When The World of Comics and Metal Collide

Earlier this month, Marvel released a book titled X-Men: Hellfire Gala, and there were two cameos. One of those is Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, the other being comedian Brian Posehn. Both the Iron Maiden Twitter account and Posehn tweeted about their special cameos within this latest X-Men book. Per Iron Maiden, they wrote:

“EDDIE??! Look who showed up at @Marvel‘s biggest night for mutantkind! Check out Eddie’s guest appearance in ‘X-Men: Hellfire Gala’ #1, out now at your local comic book shop. #XMenHellfireGala#IronMaiden #Marvel #Eddie #Comic #Xmen”

Posehn retweet’d Maiden and wrote: “Um, this is crazy. My huge ass just chillin’ with ‘Trooper’ Eddie at a Hellfire Gala. @IronMaiden and @Marvel had a crazy impact on my life. And now this panel exists. Thanks to all involved and @GerryDuggan.”

Marvel Comics and Iron Maiden make a great team. Several other metal bands and artists have been involved with comics, like GWAR, Rob Zombie, Spiritbox, and more.

Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Spooktober Edition” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Fear Of The Dark By Iron Maiden, Album: Fear Of The Dark 1992

This song is about a paranoid man who constantly fears that there’s someone or something about to spring out at him from the dark as a result of watching horror films and studying the occult. Themes like this appear on much of Maiden’s cover art (see: “Sanctuary,” “Women in Uniform,” “Iron Maiden,” “Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter” etc.).

Some consider this a sequel to “Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “Innocent Exile,” which also deal with a paranoid and nervous man. In those songs, he was on the run from the law after being falsely accused of murder.

When Bruce Dickinson first joined Iron Maiden, he was still using a student train pass and unofficially living above a hair salon. He lived about 100 miles outside of London, where he’d travel to practice with the rest of the band.

About five miles down the road, he’d pass time drinking scrumpy — a hallucinogenic cider made from undesirable apples — at a pub in the village of Elmley Castle. The establishment was full of semi-conscious metalheads and had a large pentagram on the floor. About ten miles west was Bredon Hill — the storied location said to have hosted the last recorded human sacrifice. Thirty miles in the other direction was the birthplace of the notorious Aleister Crowley, the mythical occultist and walking satanic symbol.

IRON MAIDEN Announces Two New Beers In TROOPER Range

IRON MAIDEN and Robinsons Brewery have announced two new beers in the award-winning Trooperrange; Fear Of The Dark, a 4.5% ABV English Stout, and Trooper IPA, a 4.3% ABV India Pale Ale. Both beers will be available to pre-order directly through the Robinsons Brewery web site, with Amazon orders opening shortly after. Further details on availability will follow.

The beers, which have been once again developed by IRON MAIDEN frontman and real ale enthusiast Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons‘ head brewer Martyn Weeks, are the seventh and eighth beers in the award-winning Trooper family. They represent the first IPA and Stout in the range, which has sold over 25 million pints worldwide since Trooper was first launched in 2013.

Weeks said: “Trooper is close to seven years old and has exceeded all expectations for us as a brewery. These two new brews join an extensive lineup of beers that we have created in our collaboration with Bruce Dickinsonand IRON MAIDEN. These are two new styles that we are proud to champion.”

Trooper IPA was inspired by American IPAs sampled by Bruce at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver in 2019, where he was keynote speaker.

ickinson commented: “I’ve sampled so many different styles of beer around the world on my travels with MAIDEN and it’s hard to ignore how big IPA has become, and what an exciting style it can be. I’m a huge fan of both IPA and Stout and they were the gaping holes in the Trooper range. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked us to do a Fear Of The Dark Stout over the last few years!”

“An IPA is something we’ve always wanted to do with Trooper but had to wait until the timing and recipe were right,” added Martyn. “We are extremely proud of this brew which marries together familiar American hoppy flavours with a fundamentally British backbone.”

Along with Trooper IPATrooper Fear Of The Darkhas been created, providing the first stout of the Trooperrange.

Trooper brand manager Sam Kennerley said: “Fear Of The Dark is something fans have been begging for since Trooper was first released and we’re proud to finally be rewarding their loyalty. Trooper Red ‘N’ Black porter was one of our most popular releases so we knew there was a demand for new darker beers and we are glad to be finally releasing a sessionable stout for all our fans to enjoy.”

Rather than simply referencing the art of IRON MAIDEN‘s 1992 album of the same name, the Fear Of The Dark label shows ever-present band mascot Eddiepaying tribute to Dickinson‘s onstage appearance when he performs the fan favorite on the current “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour.

