Armed with a new stage layout, a set list featuring songs from their new studio album ‘The Book of Souls,’ and massive transportation provided by their new Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet Ed Force One, Iron Maiden will return to the touring scene in grand fashion in 2016.
Iron Maiden have announced the current stretch of United States dates on their ‘Book of Souls’ tour, which despite time constraints has just included a second night at the L.A. Forum on April 16. Just following that performance, the members of Iron Maiden will be shipping out for a visit to Tokyo, however more dates are currently in the works.
Ten shows is what actively comprises Iron Maiden’s first leg of United States dates, which begins with an opening concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 24 and will continue through the aforementioned Los Angeles, California shows. Stops in Tulsa, Las Vegas, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Tacoma and Denver are also on the radar.
Says lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson: “We cannot wait to get back out on tour. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s also what we enjoy the most. When we play in Fort Lauderdale, it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the U.K. so we will be raring to go.
“On previous Ed Force One tours, we only had time to play New York, L.A. and Florida. For the world tour next year, we’ve made more time in order to take Ed Force One to our fans in many more parts of the country, like Tulsa where we haven’t played since 1987 on the ‘Somewhere In Time’ tour and Tacoma, where we haven’t played in 15 years, along with Vegas, Detroit, Chicago and Denver too this time round.
“We wanted to start off in Ft. Lauderdale, so we could first visit Nicko’s [McBrain, drums] Rock ‘N’ Roll Ribs nearby and have a few Trooper beers to celebrate the start of ‘The Book Of Souls’ world tour! We will, of course, visit Canada too and those dates will be announced very soon!
“We haven’t decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing, but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favorites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show, and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart!!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.”
Support on Iron Maiden’s ‘Book of Souls’ trek will be provided by The Raven Age, which prominently features Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris’ son George Harris at the helm.
Iron Maiden 2016 ‘Book of Souls’ United States Tour Dates
Feb. 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Feb. 26 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Feb. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
Mar. 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Apr. 05 – Detroit, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
Apr. 06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Apr. 11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Apr. 13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Apr. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Apr. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum