The mighty Iron Maiden recently revealed touring plans for a run they are calling “Maiden England” and this extensive tour will also find the bands Coheed and Cambria and the legendary Alice Cooper providing suppport (depending on where your dates are). I’ve copied the full press release and dates down below the poster and will return at the close with some editorial notes. Here we go.
The Press Release:
Following the massively successful Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11, IRON MAIDEN are back on the road this summer with a series of Arena, Amphitheatre and Festival shows in the U.S.A. and Canada, opening in Charlotte, NC, U.S.A. on June 21, and finishing in Houston, TX, on Aug 18 (dates listed below), to be followed by further dates around the World in 2013. The MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour”. This opening section of the World Tour is the band’s most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of cities the band have not played in a very long time, such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.
In most venues, tickets will go on sale on March 2 and 3 but watch this site or check local venue information for fuller details. Fan Club members should check out ironmaiden.com for exclusive first day ticket presales and contest to be ‘First To The Barrier’.
MAIDEN ENGLAND marks the third chapter in the History of Iron Maiden, a journey which began in 2004 with The Early Days DVD and subsequent 2005 Early Days Tour. Part Two followed in 2008 with the Live After Death DVD – the seminal 1984 concert recorded at Long Beach Arena (L.A) during the World Slavery Tour – and the band embarking on their groundbreaking Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008/9, which saw them play to over two million fans in almost 40 countries.
Comments vocalist Bruce Dickinson, “We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited – with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of Maiden England (shown below*), including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can’t wait to get started in Charlotte”.
Iron Maiden are delighted to announce that the extraordinary and legendary Alice Cooper** will be their Very Special Guest on all shows up to July 21. After that date, Special Guest will be Coheed and Cambria***, the inspiring, cutting edge band from New York.
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. Manager Rod Smallwood comments:
“We are trying to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want in the prime positions without paying over the odds to ticket scalpers. Maiden get infuriated with the way fans sometimes have to pay more than the ticket price to get good positions at our shows. So we will, wherever possible (Festivals excluded), with the assistance of the Promoters, arrange a paperless ticketing system at least for the front sections to try to eliminate as much of the ticket scalping and exchanges as we can. We put this into practice on our North American Tour in 2010; it worked well and we received many positive comments back from our fans, so we intend to increase this where feasible. With paperless ticketing, only those who actually pay initially for the tickets will get into the show so scalping is generally avoided (please see the comments from Ticketmaster below). We are also doing everything we can to avoid any drain of prime tickets going to the Secondary Ticketing sites which we feel make unfair profits from music fans.
As we consider all our fans to be VIPs, no tickets will be held specifically for VIP use. At some venues, the Promoter may provide the option for fans to pay extra for “VIP Parking”, early access, access to “VIP Bar” etc. But these will be purely optional for ticket holders only and will not be tied to ticket locations – the ability to get the best tickets should be the same for everybody outside of the usual presales.
Finally, we are of course once again arranging exclusive ticket pre-sales for our fan club members so they can be quick off the mark for great tickets and will also continue to run the contest in appropriate venues for fan club members so they can be ‘First To The Barrier’ prior to the show. We hope that these measures will help our fans as much as possible and ask that they keep checking for details on our website.”
TICKET MASTER comments: Where possible the North American Iron Maiden shows will operate a paperless ticket policy. Select tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticket delivery, which means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser’s party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue’s ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show. To purchase paperless tickets or for more information, fans should visit www.ticketmaster.com/paperless or call the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000.
Maiden England 1988 Longform Video VHS Tracklisting: Moonchild, The Evil That Men Do, The Prisoner, Still Life, Die With Your Boots On, Infinite Dreams, Killers, Can I Play With Madness, Heaven Can Wait, Wasted Years, The Clairvoyant, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, The Number Of The Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden.
ALICE COOPER: With a music career that started over 40 years ago and his 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Alice Cooper just keeps on going and going and going. Always current and in the forefront of entertainment, his most recent album, 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, which debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top 200, is a testament to Cooper’s ability to incorporate various collaborations – including global pop superstar Ke$ha – into his own unique musical style. When it comes to touring, Cooper always provides his fans with everything and more, most recently welcoming the eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi to his touring band.
