We are very, very happy to announce that we have a new guitar player! Of Legion of the Damned, Splinterbomb and Lucifer Principle fame, this guy has definitely earned his stripes, and we are sure he will add some stripes with us as well!
Please welcome to the stage Mister Hein Willekens!! Hein will do his first gig with us in Hilvarenbeek, on the 22nd of September, come and give him a welcome he won’t forget!
“Up The Irons is very happy to present Sam Lemmens (ex-Evil Invaders) as the new guitarist for the band! In the last few months the band has received lots of auditions and Sam immediately stood out as the most suitable man for the job. His guitar playing, his looks and the fact that he has shitloads of stage experience with one of Belgium’s hottest new metalbands (including tours in Europe and Japan) made it an easy choice for the band.
As you all know, Up The Irons needed a new guitarplayer, because Paul Marcelis decided to leave the band. Since Paul graduated as a lawyer and moved to Amsterdam for his new job, we kind of knew it would be more and more difficult for Paul to keep playing with Up The Irons. In the end he decided to quit, to do both himself and the band justice. We do respect his decision and want to thank Paul for all the great moments we’ve shared and enjoyed on- and off stage. Of course we wish Paul all the best with his work as a lawyer and with his other band Lord Volture as well.
With Sam joining the ranks, we will be rehearsing the new Beast on the Road show for the April tour. Hope to see you all on the road in 2016
“Please welcome Mr. Sam Lemmens on the lead guitar!” - Up The Irons!
Up The Irons
Up The Irons kicks ass at Graspop!
Thanks to everyone who came and kicked ass with us at Graspop
Metal Meeting. It was a wonderful experience. When we arrived
at the festival grounds we could never imagine that the whole
tent would be filled to the brim with metal maniacs like yourself!
Being the first band on the bill without any other bands on
the other stages, we expected quite a lot of people. But never
did we expect the estimate of 20.000 people that were there.
It is a once in a lifetime experience to be on stage while you
guys sing along so loud with all the classics like The Trooper
and Fear of the Dark, and we’re bloody grateful for it!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope to
see you all on tour again, be it in Holland, Belgium, Germany
or anywhere else!
We had an awesome time in the UK last October. We were very
curious if the English audience would accept a couple of Dutchies
playing tunes of their very own Iron Maiden… And boy did
they! We had brillant gigs, loads of absolute cracking reactions
and we simply had a brillant time. We’d like to thank
everyone involved, Jill and Gary, all the venues, and most of
all anyone who attented one or more of our shows. We’ll
Up The Irons was invited to visit the Maiden Football match
in Wintelre (NL) last Friday. Of course there was some time
for a chat and a 'Trooper' beer with Steve and some crew.
Maiden won this game with 4-3. Up The Irons!!!
Please welcome, our new Drummer: Tom Heijnen.
We wish Roel van Helden all the best with his band Powerwolf.
Thanks a million to Roel for all the fun and Rock ’n
Roll. Please support Roel during the festivals this summer!!
And raise your horns for Tom Heijnen!
Tom isn’t a new bloke for us as you will all know.
He already played quite a few shows with Up The Irons. He
is an amazing Iron Maiden drummer with so much energy.
We had an amazing time playing these 3 shows with Paul Di'Anno.
Check out the media page for some
You really want to see this:
Sascha Burchardt (ex-zanger Up The Irons) zal vrijdagavond
aanwezig zijn bij de show in Venlo. Hij zal zelfs een aantal
liedjes mee gaan zingen met de band. Voor degene die Sascha
nog kennen is dit een Must See natuurlijk, voor degene die
Up The Irons nog nooit met Sascha hebben gezien is dit een
Thanks to everyone who visited the Unleash the Beast tour.
New gigs coming up and more are being added, so check the
gigs page and see you soon.
Having a very good time on this tour. thanks to all of you
who have come to see us and thanks to all of you who will
on the upcoming dates at Kastival, Gryphus, Devil, Rambler
Our gig at Puntpop this Saturday has unfortunately been cancelled.
Hope to see you all another time.
This saturday. First show of the"Unleash
The Beast Tour"
Check out the upcoming Maiden
uniteD shows in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands in
April featuring Up The Irons, Threshold and Within Temptation
members and Anneke van Gierbergen as special guest. Click
First shows for the April-June "Unleash
The Beast Tour" announced. Many more to come.
Up The Irons wil de organisatie van Rock4Life bedanken voor
een legendarische avond in Tripodia te Katwijk.
Met 800 kaarten was de zaal geheel uitverkocht! Dank aan
alle headbangers, moshers en koorzangers en –zangeressen.
We hebben er samen: jullie + de band + de organisatie + The
Unforgiven een geweldig feest van gemaakt. Tijdens de show
kwam er een gedachten in mij op…”Up The Irons
had al veel eerder naar Katwijk moeten komen, want jullie
zijn helemaal te gek!!!!”
1 ding gaan we jullie beloven…het duurt geen 10 jaar
meer voordat we weer terug zijn in Katwijk. Kijk ook op de
fotopagina voor de mooiste foto’s van deze Halloween-nacht.
Complimenten aan Rock4Life
Joey, namens de hele band en crew
Keep an eye on our website for the latest news about our
new Facebook Page and our ‘Unleash The Beast Tour’
Maiden Day, Sjiwa, Baarlo
De opbrengst van de coventie in Sjiwa Baarlo op 13 november
gaat wederom naar de Clive Burr Trust Fund. Naast Up the Irons
en andere bands is er ook een exclusieve pre-listening van
het album 'Mind The Acoustic Pieces' van Joey's project Maiden
uniteD (met o.a. Damian Wilson en Ruud Jolie). Kaarten
kosten 10 euro voor de hele dag. Tot dan.
