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Iron Maiden

August 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast Tour, 2019 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Thursday, August 22, 2019

Legacy of the Beast Tour, 2019, featuring Iron Maiden, w/:

  • The Raven Age

@Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Show = 7:30 pm
All Ages

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden FB profile pictureSince their explosion on the scene in the early eighties IRON MAIDEN have been hailed as one of the UK’s greatest live acts of all time with their fiery brand of music, spectacle and live performance all of which has excited their fans around the planet for over three decades. (Source)

Known for such powerful hits as “Two Minutes to Midnight” and “The Trooper,” Iron Maiden are one of heavy metal’s most influential bands. They’re also one of metal’s most enduring and distinctive acts, thanks to their melodic guitars, ambitious songwriting, powerhouse vocalist Bruce Dickinson, and iconic mascot Eddie. One of the first groups to be classified as “British metal,” Iron Maiden helped set the rock scene for the ’80s and inspired generations of subsequent bands, including Metallica, Dream Theater, Slipknot, In Flames, and Avenged Sevenfold. Despite a lack of radio airplay or mainstream media support, early allegations of Satanism, and a revolving lineup, they have remained consistently popular throughout their career.

Iron Maiden were formed in 1975 in Leyton, East London by bassist Steve Harris, formerly of the band Smiler. The group’s lineup was volatile during its early years, but eventually settled on drummer Doug Sampson, guitarist Dave Murray, and vocalist Paul Di’Anno in 1978. Late that year, this incarnation of the band recorded a four-song demo and circulated it to club owners and others involved in the London scene, including the group’s soon-to-be manager Ron Smallwood. The demo’s popularity led Iron Maiden to self-release it as 1979’s The Soundhouse Tapes EP, which soon sold out its 5,000-copy run. After scoring a deal with EMI, the band enlisted a second guitarist, Dennis Stratton. Late in 1979, Sampson departed due to health issues and former Samson drummer Clive Burr took his place behind the kit. The band’s self-titled debut arrived in 1980; though it was recorded in a hurry, it was nonetheless a U.K. hit due to the single “Running Free.” Its 1981 follow-up, Killers, had a harder approach thanks in part to producer Martin Birch — with whom the group worked until his 1992 retirement — and also saw the replacement of Stratton with Murray’s childhood friend Adrian Smith.

Due to substance abuse issues, Di’Anno was dismissed from Iron Maiden after the Killer World Tour in 1981. His replacement was Bruce Dickinson, another former Samsonmember who joined that September and made his recorded debut with the band on 1982’s groundbreaking The Number of the Beast. Boasting songs such as the title track and “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” it became known as one of the all-time great rock albums. Though it was the band’s first chart-topping album in the U.K. and was a Top Ten seller in several other countries, Christian activists and conservative politicians in America claimed the band was Satanic (which Iron Maiden denied). Nevertheless, The Number of the Beast’s success made Iron Maideninternational superstars, and despite the replacement of Burr with former Trust drummer Nicko McBrain, they changed very little of their style on 1983’s Piece of Mind. The band undertook two major tours before recording 1984’s Powerslave, which would go on to be another cult hit and featured the 13-minute epic “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem. The product of Powerslave’s 11-month tour was 1985’s Live After Death, a double-live album featuring their biggest hit singles.

Now established as a powerful and unique metal band, Iron Maiden experimented on their long-awaited 1986 album, Somewhere in Time, incorporating synthesized bass and guitar and futuristic themes. They continued to expand their sound and subject matter with 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Another concept album featuring the singles “The Evil That Men Do” and “The Clairvoyant,” as well as the band’s first use of keyboards, it was Maiden’s most critically acclaimed album since The Number of the Beast. After that album’s release, Smith and Dickinson worked on their own projects: Smith’s album with his band ASAP arrived in 1989, while Dickinson’s solo album, Tattooed Millionaire, appeared the following year.

When Iron Maiden reconvened to work on a new album, Smith left over creative differences; ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers, who played on Tattooed Millionaire, joined the fold for 1990’s No Prayer for the Dying. A return to the band’s stripped-down sound of the early ’80s, it gave Iron Maidentheir first number one U.K. single with “Bring Your Daughter…To the Slaughter.” At the end of the band’s 1991 tour, Dickinson expressed his desire to leave and work on his own music. However, he recorded another album, 1992’s Fear of the Dark, and toured with the band, ultimately leaving in 1993. That year, two live albums were released: A Real Live One, which focused on their contemporaneous hit singles, and A Real Dead One, which featured Maiden’s classic songs.

Iron Maiden took some time off after Dickinson’s departure, returning with 1995’s The X Factor, which featured new singer and ex-Wolfsbane member Blaze Bayley. While the record didn’t perform as well commercially as some of its predecessors, it was still a success in England. Its follow-up, 1998’s Virtual XI, was one of the band’s lowest-selling albums; in addition, Bayley was having issues with his voice, and he left Iron Maiden early in 1999. Soon after, Dickinsonand Smith returned to the group, who released the ambitious, Kevin Shirley-produced Brave New World the following year.

