Is it worth joining the fanclub?

Dick Brucinson

Dave Sustaine
Just joined the FC, so let's see if it's worth it. I actually doubt it. The main reason I joined was because I want some of the reissue Beast-Tshirts which are on sale for FC members exclusively.
 

AncientMariner_Essex

Educated Fool
Just joined the FC, so let's see if it's worth it. I actually doubt it. The main reason I joined was because I want some of the reissue Beast-Tshirts which are on sale for FC members exclusively.
Of the 2 beast t-shirts the FC say are exclusive I bought the white one from EMP so it’s not really exclusive. Only massive pie-eater sizes left on the FC literally a few days after they were put up for sale. Plus the postage when buying anything from the FC shop is outrageous!

The only real exclusives they seem to have are the actual FC members t-shirts as I’ve found that a lot of other shirts they claim are exclusive can be found elsewhere.
 

AncientMariner_Essex

Educated Fool
How often do we get that? Joined the FC this month.
You don’t, you have to basically order each magazine as they become available from the store and pay £6.66 plus incredible postage.

The fan club membership used to include 3 mags a year but no more. They’ve said they can’t even guarantee 3 a year anymore, even if you pay. Each issue will be ready when it’s ready.

Anyone who renewed last year before the 1st of December was promised to still get the next 3 mags sent to them without having to order and pay.

Very crafty of the fan club as there were loads of people who were due to renew end of nov/early December who could have renewed before the 1st of December but no one was told about this decision until Alex made a post in the official forum on the 1st of December. Everyone who doesn’t read the forum got an email about the change until way later.

Another reason the fan club is a total con. People buy into it thinking if they don’t they will struggle to get concert tickets which is a load of bull. Maiden play massive arenas everywhere and I’ve never ever struggled to get a ticket.

I joined the fan club during the pandemic after leaving it back in the early 2000’s and I’ve been to tons of gigs without having a maiden fc pre sale code.

The mag is a bit of a joke to be honest. It’s ok as part of the membership but expecting people to pay when including postage it’s over £10 a copy in the U.K. is ridiculous. Ever since Alex took over he seems to think because he made it A4 and added a glossy front cover that the mag is worth the same price as a copy of metal hammer or classic rock and it isn’t. The band interviews are poor, I’ve read better interviews with better questions asked of the band elsewhere.
 

Spaldy

Ancient Mariner
You don’t, you have to basically order each magazine as they become available from the store and pay £6.66 plus incredible postage.

The fan club membership used to include 3 mags a year but no more. They’ve said they can’t even guarantee 3 a year anymore, even if you pay. Each issue will be ready when it’s ready.

Anyone who renewed last year before the 1st of December was promised to still get the next 3 mags sent to them without having to order and pay.
I renewed well after that and I still got the mag. I didn't pay £6.66 for this. Or any other mag released.
The mag is a bit of a joke to be honest. It’s ok as part of the membership but expecting people to pay when including postage it’s over £10 a copy in the U.K. is ridiculous. Ever since Alex took over he seems to think because he made it A4 and added a glossy front cover that the mag is worth the same price as a copy of metal hammer or classic rock and it isn’t. The band interviews are poor, I’ve read better interviews with better questions asked of the band elsewhere.
While it's definitely not worth £10, if that's a correct price, most agree that the quality has vastly increased since Milas took over. The previous mag was basically a fanzine, full of spelling errors and a poor layout. Getting a pro in has definitely improved it imo.
 

AncientMariner_Essex

Educated Fool
I renewed well after that and I still got the mag. I didn't pay £6.66 for this. Or any other mag released.
You are very lucky then and I’m not sure how that happened. I renewed in October so I got the mag too.

There was a big debate/kick off on the official forums last year when they announced the new pricing structure. The membership reduced from its usual £32 but you no longer got a t-shirt or the magazines. You can read a digital copy on the FC webpage but you can’t download it save it anywhere.

If you got your mag free count yourself lucky as the physical copies do now cost £6.66. Pop one in your basket next time you visit the fc shop and see what the postage comes to. Make sure your sitting down first.
 

AncientMariner_Essex

Educated Fool
I just had a quick look on the FC shop and considering the mag is sent from the U.K. and I live in the U.K. the postage makes the mag over £13!!!!!
 

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Dick Brucinson

Dave Sustaine
I just had a quick look on the FC shop and considering the mag is sent from the U.K. and I live in the U.K. the postage makes the mag over £13!!
I ordered six Maiden shirts from the official store last week, but the 10% off because of the FC membership is a hoax compared to what to pay for the customs. was 260 Euros roundabout all in total. But anyway. Those Tees from the Remastered- collecetion are a must have for me, just love them.
 

Poto

Ancient Mariner
While it's definitely not worth £10, if that's a correct price, most agree that the quality has vastly increased since Milas took over. The previous mag was basically a fanzine, full of spelling errors and a poor layout. Getting a pro in has definitely improved it imo.
The magazines look very good but the content isn't much to speak about

Compare the magazine which featured band interviews when they released TBOS with the last one.
 
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