The Royal Mail is getting the New Year started off with the release of a new series of stamps honouring metal rockers Iron Maiden.
Set for a January 12 release, the stamps feature live action shots and the band’s mascot Eddie. The collection is currently available for preorder via royalmail.com/ironmaiden. The 12 stamp collection will sell for £17.70.
This is only the fifth time that the Royal Mail has honoured a band in such manner; following The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones.
The band’s founder Steve Harris spoke on the release saying, “we were all absolutely astounded – in a good way! – when we heard first about the commemorative project, and equally pretty much speechless when we saw the stamps for the very first time. They look superb and I think they really capture the essence and energy of Maiden. We’re all very proud that Royal Mail has chosen to honour the band’s legacy like this and we know our fans will feel the same way,”
The band’s manager Rod Smallwood added, “as a band who have never played by anyone else’s rules for over 40 years, it’s very gratifying to see them honoured in their home country in this way. We’re proud to show how these six band members are still appealing to more and more fans every year with their music and their legendary shows – which I think these stamps really capture well. It’s also fantastic that Eddie has been honoured too – it’s incredible to think that Her Majesty, may she rest in peace, saw these and lent her iconic silhouette to them too.”
Director of External Public Affairs and Policy for the Royal Mail David Gold also spoke on the Iron Maiden stamp collection saying, “few bands in the history of rock music can be called bona fide rock legends – but Iron Maiden are just that – and more. With legions of devoted fans of all ages and from every corner of the globe, not only have they changed the way rock music sounds, but they have also changed the way it looks. We fully expect their fans will love these stamps as much as we do.”
Still going strong, Iron Maiden has sold over 100 million albums around the world and has performed in dozens of countries around the world playing to millions of fans.
photos couresy of Todd Nakamine from FunHouse Ent.
The collection includes:
Steve Harris in Vancouver in June 2021
Bruce Dickinson at Hammersmith Odeon in London May 1983
Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Steve Harris in Pamplona in September 1988
Nicko McBrain in Quito March 2009
Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, and Janick Gers in Rio de Janeiro January 2001
Adrian Smith and Steve Harris in Helsinki May 2018
Iron Maiden at Twickenham Stadium in London July 2008
Bruck Dickenson sword fighting with Eddie in Birmingham August 2018
Iron Maiden Eddie from the band’s debut album
The Trooper Eddie from the greatest hit singles
Aces High Eddie with Eddie as an RAF fighter pilot from World War II
Senjutsu Eddie as a feudal Japan samurai wielding flashing katana swords
feature photo credit: Iron Maiden’s Facebook page