• Wed. May 29th, 2024

The World’s Only Female Iron Maiden Tribute


For the first time in a long time, there was no standing room inside of the best rock club in Vegas, Count’s Vamp’d. From the front of the house, to the bathrooms in the back, and out on the patio as well, people were literally shoulder to shoulder. They stood around, in their band t-shirts, sipping The Trooper beer, waiting for a tribute to their favorite band to hit the stage.

We’ve all heard of the countless tribute bands that exist in this world. Usually consisting of 4-5 middle aged guys, talented or not, getting on stage, and playing a band’s classic anthems, it gets kind of boring after a while.

Once in a blue moon, though, a band hits a stage before your eyes that completely blows the “boring” factor out of your mind. For myself, and I am sure quite a few other folks in the crowd, that band was The Iron Maidens. Now, I am skeptical of ANY Iron Maiden tribute simply because of the complexity of the music, but I was especially skeptical as to whether or not these ladies could really pull it off. I was completely blown away by these women.

After forming in 2001, The Iron Maidens have taken stages around the globe by storm with their performances. Comprised of Kirsten Rosenberg (Bruce Chickinson), Courtney Cox (Adriana Smith), Nita Strauss (Mega Murray), Wanda Ortiz (Steph Harris), and Linda McDonald (Nikki McBurrain), they embody on the stage everything that screams Iron Maiden. From the stage set up, which included mascot Eddie from the Somewhere in Time album, to the outfits, to the sound itself. If you have ever seen them you would probably agree that you could literally close your eyes, and imagine yourself at an actual Iron Maiden concert.

If you haven’t seen them then I suggest two things: 1. Don’t keep your eyes closed for too long. They are too amazing to miss even a few moments. 2. Go fucking see them.

Any fan of Iron Maiden, young or old, newer eras or older ones, can expect to hear everything from “Two Minutes to Midnight” and “Die With Your Boots On” to “The Trooper” and back again. I am excited to see them next time they hit the stage here in Las Vegas. Keep an eye on their tour dates and go check out these ladies for yourself:


Up the Irons! \m/

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

One thought on “The Iron Maidens”
  1. I was there and this is a very good review. But to see it live and hear it live are two things you need to experience. Up the Irons Maidens!!! \m/

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