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England's own Iron bru.

IRON MAIDEN

After 27 years of rawking 'n' rolling, you'd have thought Iron Maiden would want to put their feet up. But no, the lads are dusting down their spandex trousers and preparing for another global outing. This time it's to promote album No 14, Brave New World. And what makes it even more significant to the heavy metal fraternity is that it's the first record in six years recorded with the original line-up. Guitarist Adrian Smith left in 1990 then rejoined, while singer Bruce Dickinson is now back after six years in the solo wilderness.

Maiden are one of the definitive British HM bands of the past two decades. They have sold more than 80 million albums and kept up an almost constant touring schedule. Yet still they are hungry for more.

"Every musician would like to be thought of as shy and retiring," laughs Bruce. "But onstage it's like you've got this huge plaything.

"There's however-many thousand people who want to lose themselves in a collective experience. We can all indulge in this amazing fantasy that stems from the band and its music, and the frontman is chief ringmaster, shaman, grand wazoo."

Friday, Earls Court, pounds 20-pounds 18. Tel: 0870 9039033GRAND WAZOOS: Bruce (left) and Steve Harris Picture: IDOLS
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Scott, James
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2000
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