INTERVIEW WITH METAL
1. Please introduce the bandmembers to us and the
instrument(s) they play.
Aja "Bruce Chickinson" Kim - Vocals
Linda McDonald - "Nikki McBURRain" - Drums
Sara Marsh - I play Dave Murray's guitar parts as MiniMurray.
JOSEPHINE: I hold the role of "Adrian Smith", my nickname is
"Adrianne Smith" and play all Adrian's guitar parts.
Wanda Ortiz - Steph Harris - Bass
2. Can you tell us a little about the history of
the band and how you first got together, and how did you decide that this
band had to become an IRON MAIDEN tribute band?
Wanda - Five women who love playing rock music met around 2 years ago
and found that they all shared a favorite band :Iron Maiden! Everything
just kind of fell into place at that point.
SARA - I answered an ad looking for a guitarist at the same time Linda
and Josephine were interested in an Iron Maiden tribute.
LINDA - The idea of an all female Iron Maiden tribute came together when
5 musically inclined women
with a mutual love and adoration of Iron Maiden met in a
smelly ass club in (Scream for me!!!!!!!!!) Long Beach about 2 years ago.
The love for Maiden was there, the talent was there and the ambition was
there..............so it came to be. At first we couldn't decide if we
wanted to be called "Charlotte the Harlot" or "Iron
Maidens", but we all mutually agreed that "The Iron Maidens"
was the best choice! Since then, we have been paying homage to Iron Maiden,
our favorite metal band of all time, and have flushed Maiden heads out
of hiding in cities far and wide!!!!
JOSEPHINE: Linda and I have been jamming together for years, particularly
in Phantom Blue, and some other side projects off and on, and we were
asked to complete the lineup to form an all-female tribute to Iron Maiden.
We both love Maiden so we thought it was a good opportunity to play the
music that inspired us since the beginning. And we've been playing together
as The Iron
Aja - When the opening in the Maidens occurred, Dr. James Sitterly (the
violinist who played on the Iron Maiden String Quartet CD) recommended
me to Wanda “Steph Harris” Ortiz. The minute I heard about
it, I was jumping up and down! I really wanted to get this “part”.
I wanted to do something different for me, where I could express a part
of myself that I hadn’t had an opportunity to express before as
a performer. Well, I got my wish and then some!
The standards are very high. Iron Maiden is warrior music. The fans know
their Maiden and these women are no exception. The Maidens play it very,
very well. They’d been playing it successfully for several years
or so. I feel an obligation to be as true to the music and what I interpret
as the intention of the real band. It’s a whole ‘other world!
Listening to this music and performing it are 2 completely different animals!
It’s not easy but it’s really challenging and a lot of fun!
To me it’s like really heavy and LOUD classical music and I approach
as a classically trained musician would approach it. In the audition process,
I came back 3 times, every time learning new songs, so by the time I was
through auditioning I already knew a third of the songs!! It gave us a
chance to get to know each other better, too. So it’s working out
Do you play in other bands and if yes, can you tell us a bit more about
LINDA - Yes, I try to keep myself as busy as I can playing or I just don't
to do with myself besides drive those closest to me crazy! I play with
Phantom Blue, a 5 pc. aggressive twin guitar attack original female band,
when the opportunity arises,
www.phantomblue.com ; Damnzel, again all woman powered, playing covers
by bands like TOOL, SOAD,
Incubus, Disturbed, etc, and original material, www.damnzel.com; Valley
Dolls, an 80's metal cover act www.perfectworldentertainment.com; and
I freelance whenever I have the opportunity.
Sara - I play in Phantom Blue and Damnzel with Josephine and Linda - a
cover band playing Disturbed to Incubus to Tool with some originals on
the back burner. I'll also be joining Mistress Of Reality for their Wicked
World Tour next month.
JOSEPHINE: Well, there's Phantom Blue, and Linda and Sara and I are also
a side project called Damnzel. We play mainstream rock, college radio
hits. The purpose of it is to have fun and play out as much as possible.
AJA - I’d been singing a lot of R&B, pop, and blues, even jazz
(!) for my supper ( as well recording and performing original music, though
it can sometimes cost you your supper to do that!!!), so I feel pretty
musically fulfilled. I perform regularly with former Tower of Power guitarist,
Bruce Conte. In addition, I’ve had the honor of both recording and
touring with E Street Band saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, as a featured
vocalist. I’ve toured in South America with Argentine rock band,
Wilma Palma. I’ve also had the honor of being the only female presence
on one of famed punk/blues guitarist Carlos Guitarlos’ songs from
his award-winning solo release. (The track also featured Mike Watt.) I’m
very fortunate and have had a chance to work with a lot of great musicians
WANDA - As a freelance musician, I get to play in a variety of projects
ranging from orchestras to rock bands. Here are a couple of my favorite
projects: www.southcoastsymphony.org and www.fieldofvision.net.
