-Birth name: Stephen Percy Harris
-Where: Leytonstone, London, England
-Spouse: Lorraine Harris, Emma Harris
-Kids: Lauren, Kerry, Faye, George, Maisie, Stanley
-This is, not shockingly, the first chapter in the book. This chapter is all about the founding member of Maiden-Steve Harris. Each chapter is like a biography within a biography, in the sense that each chapter tells about that particular album, band member or event at that particular time. With Steve, he grew up the oldest of four kids and the only boy, so, in his words, "I grew up in a house surrounded by women".
|Steve Harris and partner Emma Harris|
|Dave Murray and wife Tamar|
|Proud father Dave and daughter Tasha|
-Birth name: Paul Bruce Dickinson
-Where: Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
-Spouse: Jane Dickinson (1983-1987), Paddy Bowden (1990-present)
-Kids: Kia Dickinson, Austin Dickinson, Griffin Dickinson
-Born Paul Bruce Dickinson, he was born in the mining town of Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, essentially Robin Hood country. His parents, Bruce Dickinson Sr and Sonia Hartley-Dickinson were just 16 and 17 when they gave birth to Bruce. They were virtually penniless and sent the young child to live with his maternal grandparents. His grandmother hated him from the word go, because she said he reminded her of his father and the reason her daughter was taken away. Six years after Bruce was born, along comes his sister, Helen. He feels completely estranged from his sister because he says that she was a planned birth while he felt like an outsider who didn't belong.
|The guy holding his hands is Griffin Dickinson and this is the band Cytota|
|Kia Dickinson and father|
|Austin Dickinson of As Lions|
|Bruce Dickinson and wife Paddy Bowden|
|Iron Maiden, 1979|
|Def Leppard, 1979|
|Girlschool (Think Motorhead only female)|
|Tygers of Pan Tang|
|"The Book of Souls" Eddie|
|"Aces High" Eddie|
|"Somewhere in Time" Eddie|
|"Fear of the Dark" Eddie|
-Birth name: Bayley Cook
-Where: Birmingham, England
-He had originally started out in a group called Child's Play, but then moved on to a band called Wolfsbane, a punk-metal band based in his hometown of Birmingham. Wolfsbane had actually supported Maiden on a few dates of their 1992-1993 Fear on the Road tour, supporting their 1992 Fear of the Dark album. Steve said he thought that Blaze had a great voice. At first, worries about his party-hard nature came into question and the one who brought that up was Mr. Excess himself, Nicko McBrain. Blaze grew up in Birmingham, England and grew up in a home that wasn't complete, since he hates using the term "broken home". He shot to success with Wolfsbane and when he sent in an audition tape of his singing to Maiden, Nicko thought "That's Iron Maiden right there!" He thought Blaze's voice was perfect. It is unknown to this day why he goes by Blaze. He just said that when he first got into music, everyone came up with stupid nicknames, because it was the era of glam rock. People always thought that his first name, Bayley, was actually his last and someone just gave him the nickname Blaze, so it became "Blaze Bayley". He said he even calls himself that. He would go on to make two albums with Maiden-1995's The X Factor and 1998's Virtual XI. In late 1999, plans were being made to bring Bruce back, along with Adrian.
|Blaze now. Time has not been kind|
-Birth name: Adrian Frederick Smith
-Where: Hackney, London, England
-Spouse: Natalie Dufresne-Smith
-Kids: Dylan, Natasha, Brittany
-He was one of the later-to-join members of the band. He joined right after Dennis Stratton had been booted from the band. He knew they had contacted him because he suspected Adrian lurked in the shadows. He grew up with a brother named Patrick and a sister named Kathleen. His father was a decorator from Homerton and he was good friends with Dave Murray. Adrian and Dave would go to parties and play "Highway Star" by Deep Purple so much that it would, to quote Adrian "drive everyone round the bend." When Dave left Urchin to join back up with Iron Maiden, he felt a slight pang of jealousy, wondering would his chance at success ever come? And sure enough, it did. Dave had apparently suggested Adrian Smith as the replacement for Dennis Stratton. It's said that indecisiveness should be Adrian's middle name, since he can never make up his mind and that when he and Dave are on stage, they are like two opposites-Adrian, with his head down and haunted expression, sending out Hendrix-inspired riffs and Dave, constantly smiling, whirling his blonde hair around and sending out breakneck speed riffs. Adrian would first taste the music bug with a band of glam-rock influenced kids called Broadway Brats. Then he would move up a rung and form a band called Urchin, in which he would sing lead and play guitar (Yes, Adrian Smith CAN SING! To get a good taste of this, watch the live concert on the film Flight 666 and get to the song "Wasted Years" when Bruce says "Adrian" and Adrian starts singing the chorus of "Wasted Years". It's the same way on the soundtrack for the film).
