IRON MAIDEN Bassist STEVE HARRIS To Release New Project Album ‘British Lion’
Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris will soon be releasing his new project album, British Lion. The album is set for release on September 24th through EMI and Steve Harris’ episode of That Metal Show will be premiering on September 22nd and will be discussing the new probject.
Paul Brannigan of Classic Rock Magazine spoke with Steve Harris about the album British Lion. See those excerpts below. To read the interview in it’s entirety, head here.
CR: So where did the impetus for British Lion come from?
SH: How it started was that Graham Leslie came to me with a cassette of songs – which shows how long ago it was! – and I thought they were really good, so I said I’d try to help his band do something. I ended up managing them and producing them and writing with them, although I kept that fact under wraps, to the point where even some people in the band didn’t know. Anyway, when that band imploded I thought, ‘Well, I’ve got to do something with this’, because I thought the songs were so strong.
CR: So why is this the time for a Steve Harris solo album?
SH: Because it’s ready, it’s finally, finally ready. The guys have been waiting very patiently for years for me, and it’s been frustrating at time, but what can I do, I’m so busy with Maiden. People have already said to me, ‘Are you going to do this instead of Maiden?’ and I’m like, ‘Of course not!’ Maiden is always going to be the priority, always has been and always will be, but it’s interesting and exciting to try new things.
CR: No one reading this will have heard British Lion yet: how would you describe it?
SH: Well, what I think and what other people will think might be two different things, but I’d say it’s more mainstream rock than metal, very British sounding, very 70s-influenced and quite commercial… but good commercial. There’s all kinds of stuff going on, with nods to The Who and UFO and some classic British rock bands, but it’s not the progressive rock album some might be expecting.