Do you have other influences besides IRON MAIDEN?
SARA - My guitar hero right now is Jeff Beck. When I started playing,
I copped alot of Clapton, Hendrix, and Iommi/Rhodes licks.
LINDA - I have been influenced by everything from elevator music, Barry
Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Andy Gibb, to Judas Priest, Van Halen, Disturbed,
SOAD, to the music on commercials or cartoons and everything in between
and beyond. I am influenced by almost anything it in some way....especially
life and stupid people...okay,....people. (be nice)
WANDA - Yes. When I was younger I listened to Rush, Yes, and Led Zeppelin
quite a bit. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of blues.
AJA - Of course! I’m a musical sponge. I listen to everything, regardless
of style. I love all musical styles and feel there are great artists in
every genre of music (someone once said there are only two kinds of music-
good music and bad music. I agree.) Some very inspiring vocal influences
are: Janis Joplin, Robert Plant, Paul Rogers, Roger Daltrey (I love the
Brit rock bands), Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell,
Chrissie Hynde….whew! The list goes on and on and on…I love
great singers and songwriters!
JOSEPHINE - I grew up on Kiss and Maiden and Zeppelin, and let's not forget
Queen and I love electronic based bands such as Depeche Mode and Tears
Fears. Nowadays I listen to a lot of The Crystal Method and Prodigy and
Skinny Puppy and a lot that is considered techno and industrial, and that
seems to be my main influences in songwriting right now.
5. Do you see yourself as a coverband or a tribute
SARA - Tribute cuz we play only Iron Maiden.
JOSEPHINE -We call ourselves a tribute because we pay tribute specifically
to one band which is Iron Maiden, and we pay attention to details as far
trying to play everything as close to the real thing as possible, note
LINDA - Pure Tribute baby! We strive to recreate the
whole vibe of a real Maiden show when we perform from recreating some
stagewear with a feminized touch and decorating the stage with Maiden
flourishes throughout. Cover bands just play other people's songs.
AJA - I don’t see us as a cover band, per se, as a cover band does
various artists music. A tribute band is very specialized. We have an
opportunity to explore, in depth, both the music and the performance side
of a really amazing band. That’s what makes this such a great project.
To really be able to focus on this incredible body of work is so much
fun! My job is to sit and absorb as I watch a master showman work his
magic. I’m learning from the best!
WANDA - A tribute band.6. Please tell us something about your live shows.
Are they an exact copy of
an IRON MAIDEN show of a certain period, or do you only play a set of
MAIDEN covers? Do you also use stage props like IRON MAIDEN does ( f.e,
you have your own "Eddie" on stage, and do you also use any
JOSEPHINE - A few times, we've done "Live After Death" shows
and we try to
keep the same song order as the real thing. Sometimes we'll bill our show
"DiAnno night" where the majority of songs we play are from
DiAnno era. But
regardless of periods, we have all kinds of props on stage, from Eddie's
22 Acacia Avenue street signs, skeleton that hangs from the ceiling during
"Hallowed Be Thy Name", CO2 tanks and other more elaborate props
prepared by our management led by Mark Dawson. He's been expanding the
extent of our live performance by coming up with new ideas for a more
interesting live show.
LINDA - And he just keeps coming up with more tricks!!!! Yahoo!!! We're
gonna have to hire a bus just to lug the props around soon if he keeps
getting more ideas!!! Hehe! We've also done "Classic Maiden"
shows and are thinking about doing special album themed shows where we
will play a complete album and deck the stage out per the album's theme.
Sara - We've often performed the Live After Death setlist. We try to mix
it up with old Di'anno and newer stuff up to Seventh Son- kinda like putting
your media player on random.
WANDA - For the most part, we cover Maiden during the time when they were
at the height of their career (mid-eighties) but every now and then, we'll
throw in a song or two from their early days...and we may even do a song
off their new album. Our act incorporates a variety of stage props and
our own "Eddie" to add a special "extra touch" for
our audience.7. Do you play 'live' regularly?
WANDA - Yes.
SARA - Yep! Lot's of maiden fans out there!
