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Harris: Iron Maiden gone in 10 years
Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | 10/16/2012

Posted on 10/16/2012 4:12:54 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Iron Maiden mainman Steve Harris thinks his band may have give more years left in them – but they’ll be gone within ten.

His comments come just days after Rush admitted they were aware they’re likely to retire in the foreseeable future.

And Harris reveals he has doubts about whether to take his solo album British Lion on the club tour he’d previously said he was thinking about.

Maiden released their fifteenth studio album, The Final Frontier, in 2010. That led to speculation the band was winding down, based on comments Harris had made years earlier saying they’d make fifteen records then split. He later admitted the album title was a play on those rumours, and said the band would continue as long as they felt able.

Asked by The Quietus if there’s any reason they can’t keep going for another decade, the bassist says: “I don’t know about ten years. I think we’ve certainly got another five years in us – but it’s hard to say.

“As you get older it gets doubly hard to keep yourself fit and in shape. We do work really hard on doing that. We’d be selling ourselves and everyone else short if we didn’t, so we do look after ourselves.

“It does get tougher – I don’t play football much any more, partly because I’ve had so many problems with my back that I can only play the odd match here or there. Unfortunately it’s five years since I’ve played a full season of football and that’s something that I miss a lot; but I had to make a decision. I play a lot of tennis.”

Harris reflects that while Maiden could once have been regarded as a band towards the heaviest end of metal, “the emergence of hardcore and extreme bands have made us sound more like the Moody Blues!”

British Lion has received both positive and negative reviews – and Harris wants to wait until a more settled response has been received before deciding whether to brave the stage fright of club shows.

“I’d love to play the album live,” he says. “We have to wait and see what the reaction is like first though. I never take anything for granted.

“I can imagine that once you step outside the Maiden comfort zone, you don’t know what to expect. I still do get a little bit nervous at the beginning of Maiden tours, mainly because of the new material. We’ll have rehearsed, but you can rehearse until the cows come home and the first few shows will always be a little bit rusty. Once you’re confident it doesn’t matter so much.

“I used to get more worried years ago with Maiden about whether people were going to turn up or not. It’s different now. I may not expect every single show to sell out and I never take everything for granted, but you still know you’re going to get a certain amount of people.”

The thought pushes his mind back to Maiden’s earliest days. “We did have gigs years ago where no one turned up – I’m thinking specifically of places like the Double Six in Basildon or Lafayette in Walthamstow.

“At that one there were women punching each other out at the bar and we could see them clearly because there was hardly anyone else there. Just two women having a fight!”

He adds: “I guess there’s an element of that fear with British Lion – but that’s also what’s exciting about it.”


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: classicrock; ironmaiden; retirement
Age is catching up with all of our classic rockers...within the next 5 to 10 years Rush, Deep Purple, Yes, Heart, Van Halen, Boston, Journey, Foreigner, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Styx and others will be retired and gone. Go see them all while they are still around.
1 posted on 10/16/2012 4:12:57 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
I read this sentence three times:

"Iron Maiden mainman Steve Harris thinks his band may have give more years left in them"

2 posted on 10/16/2012 4:16:57 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: corlorde

I know me too...garbage editor I guess.


3 posted on 10/16/2012 4:18:50 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Keith Richards will still be going strong.


4 posted on 10/16/2012 4:22:17 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

IRON WHO?

ROLLING STONES announce 50th Anniversary Show:

The Rolling Stones will rock the stage once again with four gigs in Britain and the United States to mark their 50th anniversary, the legendary British band confirmed Monday.

In a video released on the Stones’ website and their Facebook page, frontman Mick Jagger, 69, and his three bandmates announced four dates in London and New Jersey, confirming widespread rumours of fresh live concerts.

Jagger, who had dropped hints in recent months that the band would tour again, told BBC radio that the four dates would be followed by a longer string of concerts, yet to be announced.

“You must have guessed this was coming. Surely you didn’t think we weren’t going to do this,” the ageing rockers said in a two-minute video filled with clips from old shows, which received more than 10,000 “likes” on Facebook.

