Complete List Of Iron Maiden Band Members

Iron Maiden Band Members

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Complete List Of Iron Maiden Band Members presents the changing lineups of  a British heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band is known for its distinctive sound that combines a mix of aggressive musicianship with melodic vocals and complex arrangements. Iron Maiden has gone through several lineup changes but has remained a driving force in the heavy metal genre, sustaining a career that spans more than four decades.

Formation and Early Years

The band was initially formed by Steve Harris, influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. The early years saw numerous lineup changes, but the band started to gain traction in the London pub scene. Iron Maiden’s first demo, “The Soundhouse Tapes,” was released in 1979 and sold out its initial run, leading to attention from music journalists and record labels.

The Di’Anno Years and Initial Success

In 1980, Iron Maiden released their self-titled debut album with Paul Di’Anno on vocals, Dennis Stratton on guitar, Dave Murray on guitar, and Clive Burr on drums. The album was a commercial success, reaching the UK Albums Chart, and it laid the foundation for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). This was followed by “Killers” in 1981, which also saw Adrian Smith replacing Dennis Stratton.

Bruce Dickinson Era

1982 was a significant year for Iron Maiden. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson joined the band, replacing Paul Di’Anno, and drummer Nicko McBrain replaced Clive Burr. With this lineup, they released “The Number of the Beast,” which became a massive commercial success and is often considered one of the best metal albums of all time. This began a period of high productivity and commercial success for the band, with subsequent albums like “Piece of Mind” (1983), “Powerslave” (1984), and the live album “Live After Death” (1985).

Lineup Changes and the 1990s

Adrian Smith left the band in 1990 and was replaced by Janick Gers. The band’s sound also started to evolve, becoming darker and more complex. Bruce Dickinson left the band in 1993 to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Blaze Bayley, a move that was met with mixed reviews. The albums “The X Factor” (1995) and “Virtual XI” (1998) did not achieve the same level of commercial success as previous albums.

Reunion and Resurgence

In 1999, Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith returned to Iron Maiden, reinvigorating the band. Their 2000 album, “Brave New World,” was well-received and marked a return to form. Subsequent albums like “Dance of Death” (2003), “A Matter of Life and Death” (2006), and “The Final Frontier” (2010) were also successful, both critically and commercially.

Legacy and Current Status

Iron Maiden has received numerous awards and has sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide. Their mascot, Eddie, is an iconic figure in the metal world. The band has also been involved in various forms of merchandising and released a documentary, “Flight 666,” which chronicles one of their world tours.

IRON MAIDEN BAND MEMBERS

Steve Harris

Steve Harris is the founding member and the backbone of Iron Maiden. He was born on March 12, 1956, in Leytonstone, London, England. Forming the band in 1975, Harris plays the bass guitar and is also the band’s primary songwriter. He has been with the band since its inception and continues to be an integral part of Iron Maiden. Harris has appeared on all of the band’s albums, from their self-titled debut Iron Maiden in 1980 to their most recent work, Senjutsu in 2021. His bass playing and songwriting have been key elements in shaping the band’s signature sound, which combines elements of hard rock and heavy metal. Notable albums featuring his contributions include “The Number of the Beast” (1982), “Powerslave” (1984), and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” (1988), among many others. Outside of Iron Maiden, Harris has ventured into other projects, including his solo album “British Lion.”

Dave Murray

Dave Murray, the band’s long-serving guitarist, joined Iron Maiden in 1976, although he briefly left and then rejoined the band in the same year. Born on December 23, 1956, in Edmonton, North London, England, Murray has been a constant presence in Iron Maiden. Like Harris, he has played on all of the band’s studio albums, showcasing his fluid soloing and intricate riffs. Albums like “Piece of Mind” (1983) and “Fear of the Dark” (1992) prominently feature Murray’s guitar work. He is renowned for his smooth, legato playing style that has become one of the band’s defining sounds. Aside from his work with Iron Maiden, Murray has mostly stayed focused on the band, with few external projects to his name.

