Los Angeles, CA hard rock band The Iron Maidens
are, as they fairly claim, "the world's only female tribute band to Iron Maiden
." But they are also most proficient and accomplished musicians, who not only do justice to their heavy metal heroes, but also add a new lease on life to the veteran UK metal band whose music they've been avidly honoring since they formed eight years ago.
They've even recently recorded and released a kick-ass CD/DVD set of Iron Maiden songs. titled Route 666
(a nod to Flight 666
). The original Iron Maiden-esque cover art of a female monster is done by Derek Riggs,
creator of Iron Maiden’s mascot, Eddie, and numerous signature Iron Maiden album covers familiar to any Maiden fan.
The five member group, comprised of women with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock, is comprised of Linda “Nikki McBURRain” McDonald
on drums, Sara “MiniMurray” Marsh
and Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox
on guitars, Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg
on vocals, and Wanda "Steph Harris" Ortiz
Hard rocking and hard working, the band's busy upcoming schedule includes playing an all ages show at the Trevi Entertainment Center
in Lake Elsinore, CA tomorrow, Second Wind
in Santee, CA on Thursday, The Key Club
in Hollywood on August 12th, the The VooDoo Lounge
in San Jose on August 14th, and Annie's Social Club
on Folsom in SF on August 15th. Fresh back from a Saturday night gig in Kansas, I caught up with the band yesterday to talk about, among other things, Iron Maiden's music, the difference between a tribute and a cover band, and being women in a male dominated field. The interview, which the band members collectively answered in true democratic fashion as a unit, follows below the video clip of the band performing "Revelations" at Cane's
in San Diego last month. For more info on the Iron Maidens visit their official website
or their MySpace.
Amoeblog: Whose idea was it to form the Iron Maidens and how did it initially all come about?
It was a mutual love of Iron Maiden. We knew each other from here and there and with down time from other bands we were in, we got together just to have fun and jam some Maiden songs. From the start the response was phenomenal, with guys fighting to look in the rehearsal door window to see who was playing these great songs. Then we thought, 'Hey, let's do 1 show for a goof and see how it
goes.' It sold out and we haven't looked back since.