“Soon we’ll be back on stage playing for you in two cities that know how to rock and roll.”

The band play their hometown London at the 02 Arena on November 25 and 29, followed by two nights at the Newark Prudential Center in New Jersey, just outside New York, on December 13 and 15.

The shows will be the first live performances by Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood for five years.

“I’ve always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones,” said Richards.

Tickets for the upcoming shows go on pre-sale for the London gigs on Monday and Saturday for the US shows.

But fans will have to dig deep for the coveted tickets, with standard seats for the London shows costing £375 ($603, 465 euros), although some will be priced at £90.

The four band members have a combined age of 273 years and many fans will see the tour as a possible last chance to see them play live.

The Stones are also set to release a repackaged greatest hits collection called “GRRR!” on November 12, featuring two new songs — “Doom And Gloom” and “One More Shot”.

“Crossfire Hurricane”, a documentary tracing the band’s half-century of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, premieres at the London Film Festival on Thursday.


5 posted on 10/16/2012 4:27:01 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile never dies.'')
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

I just read an article on another site that confirms the Stones are going to clear $14 million dollars for the 4 shows.


6 posted on 10/16/2012 4:30:41 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Age is the obvious issue here but overall the music industry is winding down. The rotten economy and the change from physical music (disks, etc) to virtual music is making permanent changes. These rockers made their fan base with physical music and all the buyers are getting too old to buy anymore.


7 posted on 10/16/2012 4:31:06 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningful to say)
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To: My Favorite Headache

“Iron Maiden gone in 10 years”

You mean they’re still around?


8 posted on 10/16/2012 4:37:26 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I think I still have a shirt from High school somewhere...


9 posted on 10/16/2012 4:37:28 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I saw Heart and Three Dog Night recently. They had a mush pit at the Heart show.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 4:41:19 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: corlorde

There is NOTHING as pathetic as a middle aged man wearing an Iron Maiden T-shirt...

(Excuse me while I go remove mine ;)

I saw Maiden with Motorhead and Dio opening in the 3003 era. For any IM fans...if you have not yet seen them perform live, do so before they are gone. Believe me. It will be worth it.


11 posted on 10/16/2012 4:49:07 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
There is NOTHING as pathetic as a middle aged man wearing an Iron Maiden T-shirt...

What, no Iron Maiden tapestry to go with it?

12 posted on 10/16/2012 4:50:33 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Edit...2003ish era following the Dance of Death album.


13 posted on 10/16/2012 4:51:03 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SIDENET

Still have my posters! ;)


14 posted on 10/16/2012 4:51:32 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
Still have my posters! ;)

I still have my cassettes!

(Bought Powerslave back in in 1984.)

15 posted on 10/16/2012 4:55:34 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET

I think that and Live After Death pretty much changed the musical lives of a few million of us ;)

But they have put out so much good stuff. I cannot name another Rock/Metal band with such a history of quality music over so long a time. Post Sabbath Ozzy? After Randy died...er...quality fell considerably.


16 posted on 10/16/2012 4:59:43 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN
IRON WHO?

ROLLING STONES announce 50th Anniversary Show:


Bruce says Mick needs to get a REAL job. ;)

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17 posted on 10/16/2012 5:10:02 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Yesterday’s sacred cow will be tomorrow’s forgotten cow.


18 posted on 10/16/2012 5:10:41 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Nikko has a nice little Rib joint here in S. FL!

He’s a fun person to know.


19 posted on 10/16/2012 5:29:04 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: left that other site
Rush and Maiden. My top 2!

I saw Maiden @ Tinley park (Chicagoland) in July with my bro, and Rush in sept with my bro here in Mpls.

Awesomeness!

20 posted on 10/16/2012 5:38:24 AM PDT by CygnusXI (Im back!)
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

More like the Strolling Bones!