Adrian Smith

Born on February 27, 1957, in Hackney, East London, England, Adrian Smith joined Iron Maiden in 1980, replacing guitarist Dennis Stratton. Smith contributed to some of the band’s most iconic albums including “The Number of the Beast” (1982), “Powerslave” (1984), and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” (1988) before leaving in 1990. His dual-guitar harmonies with Dave Murray became a staple of the band’s sound. He returned to the band in 1999 and has been with them since, contributing to albums like “Brave New World” (2000) and “A Matter of Life and Death” (2006). Outside of Iron Maiden, Smith released a solo album “Silver and Gold” in 2002 and has been involved in various other musical projects including his band, “Adrian Smith and Project.”

Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson, born on August 7, 1958, in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, is perhaps one of the most recognizable figures in heavy metal. He joined Iron Maiden in 1981, replacing the band’s original vocalist Paul Di’Anno. His first album with the band was “The Number of the Beast” (1982), which was a commercial success and solidified the band’s status in the metal community. Dickinson left the band in 1993 after the “Fear of the Dark” album and pursued a solo career, releasing several albums including “Balls to Picasso” (1994) and “The Chemical Wedding” (1998). He rejoined Iron Maiden in 1999 and has been with them ever since, contributing to albums such as “Dance of Death” (2003) and “The Final Frontier” (2010). Apart from music, Dickinson is also a commercial pilot, an author, and even a fencer. His diverse talents have made him a multi-faceted personality in the world of rock and metal.

Nicko McBrain

Nicko McBrain, born on June 5, 1952, in Hackney, London, England, joined Iron Maiden in 1982, replacing the band’s previous drummer, Clive Burr. McBrain’s introduction to the band marked a significant stylistic change, as his technical skill and unique drumming approach provided a more complex and intricate backbone to the band’s sound. His first album with the band was “Piece of Mind” (1983), and he has been a constant presence ever since, participating in all subsequent albums up to their latest, “Senjutsu” (2021). Notable albums featuring McBrain’s intricate rhythms include “Somewhere in Time” (1986) and “No Prayer for the Dying” (1990). Apart from his work with Iron Maiden, McBrain has also been involved in side projects, but they have been relatively fewer compared to some of his bandmates. He’s known for his engaging personality and is considered one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock and metal.

Janick Gers

Janick Gers, born on January 27, 1957, in Hartlepool, England, joined Iron Maiden in 1990, around the time Adrian Smith departed the band. His arrival marked a new chapter for the band, contributing a different flavor of guitar playing that complements the styles of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Gers’ first album with Iron Maiden was “No Prayer for the Dying” (1990), and he has been part of every album since, including “Virtual XI” (1998), “A Matter of Life and Death” (2006), and “Senjutsu” (2021). Before joining Iron Maiden, Gers had a stint with Gillan, a band formed by former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan, and he played on White Spirit’s self-titled album. His energetic stage presence, characterized by his flamboyant guitar spins, adds a unique visual element to Iron Maiden’s live performances. Like the other members, Gers has largely focused on his work with Iron Maiden since joining the band.

Paul Day

Paul Day was the original vocalist for Iron Maiden and was part of the band from its inception in 1975 until he was replaced in 1976. Day’s tenure was during the very early days of Iron Maiden when they were primarily a struggling pub band, and as a result, he did not record any studio albums with the band. After leaving Iron Maiden, Paul Day went on to perform with other bands, including More and Wildfire. Although his time in the band was short and pre-dated their commercial success, his role as the original frontman of Iron Maiden has cemented his place in the band’s history.

Terry Rance

Terry Rance was one of the original guitarists for Iron Maiden, playing alongside Dave Sullivan when the band was formed in 1975. Like Paul Day, Rance’s time with the band was before they achieved mainstream success, and he left the group in 1976. He did not appear on any studio albums with Iron Maiden and largely retreated from the public eye after his departure.

Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan was also one of the original guitarists for Iron Maiden and played alongside Terry Rance. He was part of the band from its formation in 1975 until his departure in 1976. Sullivan did not contribute to any studio albums and his time with the band ended before they achieved commercial success.

Ron (Rebel) Matthews

Ron “Rebel” Matthews was the original drummer for Iron Maiden and was with the band from 1975 until 1977. Matthews was part of the band during its early years when they were primarily performing in pubs. Like other early members, he did not record any studio albums with Iron Maiden. Matthews largely remained away from the limelight after his departure.

Dennis Wilcock

Dennis Wilcock served as the band’s frontman from 1976 to 1978. Although he didn’t record any studio albums with Iron Maiden, Wilcock is credited with bringing a more theatrical element to the band’s stage shows, including the use of make-up and other special effects. After leaving Iron Maiden, Wilcock performed with other bands but never achieved the level of success that his former band did.

