Iron Maiden get Royal Mail stamp of approval

Royal Mail 12-stamp set goes on sale on 12 January and features live shots and classic Eddie artwork

Heavy metal giants Iron Maiden are to get their very own series of stamps from Royal Mail. The set of 12 stamps goes on sale on 12 January 2023 and features eight shots from the NWOBHM pioneers’ live shows alongside artwork from their 1980 self-titled debut album, singles ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Aces High’, and their 2021 album Senjutsu.

This makes Maiden the fifth act to get a stamp series from Royal Mail, following The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen and The Rolling Stones. The first eight stamps showcase the band’s live shows, from Hammersmith Odeon in 1983 up to frontman Bruce Dickinson taking on the band’s mascot Eddie on stage in Birmingham in 2018. Eddie gets his own showcase across the remaining four stamps, which show the evolution of the band’s monstrous companion across the ages.

Iron Maiden’s founding member and bassist Steve Harris spoke of his pride at being chosen for the stamp set, saying: “We were all absolutely astounded… They look superb and I think they really capture the essence and energy of Maiden.”

The 12-stamp set is available to pre-order now at Iron Maiden tour the UK and Ireland this summer, kicking off in Dublin on 24 June. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.