Iron Maidenremained reinvigorated throughout the 2000s, touring and recording almost as consistently as they did in the ’80s. They reunited with Shirley for 2003’s critically acclaimed Dance of Death, which was inspired by battles ranging from the conquering of a 13th century Cathar stronghold (“Montségur”) to a notable World War I campaign (“Paschendale”). The Rainmaker EP, as well as the live DVDs History of Iron Maiden, Pt. 1: The Early Days and Raising Hell, followed in 2004. Sanctuary put out the two-disc The Essential Iron Maiden in 2005 to coincide with their gig co-headlining an Ozzfest tour with Black Sabbath, which the band left due to a series of confrontations with Ozzy’s wife/manager, Sharon. Another live set, Death on the Road, appeared in September of 2005, shortly before Iron Maiden returned to the studio to work on their 14th album. The results were 2006’s A Matter of Life and Death, the band’s first album to enter the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Three years later, Iron Maiden released the soundtrack for the film Flight 666, a documentary/concert film recorded in 16 different cities during Maiden’s first leg of their 2008 Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, which saw the band traveling in a customized Boeing 747 (called Ed Force One) flown by Dickinson, who is also a licensed pilot.

Iron Maiden worked with Shirley once again on 2010’s The Final Frontier, which reached the top of the charts in 28 countries and earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for the single “El Dorado.” It was followed in 2012 by En Vivo!, a live video/album filmed at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile in April 2011. In 2013, the band began work on its 16th studio album, with plans to release it in 2015. Though the album was completed, the discovery of cancerous tumors on Dickinson’s tongue and neck in late 2014 slowed things down. He underwent rigorous chemotherapy. He was declared cancer-free in May of 2015. Iron Maiden put the finishing touches on the album and issued the video pre-release single “Speed of Light” in August. The 92-minute, double-length album Book of Souls followed in September. In 2016 and 2017 the band set out on the Book of Souls World Tour in support of the album, and later released the live collection Book of Souls: Live Chapter, which was recorded during the tour. (Source)

The Raven Age

It’s every band’s dream: a football stadium filled with ecstatic fans chanting your band’s name, screaming every lyric, fists in the air, lost in music, bonded as one in rapturous communion. This was the scene The Raven Age witnessed each night when they accepted an offer to support British metal legends Iron Maiden on their wildly successful The Book Of Souls world tour in 2016. 

“It was an amazing experience,” admits guitarist Dan Wright, “a tour we’ll remember forever. It was an insight as to what can be achieved with hard work, the right attitude and brilliant songs. This is just the start of our journey, of course, but that tour laid out the goals our band should aspire to. We couldn’t have wished for a greater motivation or bigger inspiration for what The Raven Age could be.”

Such aspirations were far from the minds of Wright and fellow The Raven Age guitarist George Harris when the pair were first introduced in 2009 via their respective girlfriends. Back then, the teenagers were in thrall to metalcore acts such as Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive and Avenged Sevenfold, and shared a mutual love of lavish film scores and stirring classical symphonies. Gradually a vision for their own music began to coalesce and the notion of forming a band took hold.

With the recruitment of drummer Jai Patel, bassist Matt Cox and powerhouse vocalist Michael Burrough, The Raven Age emerged as a fully-fledged band, playing their first gig in February 2013. Self-managed and proudly independent, the quintet self-released their debut EP, the self-titled four track The Raven Age EP, in the summer of 2014 and hit the road hard, racking up tour supports with the likes of Mastodon, Gojira, Tremonti, Delain, British Lion and Ghost. Packed tents for their performances at Britain’s premier metal festivals, Download and Sonisphere, bore witness to the quintet’s burgeoning reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live bands. And then came the invitation to support Iron Maiden on a six month trek that would take the young Londoners from 55,000 capacity stadiums in South America to New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden and beyond.

“We went to places like Australia and New Zealand on the other side of the world and there were people in the front row who knew the words to every single song, and that was a big shock to us,” admits Dan Wright. “One track, Angel In Disgrace, actually hit number 3 on the iTunes Metal chart in Australia. Worldwide, our Spotify plays went through the roof [The Raven Age EP is currently approaching 2.5 million plays on the streaming service], and obviously our profile soared. But beyond that, the tour made us more confident as a band, and gave us the belief that we can take this further.”

“The UK’s next brightest metal hope.” Metal Hammer

Winner of ‘Best New Band 2017’ – Planet Rock Awards

Emphatic evidence of this comes with the imminent release of the quintet’s debut album, Darkness Will Rise. Recorded at Barnyard Studios in Essex with English studio wizard Matt Hyde, whose CV includes work with metallic heavyweights Slipknot, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium, the 13 track album is compelling proof that The Raven Age are ready to fly. Set for release on BMG on March 17, at the climax of quintet’s current tour with US thrash metal godfathers Anthrax, the album heralds the dawning of a new age: The Raven Age.

“It’s been a crazy journey so far,” Wright adds, “and there’s a big expectation now with the album coming out on a major, but we’re really sure of our music and our ability. Now we have this attention, it’s time for us to stand on our own feet and show that we’re ready for the next chapters in our story.” (Source)