Heavy rockers Iron Maiden are toasting the success of their beer after learning over 3.5 million pints have been sold. Trooper Ale, the band's best-selling brew, launched a year ago (Mar13) and the band has achieved success without marketing the beer.
Robinsons brewery bosses, who helped Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson create the beer, unveiled Trooper at the Publican’s Beer Innovation Summit last year (13).
The beer makers have since been approached by Motorhead's management with a view to crafting a signature beer for Lemmy's band - but they declined the offer.
Anthrax rocker Scott Ian has condemned fans who tape live music shows on cell phones as "pathetic" and "idiotic". The guitarist feels strongly about the dangers of Internet piracy and another of his main concerns is seeing footage of his gigs pop up online.
Ian tells Examiner.com, "I think it's idiotic. I think the fact that someone would come to a show, spend the money to come to the show, and stand there holding their freakin' phone over their head for 90 minutes is pathetic. It completely defeats the purpose of coming to a live show. I think it's a joke. I've seen (Iron Maiden's) Bruce Dickinson go off on audience members for doing that...
"I think it's idiotic and I don't understand that mindset at all. You're standing at a live show and you're watching it through a screen on your phone."
The rocker is currently touring North America with his spoken word shows, during which he tells anecdotes about his life and career, and he is determined to keep all fan-filmed footage of his gigs off the Internet.
He adds, "I take it (videos) down when people decide that they're going to put my content on YouTube for free. Call me crazy, but I'm one of those crazy artists that thinks you shouldn't give your content away for free. I know that's a crazy way to think these days but I come from the old school. Where you used to buy albums and videos. And I still do, I still buy my music and DVDs. So I feel like if I have enough respect to do that, then everyone should have enough respect to do that."
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson launched a revolutionary new aircraft on Friday (28Jan14) and vowed to fly it from "pole to pole" around the world. The rocker, who is a qualified pilot, invested a chunk of his fortune in the project by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) to create the helium-filled aircraft which caries cargo and can stay in the air for up to three weeks at a time.
Dickinson branded the invention a "game-changer" and compared it to the futuristic green aircraft featured in kids' TV show Thunderbirds.
The HAV304 is due to make its first flight in the U.K. later this year (14), and Dickinson wants to use it for a headline-grabbing stunt. He tells Britain's BBC Radio 4, "It seizes my imagination. I want to get in this thing and fly it pole to pole... We'll fly over the Amazon at 20 foot, over some of the world's greatest cities and stream the whole thing on the internet."
Dickinson adds of the aircraft, "It's a game changer, in terms of things we can have in the air and things we can do. The air ship has always been with us, it's just been waiting for the technology to catch up."
Iron Maiden and Metallica will headline Britain's Sonisphere Festival when it returns after a two year break next year (14). In 2012, the event was cancelled and the 2013 concert was pulled due to a failure to attract big name headliners, but it's back with a vengeance for a big show at Knebworth Park in England in July (14).
Announcing details of the hot ticket gig on Monday (02Dec13), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said, "We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent!
"Without being cliched, it really is an honour and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis."
Dickinson also announced that the Sonisphere Festival will be the band's last concert of its current Maiden England Tour.
He adds, "If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing."
Sonisphere 2014 will be held from 4 July to 6 July (14).
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson has blasted an online report suggesting he is involved in a $500 million (£333.3 million) contract to manufacture drones for the U.S. military. The singer was recently named in an article on news website DorsetEye.com, titled Bruce Dickinson: Rock 'n' Roll Warmonger, in which he was sensationally accused of investing in a company hired by U.S. officials to develop unmanned aerial vehicles for war.
The blog editors sourced their claims from an announcement made on a South African conference speakers' website, but on Thursday (12Sep13), a representative for Dickinson slammed the allegations and dismissed the story as false.
A statement released to NME.com reads: "This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy.
"Both Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in, and remain great supporters of, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company that has nothing whatsoever to do with drones, 'lighter than air' or otherwise!
"The future implementation of HAVs is a likely global trend which has massive positive implications in many areas of life and both Bruce and Rod are proud to be involved with a British company at the cutting edge of this technology.
