Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have added a bunch of new UK dates to their current ‘The Book of Souls’ world tour. The band are now planning to take the tour well into 2017, and perform at a number of cities around the UK including Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Maiden released their sixteenth studio album ‘The Book of Souls’ in September 2015. The album has so far been supported by two singles titled ‘Speed of Light’ and ‘Empire of the Clouds’. ‘The Book of Souls’ has been a huge hit with both the general public and music critics, and topped the album charts in 24 different countries. The record was also voted album of the year in ‘Classic Rock’, ‘Loudwire’ and ‘Metal Hammer’ magazines.
The band began their world tour in February of this year and have so far only played one show in the UK, which took part at Donington Park.
In a statement on the bands official website, bassist Steve Harris explained: “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. 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.”
“The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas. The songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’ album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do.”
Here is the full list of UK dates:
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena – May 4
Manchester, Arena – May 8
Sheffield, Arena – May 10
Leeds, First Direct Arena – May 11
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena – May 14
Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena – May 16
Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena – May 17
Liverpool, Echo Arena – May 20
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – May 21
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena – May 24
London, O2 Arena – May 27