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Initial post: Jul 18, 2012 2:43:24 PM PDT
T. Boyle says:
This ought to be interesting. This website says it will be released Sept 24.

http://www.steveharrisbritishlion.com/

Does anybody know the rest of his band and if they're any good?

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 3:16:41 PM PDT
A customer says:
Steve Harrris has his own Wings now, eh? That's humorous.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 5:07:51 PM PDT
I thought Iron Maiden was his solo thing...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012 9:55:26 PM PDT
T. Boyle says:
Yeah, it seems pretty redundant, doesn't it? He writes about 2/3 of each album.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 11:07:36 PM PDT
A TJ H F says:
I read somewhere that he said 15 Maiden albums are enough, so maybe this is his new outlet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012 8:10:13 AM PDT
Ash Krueger says:
I hope not. I mean I have high hopes for this solo outing but I think most people can agree the Iron Maiden moniker and the other musicians he works with in the confines of Maiden, add to the magic. Sure Harris is the driving force but think of the other members of the band. I mean without Bruce Dickinson we had "X Factor" and the horrible "Virtual XI." Meanwhile "Accident of Birth" and especially "Chemical Wedding" were astounding. My bet is that Maiden puts out another album in the next 2 years. He won't just keep writing solo.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 2:11:41 PM PDT
A customer says:
BUT... had Bruce been on those albums, would they have been good, assuming the music's the same? That is the question.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 5:36:36 AM PDT
Justin G. says:
Probably not. Bruce was on No Prayer for the Dying and Fear of the Dark and they're both pretty mediocre.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:00:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2012 10:01:59 AM PDT
Part of me is hoping he does something a little different from Maiden - I mean, he's a huge fan of 70s prog and it would be interesting to hear him do something all-out prog. On the other hand, if he did something that sounds like Maiden, but with different musicians, I can't say I won't enjoy it! Bruce is a fantastic singer/songwriter/frontman, but the fact is, he can't sing like he used to, so Harris could (possibly) find a young singer that's still in his vocal prime. I'm happy to have Bruce in Maiden, but if Steve does something on the side with another singer, that'd be cool.
From the write-up, I'm wondering if it'll just be a hard rock album, since that's what he can't (and SHOULDN'T) really do with Maiden - remember Bruce's first solo album when he was still in Maiden? "Tattooed Millionaire" is an enjoyable enough hard rock album, but certainly not what we'd have expected, but then Bruce was just screwing around. That would seem the obvious reason it's a "Steve Harris" album rather than "Iron Maiden". I just hope he doesn't try to incorporate your lamer mainstream modern-hard-rock influences - I mean, the Iron Maidens of today are power metal, prog metal, etc. not the screamoaltcore rubbish.
ATJHF - I beleve what Harris said was he always wanted to make 15 albums, and he was proud Iron Maiden made it to #15, but I don't believe the band has ever shown any intent to STOP at 15.
Ash - I agree with you on the Chemical Wedding/Accident of Birth being brilliant, and your point of Maiden being a combination of great musicians, rather than just Steve Harris. However, I'd like to point out the "X factor" of greatness wasn't Bruce - No Prayer for the Dying, Tattooed Millionaire - these are weak albums with Bruce. BUT - the albums without Adrian Smith by Maiden are weak and the Bruce solo albums with Adrian are classic-Maiden quality. (That said - Adrian's solo projects were OK, but not brilliant.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 11:02:57 AM PDT
axslinger says:
I agree with ya on that one...Adrian Smith is the X factor in Iron Maiden, would have to say that it is the chemistry between everyone that makes Maiden such a great band.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 1:55:30 PM PDT
T. Boyle says:
"Bruce is a fantastic singer/songwriter/frontman, but the fact is, he can't sing like he used to"

I haven't heard that, but I guess I haven't seen them in concert in a while. If there has been any drop-off, he still has a ways to go to drop below the level of most other singers in the industry.

