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IRON MAIDEN are re-releasing their back-catalogue albums in enhanced-CD format and have announced a massive European tour...

IRON MAIDEN are celebrating their career spanning nearly two decades by re-releasing their back catalogue of albums in enhanced-CD format and announcing a massive 36-date European tour.

The veteran UK metallers, who released their first album in 1980 and have since amassed sales of over 45 million, have digitally-remastered 12 of their albums, incorporating previously unreleased songs as bonus tracks, a minimum of two promo videos per album and biographies of band members.

The release date for the enhanced-CDs is September 14 when they will be available to buy as a box of 12 or individually.

Each enhanced CD contains web links to Maiden sites, a photo gallery of the band’s famous mutant mascot Eddie, multi-media animations and rare artwork and highlights from the band’s soon-to-be-released video game ‘Ed Hunter’ (pictured). The CD’s also feature band photo files, family trees and contributions from Kerrang magazine writer Mick Wall who has just written the band’s bigraphy Run To The Hills.

The full list of re-released Iron Maiden albums given the multi-media treatment is: ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘Killers’, ‘Number Of The Beast’, ‘Piece Of Mind’, ‘Powerslave’, ‘Live After Death’, ‘Somewhere In Time’, ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’, ‘No Prayer For The Dying’, ‘Fear Of The Dark’, ‘A Real Live Dead One’ plus the ‘Live At Donington’ ‘official bootleg’.

In September, the band kick off their seven-and-a-half week tour of Europe at Athens Lycabetus Theatre (September 4) and continue with shows at Thessaloniki Forest Theatre (5), Istanbul, Cemil Topuzlu Open Air (7), Istanbul Cemil Topuzlu Open Air (8), Budapest Petofi Csarnok (11), Katowice Spodek (12), Prague Eden Sports Hall (13), Munich Colosseum (15), Furth Stadhalle (16), Erfurt Thuringenhalle (18), Hamburg Sporthalle (19), Copenhagen (20), Helsinki Ice Hall (23), Stockholm Ice Stadium (25), Essen Grugahalle (27), Berlin Columbial Halle (28), Leipzig Auensee (29), Offenbach Stadhalle (October 1), Winterthur Eulachalle (2), Mulhouse Palais Des Sports (3), Besancon Palais Des Sports (5), Lyon Transbordeur (6), Zaragoza Pabellon Principe Felipe (8), Albacete Bullring (9), Dos Hermanas – Campo de Futbol (10), Nice Theatre de Verdure (13), Pau Le Zenith (14), Clermont-Ferrand Maison Des Sport (15), Manchester Apollo (17), Newcastle City Hall (18), Glasgow Barrowlands (19), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (21), Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22), Newport Centre (23), Sheffield City Hall (25) and Portsmouth Guildhall (26).