Multi-camera video footage of THE IRON MAIDENS, the world’s only female tribute to the legendary band IRON MAIDEN, performing the MAIDEN classic “The Trooper” on the Peavey main stage at this year’s NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which took place January 23-26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, can be seen below.
Formed in 2001, these five women comprise excellent musicianship with an elaborate stage show with effects and appearances from IRON MAIDEN mascot, “Eddie”, and other theatrical characters that have gained the band national and international recognition. This female musical force has the energy and chemistry reminiscent of IRON MAIDEN itself.
Asked in a 2012 interview with Live4Guitar if being a girl has opened more doors for her as a heavy metal musician than would otherwise have been the case, THE IRON MAIDENS guitarist Nita Strauss said: “The opposite! Less! A girl has to work twice as hard, especially playing heavy metal, to find a band that’s willing to have her. Outside the metal world, it’s a challenge to be taken seriously as a 24-year-old girl when you’re going up against seasoned guitar players, all men, that have been in the music business for 30-40-plus years. You have to be on point all the time. You have to put aside a lot of your natural feelings and reactions. It’s not easy. The trick is to make it look like it is.”
Regarding what her favorite MAIDEN song to play with THE IRON MAIDENS is and why, Nita told Revolver magazine: “My favorite songs to play live with any band are the ones that get the big crowd reactions. I think ‘Fear Of The Dark’ is one of the most fun MAIDEN songs. It’s really exciting to play, and I get that really catchy Dave Murray solo, plus it has that awesome part in the intro that gets the whole crowd singing along. When we were in South America, I saw some of the guys in the crowd actually tear up when we started that riff! It was seriously amazing.”
THE IRON MAIDENS is:
* Kirsten Rosenberg (a.k.a. Bruce Chickinson) – Lead Vocals
* Linda McDonald (a.k.a. Nikki McBurrain) – Drums
* Wanda Ortiz (a.k.a. Steph Harris) – Bass
* Courtney Cox (a.k.a. Adriana Smith) – Guitar
* Nita Strauss (a.k.a. Mega Murray) – Guitar
For more information, visit www.theironmaidens.com.