Iron Maiden fans in Lancaster are in for a real treat in a few weeks time.
In 2006 the Dutch Iron Maiden fan club asked bassist Joey Bruers to do a special show; something other than the regular tribute or cover band.
With musicians from several bands he performed a set of rearranged acoustic Maiden songs. The reactions from the crowd were overwhelming and the idea that became a show then became a project - Maiden United.
The debut album Mind the Acoustic Pieces was released in December 2010 - an all-acoustic reinterpretation of the classic 1983 album Piece of Mind with new arrangements by an impressive ensemble.
After a successful European Tour Maiden United brought their homage to the 1983 classic Piece Of Mind to the Download festival and Wacken Open Air in Germany.
In September they released their second album Across The Seventh Sea featuring acoustic reinterpretations of more Iron Maiden songs.
Tracks include Seven Deadly Sins I, Only The Good Die Young, 2 Minutes To Midnight, Children Of The Damned, The Evil That Men Do, Wasted Years and Seven Deadly Sins II.
April 7 sees Maiden United perform an intimate show at The Yorkshire House, with vocalist Damian Wilson from Threshold, guitarist Ruud Jolie from Within Temptation, Joey Bruers from Up The Irons, keyboardist Huub Van Loon from Dearworld, and ex Paradise Lost drummer Lee Morris. Support comes from Holyhead based acoustic act Inferno, and a special aftershow electric performance from Lancaster metallers Massive Wagons.
Entry is £10/8 (from 7.30pm) and if you check this column in the coming weeks, there will be a chance to win two pairs of tickets to the show.
Next weekend, and I’ve been reliably informed that this will interest Lancaster folks, the three-day Ribfest13 festival takes place at Chipping Village Hall.
Being dubbed as “a rock n roll extravaganza”, the line-up is quite remarkable for a village hall, with The Travelling Band headlining the Friday night (March 1), Ian McNabb on Saturday night, and Ian Prowse rounding things up on Sunday.
Friday night also features Ribble Valley favourites Sweeney Astray, and the cost is £9 per ticket.
McNabb, who has graced the Yorkshire House stage a couple of times recently, will showcase his new album in the North West for the first time this year, and will be playing both solo and Icicle Works stuff. Entry is £10.
And on Sunday night, Liverpool’s Ian Prowse will bring his own brand of Celtic rock to the stage and with his band will perform all the old Pele and Amsterdam tracks including the John Peel favourite “Does this train stop on Merseyside?”. Support comes from Clitheroe based band The Ragamuffins.
There will be live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well, with music from George Borowski, Hence The Tortoise, Pete Aldridge Band and The Susie Jones Band, plus many more. Entry is £4 per afternoon.
Tickets and further information is available by calling 01772866171 or 07824488410 or via www.ticketweb.co.uk.
Tomorrow night, Jump To The Funk is back in Lancaster for a night of funk, soul, hip-hop, breaks beats and bleeps.
The line up includes DJs DJ Donald (Jump To The Funk), Jah Vis (One Love), Rucksack Rich and Si Norfolk, with more to be confirmed.
Entry is free but donations to Lancaster charity Stepping Stones Nigeria are welcome.