Iron Maiden bassist deepens relationship with band that started as talented admirers
By David Sands
June 17, 2015
Iron Maiden bassist and songwriter Steve Harris is going out on the road again with the band he once mentored, British Lion. They’ll be thrilling crowds at U.K. clubs this summer with a 22-stop U.K. tour that starts in July.
Harris, who Metal Hammer readers voted the “world’s greatest bassist” in January, first began his relationship with the hard rock band two decades ago.
After listening to a cassette of songs provided to him by guitarist Graham Leslie, the metal great began managing and writing lyrics for an early version of the band in the 1990s. In 2012, the bass player released his debut solo CD, titled British Lion, with a group that also included Leslie and vocalist Richard Taylor from the original roster, as well as David Hawkins on guitar and keys and Simon Dawson on drums. Iron Maiden’s long-time producer Kevin Shirley mixed the album.
Harris has referred to the endeavor as more of a side project than a solo effort. Their new tour reaffirms this.
“As Maiden fans know, the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I’d do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn’t get a chance to play during the previous tours,” says Harris.
“We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we’re playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do,” he adds. “We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!”
British Lion has a more mainstream sound than Maiden and is reminiscent of 1970s British rock with allusions to The Who and UFO. Fans who’ll be in the U.K. this summer can buy tickets to the club dates at www.steveharrisbritishlion.com.
Wed 29 Harlow, The Square
Thu 30 Bristol, Bierkeller
Fri 31 Cardiff, Uni
Sun 02 Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
Tue 04 Chester, Live Rooms
Wed 05 Lincoln, Engine Shed
Fri 07 Manchester, Club Academy
Sat 08 Newcastle, The Riverside
Sun 09 Edinburgh, Studio 24
Mon 10 Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Wed 12 York, Duchess
Thu 13 Blackburn, King Georges Hall Windsor Suite
Fri 14 Doncaster, Diamond Live Lounge
Sat 15 Grimsby, Yardbirds
Sun 16 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Tue 18 Colchester, Arts Centre
Thu 20 Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Fri 21 Plymouth, The Hub
Sat 22 Southampton, 1865
Sun 23 Poole, Mr Kyps
Mon 24 Norwich, The Waterfront
Wed 26 London O2 Academy Islington
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