AT FIRST ……THERE WAS…. Iron Maiden…from Bolton!
The 23rd June 2006 marked the 30th anniversary of the passing of Ian Boulton-Smith, lead guitarist with Iron Maiden – a rock group from Bolton formed in late 1969, now re-named 1970 to 1976 The Bolton Iron Maiden.
To mark this occassion, drummer and lead vocalist Paul TJ O’Neill created a CD from 4 mono studio tracks and 8 live tracks.
The CD contains all 11 original songs written by the band, that folded after Ian’s death, and contains a bonus live version of one of the studio tracks.
The Album is totally non-profit making – all proceeds are shared between :-
Iron Maiden themselves and manager Rod Smallwood have given their blessing and backing for the charity CD.
THE BOLTON IRON MAIDEN – in the press…………….
The Bolton Evening news headline is fitting ” Iron Maiden’s unite” “Rock giants back charity CD”!
Shortly after Ian’s death, his parents wanted to buy a bench for Christies Hospital in Manchester in his memory. Sadly this never happened. The Bolton Iron Maiden’s first profits from the CD made that bench the first purchase.
Rather than having a plaque, they had musical notation carved on the back of the bench, it’s the lead guitar line from Crawl Crawl Nighttime. A permanent tribute to him. We hoped to go on and share any other proceeds from sales of the CD the band with Cancer Research and Macmillan Nurses Cancer Care. Not only have they done that, the sales have continued for nearly 6 years – and are still today making cash for these worthy charities, not least by the help of the great “new” Iron Maiden – who have been very supportive of the project – only one thing to say to that……… “UP THE IRONS AND THEIR FANTASTIC FANS!”
Beak was not the only close friend to die from this terrible disease, both his parents eventually suffered from cancer. Tony Fearn who was the first singer with the band, and helped to pen “Cracked Path” also died from cancer on 9th September 2001 , so it is only fitting that the proceeds go to these worthy cause’s.
The Bolton Iron Maiden – Noel On Bass……
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A mythical creature of English origin known to be used by Bolton Iron Maiden
To travel through time and space and featured in the song “Maiden Flight”
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