If there is anything that makes the morning coffee all the better, it’s an announcement about an Iron Maiden tour. It was awesome to see the announcement manifesting in the email box as I brewed my first cup of java and that being said, here now the announcement……
The Press Release:
IRON MAIDEN’s hugely successful The Book Of Souls World Tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe. First night reviews from Ft Lauderdale called it “…a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!
The Tour Dates:
JUN 03: BRISTOW, VA @ JIFFY LUBE LIVE
JUN 04: PHILADELPHIA, PA @ WELLS FARGO CENTER
JUN 07: NEWARK, NJ @ PRUDENTIAL CENTER
JUN 09: CHARLOTTE, NC @ PNC MUSIC PAVILION
JUN 11: TAMPA, FL @ AMALIE ARENA
JUN 13: NASHVILLE, TN @ BRIDGESTONE ARENA
JUN 15: CHICAGO, IL @ HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUN 16: MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ XCEL ENERGY CENTER
JUN 19: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK @ CHESAPEAKE ARENA
JUN 21: HOUSTON, TX @ TOYOTA CENTER
JUN 23: DALLAS, TX @ AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
JUN 24: SAN ANTONIO, TX @ AT&T CENTER
JUN 27: ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
JUN 28: PHOENIX, AZ @ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA
JUL 01: SAN BERNARDINO, CA @ SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER*
JUL 03: LAS VEGAS, NV @ T-MOBILE ARENA
JUL 05: OAKLAND, CA @ ORACLE ARENA
JUL 07: SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ USANA AMPHITHEATER
JUL 09: LINCOLN, NE @ PINNACLE BANK ARENA
JUL 11: KANSAS CITY, MO @ SPRINT CENTER
JUL 12: ST LOUIS, MO @ HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
JUL 15: TORONTO, CANADA @ BUDWEISER STAGE
JUL 16: QUEBEC CITY, CANADA @ VIDEOTRON CENTRE
JUL 19: MANSFIELD, MA @ XFINITY CENTER
JUL 21: BROOKLYN, NY @ BARCLAYS CENTER
Steve Harris commented; “We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!
So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.
We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There’s been a great reaction from everyone to this tour’s theme, people really seem to love it. We’re still deciding on the final set-list and we’ll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven’t seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same Book Of Souls live experience that we took around the world, it’s unlikely we’ll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!”
Tickets start going on-sale Friday, January 27 – check www.ironmaiden.com
IRON MAIDEN are delighted to welcome Ghost http://ghost-official.com/ as their Special Guests for the North American leg of The Book Of Souls World Tour.
*There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino.
After great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again 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, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from www.troopervip.com
For the 2017 shows Maiden will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.
The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hooray!!! The only thing I can add to this is how overly excited I am about the return of the legendary Iron Maiden to our shores and with the unholy Ghost coming along as well it just adds to the level of psyched. I wasn’t able to see the show at MSG a couple of years ago despite doing my best to get a ticket as that sold out in a blink. For many it was the hottest ticket for NYC that year and those friends of mine that attended taunted my Facebook feed with clip after clip after clip. It was maddening to say the last LOL – Now with the band returning and doing more dates AND with the incredible Grammy Award winning Ghost in tow, I must be a part of the run when this visits my beautiful Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. So let’s close this up and get on with the rest of the day with the question of what do you readers think of this tour and will you attend? Did you catch that super special last go round appearance? Let me know in the comments section below and if you’d like to examine our review of the “Book Of Souls” album just click HERE to open it up in a new window.