TOUR COMMENCES IN BELGRADE SERBIA
Following the huge international success of their spectacular ‘Somewhere Back in Time World Tour 08’ Iron Maiden will be taking to the skies once again in 2009 for a fourth and final leg which is now to commence in Serbia when they perform in the capital City’s Belgrade Arena on Tuesday 10th February.
Loaded up with a full complement of band, crew and twelve tons of stage set and equipment, the band’s customised Boeing 757, christened ‘Ed Force One’ by the fans and flown again by Astraeus Airlines Captain and Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, will be circumnavigating 80,000km around the planet for concerts in 20 cities in thirteen countries (making it a staggering 38 countries in total visited on this 2008/2009 tour, playing to almost two million fans).
The ‘SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME’ tour revisits the band’s history by focusing almost entirely on the 80’s in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which is based around the legendary Egyptian Production of the 1984-85 ‘Powerslave Tour’ which was featured on the recent DVD “Live after Death”. This is arguably the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented, and will include some key elements of their Somewhere In Time tour of 1986/7, such as the Cyborg Eddie..
Says band founder Steve Harris; “We will be loading onto the plane as much equipment as we can ram in, along with plenty of pyro!! The set list will be a bit different to the shows we have done so far on this tour as we will include a few more songs from the first four albums. This tour is likely to be the last time we play many of these songs live so we really will be giving it everything we have got!”
“We visited Belgrade in March last year in our first return visit for over 20 years and we had a truly amazing show there at the Fair Indoor Arena. The fans had come together for the show from all over the region, which has had a very turbulent recent history, and the atmosphere was electric. We promised then that we’d come back and the fans wouldn’t have to wait another 20 years - and we are looking forward to kicking things off in 2009 with a great show there at the Belgrade Arena”.
Taking off in early February 2009, Maiden will make their first appearance in
New Zealand for 17 years via Dubai and Bangalore followed by the long haul up to Mexico and then finishing with an extended run through Latin America.
Comments Bruce Dickinson “The unique way of touring earlier this year with everyone and all our gear on the plane helped to make 2008 easily one of the most successful, exciting and fun years in the band’s career. Taking Ed Force One around the planet and playing to our fans in so many different countries was an incredible experience for all of us. I personally found that flying and performing was one of the most challenging and satisfying things I’ve ever done despite the rigours and the many logistical difficulties we encountered.
In fact it was so much fun we decided to do it again as a final leg of this tour and we really wanted to get back to some of the places we haven’t been to for a long time and we’ll also be visiting some more new places along the way. All in all this will be a fantastic way to round off a tremendous year for the band. After this we take a bit of time off, get our energy back and then start work on a new studio album.”
The Iron Maiden plane Ed Force One has been back in regular airline service since the end of the first leg in March this year and was chartered for the ‘Bruce Air’ fan club flying trips during the European leg of the tour, as well as Bruce flying various missions to bring troops back home from tours of duty in Afghanistan and collecting stranded British tourists in the recent major airline closures. However the Boeing 757 will be taken back into the hanger soon to be completely refitted and its Maiden livery restored, this having been removed due to fears of evil ju-ju spirits– Eddie! - inhabiting the plane from worried passengers on its summer route from Central Africa!
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