EMI has set a June 6 release date for IRON MAIDEN‘s “From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010”. A double-CD set spanning twenty years this follows the huge success of 2010’s studio album “The Final Frontier” which hit the number one spot in 28 countries around the world. It also became the band’s highest-charting album in the USA where IRON MAIDEN have just been awarded their first Grammy for “Best Metal Performance”, for the song “El Dorado”, taken from “The Final Frontier”album, and which is included in this selection.A special two-track promo-only CD single was made available featuring “The Wicker Man”, which originally appeared on the album “Brave New World”, released in 2000, and was a U.K. Top Ten hit, and “The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg”, which was the lead track from 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death” album.IRON MAIDEN‘s current phenomenal global success has seen the band not only scale new-found heights aided by their unique method of touring, using a customized Boeing 757 — named Ed Force One by their fans — to transport band, crew and all their equipment round the world to many new places, but has meant their ever-expanding fanbase now encompasses a brand new generation of metal lovers. “From Fear To Eternity” is a chance for these new fans of the band to explore IRON MAIDEN‘s rich history, with the highlights of their last eight studio albums distilled into this handy collection, which follows 2009’s compilation of their earlier work, the 1980-1990 “Somewhere Back In Time”album.

Perennial favourites to be found on this album include songs also featured in MAIDEN‘s current “The Final Frontier World Tour” set list; tracks such as “Fear Of The Dark”, “The Wicker Man”, “Blood Brothers” and “Dance Of Death” sit alongside recent classics “El Dorado” and the hauntingly evocative “When The Wild Wind Blows”. It also include singles like “Holy Smoke” and “Be Quick Or Be Dead” together with more progressive thought-provoking album tracks like “Afraid To Shoot Strangers” and “For The Greater Good Of God”.

This new collection charts the musical development of Britain’s most successful metal band as they have evolved their sound, producing longer, more complex songs, gaining huge critical acclaim in the process. Featuring many of the epics for which the band has become renowned, it is accordingly released as a double CD, but will retail for the price of a single album.The full track listing for the CD is as follows:Disc 101. The Wicker Man
02. Holy Smoke
03. El Dorado
04. Paschendale
05. Different World
06. Man On The Edge (live)
07. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
08. Blood Brothers
09. Rainmaker
10. Sign Of The Cross (live)
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark(live)Disc 201. Be Quick Or Be Dead
02. Tailgunner
03. No More Lies
04. Coming Home
05. The Clansman (live)
06. For The Greater Good Of God
07. These Colours Don’t Run
08. Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter
09. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows
U.K.’s Total Rock recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage at the Gibson
guitar studio. You can now watch the chat below.

Frontiers Records will release DEF LEPPARD‘s new live album (with bonus DVD), “Mirrorball”, on the following dates:

Germany, Switzerland, Austria: June 17
June 23: France
Rest Of Europe: June 20

“Mirrorball” will be available on June 7 exclusively at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in the United States and Canada.
The album will include a 50-minute DVD that contains live performances and intimate backstage footage of the band captured on the road. A special limited vinyl edition will also be made available. “Mirrorball” will also be available online, marking the first time the band’s music will officially be made available for digital purchase. DEF LEPPARD will also be releasing their new community based website in May, which is being developed to be the ultimate DEF LEPPARD fan experience and go-to destination for all things on the band.

“Mirrorball” features a mix of live DEF LEPPARD classics (recorded throughout The Sparkle Lounge Tour), three brand new studio songs and the aforementioned bonus DVD. “Mirrorball” is DEF LEPPARD‘s first ever live album and features rock classics such as “Animal”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Photograph”, “Nine Lives” and “Rock Of Ages”. The album also brings together three brand new studio tracks — “Undefeated”, “Kings Of The World” and “It’s All About Believin'” — taking their place with ease within this classic setlist.

Also set for release this summer is LEPPARD‘s first coffee table book titled “Def Leppard – The Definitive Visual History”, with exclusive photos by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin. The book is released on June 1.

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson tells Billboard.com that he has no firm idea about the band’s next move after the long cycle supporting 2008’s “Black Ice”, but he’s hoping there won’t be another eight-year interim before the group’s next project. “I’ll be six feet under by then, so no,” Johnson says with a laugh. “We never say ‘no’ and we never say ‘never.’ If we can get out an album and do another short, little tour or something, have a bit of fun, I’ll be right there. The thing with the boys in AC/DCyou’ve got to remember is we’re constantly surprised and amazed at how we keep the success going. We don’t know what we’re doing — I mean, we literally don’t know what we’re doing except that we just play 100 percent every night and give it everything we’ve got. If that’s the secret to success, we’ll pass it on.”Johnson, who wrote primarily about his relationship with cars and auto racing in his new book, “Rockers And Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir”, says that another set of stories is possible, but he does not intend to ever release a proper “tell-all” memoir. “I hate autobiographies,” Johnson tells Billboard.com. “I think they’re boring and rotten, and I’m not interested. It’s usually some bitter old git doing a tell-all to get back at everybody.”

“If I could do it without stepping on anybody’s toes, I think that would be quite fun,” Johnson explains. “As long as it wasn’t negative. It would have to be a positive, funny side of everything. I think that would be a great thing, and I have thought of it.”

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