Heavy metal legend is coming to Geneve on 26.06.2018 with their Legacy of the Beast Tour! If you never had an opportunity to see Iron Maiden live, now may be a good moment. British idols will play on 26.06.18 and you can get your tickets for example here.
Iron Maiden exist for already more than 40 years and is still on fire! Just in 2015 they released their 16th studio album “The Book of Souls”, this is hell of a lot material!
To celebrate their arrival, Rocktato prepared 6 (almost number of the Beast) fun facts about this legendary group:
Iron Maiden fans are known to be very loyal and engaged in the band career. They are also numerous – just Facebook page of Iron Maiden has 13.6 millions of likes! You can compare this number to Switzerland’s population (almost 8.5 millions of people)… Beside that, there are countless fan clubs… If you want to join one, here is a page dedicated to Iron Maiden fans in the french speaking part of Switzerland – Swiss Iron Maiden Fans.
Of course in such a big number of people you will find some very colourful and unique ones, like Marcus Motolo which is a Brazilian priest with more than 170 tattoos dedicated to the band:
Beside that, at least one kid was named after the band: Iron Maiden Duran Ruiz, which was born to a Bolivian couple last year. There is also one known case of changing the name to Iron Maiden by an adult, which was done by Kalil Silva who introduces himself now as Iron Maiden Kalil Silva. That’s devotion!
Just in case Bruce Dickinson wouldn’t be cool enough, he is also an airline pilot. Buses are too lame, Iron Maiden is using a Boeing 747 for reaching their tour destinations. Of course, it is Bruce who is piloting. The aircraft is called Ed Force One after Eddie – the bands mascot and this is how it looks:
Staff working as flight attendants have their outfit designed specially so it matches the aircraft paintwork and the band character. How cool is that?!
Eddie is a well recognised band mascot, which is appearing on the most of the band’s albums. He is keeping the company to the the band since the 80s and after so many years he became one of the most popular metal icons in the world. He was pictured as psychopathic killer, asylum patient after lobotomy, Egyptian pharaoh, cyborg… He proved to be a very versatile object that can fit to any given circumstances. He was pictured by various artists, however the characteristic features of Eddie were never changed.
More of Eddie’s representations you can find for example here.
4. The Iron Maidens
Most of the popular bands sooner or later are followed by cover bands. These kind of groups are usually formed by fans as a tribute to the musicians. Fan base of Iron Maiden is huge so you can expect proportional number of tribute bands. One of the most popular cover bands for Iron Maiden are Hi-On Maiden, Made In Iron, The Powerslaves, Up The Irons, Prowlers, Iron Maidnem, Iron Maiden Revival and the all-female group The Iron Maidens:
So if the original Iron Maiden is far away, just look for these bands, they are also touring here and there. Maybe they will pass by your hometown too.
Most of us like beer. If you are reading this post you probably like metal too. Iron Maiden combined these two elements into pure treasure – Trooper ale:
It was introduced in 2013 and millions of pints of that beverage was bought and consumed pretty much right away. Many different variants of this beer were developed after the initial success so now you can enjoy it in for example porter or Belgian style version. The original ale was rated on 3/5 on ratebeer.com (you can check it here) but you can easily find this beverage in many pubs in Switzerland so you can taste and judge it for yourself.
6. Video Games
Making the music, beer and piloting the plane may not be enough from Beasts from the Iron Maiden. Their artistic inspiration found the vent in video games productions too. They released shooter “Ed the Hunter” in 1999 and 8-bit climb-n-dodge “Speed of Light” in 2015. Both are arcade style games and you can try the latter one for free HERE, which I strongly recommend because it’s just pure fun. In 2016 they released another game named “Legacy of the Beast” which is RPG type of game. To no surprise, Eddie is the main character in all cases. Here you can watch the gameplay trailer of “Legacy of the Beast”:
Now you can wait for their gig playing the game with a Trooper on your side!
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