Jun 8th, 2010

The release date for IRON MAIDEN’S highly anticipated new studio album THE FINAL FRONTIER is now confirmed for Monday 16th August (Aug 17th in the USA). The new album artwork has just been unveiled on their website and was illustrated by Melvyn Grant. To mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track ‘EL DORADO’ to be made available Worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect via their website
Singer Bruce Dickinson explains: “‘El Dorado’ is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour (which opens in Dallas On 9th June – full dates below) we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”

The band reunited with long-time Maiden producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau to record the album and then moved to LA to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band, it was where they recorded the Piece Of Mind (’83), Powerslave (’84) and Somewhere In Time (’86) albums.

Bruce comments: “The studio had the same vibe and it was EXACTLY as it had been in 1983, NOTHING had changed! Even down to the broken shutter in the corner…same carpet….everything… It was really quite spooky.  But we felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment and I think this shows in the playing and the atmosphere of the album”

Thirty years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980, The Final Frontier will be Maiden’s 15th studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for 30 years and totalling over 80 million album sales during this period.

The full tracklisting for the album (total running time 76:35) is:


1. Satellite 15…..The Final Frontier    8:40
2. El Dorado                                          6:49
3. Mother Of Mercy                                5:20
4. Coming Home                                  5:52
5. The Alchemist                                   4:29
6. Isle Of Avalon                                    9:06
7. Starblind                                            7:48
8. The Talisman                                   9:03
9. The Man Who Would Be King       8:28
10. When The Wild Wind Blows         10:59






The Final Frontier World Tour begins in Dallas on June 9th with 25 shows in major cities across the USA and Canada, playing to an expected 350,000 fans or more. Following this the tour will ship over to Europe starting in Dublin on July 30 and playing a few selected major festivals and stadiums, finishing in Valencia, Spain, on Aug 21 and including a concert in Transylvania.

Says bass player and founder member Steve Harris: “We’re hugely excited about this tour. I think the fans will really like the brand new stage production and lights and we will also be debuting one of the new album tracks, ‘El Dorado’. Our Texan fans will be the very first people anywhere to hear it live, so it will be interesting to see their reaction and how it goes down with the crowd on the night! Eddie has changed a bit for this tour but is possibly the most outrageous one to date…I can’t say too much about him as don’t want to spoil the surprise but I guarantee he will scare the hell out of you !”

The full list of dates for the First Leg are:

Wed 9         US Dallas, TX Superpages.Com Center
Fri 11          US Houston, TX Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands
Sat 12         US San Antonio TX AT&T Center
Mon 14       US Denver CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Wed 16      US Albuquerque The Pavilion
Thu 17       US Phoenix AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 19        US San Bernardino CA, San Manuel Amphitheatre
Sun 20       US Concord CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
Tue 22       US Auburn WA, White River Amphitheater
Thu 24       CAN Vancouver BC, GM Place
Sat 26        CAN Edmonton AB Rexall Place
Sun 27      CAN Calgary, AB Saddledome
Tue 29      CAN Saskatoon SK Credit Union Centre
Wed 30     CAN Winnipeg MB, MTS Center

Sat 3           CAN Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Tues 6       CAN Ottawa, ON, Cisco Blues Festival
Wed 7        CAN Montreal QC Bell Centre
Fri 9           CAN Quebec, QC Summer Festival
Sun 11      US Holmdel NJ, PNC
Mon 12      US New York NY, Madison Square Garden
Wed 14     US Pittsburgh PA  First Niagara Pavilion
Thu 15      US Cleveland OH, Blossom Music Center
Sat 17       US Detroit MI, DTE Music Theatre
Sun 18      US Chicago IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 20      US Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live
Fri 30        IRELAND, Dublin, The O2

Sun 1        UK Knebworth, Sonisphere Festival,
Thu 5        GERMANY Wacken Festival
Sat 7         SWEDEN Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival
Sun 8        FINLAND Pori Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival
Wed 11     NORWAY Bergenhus Festning Koengen
Sat 14       HUNGARY Sziget Festival
Sun 15      TRANSYLVANIA  Cluj (Romania), Polux Mall
Tue 17       ITALY Villa Manin Codroipe, Nr Udine
Thu 19       BELGIUM Pukkelpop Festival
Sat 21        SPAIN Valencia Auditorio Marina Sur

For all the latest information on the tour and for ticket availability please go to