|Adrian Smith and wife Natalie|
-Birth name: Janick Robert Gers
-Where: Hartlepool, England
-Spouse: Sandra Gers
-Kids: Sian Gers, Dylan Gers
-His father was in the Polish Navy, then switched over the British Royal Navy and then the Merchants Navy. According to him, Hartlepool was and is a big dock city, where a lot of Polish people live. He is the oldest of three kids, a younger brother and sister. He started out with a cheap acoustic guitar and didn't get his first real electric guitar until he was 18. It was a white Fender Stratocaster, which he continues to play today. He was in a variety of bands, starting with a close to unknown band called White Spirit, who got lumped in with the whole NWOBHM movement. Then he moved on to Ian Gillan's solo band, Gillan. It was in the late 1980s, early 1990s, that he had attended school for a degree in Humanities. Things weren't looking so good musically. But then he had a saving grace. Bruce Dickinson had begun working on his first solo album, which was to be titled Tattooed Millionaire and he wanted Janick to play on it.
-Basically this chapter just talks about when Iron Maiden finally hit it big in America and how most religious groups wanted to persecute this band, for "tainting the youth of America" with their supposed Devil worship lyrics. The band was constantly being accused of being Satanists and Devil worshippers, despite the fact that Nicko McBrain is a fully committed Christian and guitarists Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers all wear crosses around their necks.
-Birth name: Michael Henry McBrain
-Where: Hackney, London, England
-Spouse: Rebecca McBrain
-Kids: Justin McBrain, Nicholas McBrain
-As a child, he was always called Nicky, because he carried around a teddy bear he named Nicholas. The only time his birth name, Michael, was used was when he was in trouble. He started out in a band called McKitty, but then moved on to Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, and finally Trust, an artsy French socio=political metal band. How he came to get the nickname "Nicko" is he was in a band called The Wells Street Blues Band and Billy Day, one of the guitarists, introduced him to Dick Asher, head of CBS Records, as Neeko, his Italian drummer. He decided to change it to Nicko to sound more English. His first album with Iron Maiden was 1983's Piece of Mind. Nicko even had a full songwriting credit on 2003's Dance of Death, the song "New Frontier", which deals with the issue of human cloning. Nicko was always known as Mr. Excess, because he was the resident party animal. When Blaze came into the band in late 1994, Nicko worried about Blaze's hard-partying nature. It was Dave Murray who pointed out "Wait a sec, Nick. We hired you". Nicko laughed and said "You're right"
|Nicko and wife Rebecca|
|French metal band Trust|
-This chapter basically covers the end time of Blaze's time in the band. It talks about the 1998 Virtual XI album. Like all music bios, it talks about each song and during this time, it was when Blaze Bayley was let go from the band due to continuing vocal problems. It wasn't his fault; singing for Maiden can hard. But when plans were being laid out for Bruce to come back to the band, it was clear that Blaze would probably go. To this day, Blaze Bayley and Iron Maiden are on good terms and are good friends. There were never any cross words between the two. Blaze says that his time in Maiden has taught him to take more of a leadership role (no doubt inspired by Steve), write songs more and take more of the songwriting and leadership duties. He has his own highly successful solo career and there are times when he has reunited with his former band Wolfsbane. The Virtual XI album was often cited as being slightly lighter in content than its predecessor, but still retaining a slightly adult, X-rated type content to it. But a lot of the songs are lengthy, including "Angel and the Gambler", whose video shows the band playing on an asteroid, the ultimate concert and splices in clips from Ed Hunter: The Game and clips of the band playing poker backstage, while a leather longrider coat-wearing Blaze goes up to the bar, Clint Eastwood-style.
Rock in Rio
-This chapter is nothing more than just a chapter about playing at the large multi-day music festival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. They played it multiple times and in this chapter they recall all the times they played there and how the craziest fans seem to be the South American ones. Those are the fans who go absolutely crazy for Maiden
Rock in Rio DVD
-Not much to this. It's talking about a DVD of them being in Rio very recently.
-This just refers to specialist collections of things they did.
-Basically, this guy helped produce all their albums. It was considered from day 1 that they wanted him to produce them because of the long, successful list of people he's produced for. Steve actually worried about whether Birch wanted to do their music. Steve thought Martin would think "Who are these guys? Why would I want to produce them?" But Martin shocked them all by saying that he thought Maiden's music was perfect. To drive that point home further, a visit to Ritchie Blackmore in Long Island, New York, where he lives, did just that. Ritchie thought the band was fantastic and played the band's first album. Martin said "I can do better production than that!" And from then on, Martin has produced nearly every one of Maiden's albums. But, of course, there was a time when Martin would want to retire because he was spending every second of energy on Maiden. By the time Martin would retire, Steve, who had learned enough about producing by hanging out with Martin in the engineer's room, would take over the production of the albums, the cutting and splicing of live albums and DVDs, videos, etc. Nowadays, it's almost all down to Steve doing the production work, so essentially Steve is the busiest man in metal!