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Flight 666: Iron Maiden

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Iron Maiden is a heavy metal band from east Londom, England, formed in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris, formerly a member of Gypsy King and Sm8ler. They are one of the most successful and influential bands in the heavy metal genre, having sold more than 100 million albums world-wide.

Iron Maiden's work has inspired other sub-genres of heavy metal music, including power metal and speed metal. They are cited as major influences by (amongst others) the thrash metal band Slayer, pop-punk band Sum 41 and jam band.

The band's mascot, Eddie is a perennial fixture in the horror-influenced album cover art, as well as in live shows.

Iron Maiden have so far released 13 studio albums, 2 'best of' compilations and 5 live albums. With a string of festival appearances arranged for 2005, they show no sign of stopping yet.