Blood Brothers is a song from Brave New World is the twelfth studio album by Iron Maiden, released on 29 May 2000.
Blood Brothers was written by Steve Harris.
It was their first studio release since the return of longtime lead singer Bruce Dickinson (who left in 1993) and guitarist Adrian Smith (who left in 1990) in 1999, as well as the band’s first studio recording as a six-piece, as Janick Gers, who replaced Smith in 1990, remained with the band.
Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris wrote this song, which deals with the death of his father: “Just for a second a glimpse of my father I see.” The song also touches on life and what might eventually be beyond it. The image of the departed father shows how the memories of those who left give us a look into life after death: “And in a moment the memories are all that remain, And all the wounds are reopening again.”
“Brave New World” was the release’s only song to reappear on the Dance of Death World Tour, the next tour in support of a studio release. None of the tracks from the album were played during the A Matter of Life and Death Tour, although many returned throughout The Final Frontier World Tour, with “The Wicker Man“, “Ghost of the Navigator”, the title track, and “Blood Brothers” being played during the 2010 leg. “Blood Brothers” returned for The Book of Souls World Tour and “The Wicker Man” also returned for the Legacy of the Beast World Tour.
The song “Blood Brothers”, written by Steve Harris for his late father, was dedicated to Ronnie James Dio throughout the 2010 leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, following his death on 16 May. On the 2011 leg of the tour starting in Australia, “Blood Brothers” would then be dedicated to the victims and friends and family of the band members and audience who were affected by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake on 22 February. As the tour progressed, the song was also dedicated to the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, as well as the revolts in Egypt and Libya and, later, the victims of the 2011 Norway attacks. A live performance of the song from 2012’s En Vivo! was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance on 6 December 2012.
Adrian Smith Tablature:Iron Maiden - Blood Brothers - Adrian Smith
Dave Murry Tablature: Iron Maiden - Blood Brothers - Dave Murray
Janick Gers Tablature: Iron Maiden - Blood Brothers - Janick Gers