Alice Cooper’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare is the long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic Welcome to My Nightmare. The original album was a landmark album for Cooper. It was his first solo release, following a historic string of anthems written and recorded by his original band between 1971 and 1974, including “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Elected,” and “I’m Eighteen.” Welcome to My Nightmare is an all-time rock classic that spawned a worldwide theatrical tour and pioneered a U.S. TV special, and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer, whose influence continues today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA: Coheed and Cambria officially took root in 2001, embracing a fusion of progressive rock, classic rock, and even pop rock, with highly conceptual album themes. Vocalist/guitarist and storyteller Claudio Sanchez, guitarist Travis Stever, drummer Joshua Eppard and former bassist Michael Todd issued their group’s full-length debut, 2002’s The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on the New York based label Equal Vision Records.
The band toured extensively for over a year in support of the album, which was created as the second installment (although the band’s first release) of a five-part fictional saga about the doomed marriage of two characters, Coheed and Cambria, who are infected with a virus that can destroy the universe.
The band’s oft-rocky ascent from there has been well documented: their rise to a major label, being fully embraced by MTV starting with their second album, “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” but mostly ignored by mainstream radio and press but the word of mouth of their fans was all they would need. Claudio Sanchez, the introvert who tells his life story through a sci-fi fantasy concept (The Amory Wars), with anthemic choruses and odd time signatures, touches something in so many people of all ages, and makes them fans for life.
The band’s ability to rebound, and even come back stronger from adversity has been a symbol of their careers as well. Losing members to drug issues, regaining them, losing them again has been an unavoidable topic, but one that has helped shape the members as musicians and men, and allowed the fans to walk beside them in their journey. A journey which has seen them sell 3 million records worldwide, play main–stage on the world’s most prestigious festivals; including Coachella, Lollapolooza, Bonnaroo, Reading, Rock in Rio, Rock Am Park; as well as tours with Soundgarden, Heaven and Hell, Slipknot, Linkin Park and now, Iron Maiden.
2012 brings the band into their 2nd decade, their 6th album (due this summer), and the beginning of a brand-new story arc. The band’s previous album, “Year of the Black Rainbow”, completed The Amory Wars pentalogy and presents Coheed and Cambria (and Sanchez) with a completely clean slate for its newest adventure, which has yet to be revealed…
The Tour Dates:
6/21: Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/23: Atlanta, GA @ Aarons Amphitheatre
6/26: Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
6/27: Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
6/29: Philadelphia, PI @ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/30: Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/2: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
7/5: Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank
7/8: Quebec, QC @ Colisee Pepsi Arena
7/11: Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
7/13: Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
7/14: Sarnia, ON @ Bayfest
7/16: Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/18: Detroit, MI @ DTE Music Theatre
7/19: Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Centre
7/24: Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Center
7/26: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
7/27: Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
7/29: Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
7/30: Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
8/1: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
8/3: San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/6: Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
8/9: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/12: Albuquerque. NM @ Hard Rock Pavilion
8/13: Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
8/15: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
8/17: Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/18: Houston, TX @ The Woodlands
Please note there will be a few dates added within this period
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really don’t think that I need to add anything to this do I? I mean how amazing is Iron Maiden in concert and how much of a musical high do they leave you with after one of their shows? It’s truly one of the most exhilarating experiences that a fan of this kind of music can have and when you take into consideration that a heavy focus is being placed on older material then this is a win win sort of night for the ardent legions. Now let’s add the inclusion of the openers. Sure we get one or the other across the tour but the fans are not being cheated at all on either side. Alice Cooper is a legendary name without question and if you have not yet listened to Coheed and Cambria then you are in for a treat since they pull out all the stops to entertain their fans. I know that I am going to try and catch both of these shows as they hit our region. Sad that there isn’t anything in the city itself but Jones Beach can be nice depending on the day and I am already a fan of The Rock out in Newark, NJ. That’s all I have about this one my friends, you can chime in down below in the comments and let me know what you think of this new tour proclamation. “Up The Irons!!!!!”