Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt
– The Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt features the Invasion of Rarities album art with the iconic Eddie the Trooper.
– Once in a while, an image comes along that represents a timeless logo in rock history. This Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt image features one of ’em.
– This Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt is made in a black cotton with a slim fit for a perfect wear out for any place.
– Wear this Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt out and show your love for Iron Maiden and The Trooper!
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Iron Maiden was 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’s mascot, Eddie, is a perennial fixture in the band’s science fiction and horror-influenced album cover art, as well as in live shows. Originally a paper-mâché mask incorporated in their backdrop which would squirt fake blood during their live shows, the name would be transferred to the character featured in the band’s debut album cover, created by Derek Riggs. Eddie was painted exclusively by Riggs until 1992, at which point the band began using artwork from numerous other artists as well, including Melvyn Grant.
Eddie is also featured in the band’s first-person shooter video game, Ed Hunter, as well as their mobile role-playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, in addition to numerous T-shirts, posters and other band-related merchandise. In 2008, he was awarded the “Icon Award” at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, while Gibson.com describes him as “the most recognizable metal icon in the world and one of the most versatile too”.
M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold stated that Iron Maiden “is by far the best live band in the world and their music is timeless”, while Trivium singer Matt Heafy comments that “without Iron Maiden, Trivium surely wouldn’t exist”. Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor said that:
“Steve Harris does more with four fingers than I’ve ever seen anybody do. And Bruce Dickinson? Dude! To me, he was the quintessential old-school heavy metal singer. He could hit notes that were just sick, and he was a great showman. Everything made me a fan. And there wasn’t a dude that I hung out with that wasn’t trying to draw Eddie on their schoolbooks”, while their music also helped Jesper Strömblad of In Flames to pioneer the melodic death metal genre, stating that he had wanted to combine death metal with Iron Maiden’s melodic guitar sounds.
The band’s guitarists, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers, each have their own individual influences and playing style. Dave Murray is known for his legato technique which, he claims, “evolved naturally. I’d heard Jimi Hendrix using legato when I was growing up, and I liked that style of playing.”