JOSEPHINE - Yeah, we try to do that as much as possible. There are times
where we play constantly every weekend in the vicinity of Los Angeles,
we're out of town on a tour we play almost every night.
LINDA - We LOVE to play live!!!! We play as regularly as possible without
overkill (Overkill of Maiden??? Impossible!!!) Ya, like Josephine said,
we were playing every single
weekend at one point, sometimes twice in one weekend, and flying in and
of town, which I think was getting a little hairy. We definitely do gig
regularly. It's an important thing to do....and did I mention how much
fun it is too?!?!!
8. With which bands did you share the stage already and maybe you can
us some nice stories about your live experiences?
SARA - Playing The Trooper with Alex Skolnick in NY with members from
Arch Enemy in the audience.
JOSEPHINE: As far as other tribute bands, we've shared the stage with
Punks, the tribute to early Van Halen, and we especially like sharing
stage with AC/DShe, an all-female ACDC tribute from San Francisco Bay
We've also played on the same bill with the B-52s, the band LIVE, Snoop
and Cypress Hill, and the most interesting of all, Danzig, where we were
direct opener, in an outdoor venue in Las Vegas, in front of thousands
LINDA -It's always so wild when the crowd responds to the band's performance
just as they would at a real Maiden show. They sing along and shout and
just make you feel like they really love what you are doing! They don't
look at you like you're just a bunch of girls playing Maiden, they look
at you like they feel like they are really at a Maiden show! That's what
we want to acheive! We want to be their surrogate Maiden band until the
boys come into town again!
WANDA - We've played with original rock bands, cover bands, and established
acts like Danzig for example. One of my most memorable experiences was
at a show in New York: Alex Skolnick joined us on stage for "The
9. What's been your biggest gig so far and when was that?
JOSEPHINE - The most prestigious gig we've billed for was The 2002 Annual
Smoke Out, and probably the show with Danzig where we've got thousands
of people standing on their feet chanting along with every Maiden song
SARA - The Cypress Hill Smoke Out!
LINDA - The Cypress Hill Smoke Out at the Los Angeles Coliseum! I have
NEVER had such a bad case of pre-show anxiety in my life!!!
WANDA - Well, assuming "biggest" means the largest number of
people at a show, then that would have been our gig in Henderson, Nevada
opening for Danzig (Sept. 13 2003).
10. What's your goal with THE IRON MAIDENS?
SARA - For me, having the opportunity to jam out Iron Maiden's music with
talented musicians is a high in itself. It still trips me out when I see
the response live because the music is truly moving.
JOSEPHINE - To play more shows and reach all Maiden fans across the
universe. We realize that there are people that don't like what we're
just because they're skeptical about anybody reproducing Maiden music,
our point is to have fun playing the music we love, to do it well, and
hope we can entertain those who share the same passion for Maiden.
AJA - COMPLETE WORLD DOMINATION!!!! Oh… and to have a bit of a laugh
and a pluck with the lasses!
WANDA - To have fun!
LINDA - To spread the addiction to Iron Maiden's music all over the world
so they would have to tour more often! This band is soooooo much fun,
I hope the future allows us to continue with
it for a long time. There's nothing like the embrace of fellow Maiden
cuz they are HARD CORE!!!!!!!! And they love having live Maiden music
we all patiently wait for the next real Maiden tour!
11. Is it hard for you girls to be accepted in a (still) very male dominated
music scene? Especially when girls start picking up instruments and rock
house down. Or don't you feel this is an issue anymore and you've never
experienced that at all?
SARA -The only difficult thing is having the motivation and self discipline
to woodshed with your instrument- if you're good at what you do, the music
can transcend barriers.
WANDA - Yes, somewhat. People seem to still be unaccustomed to seeing
women perform music of this nature even though more women are doing it
these days. It's a lot of fun seeing the surprised looks people get once
they hear us play: it's as though they weren't expecting us to pull it
off and are just absolutely amazed that we are. Anyway, once the crowd
sees that we nail the music, preconceptions generally go out the window
and everyone just starts having a good time.
LINDA - We don't really get much of that any more. I think most people
love to see chicks playing and working the crowd! There will always be
the naysayers here and there, that's just life, and that's motivating
to be sure you do the best job you can. Most people are over that kind
of attitude with tribute bands these days. Female tributes are popping
up all over the place!
