Royal Mail launches Iron Maiden stamps in honour of rock legends - where to buy
Twelve stamps feature members of Iron Maiden’s current lineup
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Royal Mail has launched a collection of 12 Iron Maiden stamps to immortalise the “bona fide rock legends”.
The heavy metal band are the fifth music group to join the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elton John and Paul McCartney to feature on a stamp issue.
The new commemorative stamps feature all eight current members of Iron Maiden, including guitarists Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers and lead singer Bruce Dickinson, drummer Nicko McBrain and bassist Steve Harris.
Four stamps pay homage to the band’s mascot Eddie, including him as a samurai warrior from their recent Senjutsu album.
Harris said: “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”.
Formed in London in 1975 by Harris, Iron Maiden have had one number one in the UK with the 1988 single Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter and 35 songs in the top 40, according to Official Charts Company.
They have also had five number-one albums including Fear Of The Dark, The Book Of Souls, The Final Frontier, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son and The Number Of The Beast. Iron Maiden’s 17th studio album, released in 2021, made it to number two in the charts.
In total, the band have had more than 100 million record sales and around 2,500 live performances across 64 countries.
Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said: “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.”
David Gold, director of external public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “Few bands in the history of rock music can be called bona fide rock legends – but Iron Maiden are just that – and more.”
Iron Maiden will be back on the road again with The Future Past tour in 2023.
Where can I buy the stamps?
The Iron Maiden stamps are available to order from 5 January 2023 and are on sale from 12 January 2023 via the Royal Mail website. An eight stamp set will cost £11.20 and includes four first class stamps and four £1.85 stamps.
A four stamp set of Eddie is also available from 12 January for £5.60 and includes two First Class and two £1.85 stamps.