Probably the most anticipated artist, Iron Maiden‘s bassist Steve Harris brought his side project, British Lion to the 2018 Monsters of Rock Cruise. The band played two sets showcasing tracks from the 2012 issued self-titled debut record. And they rocked the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas! Furthermore, Decibel Geek‘s Brian Ronald was on hand for these captures of this historic MORC performance. Check out his photo gallery below and please feel free to share.
The British Lion Facebook page reports: Founded by Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist), its members are: Richard Taylor (vocals), David Hawkins (guitar & keyboards), Grahame Leslie (guitar) and Simon Dawson (drums).
Wikipedia Background on BRITISH LION (adapted)
Classic Rock revealed that the project originated with a band, named British Lion, which Harris had been mentoring in the early 1990s. Harris confirmed this during an interview with Classic Rock the following month. Explaining that he became involved after “Graham Leslie [guitar] came to me with a cassette of songs… 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.”
After the original band split up, he “kept in touch with Richie [Taylor, vocals] and Graham, and then Richie was working with another guitarist called David Hawkins, who’s a really talented guy, and so we started writing songs together.” After several years of work, due to Harris being occupied with Iron Maiden, the album arrived September 2012. In an interview published by Kerrang! in September, Harris said that he considers British Lion “more of a side-project” than a solo record”.
A music video for the song “This Is My God” was released on 2 October 2012. Followed by a video for “Us Against the World” on 28 November.