JOSEPHINE - I still run into this problem- especially when I hang around
musicians that have never seen me perform. They stare me down and it's
so clear to
me what they're thinking- I can almost hear their thoughts running through
their heads, 'what the hell is this girl doing here? I'm sure she can't
play'. I've had guys yell at me before, 'let's see what you can do'. But
I just keep quiet and let people judge me AFTER they see me play. I don't
anybody's opinion bother me. Whether they like or don't like who I am
how I play, they're entitled to that.
AJA - It’s challenging to be accepted in a male dominated world
in any field, but not impossible. Being a woman can have its advantages,
too, you know. It certainly hasn’t hurt in the Maidens’ case,
from what I’ve seen.
I often will bring my own monitor rig for gigs and rehearsals. I need
to hear well and I’m particular about my sound. Not all soundmen
are created equal, I’m sorry to say and rehearsal hall PAs are really
not adequate for a band with this massive a sound. Since we don’t
always travel with a dedicated monitor man, I will attempt to control
a bit of what I hear if I can, as it’s so critical to my vocal performance.
Ya gotta take control of your own destiny!!!
I may get a few looks from soundmen initially~ sometimes outright astonishment.
I’ve been told by some that they’ve NEVER seen a singer bring
their own rig! A lot of singers aren’t always the most knowledgeable
people in the equipment department, so I understand their confusion ~
but as soon as the guys figure out that I know what I’m doing and
that I won’t blow up their PA, they usually relax. I find that real
musicians and sound guys, hey - real men for that matter, respect a woman
who knows her way around equipment and especially respect those who can
play music this difficult this well!
The only guys I’ve ever really had a problem with are guys who don’t
what they’re doing and so maybe they’ll be a little defensive
and condescending. But that’s OK, too! I forgive them, for they
know not what they do! Plus, I have my own mix and volume control!!! Mwahaha!12.
What are your plans for the future?
JOSEPHINE - To rule the world! Just kidding. I personally would like to
continue to work on music, whether it's to perform live, write and or
compose. Continue to spread the gospel of Maiden.
LINDA - To keep playing as long as I am able to, whether it be in a venue,
in a studio, in my garage, in my head.............and to save my hearing!
Maybe I'll teach someday. Maybe I'll just own a bunch of dogs and teach
them crazy tricks.........now THAT sounds like fun!
SARA -Play until my fingers fall off.
WANDA - As long as I’m playing music, I’ll be happy. I would
like to get into an established symphony orchestra at some point..so I
guess that means a lot of practicing.
13. Did you already
record anything and/ or are you planning to do so in the
JOSEPHINE - We currently are in the process of finishing our first Maiden
tribute album. We've done all the instrumental tracking, and we hope to
finish the album sooner than later so we can start sharing it with other
maiden fans out there.
LINDA - Please check our website for info on this! www.theironmaidens.com
it will be ready by Fall!!!! It was so much fun
taking Iron Maiden material into the studio and recording it! It gives
whole new respect for the real band knowing how perfectly they recorded
their songs and it challenged us to dig deep to try our best to recreate
the same vibe! Damn those Maiden men are incredible!!!
SARA -We recorded 9 tracks and need to finish up the vocals.
AJA - I can’t wait to go into the studio to record the vocals for
the first CD recorded by The Iron Maidens!!!!!!
WANDA - We are currently working on a full-length tribute CD that should
be out in the fall.
14. What's your opinion about the rock or music scene in general?
LINDA - I hope it gets better soon. I think people are ready to have fun
with music again instead of this depressing rehashing of Cornell clones
we've had jammed down our throats the past few years! I know I am anyway!
Why do you think tribute bands are doing so well these days???
SARA - I like that heavy music is becoming mainstream again-it's cool
to hear fast guitar riffs on the radio.
AJA - There’s a whole generation of kids who’ve been force
fed the more pre-fab type music. I believe there is a hunger out there
in people for REAL bands with REAL musicians who can actually play and
are singing with REAL emotion. They’ve had enough aural fast food,
time for soul food!!
WANDA - Well, the rock scene seems to be doing much better in other countries.
I wish I could find some radio stations that play hard rock and metal
in addition to all the "classic" rock songs. I never hear bands
like Iron Maiden on the radio and that's just a shame. 15. Do you have
any hobbies other than music?
WANDA - Reading, travel, photography, and hiking.
SARA - I like to snowboard and surf. I love video games but playing them
makes my hands numb.
AJA - I’ve been training in martial arts for the past couple of
years. In the Shotokan style, to be precise, a very traditional Japanese
martial arts style that originated from Okinawa. It’s really great.
It’s not just about learning to defend yourself or others, and working
out and getting fit, though those are some of the benefits to practicing.