I hope that Steve tries to go another direction on this solo release (at least somewhat), and I hope the musicians he's chosen are up to the task.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 5:38:46 PM PDT
Ash Krueger says:
So Perhaps Adrian Smith is the key? I guess the bottom line is that not one lone member of Iron Maiden is entirely responsible for the great songs and performances.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 2:28:38 PM PDT
T. Boyle - actually, I remember being shocked at how bad Bruce sounded live the first time I heard "Live After Death"! Pretty much every studio Maiden he's done starting with "No Prayer" he's sounded worse to me, but I still like him. (He sounded a lot better on his solo albums when he left Maiden - I assume because he could set the keys he sang in and wasn't touring constantly). I mean, everyone has their own taste in vocalists, and I still enjoy Bruce's singing, but to my ears he'his singing ability has steadily deteriorated since the 80s (as have Ozzy, Ian Anderson, David Lee Roth, etc., etc. - Dio seemed to hold up pretty well, though!). Again, not to the point of being a bad singer, but 80s Bruce (and late-90s solo Bruce) is possibly the best metal vocals EVER, current Bruce not really.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 9:17:32 AM PDT
Jimi jac says:
It would be great if all the songs were under 3 minutes, stripped down (no keyboards or sound affects) & no high concepts. Just a heads down, no-nonsense rock album.....but somehow I don't think it will.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 9:46:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 23, 2012 9:46:50 AM PDT
Ash Krueger says:
Dio was one of those weird cases where his voice seemed to get better as a show went along. I have 3 dvds with him fronting DIO, 2 as Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell, and one with Rainbow. Same scenario every time. He starts the show sounding good but a little raspy and then with each song his voice gets stronger. It's probably because he never liked to warm up back stage so his warm up was those first few songs. I need to check into buying some live Maiden. I'm ashamed to say I own nothing live on CD or DVD. I have DVDs of Alice Cooper, Queen, Saxon, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Type O Negative, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Pentagram, The Stooges, David Bowie, Skinny Puppy, Kiss, Rush, Scorpions, Trouble, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Iced Earth, Meatloaf, AC/DC, Dokken, Venom, and many more. No Maiden. I think I will correct that this weekend.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 10:31:53 AM PDT
Justin G. says:
Dude, Iron Maiden: Live After Death is mandatory.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 12:27:01 PM PDT
Jimi jac says:
The Who at Isle of white 1970
The Almighty "Blood Fire & Live
The Black Crowes - "Filmore",
Twisted Sister at Hammersmtih"

All worth checking out

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 7:36:29 PM PDT
Ash Krueger says:
Well, I just grabbed a copy at Best Buy for $9 on my way home from work. This shall be tomorrow's commute tunes.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 11:43:41 PM PDT
Bobage says:
At least one of those is worth checking out...

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 12:36:35 PM PDT
Jimijac - if it was 3 minute speed metal like early Maiden, yeah that could be cool. I don't see it as too likely, though, Steve Harris is the main reason Maiden has all these 7-minute songs - I mean, if you look at their 80s albums, those prog-tinged epics (Phantom, Hallowed, To Tame a Land, Ancient Marriner, Alex T. Great, 7th Son) - they were the Steve Harris solo compositions. In the late 90s, we had Maiden putting out very Harris written albums with lots of long, rambling songs and Bruce and Adrian putting out albums of faster, shorter songs!

I'm kind of thinking we're gonna get the less-metal hard rock Harris that wouldn't fit on a Maiden album (although sometimes it was there anyway - Angel & The Gambler, From Here To Eternity), and that it'll be kind of Harris's "Tattooed Millionaire". Which, although not as brilliant as a proper Maiden, would nonetheless be something I could enjoy.

Odd that, only a few weeks before the release date, I don't see any promo tracks on youtube or ironmaiden.com. Maybe Steve is thinking it'll take a few listens to get into, so he'd do better letting folks just buy the album rather than listen once and thinking "nah". I remember when I checked out Bruce's "Balls to Picasso", it sounded so unMaiden that I didn't buy it. When I got his later stuff, I decided to go ahead and get it and it's really grown on me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2012 1:40:25 PM PDT
Jimi jac says:
Although Harris may think he making a album that doesn't sound like Maiden, what we may well get is same old/same old, especially if he surrounds himself with a group of "Yes" men who wont push him creatively.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012 10:28:40 AM PDT
Mike says:
HUH? REALLY?

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 3:40:46 PM PDT
Jimi jac says:
Well I don't actually no, I just speculating, which is kinda what this forums are for.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 11:49:57 AM PDT
wattsie says:
Steve described the new album as "'70s-influenced, British-sounding hard rock." "I'd say it's more mainstream rock than metal... and quite commercial... but good commercial," he said. "There's all kinds of stuff going on, with nods to THE WHO and UFO and some classic British rock bands, but it's not the progressive rock album some might be expecting."

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 11:52:44 AM PDT
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