Brit Award - What the press thought...
Published: February 21, 2009
It would be safe to say that the majority didn't see that one coming! Here's a selection of what the press thought about Maiden's Brit award...
The NME went with a blog entitled 'Why Iron Maiden Should Close Next Year's Ceremony'
"Think about: a medley of Howitzer-heavy anthems to close the night -- 'Run To The Hills', 'The Trooper', 'The Number Of The Beast' -- accompanied by a colossal Eddie stalking the stage, eyes ablaze, spitting fire into the first five rows. It'd be an extraordinary, exhilarating spectacle -- and just the thing to shake the BRIT Awards out of the bloodless, self-satisfied torpor into which it seems to have settled."
"Amidst all the furore of the Brits there was one very significant - and might I add long-overdue -- winner. For thirty years this band have consistently sold millions of albums, had top twenty hits and a number one, and toured to ever-expanding venues. Currently they're packing out stadia in everywhere from Brazil to Bangalore; songwriters and musicians of the highest strata and they deserve every bit of respect we have." - THE FLY (read more)
"Perhaps the most unexpected winners of the night were Iron Maiden - not normally accustomed to Brits success - who were awarded the title of best live act, a category voted by the public. Even show co-host James Corden admitted: "Iron Maiden, who'd have thunk it?" " - Q
"In a renaissance in heavy metal music, Iron Maiden were named Best British Live Act, 29 years after they released their first album." - The Times
Metal Hammer - 11 Reasons Maiden Deserved Their Brit
MusicRadar - 10 Reasons Maiden Deserved Their Brithttp://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/11-rea...ved-their-brit/11 Reasons Iron Maiden Deserved Their Brit
terrybezer / Blog, News, Top Posts / 19/02/2009 13:34pm
We’re all feeling particularly happy about metal owning indie at the moment so here are our 11 reasons why Iron Maiden deserved their Brit Award.
1. The award was for Best British Live Act. They ARE the best British live act.
2. Twickenham. Moonchild was enough to make the toughest headcase blub into his pint.
3. The Brits committee are paid to represent the best of British music and that’s truer of ‘Maiden than it is of anyone operating in British music.
Shame it took them 34 years to realise it before finally nominating them, eh?
4. Churchill’s Speech. Churchill’s fucking speech!
If you don’t get chills from it, you’re not human. There’s not a better live intro tape going.
5. Bruce Dickinson’s energy. I’m a 25 year old who goes to the gym regularly and he knackers me out just watching him. Hats off!
6. The ‘Harris guitar/machine gun with foot on the monitor’ routine. If you’re a bass player, you’ll have done this at least at one point in your life.
if you’re not a bass player, you’ll have done air-guitar like it countless times.
7. The ‘Somewhere In Time’ tour. Unbelievable scenes. Woah, Leslie. Aye Carumba. Holy shitballs. Shall we keep going or have you got the hint?
8. Eddie. Imagine a big, evil looking zombie c*nt popping out behind Chris pissing Martin? Didn’t think so.
9. Iron Maiden are as relevant in 2009 as they’ve ever been. To be in your fourth decade as a band and to achieve that is something that cannot measured.
10. Because the finest metal act and one of the greatest bands that the world has ever seen should be recognised in their own bloody country.
the rest of the world have got it for long enough, it’s about time the crusty fuckers that dish out mainstream awards realised this.
11. Because they’re Iron fucking Maiden.http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/1...it-award-19737210 reasons why Iron Maiden deserved their Brit Award
MusicRadar salutes British metal royalty
Rob Laing, Fri 20 Feb 2009, 3:35 pm UTC
10 reasons why Iron Maiden deserved their Brit Award
18 February saw a fan vote hand Iron Maiden their first ever Brit Award for Best British Live Act.
Although the smart money was always on Maiden's fervent fanbase to vote them to victory, recognition from the UK industry has been a long time coming.
Why should you care? Here are ten good reasons…
1. Their live prowess is well documented
We can think of good live albums, we can also name very good live albums, then there's Live After Death.
Captured – with apparently little or no overdubs – at Long Beach Arena, California on the band's gruelling Powerslave tour in 1984, it's everything metal should be.
Musicianship as tight as their spandex, spirit, fire, brimstone, band mascot Eddie as a giant Egyptian mummy and a tour de force of classic anthems.