"As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine... Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, as this writer has claimed in such an erroneously dramatic and defamatory manner, HAVs are designed to offer much needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles."
Iron Maiden rocker Bruce Dickinson was shocked to discover octogenarian entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth was in the audience at one of the band's gigs over the weekend (03-04Aug13). The heavy metal legends are currently on the U.K. leg of their Maiden England trek, and took to the stage at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night (03Aug12).
Dickinson was stunned to find one famous face among the thousands of hard-rocking fans - 85-year-old TV star and gameshow king Forsyth.
Telling the audience at Sunday's (04Aug13) show, he said, "We had Strictly Come Dancing in the house last night.
"Bruce Forsyth was here, which is absolutely f**king unbelievable. I wish I'd have known, I would have said (Forsyth's catchphrase), 'Nice to see you, to see you nice.'"
Forsyth has hosted U.K. TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing since 2004.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is putting his pilot's licence to good use by supporting a charity scheme which teaches disabled Brits how to fly. The rocker, who is a licensed commercial airline pilot, is the vice-patron of the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP) scheme and he met up with a group of recent graduates on Saturday (15Jun13) prior to his band's set at Britain's Download Festival.
He tells the Leicester Mercury, "It's not just about teaching people with disabilities to fly, it's much more than that. It's about creating friendships, and there's a whole community around it and support system that comes with people encouraging each other. It's something I'm very proud to be involved in."
Heavy metal stars Iron Maiden opened their headlining set at Britain's Download Festival on Saturday (15Jun13) with a Spitfire flyover. The classic World War II fighter plane crossed three times over the 90,000-strong crowd at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, before the band took to the stage for a pyrotechnics-packed performance.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson, who is a qualified pilot himself, had planned to arrive at Download on a charity bike ride with a group of fellow musicians, but he had to pull out of the cycling trek after falling sick with a virus.
However, the singer appeared in good form onstage on Saturday night.
Speaking before Iron Maiden's set, Dickinson told the Derby Telegraph he was thrilled to be back at Download as it is "the only place where you can still make a proper noise in the U.K."
He joked, "Rustle a crisp packet in Hyde Park (in London) and you upset the old dowagers and Glastonbury (festival) is full of yurts and people reading The Guardian. Download is inclusive for everyone where you can make a great stonking racket."
Download wraps up on Sunday (16Jun13) with appearances by acts including Rammstein, 30 Seconds To Mars and Limp Bizkit.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is to lead a group of musicians on a charity bike ride to Britain's Download Festival. More than 40 riders will cycle 165 miles (266 kilometres) from Alexandra Palace in north London to the festival site in Donnington, England to raise money for good causes, and Dickinson will lead the pack on the 25-mile (40-kilometre) final stretch.
The singer's bike ride will take place a day before his band headlines the music event on 15 June (13), but Dickinson regrets he is unable to take part in the whole challenge due to his schedule with Iron Maiden.
He says, "Maybe it's the first time the headliner has shown up on a bike, but I do use my bike to get around... These are great causes, I am only sorry that due to our tour schedule l can't do more of the ride, and hope our fans will support our efforts. I look forward to a day off after the ride seeing some great bands before we go into full Maiden action on the Saturday."
Other riders include members of Trivium, Pendulum and Paradise Lost, as well as record label executives, music journalists and managers
The ride begins on 12 June (13) and will raise funds for charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline, and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
Plans to launch Iron Maiden's own brand of beer in Sweden have suffered a setback amid concerns the drink's label violates the nation's strict alcohol laws. Sales of the rockers' new Trooper ale, which features a picture of their skeletal mascot Eddie the Head on the label, have been halted in government-owned liquor stores Systembolaget, according to local reports.
Company spokesperson Therese Elmgren says, "There has been a discussion about the label. The alcohol law stipulates how it can look. We therefore don't yet know when it can be launched."
The heavy metal stars' beer has proven popular around the world - the brewer of the drink recently stepped up production to six days a week to meet demand from more than 100 countries.