Excited front-woman Kirsten Chickinson said: ‘For years people have been asking when we’re coming to the U.K. so it feels almost surreal that it’s finally happening. To play London–the city where Iron Maiden actually began in 1975–is thrilling and also daunting; I expect the “home” fans to be the most discerning but we are definitely up for the challenge! To see where it all began, this is hallowed ground’.
Formed in 2001 in Southern California, the Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of the most notorious tribute act in the US, progressively expanding their fame far and beyond the Americas. These five women have conquered the attention of fans and fellow musicians with their musical prowess and electrifying live shows, where they perform hits and fan favourites from all phases of Iron Maiden’s career with appearances by mascot Eddie, the grim reaper, the devil and more.
The Iron Maidens are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds, ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock. The line-up is Linda ‘Nikki McBURRain’ McDonald on drums, Nikki ‘Davina Murray’ Stringfield and Courtney ‘Adriana Smith’ Cox on guitars, Kirsten ‘Bruce Chickinson’ Rosenberg on vocals and Wanda ‘Steph Harris’ Ortiz on bass.
While Iron Maiden’s latest album hits the stores, the Iron Maidens celebrate the recent release of their first full-length studio album, the first studio tribute CD to a band ever recorded entirely by one artist; the cover artwork featuring a female monster was designed by none other than Eddie’s creator Derek Riggs.
Despite being undoubtedly five rocking hot ladies, the Iron Maidens are not just pretty faces: in their career they have been joined on stage by the likes of Alex Skolnik from Testament, Lemmy, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Anthrax’ Scott Ian and Judas Priest’s Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. They were chosen to support Danzig, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nightwish and Nevermore amongst others. They’ve been featured in Playboy and Hustler as well as Rolling Stone, Guitar World and Drum magazine.
The Iron Maidens will bring their show to the UK for the very first time on Thursday 14th April 2016, with a one-off date at Shepherds Bush Empire. Courtney and Linda have played in London before with different bands – Linda even at the same venue! – while it’s the first encounter with the British crowd for Wanda and Nikki. Give them a warm welcome, hang around and make sure you get Nikki a drink: the show is on her birthday and she’s looking forward to celebrating London style!
Tickets are available here:
General admission £20 + booking fees. Supports TBA, doors open at 7pm, curfew at 11pm.
Up the Irons!
For more info head to www.theironmaidens.com