In some circles, karate is called “moving Zen”, so there is
also a spiritual benefit to practicing martial arts as well, which is
great for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable as part of an “ism”,
but is seeking a “little more” in their lives.
JOSEPHINE - Mountain climbing, horse riding, scuba diving, sky diving,
bungee jumping... Those are the things I don't do. I love to cook though.
My other-side hobby involves music also- I compose music for motion pictures.
I have five movies under my belt so far, and I will continue to do more.
LINDA - I love doing physical stuff like swimming, walking, bike riding,
etc. But most of all I LOVE to EAT!!!!!!!! MMMMMM! FOOOOD! I'm ALWAYS
hungry!!!!! I am a dog freak and enjoy manipulating photos with Photoshop.16.
What's the strangest question people have ever asked you?
JOSEPHINE - Hmm, I don't know- "Can I lick your shoes?"
AJA - What are you?
SARA - If guy bands ask for head from a groupie, do you girls do the same?
WANDA - Sometimes I'll get e-mails from people who want me to pass along
a message to Steve Harris. I always refer those people to the official
Iron Maiden website: www.ironmaiden.com.
17. When you go on
stage, do you also see yourself as being Steve Harris or
Bruce Dickinson etc? In other words, how far does the adoration for the
band IRON MAIDEN go?
SARA - Music only- but I love the guys and totally respect their extensive
body of work.
LINDA - Adoration runs very deep, but you gotta draw the line! I don't
have to worry about possible prostate problems so I can't be seeing myself
as Nicko or Clive! You do have to kinda get inside their heads to understand
where their drumming vibes come from though. It's neat!
JOSEPHINE - You believe, you become... I've pretended to be Adrian on
stage as far as the guitar playing when I pay tribute to him, but that's
all there is to it. I mean, I don't plaster my walls with pictures of
Adrian in every pose possible, and I don't walk around in grocery stores
in a complete Adrian attire.
AJA - Oh no! I don’t see myself as BD at all! That would mean it’s
time to call the men in white jackets to come take me away for a “nice
long rest”. This is all in fun, like little girls playing dress-up
and pretend! I adore the music wholeheartedly and I appreciate and admire
Bruce Dickinson for the great artist and performer he is. I’m very
inspired by the band and the music. But that’s as far as it goes.
Besides, my chest isn’t hairy enough!
WANDA - On stage, I try to emulate Steve Harris as closely as possible...but
with a feminine touch.
18. Do you prefer Paul Di Anno, Bruce Dickinson or maybe even Blaze Bailey,
SARA - I love the voice that influenced the music-each brought something
unique to the table.
LINDA - Love Di'Anno and Dickinson! Di'Anno is the harder edged, darker
guy, and Bruce is the classic voice. Man does that guy have a range! Both
unique and added their own touch to Maiden on the albums they were involved
with. Never found the same kind of love for the Blaze era stuff. His voice
is much better suited for other bands. He just wasn't the right one for
JOSEPHINE - When I first learned about Maiden in my teenage years, Dickinson
was in the band and they hit an all-time high. To me it's always been
Dickinson, but I do like Paul DiAnno's stuff as well.
WANDA - I prefer Bruce Dickinson because I like the way his voice sounds
with Maiden's music best.
AJA -I’m not a big Blaze fan, though he is a good singer. I just
don’t care for his voice or style. I like Paul DiAnno, especially
on songs like Remember Tomorrow. He has really good tone and control of
his instrument. I really believe him on songs like Killers. But overall,
he’s a little dark emotionally for my taste.
For me, Bruce Dickinson is the man! Bruce’s style is so heroic and
REAL! His vocal range is inhuman and especially impressive because he’s
a belter, not a falsetto singing guy. He just has so many colors to his
voice. But the most important thing to me is that he means every note
he sings and he’s never been afraid to take chances, both vocally
and in his performances. I love that and find it very inspiring!!!19.
Oh, and in that same context, would you rather hear good old Dennis
Stratton, Adrian Smith or do you rather prefer Janick Gers?
JOSEPHINE - Adrian Smith, no question. I hold him responsible for my playing
guitar... Ha ha.
SARA - Adrian Smith writes great songs and has great style. Since Janick
has more years with Iron Maiden, I think he's found his sound with them-
I like the stuff he contributed on DOD.
LINDA - I love all their guitarists playing, but believe the Russian dancing
and ballerina steps belong elsewhere than on a Maiden stage! hehehe.