Bob Sawyer

Bob “Bob Angelo” Sawyer was a guitarist for Iron Maiden for a brief period from 1977 to 1977. His stint was short-lived, and he did not contribute to any of the band’s studio albums. Sawyer is known for being fired for embarrassing the band by pretending to play guitar with his teeth.

Terry Wapram

Terry Wapram was a guitarist for Iron Maiden, joining the band in 1977 and leaving in 1978. His time with Iron Maiden did not coincide with any of the band’s studio album recordings. After leaving Iron Maiden, Wapram continued to perform with other bands but has remained relatively low-profile in comparison to other members who contributed to the band’s commercial albums.

Thunderstick (Barry Purkis)

Thunderstick, whose real name is Barry Purkis, was a drummer for Iron Maiden for a short period between 1977 and 1978. His stage name comes from his use of a drumming cage during live performances. Thunderstick didn’t record any studio albums with Iron Maiden but was involved during the band’s early years when they were performing mainly in smaller venues. After leaving Iron Maiden, he joined the band Samson and also led his own project under the Thunderstick name.

Tony Moore

Tony Moore was briefly associated with Iron Maiden as a keyboardist, although his tenure was short and not part of the band’s main line-up that recorded studio albums. Moore was with Iron Maiden briefly in 1977, and he went on to have a successful career with other bands, most notably Cutting Crew, who are best known for their hit song “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.”

Doug Sampson

Doug Sampson was the drummer for Iron Maiden from 1977 to 1979. While he didn’t record any studio albums with the band, he did contribute to “The Soundhouse Tapes,” an early demo recording that has since become a collector’s item among fans. After leaving Iron Maiden, Sampson continued to perform with various other bands but never achieved the same level of success he had with Iron Maiden.

Paul Di’Anno

Paul Di’Anno was the lead vocalist for Iron Maiden from 1978 to 1981 and contributed to the band’s first two studio albums, “Iron Maiden” (1980) and “Killers” (1981). These albums were crucial in establishing Iron Maiden’s reputation and are considered classics of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Di’Anno was replaced by Bruce Dickinson in 1981. Post-Iron Maiden, he has had a varied career, fronting his own bands and releasing several albums.

Paul Cairns

Paul Cairns was a guitarist for Iron Maiden for a brief period in the late 1970s. His tenure was short and he did not contribute to any studio recordings. Paul Todd

Paul Todd was a guitarist who was briefly involved with Iron Maiden during their formative years in the 1970s. Like several other early members, Todd did not record any studio albums with the band and left before they achieved mainstream success.

Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons was a guitarist for Iron Maiden for a brief period in 1979. Although his tenure was short, he did take part in the recording of the band’s first demo, “The Soundhouse Tapes.” Parsons left the band before the recording of their first studio album and did not achieve the same level of prominence as some of the band’s other members.

Dennis Stratton

Dennis Stratton was the rhythm guitarist for Iron Maiden from late 1979 to October 1980. He contributed to the band’s self-titled debut album “Iron Maiden,” released in 1980. Stratton was involved in the band’s early success but was replaced by Adrian Smith after the first album. After leaving Iron Maiden, Stratton played with several other bands, including Lionheart and Praying Mantis.

Clive Burr

Clive Burr served as Iron Maiden’s drummer from 1979 until 1982. He played on the first three studio albums: “Iron Maiden” (1980), “Killers” (1981), and “The Number of the Beast” (1982). These albums are considered classics and were instrumental in the band’s rise to prominence. Burr was replaced by Nicko McBrain in 1982. After leaving Iron Maiden, Burr played in several other bands, including Trust and Stratus, and was involved in various charity activities.

Blaze Bayley

Blaze Bayley was the lead vocalist for Iron Maiden from 1994 to 1999, replacing Bruce Dickinson who had left to pursue a solo career. Bayley recorded two studio albums with the band: “The X Factor” (1995) and “Virtual XI” (1998). Both albums received mixed reviews and did not achieve the same level of success as the band’s previous works. Bayley was replaced by Bruce Dickinson in 1999 when Dickinson returned to the band. Post-Iron Maiden, Bayley has had a successful solo career and has also performed with the band Wolfsbane.

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