Closing, Martyn said: “These two new brews represent the next steps in the evolution of the Trooper beer collection. We can’t wait for fans old and new to try them!”.

Trooper Fear Of The Dark and Trooper IPA are now available to preorder. They will both be available on Amazon.co.uk in the near future.

On This Day in History

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “The Concert Critic

On this date in history, 8/24/2019, Iron Maiden brought their Legacy Of The Beast Tour to Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN, and what a magnificent show it was!

The Raven Age were the warmup act, and the London based melodic metalcore band seemed to be well received by the early crowd. I didn’t really connect with their style, but have to acknowledge that they had a good mix and professional staging and lights.

I’m sure that one of their guitarists being the son of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris probably has a lot to do with them being on this prestigious tour. Nonetheless, they played with enthusiasm and youthful energy, and are undoubtedly having the time of their lives on that stage.

After a quick set change, Iron Maiden hit the ground running, unveiling a replica of a World War II Spitfire plane suspended above them as they played a thrilling full throttle aural assault on their classic opener, Aces High.

From the get go, Bruce Dickinson was in perpetual motion, exhorting the capacity crowd of diehard Maiden fans to sing along and share in this larger than life experience.

Dickinson’s voice was a razor edged wonder that night; powerful and still capable of hitting the highest notes of his considerable vocal range.

After Aces High, with the plane being manipulated to appear as if it were in flight and looking at times as if it were about to dive into the crowd, Maiden immediately launched into Where Eagles Dare and then 2 Minutes To Midnight.

Dickinson made a speech and informed us that there would be no new material and that we were basically being treated to a “best of” Maiden set. He said they were originally going to end the show with the plane, but then decided to open with it, and then make everything else better. This drew a roar of approval from the faithful, and it turned out to be a true statement, as the band just kept adding song after song to this incredible display of how to stage an epic heavy metal show.

As a guitarist, I have to say that the triple threat of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers were just phenomenal. All three contributed stunning solo work and blended together with harmony lines and the chugging, galloping rhythms that are the hallmark of the Iron Maiden sound.

Steve Harris (bass) and Nicko McBrain (drums) propelled everything with that relentless precision that everything else is built on top of.

Some of the later highlights for me were The Evil That Men Do, Fear Of The Dark, The Number Of The Beast, The Trooper, Flight Of Icarus,and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

Honestly, there wasn’t a weak moment in Maiden’s entire time on stage.

Kudos to the sound man for keeping Dickinson’s voice on top of everything else, for spotlighting each guitarist and making the solos stand out, and for keeping the bottom end full and bright at the same time.

The lights, staging, props, and of course Eddie, were all fantastic as well. All that is left to say is “Up The Irons!”

Elderly couple sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud

An elderly couple who lived in a quiet retirement community in Stockholm, Sweden has reportedly been sued for blasting Iron Maiden too loud – blasphemy, right?

According to Aftonbladet, the couple used the English heavy metal band’s music to take revenge on a new couple that moved to their neighborhood.

Other neighbors say the issues started in October when the new neighbors arrived and their sex life was too loud. Apparently the new couple would go at it “all night” – just a reminder, this is a retiremnt community. Respect.

However, the unnamed couple – an 81- and 71-year old – were having none of it and decided to make more noise but turning up the dial on their sterio and chucking on some Maiden.

It got so bad police were called and had to force their entrance to the house while “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” was playing. Thankfully no shots were fired.

Police reportedly charged the couple with harrasement and the lawsuit was later dropped.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind

Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind (1983) made this list for several reasons:

1) It is an excellent collection of prime Maiden classic heavy metal.

2) It was the first Maiden album I ever purchased, therefore making it near and dear to my metal heart.

3) It features an absolutely sick album cover of Eddie in chains and straightjacket, snarling ferociously…it doesn’t get much more metal than that.

4) It was the first album appearance of the mighty Nicko McBrain as Maiden’s drummer.

Much like Priest picking up Scott Travis, McBrain made a huge impact on the band’s sound.

In reference to #2, some of my personal highlights on Piece Of Mind are the incredible Flight Of Icarus, The Trooper, Where Eagles Dare, Die With Your Boots On, To Tame A Land, and Still Life (completed with the mysterious backwards message).

Iron Maiden have released a bunch of classic albums, but this one will always hold a sentimental spot near the top of their discography for me.


