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Iron Maiden announce 10-city UK tour for 2011

Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier

Story by Jack Foley

IRON Maiden are coming back to the UK in 2011 for an extensive 10-city arena tour for the final run of dates on their Final Frontier World Tour 2010/11.

The run of concerts will include two nights at The O2 as the only London dates on Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, 2011.

For the first time in many years, the band will be playing shows across the full length and breadth of the UK, including places they’ve not visited for up to three decades!

Maiden founder member Steve Harris comments: “Everything in the Maiden camp has been so full on these last five years or so that we haven’t travelled around the UK to play for our home fans for almost that long.

“These fans supported us by coming to Twickenham Stadium, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Download and more recently Sonisphere so we thought we should get off our backsides and do the travelling this time and get round the country to see them all.

“We very much look forward to playing all four home countries and a couple of places we haven’t been for a very long time, Aberdeen and Belfast!

“And playing The O2 gets us as close to the East End of London where Maiden started off than we have been for many a year, probably since the Ruskin Arms! All in all, l think this is going to be a very special series of shows and a wonderful way to end this whole world tour.

“We intend to take the full stadium show into the UK arenas and fit everything we possibly can into each venue. The set list will be different to this year’s tour.

“Of course, we will play more songs from the new album and some other recent material, but we intend to include a healthy dose of older fan favourites too for those who haven’t seen us before, plus a spectacular light show and stage set, not forgetting, of course… Eddie!”

The UK shows will be the culmination of The Final Frontier World Tour, which began in June 2010 with a hugely successful 25-date tour throughout North America, followed by selected European stadium and festival shows, including Knebworth, Sonisphere in the UK.

The UK dates are (all July and August 2011):

July

20 -Glasgow SECC
21 – Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena
23 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
24 – Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
27 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
28 – Manchester MEN Arena
31 – Birmingham NIA

August

1 – Cardiff CIA Arena
3 – Belfast Odyssey
5 & 6 – London 02 Arena

There will be an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan club members before tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, November 20.

Information on this special pre-sale will be posted on www.ironmaiden.com