As I write this tiny little blog, I’m sitting on my fiance’s bed, preparatory to hitting the airport (and, thus, in a couple of hours, Melbourne).
It’s a little bit exciting because we’re heading over the border to see one of the world’s absolute best bands:
The Final Frontier notwithstanding, Maiden ranks in my favourites, easily. I’ve seen the setlist, know roughly what to expect, but I’m still over the moon about the opportunity.
For all of my love of metal there are key bands I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing live, and Maiden is one of them. Shortly to be rectified by an awesome arena show. And then a week later by a festival show, at Soundwave.
And so, here we go. Expect reports of my adventure later in the week.
Oh and PS: Maiden UK tour dates & supports announced. Lookie here:
Aussie Rockers Airbourne will be joining Maiden for all regional shows except Belfast; Power Metal heroes Dragonforce will support at the Belfast* show on Wednesday August 3rd [ *this show is promoted by MCD] and also the London O2 show on Friday 5th August; Metalcore behemoths Trivium will support in London at the O2 on Saturday 6th August.
The UK shows will be the culmination of Iron Maiden’s The Final Frontier World Tour. The first leg of the 2011 tour started last week in Moscow and sees the band travelling “Around The World In 66 Days”, a 50 thousand mile odyssey aboard Ed Force One, their specially customized Boeing 757, piloted by airline captain and lead singer Bruce Dickinson. The plane will carry band, crew and many tons of equipment across 5 continents to thirteen countries, visiting 26 cities for 29 shows. After the Round The World dates, the tour continues into Europe before returning to the UK in July for an extensive 10 city arena tour covering the length and breadth of the UK. By the time The Final Frontier World Tour finishes in London at the O2 in early August, Maiden will have played 101 shows, in 40 countries, to over 2 million fans since the Tour began in June 2010.
The Final Frontier World Tour is in conjunction with the band’s 15th studio album released in August 2010 which went straight to #1 in the album charts in 28 countries worldwide. This week the band received a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song El Dorado, from The Final Frontier album.
Speaking on the addition of their support acts, Iron Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood had the following to say
“As our fans know, Maiden like to give them value for money, and we think the addition to different parts of our UK tour of these three tremendous up and coming bands – Airbourne, Dragonforce and Trivium – certainly does that. They will add to what we fully intend to make a series of memorable nights for the fans when we are “coming home” later in the year for the final climactic round of The Final Frontier World Tour .”
On supporting Iron Maiden for the first time, Airbourne had the following to say
“Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden’s hard working crew and Iron Maiden’s hard rocking crowd are all people who stand up for Rock’n’Roll the world over and we love and respect them all. We can’t wait to open fire upon that hallowed stage. Long live Metal, Long live Maiden and long live Eddie!”
Trivium are currently in the studio with producer Colin Richardson working on their fifth studio album (name TBC). On supporting Iron Maiden again, Matt Heafy comments
“We couldn’t be more honoured and excited to share a stage with the legendary Iron Maiden. This will be Trivium’s first UK show in a long time & we’ll have a new record under our belts to debut. Lights Out London for an immense night of metal. Up The Irons.”
Dragonforce’s Herman Li adds
“We are so excited to be playing with the greatest heavy metal band of all time again! We had some of the best times of our careers touring with Maiden back in 2005. Iron Maiden have inspired us tremendously throughout the years and we can’t wait to get back on stage to support them in Belfast on August 3rd and for their hometown show on August 5th. Here we go, Up the Irons!”
Wed 20 Scotland, Glasgow SECC With Special Guests Airbourne
Thu 21 Scotland, Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena With Special Guests Airbourne
Sat 23 England, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena With Special Guests Airbourne
Sun 24 England, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena With Special Guests Airbourne
Wed 27 England, Nottingham Trent FM Arena With Special Guests Airbourne
Thu 28 England, Manchester MEN Arena With Special Guests Airbourne
Sun 31 England, Birmingham NIA With Special Guests Airbourne
Mon 1 Wales, Cardiff CIA Arena With Special Guests Airbourne
Wed 3 Northern Ireland, Belfast Odyssey With Special Guests Dragonforce
Fri 5 England, London O2 Arena With Special Guests Dragonforce
Sat 6 England , London O2 Arena With Special Guests Trivium
Tickets for the UK shows are on sale now and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
Tickets for the Belfast show available from www.ticketmaster.ie