Iron Maiden: European tour starts in Germany

May 25th, 2016

Global rock legends IRON MAIDEN will open their stunning The Book Of Souls World Tour in Germany this week. The first date is in Dortmund headlining at Rock Im Revier Festival on May 27, followed by Rockavaria Festival, Munich on May 29. and an own-show at Waldbuehne, Berlin on May 31. The band will visit 23 European countries in total, before returning to Germany for the final show of the 2016 Tour at Wacken on August 4.  The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th and first ever double studio album, which debuted at #1 in the German charts, picking up a prestigious Echo Award last month for Best Rock/Alternative Album.

Iron Maiden festival dates 2016:
Rock Im Revier Festival, Dortmund, 27. Mai
Rockavaria Festival, München, 29. Mai
Waldbühne, Berlin, 31. Mai
W.O.A, Wacken, 4. August

Ed Force One, piloted by Bruce, will fly in to Dusseldorf Airport at 18.10 on Thursday May 26 carrying band, crew and over 20 tons of equipment including their full Mayan-themed arena stage show. The band are now over halfway through The Book Of Souls World Tour on a journey which included first-ever visits to China and El Salvador, the latter being officially named by the El Salvador government as the biggest event ever to have taken place in that country, with over 25,000 fans in attendance.

In total Ed Force One will travel over 75,000 miles and to date the tour has visited 37 cities, crossed 5 continents and band, crew and entourage consumed well over 10,000 bottles of Trooper Beer and occupied over 6000 hotel rooms!

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood comments “The show is truly spectacular and the band are on top form so everything is going just great so far, well over half a million fans have already seen the show and reactions and reviews everywhere have been phenomenal. This is not a rock show anyone should miss. Because we have the space on Ed Force One we are able to bring to the fans everywhere the same full stadium and arena show we would put on in London or LA, including Eddie in his latest guises. At 10ft tall he certainly makes his presence felt on the stage, as anyone coming to the show will see for themselves!”

“High points to date have to include the two concerts in China, which clearly demonstrated the similarities of fans all around the planet. They knew every word and, even more amazingly, the Ministry of Culture allowed us to present our entire show with only a couple of very minor alterations, which I don’t think anyone expected would happen to this degree. We thought maybe Bruce ripping Eddie’s heart out on stage may pose an issue to them, but no, not at all. And the fans were terrific.”

“The stadium shows around South and Central America and Mexico were as spectacularly vibrant as always, as were the two sold-out shows at the LA Forum. In New Zealand many of us caught some local culture – Rugby! – and right across Australasia the fans were as passionate as ever. Add a couple of terrific shows in Tokyo and our first visit to South Africa in 21 years for two concerts, and it all adds up to a very special tour experience for everybody; fans, band and crew alike.”

“We really have had a blast with our fans and expect that to continue across Germany and the rest of Europe. Make sure you don’t miss this!!”

With one of their most dynamic set-lists which features material from 2015′s ‘The Book Of Souls’ album as well as classic fan favourites, here’s what the global press have been saying about the show so far:

“Bruce Dickinson opened their 2016 tour with a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center. Hallowed Be Thy Name sent the crowd into a pogoing frenzy…There aren’t many metal bands who can keep a grip on a 20,000 seat arena anymore and Iron Maiden aren’t letting go just yet”
- Sun Sentinel newspaper South Florida USA

“Iron Maiden hit the stage with a vengeance, their trademark intensity and vigour showing no signs of slowing down….the band’s mascot Eddie made several appearances throughout the night. From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of backdrops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show”
- Revolver magazine USA

“Mayan Inspiration: After three years, Iron Maiden came back to Mexico, where they gave a master class of heavy metal”
- Excélsior newspaper, Mexico City

“Nothing compares to the rebirth of Maiden after “The Book of Souls” release… nothing compares to the presence of Bruce Dickinson on stage… Iron Maiden has shown that it is more alive than ever”
- Estado de Sao Paulo Newspaper, Brazil

“With the energy of Madison Square Garden at one of the night’s apexes, the bellowing laughter that marks the start of Powerslave poured in and the crowd remained purely electric… Fear Of The Dark had over 20,000 fans engaged in the traditional ‘whoa-oh-oh’ chant…the General Admission pit exploded into a sea of jumping fans”
- Loudwire New York USA

“The appeal of this kind of music is ageless, and crosses every boundary…being part of that crowd was as close to a religious experience as I wager most of us would care to venture”
Noisey/Vice NY USA

“The smouldering Mayan ruins towering over The Bell Centre’s stage were a sight to behold, but the marvel at the two-tiered setup quickly gave way to marvel at a sextet that remains tough as torture spikes…the night’s most potent special effect was the frontman’s operatic warlock wail, as astounding as it was three decades ago”
- Montreal Gazette, Canada

“When Maiden performs, it’s not just a concert, it’s a full blown heavy metal theatrical production”
-Orange County Register, Los Angeles, USA

“Iron Maiden blew the doors off Beijing last night…It was, in our professional estimation, all of the following things: Rad, Gnarly, Bitchin’. Totally sweet. Awesome. Sick. Killer.Kickass.Fuggin’ metal. Dude. You get the idea”
- The Beijinger newspaper, China

“Their stage rig takes in the width of Vector Arena’s main stage and with its flaming pyres and smoking cauldrons appears to be stolen straight from the set of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom….Iron Maiden do things their way. And their way means the bigger the better….Fans crammed into every nook and cranny of the venue loved every second of it”
- New Zealand Herald

“It had all the ingredients of the epic performance that Maiden are renowned for: not one but two giant Eddie mascots, a dazzling lightshow with trademark pyrotechnics all spread over two hours of high octane light and noise… In an evening where not a bum riff was struck it was hard to single out a highlight….They came and they conquered”
- Brisbane Courier Mail, Australia

“The sell-out crowd was treated to what can only be described as one of the best live shows in music today…two hours of nonstop magic”
- The Citizen, Johannesburg S.Africa

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