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Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris: I Think We’ve Got Another Five Years in Us

George De Sota, Getty Images Iron Maiden are among the pioneers of heavy metal, but despite the fact that they are still going strong, bassist Steve Harris sees an expiration date approaching for the band. He tells The Quietus , “I don’t know about [us playing for another] ten years. I think we’ve certainly got another five years in us, but it’s hard to say.” The bassist says that health definitely factors into their future equation, adding, “As you get older, it gets doubly hard to keep yourself fit and in shape. We do work really hard on doing that. We’d be selling ourselves and everyone else short if we didn’t, so we look after ourselves.” Harris, an avid soccer fan, says he’s given up playing the sport for the most part. He adds, “I’ve had so many problems with my back that I can only play the odd match here or there. Unfortunately it’s five years since I’ve played a full season of football and that’s something that I miss a lot. But I had to make a decision. I play a lot of tennis.” With Harris seeing the end in sight, he’s taking advantage of his time remaining in rock to do what he wants. Earlier this fall, he released his solo disc, ‘ British Lion ,’ which has been in the works for over a decade. Harris has gone in a more hard rock direction for the disc, and recently stated that the material was not “throwaway Iron Maiden stuff.” He’s currently gauging the response before deciding whether to tour in support of the effort. [button href=”” title=”Next: Win a Steve Harris ‘British Lion’ Prize Pack” align=”center”]

Steve Harris Says Solo Record Isn’t ‘Throwaway Iron Maiden Stuff’

Karl Walter, Getty Images Iron Maiden guitarist Steve Harris is working in a solo album between his regular band duties, and Harris assures the quality of the disc will be up to par as these songs were not leftover Iron Maiden tracks. In the November edition of Decibel magazine (excerpted by Blabbermouth ), Harris explains, “This is not throwaway Maiden stuff. These are not riffs that I could’ve used in Maiden because, like I said, it was done with other people. As soon as that happens, it’s not gonna be used in Maiden.” The guitar great adds, “I’ve got ridiculous amount of ideas that I’m probably never gonna get out the door in my lifetime. There’s no shortage of ideas for Maiden. And this stuff is different, anyway. It’s more heavy rock than heavy metal, but to me the influences are all from the well.” Harris, who is using the title ‘ British Lion ‘ for his disc, says the effort has been in the works since 1993, but because of his extended involvement in Iron Maiden, he’s never really had much time between discs to work on it. He laughs, “It’s been so long, it’s ridiculous. I’m just so relieved to get this thing out, really, because it’s finally there. I’m really pleased with the results, but it’s taken a long while.” The guitarist says that when Iron Maiden hasn’t been touring and recording, he’s often taken the lead on things like video editing that help fill the time between records, so his time left over to record his own music has always taken a back seat. “I get a lot less downtime than the others,” says Harris. “That’s why it’s taken so long, really. I was just trying to fit bits in here and there when the other people were available to work on stuff while I was back in the U.K., which over the last few years has not been very often.” [button href=”” title=”Next: Iron Maiden – Top 21st Century Metal Songs” align=”center”]

Iron Maiden Bassist Steve Harris Goes In-Depth About ‘British Lion’ Solo Album

Legendary Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris is gearing up to release his debut solo album, ‘British Lion.’ After 37 years with Iron Maiden, it may seem like a bizarre time to finally release a solo album, but Harris goes into intricate detail about the ‘British Lion’ album and his intentions for his solo project in a recent interview. Two decades ago, Steve Harris told Raw Magazine that he was beginning