know when it can be launched."

The heavy metal stars' beer has proven...

Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Dies At 56

March 13th, 2013 12:18pm EDT
Clive Burr
British rockers Iron Maiden have paid tribute to their former drummer Clive Burr after he lost his battle with multiple sclerosis on Tuesday.

The percussionist died in his sleep at the age of 56 after a long struggle with the debilitating illness.  Burr joined Iron Maiden from fellow rock band Samson in 1979 and played on their first three albums, including their breakthrough record The Number of the Beast.

He left the band in 1982 due to personal issues and the stress of heavy touring schedules, but continued his rock career with several other bands, including alongside former Twisted ...

Iron Maiden Launching 'Trooper' Beer

March 12th, 2013 5:32pm EDT
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Rockers Iron Maiden have teamed up with a British brewery to release their own beer.

The heavy metal icons have partnered with Robinsons Brewery in Stockport to create Trooper, a deep golden ale which features a hint of lemon.

Frontman Bruce Dickinson tells Classic Rock magazine, "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous - Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years."

"Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavor and te...

10 Celebrity Heroes

July 25th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Christian Bale
Christian Bale didn't have to visit the victims of the Colorado movie massacre, but that's exactly what he did on Tuesday. He didn't hold a press conference or alert the media; he simply visited the hospital, chatted with fans, and allowed people to take pictures with him.

A spokesperson for Warner Brothers told the Denver Post that Bale was not there on behalf of the film studio, but "there as himself."

The actor offered his condolences to those affected by the shootings that occurred during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Friday. Twelve people died and dozens were i...

Iron Maiden Singer Bruce Dickinson Launches Aircraft Business

May 1st, 2012 9:52pm EDT
Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson has launched a new aircraft maintenance business.

The frontman, who is a licensed commercial pilot, hopes to create hundreds of jobs after setting up Cardiff Aviation Ltd in southern Wales.

The company will provide and perform the upkeep for the airliners of mainstream and independent firms and also perform training tests.

And Dickinson is excited about the new venture.

He tells the BBC, "We're coming into this enterprise with the knowledge that we'll also be bringing business to south Wales. South Wales has long had an association with the aircraft in...

Bruce Dickinson Determined To Save Iron Maiden's Ed Force One Airline

November 24th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is determined to take off with the band's official aircraft again after the company behind the jet was forced to cease operations due to financial problems earlier this week.

The band's Ed Force One jet was grounded by bosses at Astraeus Airlines, but the "Run to The Hills" singer is working on a new plan to set up his own company and rescue the plane he has been piloting around the world.

He says, "The good news is that Ed Force One will fly again, and we have time to prepare so there should be no problems the next time we need her. In the meantime, I...

Iron Maiden Singer Bruce Dickinson's Airline Grounded

November 21st, 2011 9:44pm EST
Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson's piloting dreams have been temporarily grounded - the airline he flies with has been ordered to cease operations immediately.

Astraeus Airlines was due to be placed into administration, according to the Daily Mail in Britain.

Astraeus bosses have blamed "lower-than-expected levels of business" during the summer and "technical issues" for their predicament.

The company's chief executive, Hugh Parry, says, "We battled hard to save Astraeus... (but) we have no option but to cease all operations and put Astraeus Airlines in the hands of the administrators....

CD Review: Iron Maiden - 'From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2000'

July 7th, 2011 2:01pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Though From Fear to Eternity: the Best of 1990-2010 spans Iron Maiden’s least inspired era (well, Ok, the 90’s), absolutely nothing should be taken away from this material. Beginning with 1990’s No Prayer for the Dying, it was clear that vocalist longtime Bruce Dickinson was on the outs, looking for greener pastures perhaps, a sentiment that lingered through 92’s Fear of the Dark. During this period, the material lacks a certain something as you’ll notice throughout From Fear to Eternity: the Best of 1990-2010 as it soirees into No Prayer material (“Holy Smoke,” “Tailgunner,” “Bring Your Da...

Bruce Dickinson Voices Airline Safety Video

June 18th, 2011 9:00am EDT
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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has provided a voice-over for an airline safety video.

The rocker, who is a fully-qualified pilot, narrates a fact-filled film called Safety In The Balance with Captain Bruce Dickinson, which is used by the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority to train staff.

Dickinson can be heard giving instructions on how to keep passengers and crew safe during the 20-minute video, which has been uploaded to

The star starts the clip by introducing himself, saying, "Hello, I'm Bruce Dickinson and I'm here in this video to tell you why your loading of an a...

Rob Zombie Rules The 2011 Golden God Awards

June 14th, 2011 1:42pm EDT
Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie was the toast of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London on Monday as he was handed the night's top prize in front of an audience dressed as the undead in his honor.

The rocker/director was presented with the Golden God 2011 prize by music veteran Alice Cooper during a ceremony at the British capital's IndigO2 venue to mark his stellar 26-year career.

The night was made extra special for the star as hundreds of attendees turned out in zombie costumes as a special tribute.

Other awards went to Iron Maiden, who claimed the title of Best U.K. Band, and Judas Priest, who l...

Iron Maiden Fans Were 'Kind And Warm' To Lady Gaga At Concert

May 28th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was initially apprehensive about joining the crowd at a recent Iron Maiden concert, but was surprised by the "kind and warm" welcome she received by the rock fans.

