EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW IN TIME!
IRON MAIDEN'S BEST OF EIGHTIES ALBUM HERALDS A DOWNLOAD REVOLUTION - MAY 12TH
60 MILLION IN BRAZIL SEE MAIDEN ON NATIONAL TV AS SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME TOUR ROLLS THROUGH THE STADIUMS OF SOUTH AMERICA
BRUCE DICKINSON 'CHEMICAL WEDDING' FILM LAUNCH @ CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - MAY 17
MORE STANDING TICKETS MADE AVAILABLE FOR TWICKENHAM STADIUM -- JULY 5TH
Iron Maiden have prevailed over the world of heavy metal for almost thirty years, yet are also without doubt one of the most contemporary and exciting bands of the 21st century. And in their defiant spirit of overturning convention -- from flying their own plane around the world on a record-breaking tour to selling over 70 million albums Worldwide without mainstream radio or TV support -- today Iron Maiden announce a revolutionary new way of delivering music to their fans.
With the overwhelming success of the current 'Somewhere Back In Time World Tour '08', and the recent No 1 selling DVD 'Live After Death', EMI Records are proud to release a very special album on CD and double picture disc vinyl on 12th May to chart the first decade of the band's extraordinary career. The album celebrates the essence of the current tour by featuring most of the essential tracks from the band's first seven studio albums and one live album, recorded between 1980 and 1989, and is aptly also entitled 'SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME' (full tracklisting below).
In an unprecedented move to let younger fans hear, understand and appreciate the quality of these recordings EMI launch the unique SOMEWHERE BEST IN SOUND whereby the curious/adventurous can download the entire album without charge from www.ironmaiden.com as a high quality audio file (WMA) which is a typically powerful 320 kbps. Fans will then be able to listen to the entire album at their leisure three times before the download expires. The listener is then given a simple option to upgrade and purchase the album as a full traditional DRM-free download (so they can then copy or do as they like with the album).
Manager Rod Smallwood explains the thinking behind this innovative move:
"Maiden have a huge catalogue that is highly treasured by fans and media alike. However we recognise that our ever-increasing fan base is very young and can't be expected to know all the earlier albums, which is why we have put this collection together for them. Many of our fans weren't even born when the original albums were first released, although amazingly they seem to know all the lyrics when they sing along with the band at our concerts! We also recognise that 'albums' as such have become unfashionable to many over recent years with TV-generated pop artists stringing a couple of 'hit' singles together with filler tracks and releasing them as a quick fill album which disappoints and quickly becomes dated. So this is both an introduction to the band's recording history and a chance for young fans to try a full-length Maiden album and realise they're getting the real deal!
"We wanted to give the kids of today a fair chance of hearing the music as we would have first heard and experienced it in our day when checking it out in a record shop -- top quality sound, in their own time and in an environment of their own choosing so they are able to absorb the depth and worth of the music and lyrics that make Iron Maiden the phenomenon they are. What better way to use modern means and a very high quality download! Sadly the WMA (Windows Media Audio) isn't compatible with Macs or iPods but we are confident that our young fans are adept and fluent with modern technology and we will post simple instructions on our website for any that need guidance."
Illustration by Derek Riggs
The full track-listing for the album 'Somewhere Back In Time' is as follows:
1. Churchill Speech (0.49)
2. Aces High (4.36)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (6.00)
4. The Trooper (4.11)
5. Wasted Years (5.06)
6. Children Of The Damned (4.35)
7. The Number of The Beast (4.53)
8. Run To The Hills (3.53)
9. Phantom Of The Opera -- Live (7.21)
10. The Evil That Men Do (4.34)
11. Wrathchild -- Live (3.07)
12. Can I Play With Madness (3.31)
13. Powerslave (6.47)
14. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7.12)
15. Iron Maiden -- Live (4.50)
In further news, last weekend Iron Maiden were the main subject of two major Brazilian TV programmes: Fantastico, the most watched TV programme in Brazil with 35 million viewers, and Journal da Globo News, with 10 million. In addition Globo Sports also screened an Iron Maiden special report and MTV Brazil transmitted two specials on the band making an incredible total of 60 MILLION people being introduced to Maiden's breathtaking transglobal 'Somewhere Back In Time World Tour'. Both programmes trailered Maiden from the start of the show and closed with extensive footage of the band live and in interviews and of their 757 Ed Force One, putting the spectacular world of Metal and Maiden right up there with the likes of the Rolling Stones and U2 .
In addition to performing for two hours on stage with Iron Maiden and then donning his captain's uniform and flying the band, a 50-man crew, 12 tons of equipment and stage set around the world (50,000 miles, 10 countries and 21 cities!) in Maiden's own specially customised 757 Boeing named 'Ed Force One', Bruce Dickinson has also moved into the world of film and has co-written the screenplay for the forthcoming supernatural thriller 'Chemical Wedding ' which is to be released theatrically around the UK regions in the early summer.
The film is directed by Julian Doyle, who co-wrote the screen play with Bruce and who first stepped into the Iron Maiden world back in 1988 when he wrote and directed the intriguing promotional video for 'Can I Play With Madness'. 'Chemical Wedding' will be launched at Cannes Film Festival on May 17th when Bruce will fly Ed Force One full of VIP's for a special viewing of the film. The film stars Simon Callow as Professor Haddo a reincarnated Aleister Crowley who was once dubbed "the most evil man in Britain".
Furthermore, in response to huge fan demand for standing tickets for the band's first UK stadium appearance at London's Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 5th July, with special guests Avenged Sevenfold and Within Temptation, promoters Live Nation have arranged for some additional standing tickets to be made available. Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood explains "We know many of our fans love to be standing in front of the stage so we are very pleased that we have been able to secure these extra standing tickets. This will be a memorable show and will be our only one in the UK for at least two years so we intend to make it very special."
These go on sale first as an exclusive pre-sale to Iron Maiden Fan Club members this Wednesday 12th March at 9am and to the public this Friday 14th March.