AJA - Dennis Stratton and Janick Gers are both good players and have done
their share in contributing to the legacy of Iron Maiden. Janick is a
good songwriter and has great stage presence and a lot of personality,
too. I like that. But I love Adrian best, he’s got that coolness
factor and has such a beautiful melodic approach to his playing. Plus,
he writes really great songs!
WANDA - They are all fine guitar players.
20. This is obviously
about choices here, Clive Burr or Nicko McBrain ladies?
WANDA - I like them both.
SARA - Clive Burr in Nicko's tighty whiteyz.
LINDA - Clive and Nicko are two completely different beasts! Clive will
always hold a special place with me because it is his playing on Innocent
Exile from Maiden Japan that made me decide I was going to play the drums!
Thanks Clive! Nicko's playing is off the wall and way cool stuff too!
More technical than Clive, but Clive is more furious and driving and raw.
Both excellent players in my book!
JOSEPHINE - Clive Burr is a monster and his playing definitely blew me
But Nicko is definitely a perfect man to fill Clive's shoes.
AJA - Hard to pick on this one!!! Clive is a great drummer and certainly
was a bit more consistent timekeeper, but Nicko is so wild and fun and
full of energy!! He really knows how to pump up the excitement! I can't
choose! I 'kin won't!
21. Do you have any
rare IRON MAIDEN items in your record collection, or any
other things in your possession related to the band that you're very proud
AJA - I mostly have recordings and video. My favorite is the "Bruce
cam" view of Fear of the Dark. That was brilliant! All I want is
a picture of me with the Air Raid Siren!! That will satisfy my Maiden
SARA - I was sad when my aces high shirt fell apart. But I have all the
LINDA - Clive Burr signed one of my band's CD's when I met him at the
London airport a long time ago, and the photo my friend took of that moment
is priceless! I also have a pair of sticks from the Clive Burr benefit
last year and some rare recordings and picture discs I can't get to right
now to list. *Sorry* I broke my toe many years ago and had an artist friend
draw the Killers Eddie on the entire front of my cast. It went from my
toes to my knee!! It looked soooo precise!
JOSEPHINE - Not in particular. I've got a rare Adrian's guitar pick that
he gave me. Does that count?
WANDA - I would have to say that even though I enjoy all my Iron Maiden
CDs, t-shirts, etc., my prized possesions are a pair of Steve Harris'
wristbands and an autographed (by Steve Harris) Iron Maiden biography.
22. How many times did you see the real band live?
JOSEPHINE: Twice so far. There will be many more. I grew up where Maiden
never came to town so I never caught them on any of their early tours.
could go back in time, I'd love to see Live After Death, Piece of Mind,
Somewhere in Time, Powerslave, Beast and Seventh Son tours.
SARA - Three times: Fear of the Dark, Give Me Ed, and DOD
LINDA - 7 or 8 times. 2 nights at Long Beach Arena for those glorious
historical "Scream for me Long Beach!" nights!!!! I met Steve
Harris that night and he told me a bit about Clive Burr. # of the Beast,
Piece of Mind, Give Me Ed and DOD tours. Can't remember if I was actually
there for the Powerslave tour or if I only dreamt I was there.....
WANDA - At least 7 to 10 times over the course of several years.
AJA - Not enough, that's for sure!
23. What's your favorite IRON MAIDEN song and why?
LINDA - Bet you can't pick just one song and not want more and more!!!!!!!
An impossible question to answer! Depends on my mood I guess, but most
likely something off the first three albums because of the energy.
SARA - "Die With Your Boots On"-one of the first Maiden songs
I learned on guitar and lot's of fun to play live too.
JOSEPHINE: This is a cruel question. How can you pick only one? I think
like "The Trooper" just because it's a turning point for me.
That was the
first Iron Maiden video I ever saw- in my teenie-bopper era where all
listened to was George Michael- and my jaw dropped to the floor and I
to myself, "I want to do THAT!" I wanted to play guitar like
WANDA - I'm sorry, I can't pick just one song. I have too many favorites.
AJA - Only one?? How can anyone pick just one Maiden song from so many??
Right now, though, I am dying to sing Wasting Love, just because it’s
such a great song with such powerful lyrics!! It’s got the feeling!
I love the Wicker Man, it’s got that kick drum that just won’t
quit! Stranger in A Strange Land, The Trooper, Rime… I told ya I
just can’t pick one!! I love them all! That’s what makes this
such an amazing band, they consistently come up with great songs!
