Band will tour their forthcoming record next year
Iron Maiden forthcoming world tour will see the band travel on a new Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet.
Singer Bruce Dickinson is currently in the process of getting a licence to fly the four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used by the band on previous tours.
Iron Maiden’s new studio album ‘The Book Of Souls’, their first for five years, is due for release on September 4. The band plan to tour the record next year, with the plane carrying the entire line-up, crew and over 12 tonnes of equipment more than 88,500km around the globe. Gigs are expected to take place in 35 countries across six continents.
A complete list of dates has yet to be released, but it has been confirmed that the tour will open in the US in late February with ‘Ed Force One’ flying in for three shows.
“When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for ‘The Book of Souls’ World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldn’t?” said Bruce Dickinson
“The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757.”
‘The Book Of Souls’ is Maiden’s 16th album and first-ever double LP. Recording of the album was delayed after Dickinson was diagnosed with cancer in February, but the frontman was given the all-clear after treatment.
‘The Book Of Souls” tracklisting is:
‘If Eternity Should Fail’
‘Speed Of Light’
‘The Great Unknown’
‘The Red And The Black’
‘When The River Runs Deep’
‘The Book Of Souls’
‘Death Or Glory’
‘Shadows Of The Valley’
‘Tears Of A Clown’
‘The Man Of Sorrows’
‘Empire Of The Clouds’