Iron Maiden fans have plenty to be excited about this summer. Not only is the band touring North America, performing hits from the “Maiden England” days, but there is also a brand new biography out encapsulating every excruciating detail. On June 26th, just as Iron Maiden will be launching their North American tour, Voyageur Press will release Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast written by Neil Daniels.
There is no need to search any further for the complete playbook companion to one of the greatest bands in the history of music. Neil Daniels biography of Iron Maiden is a magnum opus that nothing can compare to. Any other book on the band (and there are plenty) is just not as grand as The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast. This biography has everything that an Iron Maiden fan could want and more.
Containing hundreds of photographs of the band from their earliest days all the way to their last tour behind The Final Frontier this book will leave even the die-hard Maiden fans starry eyed. A photo of every album and single cover is captured alongside full color photographs of concert tickets, tour posters, and flyers from the earliest days of the band’s existence. Concert Tour T-shirts, magnificent shots of Bruce Dickinson and the band in action, as well as the days of Paul DiAnno and Blazy Bayley, are all captured within. Setlists from every tour are posted and tour dates, direct from Steve Harris’ journal, are also included.
Have you ever wondered whatever to former members of the band, like original lead singer Paul Day and former drummer, Clive Burr? There is an incredible where are they now section at the end of the book informing fans where all of these former members have ended up over the years.
An intimate portrait/review of every Iron Maiden album, written by some of the biggest names in rock journalism, is the icing on the cake of this magnificent read. Starting with the self titled debut and running all the way through The Final Frontier, writers such as Mick Wall, Garry Bushell, Gavin Baddeley, and Ian Christie all cover their intricate, detailed, review of each Iron Maiden studio album released over the last 30-plus years.
The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast is more than just photographs and memorabilia replicas, it is also a well written, detailed portrait of Iron Maiden throughout the years. Starting in the earliest days of Steve Harris’ vision of the band and running through The Final Frontier tour, Neil Daniels has left no stone unturned. Paul Di’Anno’s departure from the band and the introduction of Bruce Dickinson is covered in great detail.
Capturing the latest information regarding Di’Anno’s departure (it was NOT about drugs) and segueing into Dickinson’s arrival (he was one of twelve finalists for the coveted lead singer position) Daniels provides well documented, well researched details that only an expert biographer would think to include. With his smooth writing style, Daniel pulls the reader into the story of Iron Maiden as if they were a fly on the wall, witnessing everything (good AND bad) that has happened in the long, storied history of one of the greatest metal bands of all time.
Ian Daniels also delves into the Blaze Bayley years and recaptures the essence of the mid-nineties and all of the changes that Iron Maiden went through bringing in this new lead singer. The split from Dickinson was not on the best of terms and the negative comments of the former lead singer, as well as the fan backlash to this new singer are all provided for die-hard fans to remember and, in some instances, to learn about. Low ticket sales, smaller venues being played, and boos from fans in North America all helped to contribute to the departure of Blaze after 1998’s Virtual XI. It was a trying period for the band and Daniels leaves out no details in his writing.
Ending with the return of Bruce Dickinson and the last decade of Iron Maiden history (2000 – 2010), The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast covers it all. The incident with the Osbournes during the 2005 Ozzfest tour is covered in great detail and the facts are laid out for the reader to determine. The following re-conquering of North America and the band’s first top ten American album is documented as the next steps in Maiden history. From there, Daniels details the final current years of Iron Maiden and leaves the door open for the future of the band.
If you are a fan of Iron Maiden, then The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast is a must own book for your collection. If you are a casual fan wanting to learn more about Iron Maiden and their amazing history, then consider this your Bible. Anything that you ever wanted to know about Iron Maiden is all captured in permanent ink. From the well written scripture to the amazing photographs, to the awesome images of every Iron Maiden album and single cover, The Ultimate Unauthorized History Of The Beast is an Iron Maiden fan’s dream come true.
Reviewed By Ryo Vie (www.twitter.com/ryovie)