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I would say that the majority of us have a music group/band that we would consider our favorite or that had a big impact on us.

As you can probably guess from the title mine is the venerable and mighty Iron Maiden.

I remember back in 1982 my older brother bought the Number of the Beast album on vinyl. It was actally the first album he had bought with his own money. I fell in love with the music then particularly the songs Run To The Hills, The Number of the Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

One really funny thing when I look back at that was every year in grade school music class we had to do lip syncs of our favourite songs. That year in 1982 I was 9 years old in grade four. Everyone else did bands like Cool And The Gang and Chilliwack. Along with a friend we did Run To The Hills and freaked all the other nine year olds out. First introduction for many of them to heavy metal music.

The best way to judge music though is not by the style of music but whether or not you fan feel the passion in the music. Alice Cooper said on his overnight radio show a good singer will make you believe the song. Hard to describe that in words, it's kind of you know it when you hear it.

To desribe what is great about Maiden is to start with the fact that with very little radio support they still made an awesome career that has seen them sell about 70 to 100 million albums over a thirty plus year career.

I would like to describe each current member of the band.

Stev Harris: The main song writer and forming member/band leader. Iron Maiden is really his baby. It was his vision and stubborness to do his music his way and not go overly commercial just to pander to the radio that kept the band going during its formative years.

A little word on people who criticize bands for being commercial the best answer is an interview that Scott Ian of Anthrax did. "The moment you sign a record deal with a record company you've instantly become a corporate rock band. Everyone's in the music industry to make money, myself included."

Bruce Dickinson: What can you say about Bruce? Probably one of the best singers in the business. The vocal range of an opera singer, the emotional intensity and passion of Springsteen or Sammy Hagar and the showmanship of David Lee Roth and roll it into one man and you've got Bruce Dickinson. That and along with everything else he does - produced screenwriter, published novelist, commercial airline pilot and fencer.

Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers: The guitarists. Maiden is one of the first to have three guitar players in the band. Normally most bands are one guitar and bass or two guitars and bass. One guitarist is the lead guitar like Slash or Angus Young in AC DC the othe the rhythm guitarist like Izzy with GnR or Malcolm Young in AC DC. When Maiden had two guitarists they were a twin harmony or lead guitarists. Each guy took turns soloing.

Now they're a triple harmony guitar band. Made the music even heavier than before. Either on os those guys could be the Slash or Angus of any other band.

Nicko McBrain: The drummer. Funny how they always get listed last. Being a drummer myself you'd think I would have listed him first. But Nicko is truly an amazing drummer. You hear a lot of the metal drummers going fast with double bass drumming. Half the time you think that Nicko is doing double bass when he's actually only using one foot.

Eddie: Maiden's zombie mascot. Every live show there's some gigantic version of Eddie. Always a fun time to see.

What is really amazing about Maiden is their live shows. If you ever get a chance to see them, don't miss it, they will wow you beyone belief.


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