Iron Maiden Celebrated With Set Of Royal Mail Stamps
Iron Maiden have been honoured by the Royal Mail with a set of 12 stamps celebrating their contribution to heavy metal. The stamps are available to order from 5 January and are on sale from 12 January.
We're very proud and excited to announce that Royal Mail are to honour Iron Maiden with a set of special stamps!
— Iron Maiden (@IronMaiden) January 5, 2023
Twelve stamps will pay tribute to the “bona fide rock legends” – making Iron Maiden the fifth music group to feature in a dedicated stamp issue, following The Beatles in 2007, Pink Floyd in 2016, Queen in 2020, and the Rolling Stones in 2022.
Eight stamps feature performances by Iron Maiden and all the current members of the band. The guitarists Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers, the lead singer Bruce Dickinson, the drummer Nicko McBrain and the bassist Steve Harris all appear in the commemorative project.
Other stamps pay homage to the band’s mascot, Eddie, including him dressed as a samurai warrior from the recent Senjutsu album. The studio album – the group’s 17th – was released in 2021 and made it to No 2 in the charts.
Harris said: “We were all absolutely astounded – in a good way – when we first heard about the commemorative project, and equally pretty much speechless when we saw the stamps for the first time. They look superb and really capture the essence and energy of Maiden.”
Iron Maiden’s manager, Rod Smallwood, said: “As a band who have never played by anyone else’s rules for over 40 years, it’s very gratifying to see them honoured in their home country in this way.
“We’re proud to show how these six band members are still appealing to more and more fans every year with their music and their legendary shows – which I think these stamps really capture well.
“It’s also fantastic that Eddie has been honoured too. It’s incredible to think that Her Majesty, may she rest in peace, saw these and lent her iconic silhouette to them too.”
David Gold, the director of external public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “Few bands in the history of rock music can be called bona fide rock legends – but Iron Maiden are just that – and more.”