IRON MAIDEN: Official Photographic Book Due Later In The Year

April 12, 2011

IRON MAIDEN's official photographer John McMurtrie has been on the road with the band since Ed Force One — the wonderful customized Boeing 757 owned by the MAIDEN, used to transport the band, its 60-member crew and 12 tons of equipment as they tour the world — first took to the skies back in January 2008, capturing not only the "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" but also the current "Round The World In 66 Days" leg of "The Final Frontier Tour". This extensive coverage is soon to be made available in the form of a glossy, hardback IRON MAIDEN photographic book. Tentatively entitled "On Board Flight 666", it will be published by Orion Books later this year and will feature hundreds of stunning photos which give an exclusive, behind-the-scenes pictorial documentation of the tours. Many of the images will be accompanied by captions, allowing the reader a first-hand glimpse into life aboard Ed Force One and its groundbreaking exploits on this intimate visual journey into the world of MAIDEN.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson's video tour of Ed Force One can be viewed in two parts below.

Ed Force One is named after MAIDEN's infamous mummy mascot "Eddie" and is piloted by Dickinson.

Photos of Ed Force One can be viewed below (courtesy of

IRON MAIDEN was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. IRON MAIDEN was nominated for the track "El Dorado", from the band's 2010 album "The Final Frontier".

"The Final Frontier" sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

"The Final Frontier" was IRON MAIDEN's fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with "The Number of the Beast", in 1988 with "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" and in 1992 with "Fear of the Dark".

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All photos by John McMurtrie

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