Iron Maiden To Embark On Australian Tour In 2016
UK metal lords Iron Maiden have followed up with their announcement of an Australian tour late last month by confirming a string of string of stadium shows kicking off next May.
With their targets set on a grand total 35 countries – including their first live performances in China and El Salvador – the iconic rockers will traverse the globe in a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet, fittingly titled “Ed Force One” (complete with Eddie decals) and piloted by none other but frontman Bruce Dickinson. Coming along for the ride are The Raven Age, featuring guitarist George Harris, the son of Maiden bassist Steve Harris.
Dickinson commented on the band’s first trip to our shores since 2011 by saying: “Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s what we do best, so it will be a great feeling to board our new Jumbo Ed Force One with the crew and the gear and head round the globe and get back on stage for you guys. We haven’t played in Australia and New Zealand for a number of years so it will be a pleasure to play for our Antipodean cousins again, irrespective of who wins the dates with destiny at Twickenham in a few weeks’ time!!”
“Of course we haven’t decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart !!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.”
Five years on from The Final Frontier, the metal veterans recently released their new album, The Book Of Souls, a 92-minute epic that peaked at #2 on the ARIA Charts.
Tickets are on sale Thursday September 24th @ 12pm.
My Ticketek presale tickets run from 10am Friday September 18th – 10pm Monday September 21st.
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Listen to the first single from The Book Of Souls, “Speed Of Light”, below.
Iron Maiden / The Raven Age Tour Dates
Wed May 4th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Fri May 6th – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Mon May 9th – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thu May 12th – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sat May 14th – Perth Arena, Perth