IRON MAIDEN: 'Dance Of Death' DVDA Due Later This Month

March 10, 2004

According to IRON MAIDEN's official web site, EMI Records will release a "Dance of Death" DVDA on March 22 with 5.1 surround sound specially mixed by producer Kevin Shirley and bassist Steve Harris. For the audio buffs, the DVDA portion contains the album in full crystal-clear hi-definition 24-bit/96-khz glory while fans who own DVD 5.1 home cinema set-ups will be able to enjoy the album in surround-sound in Dolby Digital or DTS. Listening to the album in this format takes it to a whole new experience level especially with tracks such as "Paschendale" taking on epic proportions. Also included on the DVDA as a bonus are two full-length videos of the singles "Wildest Dreams" and "Rainmaker", both directed by Howard Greenhalgh and which can also be viewed accompanied by full 5.1 audio.

In related news, Telegraph.co.uk is reporting that the founders of IRON MAIDEN's management company, Sanctuary Music Group, made £5.8 million (approximately $10.5 million) yesterday by cashing in share options and selling part of their stakes to U.S. investors.

Andy Taylor, chairman of the company which manages acts ranging from BEYONCE to IRON MAIDEN, exercised an option to buy almost 900,000 shares at 20p a share, then sold them immediately at 53p a share. In total he sold almost a third of his holding — more than 5m shares — raising £2.86 million (approximately $5.2 million).

Co-founder Rod Smallwood, who oversees the group's artist services operation, exercised options to buy more than 335,000 shares at 20p and a further 530,000 shares at 24.5p, which he sold along with a further stake, raising £2.93 million (approximately $5.3 million).

A source close to the company said: "Andy and Rod built the company up over 25 years. This is only the second time they have sold any of their shares."

He added: "This was an opportunity to attract investors from the U.S."

(Thanks: MaidenFans.com)

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