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Iron Maiden confirm album release date and Final Frontier tour

Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier

Story by Jack Foley

THE release date for Iron Maiden’s highly anticipated new studio album The Final Frontier is now confirmed for Monday, August 16 (Aug 17 in the USA).

The new album artwork has just been unveiled on their website and was illustrated by Melvyn Grant.

To mark the occasion, the band have made special arrangements for one new album track, El Dorado to be made available worldwide as a FREE digital download MP3 with immediate effect via their website

Singer Bruce Dickinson explains: “El Dorado is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour (which opens in Dallas on June 9 – full dates below) we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”

The band reunited with long-time Maiden producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau to record the album and then moved to LA to finish the recording and do the mixing.

Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band, it was where they recorded the Piece Of Mind (’83), Powerslave (’84) and Somewhere In Time (’86) albums.

Bruce comments: “The studio had the same vibe and it was EXACTLY as it had been in 1983, NOTHING had changed! Even down to the broken shutter in the corner…same carpet….everything…

“It was really quite spooky. But we felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment and I think this shows in the playing and the atmosphere of the album.”

The full tracklisting for the album (total running time 76:35) is:

Track listing:

  1. Satellite 15… The Final Frontier 8:40
  2. El Dorado 6:49
  3. Mother Of Mercy 5:20
  4. Coming Home 5:52
  5. The Alchemist 4:29
  6. Isle Of Avalon 9:06
  7. Starblind 7:48
  8. The Talisman 9:03
  9. The Man Who Would Be King 8:28
  10. When The Wild Wind Blows 10:59

The Final Frontier World Tour begins in Dallas on June 9 with 25 shows in major cities across the USA and Canada, playing to an expected 350,000 fans or more.

Following this the tour will ship over to Europe starting in Dublin on July 30 and playing a few selected major festivals and stadiums, finishing in Valencia, Spain, on August 21 and including a concert in Transylvania.

The full list of dates for the First Leg are:

9 – US Dallas, TX Superpages.Com Center
11 – US Houston, TX Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands
12 – US San Antonio TX AT&T Center
14 – US Denver CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
16 – US Albuquerque The Pavilion
17 – US Phoenix AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
19 – US San Bernardino CA, San Manuel Amphitheatre
20 – US Concord CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
22 – US Auburn WA, White River Amphitheater
24 – CAN Vancouver BC, GM Place
26 – CAN Edmonton AB Rexall Place
27 – CAN Calgary, AB Saddledome
29 – CAN Saskatoon SK Credit Union Centre
30 – CAN Winnipeg MB, MTS Center

3 – CAN Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
6 – CAN Ottawa, ON, Cisco Blues Festival
7 – CAN Montreal QC Bell Centre
9 – CAN Quebec, QC Summer Festival
11 – US Holmdel NJ, PNC
12 – US New York NY, Madison Square Garden
14 – US Pittsburgh PA First Niagara Pavilion
15 – US Cleveland OH, Blossom Music Center
17 – US Detroit MI, DTE Music Theatre
18 – US Chicago IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
20 – US Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live
30 – Ireland, Dublin, The O2

1 – UK Knebworth, Sonisphere Festival,
5 – Germany, Wacken Festival
7 – Sweden, Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival
8 – Finland, Pori Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival
11 – Norway, Bergenhus Festning Koengen
14 – Hungary, Sziget Festival
15 – Transylvania, Cluj, Polux Mall
17 – Italy, Villa Manin Codroipe, Nr Udine
19 – Belgium, Pukkelpop Festival
21 – Spain, Valencia Auditorio Marina Sur