Calling all Troopers! Get ready to rock out with one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever to exist. Iron Maiden have announced The Book of Souls world tour will continue in the new year.
Taking its name from the legendary band’s 2015 double studio album, which has been their most successful chart-wise, the tour opened in Florida last February and ran through early August. That first leg saw Maiden perform in 36 countries travelling via their new Boeing 747 jumbo jet dubbed – as on past tours – “Ed Force One” for their mascot Eddie and flown by vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
The UK leg of The Book of Souls world tour will begin on 4 May 2017 at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and stop off in a number of cities across the British Isles before finishing at The O2 in London.
“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,” said Iron Maiden founding member and bass player Steve Harris. “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.”
In addition to enjoying the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets, Harris said that fans can expect to hear a mix of new songs from The Book of Souls album along with older hits.
The full list of dates for Iron Maiden’s 2017 UK tour is below:
4 May – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
8 May – Manchester Arena
10 May – Sheffield Arena
11 May – First Direct Arena, Leeds
14 May – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
16 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
17 May – AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
20 May – Echo Arena, Liverpool
21 May – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
24 May – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
27 May – The O2, London
Special guests on all shows will be Florida hard rockers SHINEDOWN.
Tickets for Iron Maiden go on sale at 09:00 Friday 30 September 2016 at Ticketmaster.