Rare Maiden – The Feast of the Beast

Rare Maiden plays Iron Maiden.
Rare Maiden is an authentic sounding Iron Maiden tribute from Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Matti Nousiainen

Rare Maiden is a tribute to Iron Maiden from Helsinki, Finland. We formed in 2015 as a side project to all our members original bands because we all love Iron Maiden and most members have dreamt of covering their songs and paying tribute to the Irons for a very long time.

We play mixed sets that mainly pull from rarely played songs, meaning tracks that Iron Maiden themselves have either not played live or have played only on one or two tours. We add in a few old live classics but we never play Run to the Hills, The Trooper, Fear of the Dark or Iron Maiden, these are done everywhere else!

We choose our songs from our ‘Feast of the Beast’ menu, which has a selection of rare, medium rare and well done songs that we constantly grow at rehearsals.

Rare (not ever played by IM)

  • Only the good die young
  • Sun and steel
  • Invaders
  • Montsegur
  • Deja vu

Medium Rare (played by IM on 3 tours or less)

  • Sign of the cross
  • To tame a land
  • Flight of icarus
  • Stranger in a strange land
  • Rime of the ancient mariner
  • Infinite Dreams
  • Holy smoke
  • Moonchild

Well Done (played by IM on more than 3 tours)

  • Aces high
  • Powerslave
  • Revelations
  • The prisoner
  • The clairvoyant
  • Hallowed be thy name
  • 22 acacia avenue


Rare Maiden is waiting to discuss playing your venue or private event. Contact us on raremaidentribute@gmail.com.

Rare Maiden plays Iron Maiden.
Rare Maiden is an energetic homage to Iron Maiden’s stage magic. Photo: Matti Nousiainen

Watch Rare Maiden perform Aces High at The Apollo Live Club, Helsinki and find more videos on our Youtube channel.

We asked two journalists from our audience to sum us up…

“I have to confess: despite my husband’s relentless effort in insisting I listen to the best Maiden classics over the years, I haven’t become a huge Iron Maiden fan. But then Rare Maiden showed up with their first gig. Awesome! How can those b-side tracks sound so insanely good? I’m blown away.” – Niina Jokiaho, Managing Editor, Radio Nova

“Usually the bands formed by die hard fans, who play difficult songs, tend to end up being some kind of group of instrumental wankers. The musical backbone suffers and hair starts to grow on their hands. This is not the case with Rare Maiden. Even though there is enough elements of progressive musical masturbation in their music, Rare Maiden are above all, a good rockband formed by five talented musicians, who play as tight as Steve Harris’ spandex pants during the 80’s Powerslave Tour. And you can hear them really enjoying themselves playing just with their instruments, not with their…” – Tero Kosonen, News Editor, Ilta-Sanomat

Rare Maiden plays Iron Maiden.
Rare Maiden uses the classic twin lead guitar set up from Iron Maiden’s pre 1999 era. Photo: Matti Nousiainen

The Feast of the Beast