Iron Maiden have announced details of their U.K. and Ireland 2017 tour. As well as dates in Dublin, and a number of less frequently visited U.K. cities, the long rumoured run will also see the band take in shows in Belgium and Germany in 2017.
The rock legends continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour with a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, Maiden’s first visit to this city since 1981 on the 'Killers' Tour! The band then travel to Germany for shows in Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Hamburg before heading into the UK and Ireland for an extensive series of concerts in May including a return to Dublin, their first visit here in seven years, for a date at the 3Arena on May 6.
Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris says; “The whole band is really enjoying this tour and though we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas for a few shows. The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do. “
The dates are:
APR 22 BELGIUM ANTWERP SPORTPALEIS
APR 24 GERMANY OBERHAUSEN KÖNIG-PILSENER-ARENA
APR 28 GERMANY FRANKFURT FESTHALLE
MAY 02 GERMANY HAMBURG BARCLAYCARD ARENA
MAY 04 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM MOTORPOINT ARENA
MAY 06 IRELAND DUBLIN 3ARENA
MAY 08 ENGLAND MANCHESTER ARENA
MAY 10 ENGLAND SHEFFIELD ARENA
MAY 11 ENGLAND LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
MAY 14 ENGLAND NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA
MAY 16 SCOTLAND GLASGOW SSE HYDRO ARENA
MAY 17 SCOTLAND ABERDEEN AECC GE OIL & GAS ARENA
MAY 20 ENGLAND LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA
MAY 21 ENGLAND BIRMINGHAM BARCLAYCARD ARENA
MAY 24 WALES CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA
MAY 27 ENGLAND LONDON O2 ARENA
No further European cities will be added to this schedule for 2017
Special Guests on all shows will be American arena headliners Shinedown. Shinedown’s Zach Myers comments: “Iron Maiden are the kings of metal and one of the greatest live bands of all time. It's an honour to be touring with them in Europe and in their home country and to play in front of their fans. We can't wait to see you in 2017!!!”
Tickets go on-sale Friday 30th September at 9am from yicketmaster As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members, details of which can be found on www.ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.
Iron Maiden continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way. Their latest stance on combating ticket touts for the 2017 Irish and UK dates utilises Paperless Ticketing:
What is Paperless Ticketing?
•Seating information is assigned to a customer’s credit card.
•Cardholder presents credit card, along with a valid photo ID, at venue door.
•Card is swiped and validated via printer and AccessManager scanner.
•Seat locator slip is printed.
Why Paperless Ticketing?
•Eliminates/minimizes the resale of tickets.
•Reduces fraud by requiring the cardholder/purchaser to be present at venue entry.
•Reduces will call lines
Making Customers Aware of Paperless during Purchase Process
•An accept & continue question is put in place to alert customers to their chosen delivery method i.e. paperless ticketing:
•Reminder Email sent to customers who purchased and chose paperless as their delivery method
The Book Of Souls World Tour opened in Florida, U.S.A in February 2016 visiting 36 countries using their new 747 jumbo jet Ed Force One piloted by Bruce which flew band, crew and 22 tonnes of equipment over 61,500 miles (99,000 km) across six continents during the 72 date leg playing to around 1.5 million fans. 'The Book Of Souls' is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the #1 spot in over 40 countries around the globe.