Iron Maiden have been around since 1975 and their new studio album, “The Book of Souls” (their first in 5 years) will be released worldwide next week on the 4th of September. Today the band announced info about their upcoming tour on their website…
Great news is that the band are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (aka Queen of the Skies) for their World Tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11 (see the comparison grid below of the Evolution of Ed Force One).
The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500 km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe) with The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.
Details of the precise schedule are currently being finalised and announcements of specific dates for the different territories will happen in a few weeks’ time. However it has been revealed that The Book Of Souls World Tour will open in the USA in late February with Ed Force One flying in for three shows before, in early March, heading into Central America visiting Mexico, followed by a much anticipated first ever concert in El Salvador and a return to Costa Rica. Ed Force One then proceeds into South America for concerts in Argentina, Chile and a number of shows in Brazil before flying back to the USA at the end of March for ten more cities covering the USA and of course, Canada in the first two weeks of April.
A long awaited return to Japan follows later in April, and then the band are delighted to be playing their first ever shows in China before heading to New Zealand and Australia for a comprehensive tour during the first half of May. Shows in South Africa, Maiden’s first visit there with Bruce, will be the last port of call before Ed Force One heads to Europe for a very extensive tour starting in late May and finishing in early August.
I’m heavy excited about this! Iron Maiden in SA next year! Woohoo! Let’s hope that the rumors flying around about AC/DC and Slipknot coming to SA next are also true. Only time will tell if they are.
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