24. What's the most difficult IRON MAIDEN song to play live and why?
LINDA - God, I can't pick just one! Right now the most difficult one for
"Genghis Kahn". It's just got this
really fast and repetitive bit that is hellish if you're not completely
warmed up for this one!
AJA - For me as a singer, right now, the most challenging song is "Where
Eagles Dare" – It’s in that high, clean belt range all
the way through, and I can't recall ever singing that many triplets in
a row!! But in reality, each song presents its own unique set of challenges.
JOSEPHINE - As far as Adrian's guitar solos, playing "Caught Somewhere
Time" and "22 Acacia Avenue" are the most challenging.
All his solos are
SARA - "Phantom of the Opera" has alot of changes to keep track
of, so I tend to look at my fretboard more so I don't get caught up in
what's going on with the crowd.
WANDA - Probably "Phantom of the Opera" because with a song
like that, you need to be very cognizant of what everyone else is doing
all the time..individual parts are very exposed and everything needs to
always be in sync otherwise the song just won't sound right. Very little
room for error.
25. Why should people
go to a gig of THE IRON MAIDENS, when they could also
wait for the real band to play live in their country?
LINDA - Heaven can wait, but Iron Maiden can't! Maiden doesn't tour as
many other bands do so it is not often you get the chance to see the real
thing live. The Iron Maidens bring you the finest of Iron Maiden songs,
of which the real Maiden don't play live any more, and dishes it out with
dash of estrogen!
JOSEPHINE - If they can wait two years or more for the real band, yeah,
not wait. But I think we offer something more in our live shows- we play
smaller venues and it's more convenient to most, we offer free giveaways
Iron Maiden items, and we play old Maiden, nothing newer than "Seventh
of The Seventh Son" album. Everybody that comes to our shows are
only want to hear old Maiden, and I think that's why people come to our
SARA - Iron Maiden doesn't tour the states that much anymore. It is kinda
weird that we're tributing a band that still tours tho huh. We don't play
anything past SS, so I guess we tribute old school Maiden.
WANDA - Because the real band can't be everywhere all the time. A tribute
band would be the next best thing if you can't see the "real deal".
AJA - Why wait for the real band to go on tour to get your Maiden fix
when you have the Maidens right here ready to satisfy your craving for
great music you rarely get to hear live?26. Are you also in contact with
other IRON MAIDEN tribute bands?
JOSEPHINE - Whenever we go on the road and play different cities and states,
we always end up meeting other musicians that are in a local Maiden tribute
bands. All of them have been a blessing to know because they support what
we're doing and we support each other. They are not afraid to lend a hand
our shows, loaning us their gear, their Eddie, anything. We end up being
friends and keep in touch with them.
LINDA - Yes! It is like an extended family with most of the other Maiden
We are all very supportive of eachother. We were loaned us some Eddie
costumes when we were in New York! Maiden Seattle also helped us out when
we were in a bit of a pickle in Washington!
SARA - I bought a custom guitar with the killer artwork from the guitarist
in Sanctuary out of New York, and Maiden Seattle are good friends as well.
We also met Eddie from Ironically Maiden when he was on holiday in California.
WANDA - Yes.
Bruce Dickinson lived in The Netherlands for some time, as you may know
already. What else do you know about our country (The Netherlands, or
LINDA - I love the Netherlands! I've been there 3 times and have always
blast there................................................Very liberal
place! Wonderful people! Most people speak excellent English in The Netherlands
too! LOTS of cute little barge dogs from there! And there are a LOT of
metal heads there too!!!!!
..................................... We would absolutely LOVE to come
play in the Netherlands!
Somebody, please hook us up with a promoter!!!!! We won't let you down!
SARA - hmmmm, fresh Heineken!
JOSEPHINE - Good food! Lots of Indonesian cuisine there, which is my favorite
kind of food. Beautiful country too. When I was there on a Phantom Blue
tour, I didn't want to leave after the tour was over. That place gave
certain warm and cozy feeling. Did I mention good food? And the chocolate
the best in the universe.
AJA - I would love to visit the Netherlands and play this music for an
WANDA - I'm afraid not much... but I love visiting different countries.
I try to go someplace new every year and I've heard that your country
is very beautiful... I hope I will have an opportunity go there at some
What did you think of the idea of doing a cover/tribute band special and
are there more magazines that pay attention to tribute bands like you,
don't they take them too seriously?
LINDA - I thank you for doing this special issue on tribute bands! Quality
tribute bands are popping up all over the world and bringing people to
the clubs again! There have been a lot of magazines and periodicals that
have been doing blurbs and running articles on Female Tributes recently,
but not a big feature like you are doing! :-) Thanks!
