Personalities | Iron Maiden | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1975–present)

Original lead vocalist Paul Di’Anno led this East London heavy metal outfit to No. 4 on the UK chart in 1980 with their self-titled debut. New singer Bruce Dickinson went three places better with 1982’s The Number Of The Beast. The band soon became Britain’s top metal group, with their hard rocking, if slightly tongue-in-cheek, approach. Steve Harris (bass, vocals), Dave Murray (guitar), Adrian Smith (guitar) and Nicko McBrain (drums) are the most enduring members, though both Dickinson and Smith left and returned. Between 1985 and 1995 the band’s singles and albums were rarely out of the Top 10 in the UK, or Top 20 in the US. Particular highlights include the 1988 concept album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, and the bullet-spitting rock of 1990’s No Prayer For The Dying, which spawned the band’s only UK No. 1 single ‘Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter’.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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