The "Poker Face" singer went to see the band at a gig in Tampa, Florida, last month and watched most of the show from a private box.

Towards the end of the performance, Gaga and her friends decided to brave the main auditorium - and the singer was overwhelmed by the positive reaction to her presence.

She tells Rolling Stone, "We went down during The Number Of The Beast. And when we got there... we just booked it into...

Avenged Sevenfold Dominate The 2011 Golden Gods Awards

April 21st, 2011 3:52pm EDT
Avenged Sevenfold
Heavy metal stars Avenged Sevenfold were crowned the most talented musicians in rock on Wednesday after sweeping the board with four prizes at the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Frontman M. Shadows beat Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to claim Best Vocalist, while Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance were named joint winners for Best Guitarist.

Former bandmate Mike Portnoy, who was temporarily drafted in to replace tragic Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, also triumphed by taking the Best Drummer title. He did not attend the ceremony at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, but sent in a ...

Iron Maiden Postpone Brazil Concert Over Safety Concerns

March 28th, 2011 1:24pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden were forced to scrap a gig in Brazil on Sunday night over fears their fans would not be safe.

The legendary rockers arrived at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to find the safety barrier put in place to stop fans from storming the stage was not sufficiently sturdy, and the band's reps decided to postpone the show until Monday night to allow the venue's bosses to address the issue.

A statement from concert promoter Evenpro says, "The IRON MAIDEN concert at Arena in agreement with the band's staff, because it's their priority not to put fans' safety in risk (sic).

Keith Richards Designs T-Shirt For Japanese Disaster Relief Fund

March 24th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Keith Richards
Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has followed in the footsteps of fellow rockers Iron Maiden by designing a T-shirt to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan.

The musician is using a special snap taken in Japan during the band's 1990 world tour for the front of the $29.99 garment, and he's urging his fans to dig deep and support his fundraiser.

A message posted on his website reads, "For decades, Japanese fans have been some of the most passionate supporters of rock and roll. Now they need our help. The Japan Relief t-shirt is based on a photo taken by Claude Gassian on the Japan...

Iron Maiden Selling T-Shirts To Help Japanese Red Cross

March 18th, 2011 9:57am EDT
Iron Maiden
British rockers Iron Maiden are selling off limited-edition t-shirts to raise funds for the relief effort in Japan, following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The band was travelling to Tokyo for two shows when the massive 9.0-magnitude tremor struck on Friday and they were forced to divert their jet to Nagoya in the wake of the disaster.

Both of their gigs were cancelled - but the stars are offering up t-shirts intended for sale at the concerts to benefit the Japanese Red Cross, which is working hard to provide aid for victims of the quake.

The garment features their m...

Iron Maiden Flight Diverted From Japan

March 12th, 2011 9:05am EST
Iron Maiden
British rockers Iron Maiden have been caught up in the chaos following the devastating earthquake in Japan - their plane was diverted as they travelled to Tokyo for a show.

The Asian country was rocked by a massive 8.9-magnitude tremor on Friday and it was followed by a terrifying tsunami, which now threatens more than 20 countries and islands around the Pacific.

Iron Maiden were on their way to Tokyo when the tragedy struck, and they were forced to divert their 'Ed Force One' jet to Nagoya in the wake of the disaster. They have now cancelled a planned concert at the Saitama Super Arena...

Iron Maiden & Ozzy Osbourne Lead Golden Gods Awards Nominations

February 25th, 2011 2:11pm EST
Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden will be the frontrunners at this year's third annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards after picking up multiple nominations on Thursday.

Ozzy will battle Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson for Best Vocalist, while the Prince of Darkness' guitarist and drummer will battle Maiden's men for the night's best player prizes.

Rob Zombie also picks up multiple nods - his touring guitarist is up for Best Guitarist and drummer Joey Jordison will compete with Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne), Abe Cunningham (Deftones), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour), Nico McBrain (Iron Maiden) and Avenge...

Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

December 30th, 2010 11:00am EST
Guns N' Roses
Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...

Slash Triumphant At Classic Rock Awards

November 11th, 2010 8:58am EST
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is celebrating after his solo debut was named Album of the Year at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards on Wednesday.

The rocker's self-titled offering saw off competition from acts including Kiss, Iron Maiden and Wolfmother to win the prize at the ceremony, held at London's Roundhouse venue and hosted by Alice Cooper.

Australian stars AC/DC picked up the Band of the Year honor, while Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones was given a standing ovation as he collected his Outstanding Contribution trophy.

Three Black Sabbath legends were honored at the event...

Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

August 13th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...

Ozzy Osbourne Still Angry At Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson

July 30th, 2010 7:00pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson - insisting he still hasn't forgiven the singer for their ugly 2005 feud.

The rock stars fell out five years ago while Iron Maiden were performing with Osbourne's Ozzfest tour.

Dickinson was accused of criticizing the Black Sabbath star during the shows and Osbourne's wife Sharon was so angry, she allegedly arranged to have eggs thrown at the singer while he was on stage.

And Osbourne admits he still hasn't forgiven Dickinson - calling his behavior "childish" and "irresponsible".

He tells The Quietus, "E...

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