JOSEPHINE: We've done quite a few interviews for tribute articles, all
over the United States, both for hard copy edition and for several websites.
think people are curious. We don't care if nobody takes us seriously-
we don't even take ourselves seriously. I mean, we care about what we
we strive to make the best show every time, but we admit what we do is
a goof. A very fun and lucrative goof.
AJA - I think there is respect for good musicians who play their instruments
well. Being in the world’s only all – female Iron Maiden tribute
band is very special and I’m really glad that I’m the one
who was chosen. I HAD to become an Iron Maiden! If it wasn’t this
music and this band, I don’t think I would have been so excited
about the tribute band thing, in all honesty.
As a vocalist, I’ve always gravitated to “guy” material
anyway. This is my first all female band and it’s great!! I love
playing with these very powerful ladies and it’s the only band I’ve
ever been in where I feel so free and I don’t have to hold back.
I can’t possibly blow too hard or strong! I love that! There are
no posers in this band, either, just serious and dedicated musicians.
It’s what attracted me to this project in the first place.
SARA - ahhaha, yeah, like it's a slow month so you need some filler. We
take our musicianship seriously, and that's where respect for our tribute
lies, but it's meant to be a fun project so yeah, mags get a kick out
WANDA - I think it's a cool idea, especially since there are so many cover
/tribute bands out there. We've gotten quite a bit of press but I don't
think anyone really thinks about taking a tribute band seriously..it's
mostly a fun thing...we get attention because people are having fun at
Have you got any idea what the real IRON MAIDEN members think of your,
band or did you never get the chance to get in touch with them and/ or
invite them to your show?
LINDA - We met them all at their shows last year! They find it intriguing
happy there are fans like us out there playing and spreading their music
the masses when they are not in touring here! They had a photo of us in
their studio while they were recording their latest CD, Dance of Death.
SARA - I spoke with Dave at the last show and he was curious to know our
touring schedule and such. His tech always bugs me if bought a strat yet.
AJA - I look forward to meeting them the next time they roll through town.
It will be an honor.
JOSEPHINE: Adrian thinks I need to wear a wig...
WANDA - I never asked any of the guys in Maiden what they thought of us
so I don't know. We got to meet them at a couple of their shows and they
were really nice. We would love to have them come to one of our shows..
hopefully they'll have a free night to come check us out the next time
they are in California.
Linda and Josephine, can you please inform us about the status of PHANTOM
BLUE at the moment. And if the band still exists, who are the band members
at this moment, and is there any chance that you will record a new album
JOSEPHINE: We haven't done anything for some time now. I am having too
much fun with The Maidens. We have recruited Sara as our second guitarist
in the band, because I feel this great chemistry with her as far as being
partners in sharing guitar duties, that I hardly ever felt with anybody
else. So it only makes sense to take her on in this double guitar entourage.
LINDA - Ya, it's been a little bit on the back burner since we started
playing with The Iron Maidens. This project came at a time where a much-needed
break was at hand. Perhaps new life will be breathed back into us at some
point. We got Sara recruited as Josephine's dueling lead partner from
the Maidens! So maybe there is hope. The first album we record will be
The Iron Maiden tribute CD.
Is there anything you'd like to add to this interview? Maybe you have
a message for our readers?
JOSEPHINE: yeah, visit www.theironmaidens.com regularly.
AJA - I appreciate the warm welcome extended to me already by The Iron
Maidens’ fans and look forward to seeing you all soon! I sincerely
hope you enjoy my homage to the greatest singer on the planet!
WANDA - Thanks for keeping the rock scene alive in The Netherlands!
LINDA - Support your local music scene and your local magazines like Metal
Maidens! Hope you got some insight to our band and come check us out sometime
soon! Also, check out Paiste cymbals, DW drums and Vic Firth sticks for
some of the finest drumming gear around! (I had to do it!)
The last words are for you.....
FROM ALL THE IRON MAIDENS - Metal Maidens rocks The Iron Maidens!!! Thanks
for the many years of support
to the world of female powered music!!!! Up the Irons, Baby!!!!!! And
check out our website www.theironmaidens.com for updates on the band and
new tribute CD out later this year!
Interview questions by: Toine & Rita
van Poorten/Metal Maidens 2004.
R. van Poorten-Wiegel (editor-in-chief)
P.O. Box 230, 4140 AE Leerdam,The Netherlands.
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