Rock N Roll Ribs Where BBQ Meets Metal

Rock N’ Roll Ribs. Where BBQ meets metal. Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s BBQ outlet dishes up ribs in digs complete with metal music & memorabilia.

If you’re ever in south Florida in the United States stop in. The food and service is excellent and the restaurant has so much cool memorabilia to look at.

Located at 4651 SR 7 #1, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Live albums have always been near and dear to my heart, and Iron Maiden’s classic Live After Death (1985) is phenomenal, both in audio and video formats. The stage is where Maiden excels, and this album captured them in peak form, recorded in Long Beach Arena, California, and Hammersmith Odeon, London. My favorite track is the epic Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, but Hallowed Be Thy Name, Flight Of Icarus, Aces High, Powerslave, Die With Your Boots On, and The Number Of The Beast are all represented with energized versions, too. Bruce Dickinson’s impressive vocal range was in glorious form, as were the blazing twin lead guitars of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, and the rock solid rhythm section of chief songwriter/bassist Steve Harris with the always happy Nicko McBrain demolishing the drums. Since the time of this album, Maiden have undergone several lineup changes, but have settled in with the same group represented on this record and one additional guitarist to tour the world many times over and maintain a legacy of quality and commitment nearly unmatched in metal music. Up the Irons!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

safe_image.phpWacken Open Air have announced that they’ll broadcast sets from select artists over the course of this year’s festival.

It was reported last week that Iron Maiden’s set would be streamed live on August 4 – the final date of their tour in support of 16th album The Book Of Souls.

Now the festival, in conjunction with Arte TV, have released a full schedule featuring sets from artists including Clutch, Parkway Drive, Steel Panther, Bullet For My Valentine, Ministry, Henry Rollins and Arch Enemy.

Wacken’s tribute to late Motorhead icon Lemmy Kilmister titled Born To Lose, Lived To Win will also been screened.

Similar to Maiden’s set, the entire schedule will be available worldwide via the official Wacken site or Arte TV. View the full list below.


Further artists are expected to be added soon.
Wacken Open Air/Arte TV schedule
All times Central European Time (CET)
Thursday August 4

16.50-17.35: Henry Rollins
17.40-18.05: Hamatom
19.30-20.30 Panzerballett
20.35-21.25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21.30-00.00 Iron Maiden
00.00-00.45 Therapy?
00.45-01.00 Born To Lose, Lived To Win: A Tribute To Lemmy Kilmister
Friday August 5

16.20-17.20 Entombed A.D.
17.25-18.25 Axel Rudi Pell
18.30-19.45 Eluveitie
19.50-21.05 Bullet For My Valentine
21.10-22.25 Tarja
22.30-00.00 Blind Guardian
00.15-01.30 Ministry
01.45-03.00 Testament
Saturday August 6

15.40-16.55 Borknagar
17.00-18.10 Metal Church
18.15-19.30 Therion
19.35-20.50 Steel Panther
20.55-22.10 Clutch
22.15-22.30 Triptykon
00.40-01.55 Parkway Drive
01.55-03.10 Arch Enemy


Iron Maiden to Cap World Tour With Live Stream at Wacken Open Air 2016


Iron Maiden kicked off the world tour in support of last year’s standout effort, The Book of Souls, on Feb. 24 and after making more than 70 stops in over 35 countries, Eddie and the Boys have special plans for the final night of the trek. The Brits will be presenting a live stream of their headlining performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.

With the band set to hit the stage at 9:30PM CET on Aug. 4, fans can catch the entire show on Livestream courtesy of ARTE Concert. The stream can be viewed through both ARTE and Wacken‘s dedicated sites. On this run, Maiden have been playing new material off The Book of Souls as well as the classics with some surprises in store in the setlist and onstage.

Commenting on the opportunity, longtime manager Rod Smallwood said, “We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary metal festival. Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans, so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour. Everywhere we’ve played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal. The band has loved every minute onstage.”

“So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there, we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift,” he continued, adding, “Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn’t get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed!”

Wolfgang Bergmann of ARTE said, “The festival summer by ARTE concert is heading for an exceptional highlight, showing a live stream of British legends Iron Maiden performing their final show of an incredible tour at the Wacken Open Air. An audience of millions, in Europe and for the first time worldwide, know by now that ARTE is taking the festivals to anywhere you are.”

This tour saw Iron Maiden venture out with their upgraded Ed Force One, a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet that hauled all the equipment, crew and band around the globe. The aircraft took on some damage during a ground accident where two engines were badly damaged. The incident caused no delays in the tour and was up and running just over one week later.



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