The oft dark and always heavy band Iron Maiden is one of the most important bands of all time in the heavy metal genre. They have been able to maintain a strong fan base over a career that has spanned more than 30 years, and their musical influence has branched into other bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica. Needless to say, the landscape of music as we see it today would be vastly different if Steve Harris never formed Iron Maiden. Whether you have been a fan since their self titled debut album in 1980 or just recently found Iron Maiden, make sure to get your Iron Maiden tickets now and see the legendary band in person!
Iron Maiden was formed when Steve Harris, former member of the bands Gypsy's Kiss and Smiler, was looking for more opportunities writing and made the decision to form his own band. During the early years of the group, the music scene was still heavy in punk, not heavy metal. But the band persevered, and as the punk music scene began to fade, Iron Maiden capitalized. After playing years of local gigs, the band signed a long term contract with EMI Records, where they released their debut Iron Maiden (1980). The album's influence can be seen in artists to this day and helped to put Iron Maiden on the map as one of the preeminent bands of the New Wave British Heavy Metal movement. Following their sophomore album, Killers (1981), Iron Maiden recorded The Number of the Beast (1982), which became a Top 40 album in the US and their first #1 album in the UK. It also marked the first of five consecutive albums to reach platinum status for Iron Maiden, with others including Piece of Mind (1983) and Somewhere in Time (1986).
Even with worldwide album sales topping 100 million, Iron Maiden has never been about commercial success. Their popularity and influence transcends all musical genres and they have been recognized for their achievements. VH1 named Iron Maiden as the #24 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock ahead of names like Rush and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2006, MTV called Iron Maiden the fourth greatest metal band of all time, saying that Iron Maiden is "larger and more iconic than most of their peers."