Iron Maiden bassist and founding member Steve Harris has joined forces with West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta and the band to create a new football jersey. (that’s Soccer for all us knuckleheads here in the States)
The jersey (or kit if you will?) presumably with the number 666 riding on the back goes under the name Die With Your Boots On, the new version of the claret and blue home jersey features the familiar IMFC (for Iron Maiden Fan Club) alongside the club’s crest, and IRON MAIDEN emblazoned across the chest in the Sponsor area.
The collaboration was the idea of Steve Harris, who has been a West Ham United Hammers fan since 1965.
“I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was nine and my mate was 10, we jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!” – West Ham Superfan Steve Harris
West Ham’s Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta said: “Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both.”
“The collaboration made perfect sense … One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realized that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2.” – West Ham’s licensing manager Tracey Stratton
Steve Harris originally aspired to be a footballer, and played for West Ham’s youth team as a teen, but ended up following the path to lead one of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world, Iron Maiden.
Speaking of his past inspiration to play for the West Ham Hammers, Steve Harris said in a 1992 Kerrang! magazine interview “It was great, but 14 is the wrong age really, because all I wanted to do was start having a few beers and meet a few birds – which doesn’t mix with playing football. They want you in bed early and all that stuff.”