Iron Maiden, the legendary metal band, has become the latest group to be featured on postage stamps in the United Kingdom. This special edition release from the UK Post features eight stamps representing each member of the current band lineup, as well as four stamps dedicated to the band's mascot, Eddie.
Iron Maiden joins a prestigious list of musical acts that have received this honor, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, and the Rolling Stones. The primary set of stamps features images from Iron Maiden's world tours between 1980 and 2018 and honors their live performances.
The band was stunned by the effort and left speechless when they first saw the stamps, according to the band's founder and bassist Steve Harris. "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 honor the band's legacy like this and we know our fans will feel the same way," he said.
Iron Maiden's manager, Rod Smallwood, added:
“As a band who have never played by anyone else’s rules for over 40 years, it’s very gratifying to see them honored 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." David Gold, the Royal Mail's head of external public affairs and policy, stated: "Few bands in the history of rock music can be called bona fide rock legends - but Iron Maiden are just that - and more.
"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, which are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale on January 12, are sold in packs of 12 for £17.70.
This year, Iron Maiden will also launch their "The Future Past" tour across the UK and Europe in conjunction to the stamp release. The band gave fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their big gigs with frontman Bruce Dickinson serving as their guide in a mini-documentary they released last month.