Iron Maiden Announces 2016 U.S. Tour Dates

There’s an expression that people use some times about life – musing that a year ago they never would have imagined their life to be the way it is now. And in the case of Iron Maiden, that’s probably true in some ways, and in other ways it is not.

It was the holiday season of 2014 when members of the Iron Maiden fan club each received a Christmas card from the band that cryptically hinted at a new album and tour in the year to come – festive news indeed for lovers of this now legendary metal band. But shortly thereafter, the fate of the band was suddenly hanging in the balance when the band’s front man, Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer. Two tumors on the back of the metal crooner’s tongue were discovered, one of which was the size of a golf ball. Dickinson underwent several weeks of radiology and chemotherapy treatments in order to combat the cancerous tumors, and then endured long periods of pain and discomfort due to the radiology that was still built up in his system. But the treatment was successful and Dickinson was declared cancer free by doctors, allowing all of the band’s big plans for 2015 to kick into high gear once again.

The band released their sixteenth studio album, Book of Souls – a double album, something almost unheard of in today’s musical climate – on September 4 to rave reviews. The album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart selling 74,000 copies sold in its first week alone. Book of Souls was also the sixth straight studio album from Iron Maiden to arrive with a higher first-week sales sum than each previous album, proving once again that Iron Maiden is not only still at the top of their game, but continues to hone those heavy metal skills expertly which each new release.

So now that the new album is out and kicking butt, it’s time to start planning for that world tour the band eluded to in that Christmas card – and without fail, the U.S. tour dates have now been announced. Although they won’t be hitting as many markets as fans would like, Iron Maiden will be coming to the following cities on this U.S. trek: Ft. Lauderdale, Tulsa, Las Vegas, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Tacoma, Denver, and Los Angeles. The band also plans on visiting our friends just to the north in Canada but those dates will be released at a later time.

Tickets for the U.S. shows will go on general sale on Saturday October 10.

In a press release, Dickinson stated: “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.”

“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.”

Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book of Souls’ to release in September

MUMBAI: English heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, has announced the release of its brand new studio album ‘The Book of Souls’. The upcoming album, which is the band’s 16th album, will be released worldwide on Friday, 4th September this year. ‘The Book of Souls’ will be released under Parlophone Records worldwide, and in the US under BMG.

Although the anxiously anticipated album was recorded in 2014 in Paris, with the band’s longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, the final touches were added earlier this year. However, a statement revealed that Iron Maiden decided to delay the album’s release so that lead vocalist Brice Dickinson would have enough time to recuperate, before joining the band for the album launch.

Dickinson is currently recovering from treatment for a cancerous tumour that was found on his tongue. The band, however, is expected to go on tour for the upcoming album from early 2016, giving the singer adequate time to ready himself for Iron Maiden’s live performances.

‘The Book of Souls’ comes five years after the band’s last album ‘The Final Frontier’, which topped the charts in 28 countries, including in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand and India, among others. The 2010 album also peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 63,000 units. It also marked Iron Maiden’s highest ever ranking in the US.

The new album features 11 tracks and is 92-minutes long, making it the longest Iron Maiden studio album. It is also the band’s first double studio album.

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New Motorhead Album for Summer 2015

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for some time on a new album from Motorhead – and then a surprise project appeared on the musical horizon. Seems there’s something new on the way from Bon Jovi, too. Well, something new to us, anyway.

As of this writing, it appears that Burning Bridges will be principally made up of odds and ends, and may not even be released stateside. Whatever Bon Jovi has in store, the album arrives just one Friday before Motorhead’s Bad Magic – the latter of which promises a more live feel since it was written and recorded in the studio, a first for Lemmy Kilmister‘s current lineup. Burning Bridges is Bon Jovi’s first album since 2013′s What About Now; we last heard from Motorhead in 2013, as well, with the release of Aftershock.

Notable box sets on the way in August include the four-disc A Chord Too Far from Tony Banks of Genesis fame, the Who‘s Volume 2: The Reaction Singles 1966, and the Faces‘ five-disc collection focusing on 1970-75, called You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything.

Among the most intriguing live projects to look for are Gregg Allman‘s Live: Back to Macon, GA, Rainbow‘s three-disc Down To Earth Tour 1979, and not one but two from Deep Purple, titled From the Setting Sun: In Wacken and To the Rising Sun: In Tokyo. There is also a tasty vinyl reissue of Signals planned from Rush.

Here’s a full list of this month’s new classic rock releases. Click on the highlighted titles to learn more. And don’t forget to check out our updated list of 2015 New Music Releases to look ahead to all of the great classic rock albums and videos scheduled to come out this year.