The proceeds from the Maiden convention in Baarlo on the
13th of November will go to the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund.
Of course there are going to be a lot of bands to see that
day, but there will also be an exclusive pre-listening of
the 'Mind The Acoustic Pieces' album by Joey's other project
uniteD (featuring Damian Wilson, Ruud Jolie and others).
Tickets are 10 euros for the whole day. See you all there.
Maiden Day, La Vida, Tilburg
Up The Irons wil iedereen enorm bedanken voor het enthousiastme
en de goede support tijdens de show op de Maiden Day in La
Vida te Tilburg. Speciale dank gaat uit naar Damian Wilson
voor zijn gastbijdrage bij The Trooper. Het was wederom een
geweldige ervaring om een Maiden Weekend af te sluiten. En
hoe...een afsluiting met het nummer 'Iron Maiden' met Mauri
en Maarten van Somewhere On Stage en Ironing Maiden en the
grand final: 'Blood Brothers' met alle bandleden van de deelnemende
bands en crewleden.
Up The Irons dankt Peer Weel voor de goede organisatie,
dankt iedereen die zo hard meezong vooraan op het podium,
dankt alle gasten op het balkon en dankt alle andere bands
van de Maiden Day. You made this weekend one hell of a good
time! Thank You!!!
New Rock 'n Roll Ribs for Up The Irons
Up The Irons heeft in Roel van Helden een nieuwe drummer gevonden.
Roel is bekend van Sun Caged en om zijn enorme waardering
voor Nicko "Rock 'n Roll Ribs" McBrain.
Afgelopen zondag was Roel al te zien en te horen bij Up The
Irons tijdens de show op Popelucht! Een show met een erg goede
prestatie van Roel. De nieuwe line-up van Up The Irons is
weer helemaal compleet en de band is klaar voor voorlopig
weer 10 New Years of Rock 'n Roll.
Ijzersterke show op Popelucht!
Up The Irons wil iedereen bedanken op Popelucht voor het harde
meezingen en schreeuwen. De crew heeft bij het afbreken nog
wat stembanden gevonden op het podium, dus wie ze kwijt is...?
Een zeer speciale dank aan de hele organisatie van Stichting
Popel! Jullie hebben een geweldig festival! Het was de eerste
show voor de nieuwe bandleden Leon Hermans (gitaar) en Roel
van Helden (Drums) en het was letterlijk vuurwerk! Mensen
van Etten-Leur allemaal bedankt voor de warme ontvangst en
het vuurwerk (meer dan ooit) was voor jullie.
Up The Irons komt heel snel weer terug naar Etten-Leur...dat
beloven we bij deze!
Scream for yourself Etten-Leur!!!!
Two Up The Irons Roadies leave the
We are sad to announce that guitar tech Hans van Velzen and
our lighting tech Helmo Brans have left the Up The Irons crew.
Hans wants to have more time for his study and is a professional
custom guitar builder. Check his business out at www.jamv.nl
Helmo wants to have more sparetime and is busy with his photography
business. Check him out at moandmoi-fotografie
The band and crew lose two dedicated crew members and we would
like to thank the boys for their professional way of working,
their humor and unforgettable memories!
Up The Irons has got TWO new guitarplayers!
The auditions went very well and we'd like to thank everyone
who pariticipated! Leon Hermans and Paul Marcelis are going
to be the new guys in the band and are ready to rock! They came
in very self confident and prepared and there immediately was
a click. They auditioned both at the same time (they're friends!),
so how cool can this be!!!
We are preparing the new setlist as we speak, and are ready
to rock your socks off after the summer break. We've got a lot
of cool gigs comin'up and will be ready to serve you the best
maiden tribute gig you've ever witnessed!
Band and crew want to take this opportunity to welcome Leon
and Paul, but they also have to say something to you!
'As a big Iron Maiden fan, I am very proud to be a part of
UP THE IRONS now and I'm looking forward to hit te stage with
this great band.
Together with Paul Marcelis, I greet all the fans of UP THE
IRONS and will be glad to see you on the road! Leon'
"With Up The Irons being the Iron Maiden tribute,
I am really excited to be joining this great band along with
Leon Hermans, who already is my accomplice in making some shredding
heavy metal! We're coming to get you!"
Slagharen show cancelled
Unfortunately Up The Irons has to cancel tonights show (July
7th )@ Slagharen, due to unforseen circumstances. We appologize
for any inconveniance. We'll see you all after the summer break
with our two new guitarplayers!
Iron Maiden coverband Somewhere on stage will fill the spot
for us, thanx guys! Enjoy!
Big news, as part of their 10th anniversary tour, Up The Irons
will headline all the "Maiden Day"
events. All money that will be raised on these gigs will go
directly into the Clive Burr MS Trust fund!
The first shows of the 10th Anniversary tour were a big (sold
out) succes. Up The Irons started it off with a memorable apperance
@ Tavenu, Waalwijk. The band invited special guests Ruud Jolie
(Within Temptation), Martijn Balsters (ex Up The Irons / The
Dust Connection) and ex Up The Irons vocalist Sascha Burchardt
to the stage, the crowd went MAD!
The band wishes to thank the special guests and everyone @
Tavenu, but most of all... All you crazy fans who attended the
gig. You really made us proud.
Up The Irons Italy Tour
The Irons wishes to thank all of you who participated in the
Iron Maiden World convention in Italy. We had a great time in
Pescara and Milan. Also great to meet Dennis Stratton.
Cheers from The Clairvoyants(ITA) - 667(GER) - Up The Irons(HOL)
and Dennis Stratton @ Alcatraz, Milano