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IRON MAIDEN’s STEVE HARRIS Pays Tribute To CLIVE BURR In Gothenburg; Photos, Review

Images and words by Mats Andersson

It was a sombre moment for the first time on IRON MAIDEN bassist STEVE HARRIS’ tour in support of his new solo/side project BRITISH LION. The metal world had learned just a few hours before the concert that original Maiden drummer Clive Burr had passed away at 56, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Playing to over 500 people at the Brewhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden, Harris and his band played a memorable 90 minute set including the new song ‘A World Without Heaven’ dedicated to Burr who changed the metal world with his pounding rhythms on Iron Maiden, Killers and The Number Of The Beast. In typical Maiden fashion, Harris continued to perform the same set as with previous European gigs, showcasing all of the new British Lion opus, with the classic UFO cover ‘Let It Roll’ to close off festivities. Despite the air of sadness, Harris was in a great mood being out of his revered Maiden machine, quite comfortable in these tight-knit settings, although his long-distance prancing around the stage reduced to just a few feet in club-mode.

Although Harris kept the set-list clean of any Maiden material, the crowd was appeased with the likes of ‘Do You Want It ‘, ‘Karma Killer’ and closer ‘ Eyes Of The Young’. And not shy to wear his influences on his sleeve, the nod to the UFO classic ‘Let It Roll’ was a welcome break from the barrage of the new material, which sounded better live than on record. And singer Richard Taylor was clearly in a moment with his soaring vocals satisfying the Swedes on a chilly March evening in Scandinavia.

Check out more photos in a gallery at this location.

Steve Harris British Lion performed the following set-list:
‘This is My God’
‘Lost Worlds’
‘Karma Killer’
‘Father Lucifer’
‘The Burning’
‘The Chosen Ones’
‘These Are the Hands’
‘Guineas and Crowns’
‘Last Chance’
‘Us Against the World’
‘World Without Heaven’ (dedicated to Clive Burr)
‘Do You Want It’

‘Let It Roll’ (UFO cover)
‘Eyes Of The Young’

Steve Harris British Lion tour dates:

14 Norway Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
16 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
18 Finland Helsinki, Finland – Cirkus
22 Holland Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
23 Belgium Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
24 France Paris, France – La Trabendo
26 – London, England – O2 Academy Islington
27 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy 2,
29 – Glasgow, Scotland – Garage
30 – Manchester, England – Club Academy

IRON MAIDEN Bassist Discusses BRITISH LION Project In New Video Interview

Portugal’s CheckSound conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris prior to his new solo/side project BRITISH LION‘s sold-out charity show on February 20 at the Moto Clube de Faro’s new 600-capacity clubhouse. You can now watch the chat below.

BRITISH LION is out on the road this month, visiting fourteen countries and twenty-four cities across Europe. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, MAIDEN‘s bass player, founding member and leader is taking temporary leave from his MAIDEN activities and heading out on a full European club tour.

Regarding the BRITISH LION tour, Steve previously said: “I love touring and live shows and I’m very excited about touring with BRITISH LION. It’s fantastic to get out there and once again experience the sheer vibrancy of small clubs with the fans right up front and in your face. I think the fans will enjoy that too. It’s exciting, going back to the roots, and it’s going to be fantastic. We are taking this to clubs all round Europe — a full club tour, with club shows at club prices, hot, sweaty and loud. We have no idea how many people will turn out to see us, as it’s obviously very recent and very new, so we have kept the venues small with tickets priced accordingly as low as we reasonably could.

“I’ve known all the guys in the band for ages and, besides being great musicians, they are also good friends, which is lucky because this has been an ongoing project for many years! They’ve had to be very patient with me as, of course, I’m so involved with MAIDEN I don’t really get a lot of free time to work on other stuff. So it’s great to finally have the opportunity to get out and do all these shows. The reaction to the album has been really good and I think it will sound great live. We’re all planning to have a lot of fun on this tour!”

