After 15 studio albums, selling more than 85 million records worldwide and playing more than 2,000 in 58 countries in the band’s 35-year career, Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris is to release his first solo/side project album, ‘British Lion’, on September 24th.
The album is made up of ten songs that Steve and his collaborators – including guitarist David Hawkins, vocalist Richard Taylor and Maiden producer Kevin Shirley – have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases.
The album is described as having “a decidedly heavy rock-vibe … with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic, righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy”.
Explaining the background to the album title, ‘British Lion’, Harris said: “I’ve always been proud to be British. I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.”
The tracklisting for ‘British Lion’ is:
1. This Is My God
2. Lost Worlds
3. Karma Killer
4. Us Against The World
5. The Chosen Ones
6. A World Without Heaven
8. Eyes Of The Young
9. These Are The Hands
10. The Lesson
For more information, visit www.steveharrisbritishlion.com