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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.”