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Iron Maiden honoured by Royal Mail stamp collection

Royal Mail has this morning announced 12 new special stamps celebrating the legacy of Iron Maiden. Eight stamps feature concert photos, with four presented in a miniature sheet, paying homage to Eddie. Maiden are the fifth band to appear on a dedicated stamp issue, following The Beatles in 2007, Pink Floyd in 2016, Queen in 2020, and the Rolling Stones in 2022.

“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,” Steve Harris said. “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.”

Iron Maiden - Steve Harris - Royal Mail stamp
Iron Maiden Steve Harris Royal Mail stamp

The live photos range from 1980s to 2018 and feature current members of the band.

  • Steve Harris in Vancouver, June 2010
  • Bruce Dickinson at Hammersmith, Odeon, London, May 1983
  • Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Steve Harris in Pamplona, 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, London, July 2008
  • Bruce Dickinson sword fighting with Eddie in Birmingham, August 2018
Iron Maiden - Nicko McBrain - Royal Mail stamp
Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain Royal Mail stamp

“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,” Rod Smallwood said. “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.”

Iron Maiden - Eddie - The Tropper - Royal Mail stamp
Iron Maiden Eddie The Tropper Royal Mail stamp

The four Eddie stamps are:

  • Iron Maiden Eddie: The stare that started it all. Born in 1980 – on the cover of the band’s debut album
  • The Trooper Eddie: The unforgettable artwork for one of Iron Maiden’s greatest hit singles and, more recently, the logo for their award-winning beer
  • Aces High Eddie: Reimagined as a fighter pilot for a song honouring the RAF servicemen who defended Britain during the Second World War
  • Senjuts’ Eddie: Samurais, feudal Japan and flashing blades inspired this katana-wielding warrior from the band’s most recent album

The backdrop of the miniature sheet is taken from Iron Maiden’s first official live album, Live After Death, released in 1985.

“Few bands in the history of rock music can be called bona fide rock legends – but Iron Maiden are just that – and more,” David Gold, Director of External Public Affairs & Policy, Royal Mail, said. “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.”

The stamps can be pre-ordered today at https://shop.royalmail.com/special-stamp-issues/iron-maiden. A presentation pack is available at £17.70.

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