THE 23-YEAR ITCH!

Bruce Dickinson can’t wait to play after 23-year gap…

The CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS headliners Iron Maiden have announced they are playing classic set at this year’s bash.

Talking last night (March 21) at the launch to the event, singer Bruce Dickinson declared The Carling Weekend “just genius” before announcing his band’s plans.

“We’re going to be doing a set from just our first four albums, so they’ll be songs we haven’t played in 15 or 20 years,” he explained. “Many of our young fans won’t have heard this songs been played live – it’s great.”

Dickinson added that having not played the Reading site in 23 years, he was keen to get back there.

“It’s brilliant to be back at Reading, it’s flat and it’s the best festival site in the UK,” he said. “It was where I got into festivals going as a punter and it’s also where I got into Iron Maiden. I was there with my band Samson when they asked me join Iron Maiden. I asked the late, great Tommy Vance what I should do and he said ‘Don’t Take it’. It’s the one time I ignored him.”

The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds takes place between August 26 and 28 and features the Pixies and Foo Fighters along with Iron Maiden as headliners.

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