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Famous Left Handed Guitarist

Jimi Hendrix

If you don’t know who this guy is then you have seriously just failed at life. Never mind famous left handed guitarists, he is arguably the most celebrated and influential guitarist of all time! Jimi Hendrix‘s name amongst our ranks almost single handedly makes it cool to be a southpaw. Best known for wielding Fender Stratocasters.

Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi is widely regarded as being the pioneer of heavy metal and is undeniably one of the biggest names in rock guitar. Tony Iommi lost two of his fret-hand fingertips in a workplace accident but carried on playing left handed with prosthetic replacements! Best known for playing Gibson SGs.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain founded Nirvana, the band that defined the grunge movement in the 90s. Nirvana became one of the biggest names in music and to date has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Cobain was generally best known for playing Fender Mustangs and Jaguars. Fender has recently released signature Cobain Jaguars and Mustangs, all of which are available left handed.

Paul McCartney

Two words – ‘the Beatles‘. Enough said? As a member of the Beatles and also as a very successful solo artist, Paul McCartney has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. After his almost infinite contributions to the world of music he was awarded a Knighthood in 1997. Paul is probably most widely known for playing his Hofner 500/1 violin bass.

Elliot Easton

Elliot Easton is the lead guitarist in American rock band The Cars. Easton is probably best known for his Pelham Blue ‘Inspired By’ Gibson SG model, but he has also more recently introduced his signature Gibson Tikibird Firebird guitar. Aside from his signature Gibsons, he also owns one of the most impressive lefty guitar collections you are ever likely to see!

Zacky Vengeance

Zacky Vengeance is the rhythm guitarist in American heavy metal group Avenged Sevenfold, who to date have sold over 8 million records worldwide. Zacky is endorsed by Schecter and has had several signature models over the years, all of which have been available as a southpaw version.

Albert King

One of many other famous left handed guitarists to be inducted to the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Albert King is one of the most influential names in Blues. King is mostly recognised for playing Gibson Flying V guitars. Interestingly, he used a minor tuning which was C# G# B E G# C# but he never used the sixth string on his guitars.

Eric Gales

Eric Gales is an American blues-rock guitar player. Aside from releasing several of his own successful solo albums he is also a highly sought after session musician. He is a little different to most left handed guitar players in that he plays right handed guitars upside down, without reversing the strings!

Dick Dale

After pioneering the style of music known as surf guitar Dick Dale was crowned the King of the genre. Dale worked closely with Fender’s amplifier division and helped to push the boundaries of amp design, resulting in the production of the world’s first ever 100 watt model. He has mostly been associated with playing Fender Stratocasters and has his own signature model.

Otis Rush

Otis Rush is perhaps the most intense, soulful bluesmen of his era. Unlike most southpaw players Otis plays guitar with the string order reversed, i.e. he has the low E on the bottom. Probably best known for playing Gibson ES 335 guitars.

Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong is most widely known as being the guitarist and vocalist for Rancid, one of the most successful punk bands of all time. Tim has his own signature Gretsch guitars as well as a signature Fender acoustic dubbed The Hellcat.

Mikey Demus

Mikey Demus is the guitar player in Welsh band Skindred, who are widely acknowledged as being one of the best live acts in the world. He owns one of the most impressive collections of lefty guitars that I’ve seen – check it out here.

Al McKay


Al Mckay is best known for being the guitarist in American funk band Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as for being a successful session musician in his own right. Al has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and has won five Grammy awards throughout his career.

Paul Gray

Also known as ‘the Pig’ or #2, Paul Gray was the bass player for metal giants Slipknot. Paul was known for playing Ibanez guitars with whom he had several signature bass models. Unfortunately Paul sadly died of a drug overdose in 2010.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez

Omar Rodriguez Lopez is best known as being the guitar player in energetic American rock band the Mars Volta. Omar has his own short-scale Ibanez signature model which is available as standard in a left handed version!

Cesar Rosas

Cesar Rosas is the guitarist and vocalist in multi Grammy award winning band Los Lobos, with whom he has been performing since 1973. He is an easily recognisable character due to his trademark black sunglasses and slicked-back black hair. Currently uses Alhambra guitars.

Cameron Liddell

Cameron Liddell is the rhythm guitarist in English metalcore band Asking Alexandria. He is currently endorsed by Ibanez and has his own signature model, but unfortunately it is not presently available to lefty players – get it sorted Cameron!

Paulo Morete

Paulo is the lead guitarist in Spanish hard-rock band InMune, and the only person in this list that I know personally! He is currently endorsed by PRS Guitars and DV Mark Amps amongst others.

Orville Gibson

Way back in 1902, Orville only went and founded one of the biggest and most well-known guitar companies in the world. That’s right folks, Gibson Guitars was born of a left handed luthier!

Dishonorable Mentions – both Billy Ray Cyrus and Justin Bieber are lefty guitarists.

Obviously there are tons more guitarists that I haven’t mentioned – please leave a comment below mentioning your favorites!

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