Iron Maiden’s bassist, primary songwriter and co-founder Steve Harris rocked The Great Hall of Toronto with his alternative project called British Lion. The album was released way back in fall of 2012 after Graham Leslie (guitar) shared some songs with Harris in the 90’s. The bassist then decided to mentor, produce, manage and even write songs with the new band. We are ready to hear their new material coming up in summer 2019.
British Lion sound is energetic and filled with this English classic metal aura that we are all familiar with. The DNA, of course, is shared with Iron Maiden (who would have thought?) specifically the fact that most guitar riffs are accompanied with a strong bass melody on the back that keeps the song alive continuously. Richie Taylor (singer) possesses a powerful voice that mixes perfectly well with the galloping bass of Harris.
At the venue, there were less than 400 metalheads. The average age was over 50, but most of them wore their Iron Maiden, Motörhead, or Black Sabbath T-Shirts proudly. New generations attended to the show as well and supported the band chanting their whole album.
The project will be performing in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Japan the next couple of weeks after finishing Canadian presentations in Montreal, Ottawa, Waterloo, and Quebec City.
When new music is not talking to me, I usually turn to old school music. This time was different because British Lion sounds like new-old music. Steve Harris is the backbone of the band, and onstage anyone can see the years and years of experience that he projects not only with his very characteristic sound but with his personality and confidence. All we can say is -Respect, Mr. Harris.
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