Iron Maiden biography
Throughout their career, the band's style has remained largely unchanged, in spite of the addition of guitar synthesizers on 1986's Somewhere in Time, which Steve Harris describes as not progressive "in the modern sense, but like Dream Theater, more in a 70s way." although Harris firmly denies this.
In October 2007, Iron Maiden commissioned an Astraeus Airlines 757 as transport for their 'Somewhere Back in Time World Tour' in 2008. "Looking at the list of places we would like to play we have always had problems joining up the dots. With sea containers in various places it slows down the whole touring process, which is fine if you want a holiday but not if you want to play. It's great to see places but we don't want to sit around for a week waiting for gear to get from, say, Australia to South America, so this way we can get to more fans in more places en route in the same time period"''
The aircraft, named "Ed Force One" after a competition on the band's website, was flown by Dickinson as he was also a commercial airline pilot for Astraeus. The aeroplane was converted into a combi configuration and repainted with a special Iron Maiden livery, along with a list of that year's tour dates.
The decoration was restored a year later as the same aircraft (G-OJIB) was used on the final leg of the Somewhere Back in Time tour in 2009.
"Ed Force One" was used again for "The Final Frontier World Tour" in 2011, although this time with a different aeroplane (G-STRX) and altered livery, adopting the artwork of ''The Final Frontier''.
Bandit Rock Awards:
- 2011: Best International Live Act - Iron Maiden
- 2009: Best British Live Act - Iron Maiden
- 2006: Album of the Year - ''A Matter of Life and Death'', Iron Maiden
- 2006: VIP Award - Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden
- 2009: Band of the Year - Iron Maiden
- 2004: The audience vote for Best Foreign Artist - Iron Maiden
- 2006: The audience vote for Best Foreign Artist - Iron Maiden
- 2011: Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance - "El Dorado"
- 2005: RockWalk of Fame Inductee - Iron Maiden
- 2002: International Achievement - Iron Maiden
- 2010: Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year - ''Iron Maiden: Flight 666'' (Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen)
- 2005: ''Kerrang!'' Hall of Fame - Iron Maiden
- 2004: Best UK Act - Iron Maiden
- 2008: Best UK Band - Iron Maiden
- 2008: Icon Award - Eddie
- 2009: Golden Gods Award - Iron Maiden
- 2009: Best UK Band - Iron Maiden
- 2011: Best UK Band - Iron Maiden
- 2012: Best Event - Iron Maiden's UK Tour
- 2006: Best Heavy Metal Album - ''A Matter of Life and Death'', Iron Maiden
- 2009: Best DVD - ''Iron Maiden: Flight 666''
- 2010: Best Video - "The Final Frontier", Iron Maiden
- 2004: Special Achievement Award - Iron Maiden
- 2011: Best Hard Rock Live Act - Iron Maiden
- 2009: 24 Beats Per Second - ''Iron Maiden: Flight 666''
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