BRITISH LION‘s debut album sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“British Lion” was released in the U.S. on September 25, 2012 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Mixed by Kevin Shirley — whose credits include IRON MAIDEN as well as Led ZEPPELIN, JOURNEY and RUSH, among many others — the CD, which features Harris alongside vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson, presents a different side of the bassist’s musical visions.

“British Lion” comprises ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on between IRON MAIDEN tours and releases and is described by Harris as “’70s-influenced, British-sounding hard rock.” “I’d say it’s more mainstream rock than metal… and quite commercial… but good commercial,” he said. “There’s all kinds of stuff going on, with nods to THE WHO and UFO and some classic British rock bands, but it’s not the progressive rock album some might be expecting.”

Fan-filmed video footage of BRITISH LION performing on February 23 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain can be seen below.


Performance (February 23 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain):

IRON MAIDEN Bassist’s BRITISH LION: Madrid Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris‘s new solo/side project BRITISH LION performing on February 23 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain can be seen below.

BRITISH LION is out on the road this month, visiting fourteen countries and twenty-four cities across Europe. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, MAIDEN‘s bass player, founding member and leader is taking temporary leave from his MAIDEN activities and heading out on a full European club tour. Continue reading IRON MAIDEN Bassist’s BRITISH LION: Madrid Footage Available

IRON MAIDEN Bassist’s BRITISH LION Kicks Off European Tour; Video Footage, Review Available

The BRITISH LION European tour got off to an electrifying start in Portugal last night with a sold-out charity show at the Moto Clube de Faro’s new 600-capacity clubhouse. The venue was packed to the rafters as fans saw IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris and fellow BRITISH LION bandmates perform a 90-minute, blistering set of album tracks, new songs and covers.

The band burst onto the tiny Faro stage and launched immediately into a mesmerizing performance of album opener “This Is My God”, followed by “Lost Worlds” and the electrifying “Karma Killer”, vocalist Richard Taylor proving a natural frontman with wonderful command of the crowd, working an already-hyper audience into a virtual frenzy. So much so that the barrier in front of the stage looked in serious danger of giving way under the throng and had to be stabilised by the Moto Clube security team. With Steve Harris center-front with Richard Taylor, flanked by guitarists Grahame Leslie and David Hawkins and Simon Dawson on drums behind, band and crowd seemed to all merge into one swirling, sweaty, seething, rock and roll mass.

A new song, “Father Lucifer”, came next, catching the crowd’s imagination with its sensuous hypnotic beat, the entire audience now under singer Taylor‘s spell, including Steve, who was mouthing every word and looking absolutely in his element. Next up came “The Chosen Ones”, intensifying the super-charged atmosphere, the whole crowd singing along with Richard Taylor‘s soaring, melodious vocals, complemented by the twin guitars and the whirling-dervish movements of Grahame Leslie, who often looked as if he might simply spin clear off the stage and disappear into the crowd.

After a stirring performance of “These Are The Hands” came three new songs (“Guineas And Crowns”, “The Burning”, “Last Chance”), all equally well-received before delving back into the BRITISH LION album for the most recent single “Us Against The World” and “A World Without Heaven”. Then came the first cover song of the night, a take on the catchy “Do Ya Do Ya Want Me”, for which Taylor once again had the crowd eating out of his hand, singing along with the chorus and obeying his every command.

Not until the band broke into dreamy, reflective “Judas”, the last song of the set, did the frenetic pace slightly abate before once again gathering momentum for the song’s climax. The band left the stage momentarily then reappeared to break into the second cover of the night, UFO‘s “Let It Roll”, which sent the by-now delirious audience into overdrive, the whole venue by now in meltdown. The biggest cheer of the night came for closing song “Eyes Of The Young”, which, if this opening night is anything to go by, is sure to become the anthem of this tour.

The setlist for the show was as follows:

01. This Is My God
02. Lost Worlds
03. Karma Killer
04. Father Lucifer
05. The Chosen Ones
06. These Are The Hands
07. Guineas And Crowns
08. The Burning
09. Last Chance
10. Us Against The World
11. World Without Heaven
12. Do You Want It
13. Judas


14. Let It Roll
15. Eyes Of The Young