Iron Maiden Announce “Book Of Souls” 2nd Leg: European Tour 2017

Although the Iron Maiden US Tour was not as extensive in terms of stops as most of the Metal Legions would have preferred, what’s done is done and they have been here for the first leg of the “Book Of Souls” Tour. Earlier today the news started being circulated about the bands European run so here is the information on the second leg of the tour. You might be wondering why I would even document a European run but this is Iron Maiden that we are talking about so they defy the normal laws of Metaldom. Dig in.

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Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris says,

“As it’s been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible. We’re really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven’t played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven’t played since 1990. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas. The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do.”


The Tour Dates:
APR 22: BELGIUM @ ANTWERP SPORTPALEIS
APR 24: GERMANY @ OBERHAUSEN KÖNIG-PILSENER-ARENA
APR 28: GERMANY @ FRANKFURT FESTHALLE
MAY 02: GERMANY @ HAMBURG BARCLAYCARD ARENA
MAY 04: ENGLAND @ NOTTINGHAM MOTORPOINT ARENA
MAY 06: IRELAND @ DUBLIN 3ARENA
MAY 08: ENGLAND @ MANCHESTER ARENA
MAY 10: ENGLAND @ SHEFFIELD ARENA
MAY 11: ENGLAND @ LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
MAY 14: ENGLAND @ NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA
MAY 16: SCOTLAND @ GLASGOW SSE HYDRO ARENA
MAY 17: SCOTLAND @ ABERDEEN AECC GE OIL & GAS ARENA
MAY 20: ENGLAND @ LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA
MAY 21: ENGLAND @ BIRMINGHAM BARCLAYCARD ARENA
MAY 24: WALES @ CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA
MAY 27: ENGLAND @ LONDON O2 ARENA

No further European cities will be added to this schedule for 2017. Special Guests on all shows will be American arena headliners SHINEDOWN. Shinedown’s Zach Myers comments,

“Iron Maiden are the kings of metal and one of the greatest live bands of all time. It’s an honour to be touring with them in Europe and in their home country and to play in front of their fans. We can’t wait to see you in 2017!!!”

Tickets go on-sale Friday 30th September at 9am. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members, details of which can be found here. IRON MAIDEN continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way. Their latest stance on combatting ticket touts for the 2017 UK dates can be found here. Additionally, after great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans in the UK will, for the first time, be able to enjoy a TROOPER VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of TROOPER goodies and MAIDEN swag, TROOPER beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, together with the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at £140 from www.troopervip.com . The concert ticket must be purchased separately. The Book Of Souls World Tour opened in Florida, U.S.A in February 2016 visiting 36 countries using their new 747 jumbo jet Ed Force One piloted by Bruce which flew band, crew and 22 tonnes of equipment over 61,500 miles (99,000 km) across six continents during the 72 date leg playing to around 1.5 million fans. The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the #1 spot in over 40 countries around the globe.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Even though it’s not true, I still feel like I was the only NYC Metalhead that didn’t see the band when they dominated Madison Square Garden that last time around. I was “this close” to having a ticket and going but alas it all fell through so don’t delay if you are in one of these European regions and must be a part of the Mighty Maiden action. What do you readers think about this Second Leg “Book Of Souls” European Tour? Do you think we might even see a Third Leg for the USA (and wow I realize how weird that reads back LOL). Let me know in the comments section.

Official Website: http://www.ironmaiden.com

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