21 posted on 10/16/2012 5:40:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

The difference is the Rolling Stones have really boring shows (still huge crowds, but mostly older people) while Iron Maiden has what many fans and industry insiders say is the greatest rock road show in the world. Their shows in Latin America are epic - not just in size, but in energy. The Stones, on the other hand, all look like they need wheelchairs and oxygen.


22 posted on 10/16/2012 5:49:33 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

The Stones *did* get started thirteen years earlier than Iron Maiden, so this many years later that difference in the respective ages is very obvious.


23 posted on 10/16/2012 5:57:08 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Larry Lucido
I think Richards drinks Formaldehyde.
24 posted on 10/16/2012 5:58:59 AM PDT by angcat (ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 & NY YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: CygnusXI

There are a lot of old stage props and memorabilia in the restaurant. I got into a “Paiste VS Zildjian” discussion with Nikko, and he served me some complimentary hot wings that were TOO HOT to EAT! (LOL!)

Fun Place!


25 posted on 10/16/2012 6:09:15 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: corlorde

One, two, three, four, give, six, seven...


26 posted on 10/16/2012 6:12:12 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: vladimir998

The Rock in Rio DVD pretty much proves that in spades. They are like heroes down there. Live they really are a spectacle to behold.

And they SOUND good. And can PLAY their instruments.

I highly doubt there’s a lot of Brittany Spears style backing/Autotune going on. Basically they are a literal throwback to a more golden age of entertainers.


27 posted on 10/16/2012 6:14:13 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: left that other site

Yup! You suck! ;)


28 posted on 10/16/2012 6:15:16 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

LOL!

You know, of course, that i have also hung out with Bonzo’s son Jason......


29 posted on 10/16/2012 6:38:17 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: left that other site

Did I mention...perhaps in passing... that you SUCK?!?!?!

;)

Those would be fun conversations to have.

PS: You suck ;)


30 posted on 10/16/2012 6:45:35 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: My Favorite Headache
I realized I was getting old when I heard Iron Maiden on the classic rock station in 2007. Wait....that song is 25 years old.

Half of these musicians are in their 60's now, and still better that 95% of what's out there today.

31 posted on 10/16/2012 6:52:07 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Scorpions are already gone to my understanding. Most of those bands will call it a day, some will make albums but not tour, some will go on with new members. It makes you wonder if some of these bands will just continue on for hundreds of years after the last original band member is gone, like musical zombies. Journey seems to be a good pick for that maybe.

Freegards


32 posted on 10/16/2012 7:04:31 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Norm Lenhart

;-)


33 posted on 10/16/2012 9:07:40 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Ransomed

Scorpions did announce their retirement 2 years ago and went on tour which was a huge one for them and then decided to do a covers record and enjoyed doing that so much they said “We might not be ready to call it quits...just...yet.”

Neil Schon in Journey said recently that things are very hot for them right now but he does see something coming in a few years where they would like to wrap it all up with all of the former members of Journey for a last record and tour.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart have all hinted in recent months that the evening with format to their tours will be coming to a close...3 hours a night is becoming too much for them and that this tour will likely be the last evening with and scale it back to 2 hours with an opener. Peart has gone on record as late as 2004 saying he didn’t want to be touring when he was 60...well...he is on tour at 60 as we speak. Lifeson said he wants to enjoy his wife, kids, and grandkids plus help out producing younger acts and artists who have requested for him to play on their record but he never made time for it.

Geddy stated a few weeks back he doesn’t want to be on stage at 70 and sees things coming to a close as far as tours go in around 5 or 6 years max. You have to think about that because they just started a tour for their new record a month ago and have dates scheduled through the fall of next year. They will then likely release another live DVD/CD package and have more time off the road and then tour for their 40th Anniversary and before you know it...we are 3 to 4 years already from today by the time that is done.

Bottom line? Go see these bands now while you can.

Aerosmith has a 2 year tour ahead of them and they too have stated they will likely fall back into doing individual projects and what not and this current tour will likely be their last long tour scaling anything in the future back to just the U.S., that travel is just wearing on their bodies.


34 posted on 10/16/2012 1:51:26 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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