The Further Adventures Of Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson will log plenty of hours flying that 747 the band recently acquired.  The new “Ed Force One” will be taking rock’s legendary metal masters to South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in spring 2016.

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Sarnia Bayfest, Centennial Park, Sarnia, Ontario

Iron Maiden is touring in support of its double album The Book Of Souls, which debuted at No. 2 in Australia and New Zealand and at No. 4 in South Africa.

So it only seems natural that the band should take to the airways and visit fans south of the Equator.  Commenting on the new dates, Dickinson referred to a winter run through the U.S., although those shows haven’t yet been announced.

 “We can’t wait to get back on tour,” Dickinson said.  “When we start in the USA in late February it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the U.K. so we are raring to go.  Maiden thrives on touring and getting out to our fans.  It’s what we do best, so it will be a great feeling to board our new Jumbo Ed Force One with the crew and the gear and head round the globe and get back on stage for you guys.  I’m especially delighted to be coming to South Africa, as although the band has played there before, it’ll be the first time that Adrian Smith and myself will be touring here as part of Iron Maiden, so we’re really looking forward to seeing all our fans!”

Boeing 747 to carry Iron Maiden, crew and full stage production. 

Here’s the plan:

April 29 – Christchurch, New Zealand, Horncastle Arena
May 1 – Auckland, New Zealand, Vector Arena
May 5 – Boondall, Australia, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
May 9 – Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena
May 12 – Hindmarsh, Australia, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
May 14 – Perth, Australia, Perth Arena
May 18 – Cape Town, South Africa, GrandWest’s Grand Arena
May 21 – Johannesburg, South Africa, Carnival City Lawns

The Raven Age supports all dates.

Fan club presales for New Zealand and Australia shows begin Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. AEST and run through Sept. 21.  General onsales begin Sept. 24.

Fan club presales for South Africa begin Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. local time and runs through midnight.  General onsales begin Sept. 17.

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