Thanks to the popularity of video games such as Guitar Hero, eardrum-shredding '80s heavy-metal recordings that would otherwise exist solely in record collections and "best of" compilations have been introduced to a new generation of music fans. So why sit at home trying to virtually slash your way through Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" when you can watch Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson and Co. perform an in-person master class? Longtime fans of the Londonders know that the band's spectacular live show, highlighted by Dickinson's operatic wail on songs such as "Hallowed Be Thy Name," hasn't waned in nearly 35 years of almost-constant touring. And with another studio album, the band's 15th, due out this summer, the group isn't likely to slow down anytime soon.
--Alex Baldinger, May 2010