Hear this and you'll want to see this band.
2. They've defied the ageing process
A whole 24 years after the release of Live After Death, Maiden came back with their Egyptian stage set on the Somewhere Back In Time tour to prove very little has changed.
They are still a jaw dropping force live, except now more popular than they've ever been as dads bring their children along to pass the torch of Maiden fandom.
Maiden can still play the 13 minutes of Rime Of The Ancient Mariner like their lives depend on it and show a whole new generation why even the juggernaut
that is Metallica are still not quite worthy in comparison.
3. They knew when to put the old gang back together
Bringing Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith back into the Maiden fold at the same time in 1999 was a canny move.
The Blaze Bailey-fronted lean (or wasted?) years had witnessed Maiden soldiering on, playing significantly smaller UK shows than they had in their eighties heyday.
Fans kept the faith and were now rewarded. Cue a comeback tour, a return to much improved form with the Brave New World album and
the added bonus of a three-amigo guitar attack with Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers.
4. Their back catalogue is unrivalled
No other metal band has a run of releases that can even remotely rival Maiden's seven-record run between 1980's classic eponymous debut –
with Paul Di'Anno on vocals – and 1988's conceptual Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son.
Between them were songs that would inspire a generation of metal musicians and countless pub arguments over the merits of the underrated Killers
and whether the second side of Piece Of Mind lets it down.
5. Few metal bands are more erudite
Heavy metal has a reputation as being music for idiots. That's not just unfair, it's also completely inaccurate – and nobody proves it more than Maiden.
They are metal's most bookish band.
Founder/bassist Steve 'Arry' Harris is not just extremely well-read, his passion for classic literature has inspired numerous Iron Maiden songs:
To Tame A Land (based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune), Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 18th century poem of the same name),
Lord Of The Flies, The Phantom Of The Opera, Seventh Son Of The Seventh Son (Orson Scott Card) and Murders In The Rue Morgue (Edgar Allen Poe) to name but a few.
6. There's only one Bruce Dickinson
Pilot, world class fencer (that's swords, not fence installation), author, radio DJ, historian… somehow Iron Maiden's frontman manages to fit world tours around all his other pursuits.
But multi-tasking and flying his bandmates to shows isn't the reason why he's held in such high regards by the Maiden faithful.
Bruce's air-raid siren vocal power has remained in remarkably fine fettle after all these years – he can still hit those operatic high notes.
It's part of the reason why Maiden are still such an incredible experience to see live and coupled with Bruce's energy and enthusiasm, it's a force to be reckoned with onstage.
7. They have the best mascot
Everyone should own at least one Iron Maiden t-shirt. Maiden invented much of the imagery we take for granted as being part and parcel of the metal
experience with visuals that have consistently embodied the spirit and imagination of their music.
But they still do it better than anyone else. Their past album covers created by Derek Riggs are truly iconic (especially so for the Killers and Powerslave albums),
while their skeletal mascot Eddie has become as famous as the band themselves – he's been with them every step of the way.
8. They are Britain's biggest and best metal export
Despite maintaining underdog status and being consistently ignored for years by mainstream media in the UK,
Maiden have stomped on regardless to become cherished around the world from Mexico to Malmo.
The UK has produced three of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time in the form of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
But no homegrown metal talent since has threatened to justify a place amongst these three kings.
It makes for even more reason to cherish Maiden; the finest of the trio and still delivering the goods live and on record with their most recent A Matter Of Life And Death album.
9. They've never chased a scene
Maiden are the ultimate inspiration that sticking to your guns is the best way forward.
They were innovators in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, but when that faded away they didn't surrender.
When grunge, nu metal and heinous rap metal pillaged the land, they fought on with their twin harmony axes.
And now as metal comes full circle and the traditional approach becomes popular again who has the last laugh? Maiden are still top dog.
10. Just listen to those guitar harmonies
Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and Wishbone Ash innovated the twin guitar harmony sound for heavy metal and rock.
We salute them for it. But nobody does it better than Maiden.
It's become their trademark and is truly something to behold live – especially now they bring in three part harmony parts on some songs with Janick Gers.
For a masterclass in the art just listen to Aces High, Caught Somewhere In Time, Die With Your Boots On,
Phantom Of The Opera and, of course, the genius of Hallowed Be Thy Name…