Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris will finally - finally - release his debut solo album, British Lion, next month.
And Harris has answered the question everybody's always wanted to ask but been too afraid to speak: "Dude, what took so long?"
Harris tells Classic Rock magazine that British Lion took over a decade to complete, but was done entirely in secret. In fact, he notes that the initial ideas were presented to him by vocalist Graham Leslie on cassette - cassette! – as a demo for a band, but when the band imploded Harris and Leslie decided to do something together.
With no music publicly released yet, Classic Rock leaves it to Harris to explain what the material sounds like, but not without a warning: "I don’t know what people are expecting, but it’s probably not this," he says. "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."
In addition to Harris and Taylor, the album features guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson. The band plan to tour clubs in support of the album, although no dates are booked yet.
British Lion will be released on September 24 via EMI.