03/25 - "The Iron Maidens" Issue Tribute Album

According to MaidenFans.com, the all-female Maiden cover band, The Iron Maidens, will be releasing a full length tribute CD to Iron Maiden in the near future. The album has been mastered and the band is waiting on the 'finished' version of the cover art (rough draft version pictured above), to be supplied by none other than Maiden art guru and "Eddie" creator Derek Riggs.

The Iron Maidens consist of Aja "Bruce Chickinson" Kim on vocals, Linda "Nikki McBURRain" McDonald on drums, Josephine "Adrianne Smith" Draven and Sara "MiniMurray" Marsh on guitars, and Wanda "Steph Harris" Ortiz on bass.

It's the first time a tribute band is releasing a full-length tribute album by a single band. Gone to pressing on March 19th, it will arrive on April 8th.

As stated, the CD features the artwork from ex-Maiden designer Derek Riggs. As explains "Steph Harris", the band's bassist: "[There] was a drawing dubbed 'Charlotte' done by a friend who has also done artwork for comic books and for the band Pantera. The artwork was pro and we got a really good deal because we are friends with the artist.... but... after considering all the fuss everyone makes about Riggs, we decided we couldn't very well have anyone else do the artwork for our CD...even if it meant we had to spend extra. So...Riggs it is."
She also says, "I just got a sneak preview of the artwork for our tribute CD and it is so fucking cool I can't stop looking at it. It's 100% Riggs.... we only gave him some suggestions of what we thought might look cool but this really exceeds our expectations. And no.... I'm not going to share it on the [MaidenFans.com] BB...it's much more fun to keep it a surprise."

The album will be sold at every live show from the band (as from the Washington and Oregon April dates) and also on their Official Website, since the band has no distribution network to rely on, even if "Nikki McBURRain", the band's drummer, says that it would be an "extreme bonus if something like that would come to be." A new line of merchandise will also be available.

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