Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to 39 albums, including 16 studio albums, 12 live albums, four EPs, seven compilations. Pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of UK and US platinum and gold albums, including 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death, 1986's Somewhere in Time, 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band has undergone a resurgence in popularity, with their 2010 studio offering, The Final Frontier, peaking at No. 1 in 28 countries and receiving widespread critical acclaim. Their sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls, was released on 4 September 2015 to similar success.

Despite little radio or television support, Iron Maiden are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, with The Sunday Times reporting in 2017 that the band have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide. The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002; as of October 2013, the band have played over 2000 live shows throughout their career. For 40 years the band have been supported by their famous mascot, "Eddie", who has appeared on all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows. Iron Maiden were formed on Christmas Day, 25 December 1975 by bassist Steve Harris shortly after he left his previous group, Smiler. Harris attributed the band's name to a film adaptation of The Man in the Iron Mask from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, the title of which reminded him of the iron maiden torture device. After months of rehearsal, Iron Maiden made their debut at St. Nicks Hall in Poplar on 1 May 1976, before taking up a semi-residency at the Cart and Horses Pub in Maryland, Stratford.

The original line-up was short-lived, with vocalist Paul Day being the first casualty as, according to Harris, he lacked "energy or charisma on stage". He was replaced by Dennis Wilcock, a Kiss fan who used make-up and fake blood during live performances. Wilcock's friend, Dave Murray, was invited to join, much to the dismay of the band's guitarists Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance, their frustration led Harris to temporarily disband Iron Maiden in 1976, though the group reformed soon after with Murray as the sole guitarist. Harris and Murray remain the band's longest-standing members and have performed on all of their releases. Iron Maiden recruited yet another guitarist in 1977, Bob Sawyer, sacked for embarrassing the band on stage by pretending to play guitar with his teeth. Tension ensued again, causing a rift between Murray and Wilcock, who convinced Harris to fire Murray, as well as original drummer Ron Matthews. A new line-up was put together, including future Cutting Crew member Tony Moore on keyboards, Terry Wapram on guitar, drummer Barry Purkis.

A poor performance at the Bridgehouse, a pub located in Canning Town, in November 1977 was the line-up's first and only concert. Afterwards, Iron Maiden replaced him with Doug Sampson. At the same time, Moore was asked to leave as Harris decided that keyboards did not suit the band's sound. A few months Dennis Wilcock decided to leave Iron Maiden to form his own band, V1, Dave Murray was reinstated; as he preferred to be the band's sole guitarist, Wapram disapproved of Murray's return, was dismissed. Harris and Sampson spent the summer and autumn of 1978 rehearsing while they searched for a singer to complete the band's new line-up. A chance meeting at the Red Lion pub in Leytonstone in November 1978 evolved into a successful audition for vocalist Paul Di'Anno. Steve Harris stated, "There's sort of a quality in Paul's voice, a raspiness in his voice, or whatever you want to call it, that just gave it this great edge." At this time, Murray would act as their sole guitarist, with Harris commenting, "Davey was so good he could do a lot of it on his own.

The plan was always to get a second guitarist in, but finding one that could match Davey was difficult." On New Year's Eve 1978, Iron Maiden recorded a demo, consisting of four songs, at Spaceward Studios in Cambridge. Hoping that the recording would help them secure more gigs, the band presented a copy to Neal Kay managing a heavy metal club called "Bandwagon Heavy Metal Soundhouse", located in Kingsbury Circle, northwest London. Upon hearing the tape, Kay began playing the demo at the Bandwagon, one of the songs, "Prowler" went to No. 1 in the Soundhouse charts, which were published weekly in Sounds magazine. A copy was acquired by Rod Smallwood, who soon became the band's manager, and, as Iron Maiden's popularity increased, they released the demo on their own record label as The Soundhouse Tapes, named after the club. Featuring only three tracks all five thousand copies were sold out within weeks. In December 1979, the band secured a major record deal with EMI, asked Dave Murray's childhood friend, Adrian Smith of Urchin, to join the group as their second guitarist.

Due to his commitment to Urchin, Smith declined and Dennis Stratton was hired instead. Shortly afterwards, Doug Sampson left due to health issues, was replaced by ex-Samson drummer Clive Burr at Stratton's suggestion on 26 December 1979. Iron Maiden's first appearance on an album was on the Metal for Muthas compilation with two early versions of "Sanctuary" and "Wrathchild". The

Donovan P. Leitch (album)

Donovan P. Leitch is a compilation album from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan, it was released in the United States in October 1970. In 1969, Hickory Records issued their last compilation of Donovan's 1965 Pye Records recordings. In 1970, Janus Records acquired the right to release the recordings in the United States and issued the two LP set titled Donovan P. Leitch that year; the album cover featured two pictures of Donovan in a concert setting. In 1970, Donovan's popularity was still strong in the United States; this popularity carried over to this fourth compilation of his folk recordings, allowing Donovan P. Leitch to peak at #128 on the US Billboard charts; this would be the last time. All tracks except where noted. "Catch the Wind" "Jersey Thursday" "Keep on Truckin'" "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?" "The Little Tin Soldier" "Turquoise" "Hey Gyp" "Sunny Goodge Street" "Ballad of a Crystal Man" "Remember the Alamo" "To Try for the Sun" "The War Drags on" "To Sing for You" "Candy Man" "Colours" "Josie" "Belated Forgiveness Plea" "Universal Soldier" "Summer Day Reflection Song" "Ramblin' Boy" Donovan – guitar, vocals Donovan P. Leitch - Donovan Unofficial Site

2013 PDC World Cup of Darts

The 2013 Betfair World Cup of Darts was the third edition of the PDC World Cup of Darts which took place between 1–3 February 2013 at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. England's Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis were the defending champions after defeating Australia's Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson in the 2012 final, they retained their title by defeating the Belgian brothers Ronny and Kim Huybrechts 3–1 in the final. 24 countries in the PDC Order of Merit on 1 January after the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship were represented at the 2013 PDC World Cup of Darts. Each nation's top ranked. For seeding the average rankings of the players was used, with the top eight seeds heading each of the eight groups of three countries; the 24 countries were split into eight groups of three. Each team played one best of nine leg match against the other two in their group; the top two from each group advanced to the last 16 where the tournament became a straight knockout bracket. Group matches – best of nine legs Last 16 – best of nine legs Quarter-finals – 2 best of seven legs matches.

Should the tie be 1–1 a third and final doubles tie will be playedSemi-finals – 2 best of seven legs matches. Should the tie be 1–1 a third and final doubles tie will be playedFinal – 4 best of seven legs matches. Should the tie be 2–2 a fifth and final doubles tie will be played. Prize money is per team: Philippines withdrew from the event due to travel problems and were replaced by Italy. If teams were tied on number of wins, the tie-breakers were leg difference and group stage average. Two best of seven legs singles matches. If the scores were tied after that, a best of seven legs doubles. Two best of seven legs singles matches. If the scores were tied after that, a best of seven legs doubles. Three match wins were needed to win the title. Two best of seven legs singles matches were played, followed by reverse singles matches. If the score had been level after that, a best of seven legs doubles match would have been played to determine the champion; the tournament was broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, RTL 7 in the Netherlands and Fox Sports in Australia.

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