Backstage with Slash and Bruce Dickinson as Guns N’ Roses open for Maiden in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 3, 1988 By Steve Newton The politics of rockin' can be tough on new bands just getting used to the tour circuit. Take for example Guns N' Roses, who are on the road in support of their first album, and opening for Iron Maiden, who've toured the world … Continue reading Backstage with Slash and Bruce Dickinson as Guns N’ Roses open for Maiden in Vancouver

How the hell did Judas Priest get nominated to the Rock Hall before Iron Maiden?

By Steve Newton Earlier today I posted a blog about how incredibly lame the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is for not yet inducting Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher. But now that I've had a few more hours to seriously consider how bogus the Rock Hall is, I've got another bone to pick with … Continue reading How the hell did Judas Priest get nominated to the Rock Hall before Iron Maiden?

Album review: Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire (1990)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 16, 1990 By Steve Newton Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson cut his teeth on ’70s bands like Bad Company and Mott the Hoople, and on his first solo album, the steel-throated vocalist gets a chance to loosen the thrashier chains of Maiden and indulge in some of the … Continue reading Album review: Bruce Dickinson, Tattooed Millionaire (1990)

That time I asked 24-year-old Bruce Dickinson why Iron Maiden had replaced Clive Burr with new drummer Nicko McBrain

By Steve Newton I've seen Iron Maiden in concert most every time they've played Vancouver since 1982, the year I interviewed original drummer Clive Burr, who sadly succumbed to multiple sclerosis in 2013 at the age of 56. In '83 I did another Maiden interview, this time with singer Bruce Dickinson, before the band played Vancouver … Continue reading That time I asked 24-year-old Bruce Dickinson why Iron Maiden had replaced Clive Burr with new drummer Nicko McBrain

Iron Maiden’s metal gets the masses moshing

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 4, 2008 Last week, I wrote a fun little piece in the Straight about how the members of Iron Maiden are more on the ball than your average headbangers, but I didn’t realize they were absolute geniuses until I saw that they were selling T-shirts outside the Coliseum last night … Continue reading Iron Maiden’s metal gets the masses moshing

Iron Maiden shows off the all-mighty power of metal in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 25, 2010 Just over two years ago Iron Maiden touched down at the Pacific Coliseum on the whirlwind Somewhere Back in Time world tour—during which it played 23 concerts on five continents in 45 days—and tore the roof off the place. They started that show with guns a-blazin’ via the galloping ’80s … Continue reading Iron Maiden shows off the all-mighty power of metal in Vancouver

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies at 56

  ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 13, 2013 It's a gloomy day for metal fans, as former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr--who has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for many years--died in his sleep last night. Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979, after a stint in Samson, which also featured Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson on … Continue reading Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies at 56

Bruce Dickinson says it would be unthinkable to do an Iron Maiden album without Martin Birch

By Steve Newton On Wednesday, June 29, 1983, Iron Maiden played Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on a bill with Saxon (who had that wicked tune, "Dallas 1 PM") and Fastway (who had "Fast" Eddie Clarke from Motorhead and Pete Way from UFO). Maybe you were there? Maiden was touring behind its month-old album, Piece of Mind, which boasted one of its … Continue reading Bruce Dickinson says it would be unthinkable to do an Iron Maiden album without Martin Birch