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Bruce Dickinson – voice of reason?

Bruce Dickinson, of Iron Maiden, at Newcastle Metro Arena – via Journallive.co.uk

If you needed another reason to love Iron Maiden – other than their superlative back catalogue, Janick Gers’ manic metal pixie stage presence, Nicko McBrain’s deranged fizzog, the three-pronged guitar attack, that fellow on bass and lovely, delightful Eddie – here’s one that will ring true with anybody who’s been to a gig in the last five years or so:

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson berates texting fan in audience.

Who hasn’t wanted to do just that (without being removed from the venue and abruptly deposited on the pavement outside by a zero tolerance bouncer)? I complained about this practice when I went to see Dutch symphonic metallers Delain earlier in the spring and it really, honestly boggles my mind to see three or four teenagers standing around in huddles updating their Facebook statuses and sending texts whilst the band are playing, apparently oblivious to the show happening around them.  Are people so utterly obsessed by their mobile devices and so addicted to social media that they can’t experience social situations without having to furiously input their every notion into their phones lest it be lost to eternity?

You’ve paid for your ticket – shouldn’t you, y’know, watch the gig?

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Maiden America

Oh, Eddie – why must you desert me?

Picture via Iron Maiden.com

Over on the Metal Hammer blog you can get a look at the current Iron Maiden US tour, “Maiden England“, which is taking the founding fathers of modern metal to Stateside cities – Charlotte, North Carolina, for example – where the band haven’t played since 1988.

Puts a two or three wait between UK Maiden dates into perspective, doesn’t it?

You can read more at Iron Maiden’s site – in the meantime, I’ll be working on my teleportation device, so that I can get my wizened butt into an Enormodome to take in the awesome.

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Iron Maiden. Better than The Beatles – Fact!


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In a proud triumph for British Heavy Metal bands, social networking and ballot stuffing campaigns everywhere, Iron Maiden’sIron Maiden’s 1982 metal opus “The Number of the Beast has been announced as the Best British Album of the last 60 years in the results of an HMV poll designed to flog back catalogue albums celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Somewhere, the normally Divinely appointed recipient of these honours, Brit crooner and Emperor of Naff God-Fearing Pop Piffle Cliff Richard is composing a very sharply worded rebuke to somebody who gives a toss (clue: not your humble correspondent).  Face it Cliff, your ancient fan base just can’t figure out how to get online and rig these contests – deal with it, oldsters…

Whilst I would normally treat such things with the disdain that they arguably deserve, it is rather nice to see Iron Maiden’s fans being so active and doing such a bang-up job of getting their band to the top of such a visible list.

Metal Mavens Maiden Maul Malevolent MOR Morons Massively, Mate.

Better yet, let’s all be joined in delight that it wasn’t effing Mumford and Sons or sodding Adele topping this chart – huzzah for long-lasting hairy metallizers!

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International Metal Day

File this one under ‘right up my alley’ – it turns out that December 12th 2012 is the inaugural International Heavy Metal Day.

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The above image employed, of course, because there’s nowt more metal than the late, much missed Ronnie James Dio and I do like to think that he would approve of the idea of a day celebrating a genre of music that he loved and performed in so proudly for the majority of his storied musical career.

Day organiser Iron Matthew doesn’t have any major ambitions for the day at this point – he confesses that he’ll probably just be cranking his tunes a bit louder on the December date and letting the music do the talking, but I’m sure that if you choose to follow his splendid lead in following this day of celebration, you can make up your own celebrations which seem appropriate.

German awesomenauts Blind Guardian, and the cover for their recent "At The Edge of Time" record...

So, making biscuits of Iron Maiden mascot Eddie whilst wearing one’s best Norwegian Black Metal inspired ghoulish face paint and playing the bass line to Blind Guardian’s “Valkyries” it is, then.

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