There is no denying that Iron Maiden is one of the greatest metal bands of all time. It is a simple, irrefutable fact and any one that tells you otherwise is lying or criminally misinformed. With the exception of a brief hiccup when singer Bruce Dickinson left the band for a period in the '90s, they have been kicking ass for the past 30 years.
Iron Maiden announced today that they would be embarking on a North American tour to promote their 15th studio album, The Final Frontier which will be released in the late summer of 2010. I really like the three studio albums they have done since the reunion with Bruce Dickinson (Brave New World, Dance Of Death, A Matter Of Life And Death), so I have high hopes this album will be another solid offering.
Having seen the band on the tour promoting A Matter Of Life And Death where they played that album in its entirety and then did an encore with four classic songs, I am hoping that they do not have a similar plan for this leg of the tour. It wasn't that it wasn't great to see Maiden live (that is always a pleasure as they are one of the tightest live bands out there), but they have such an extensive catalog that you really want and need to hear more than just four of the "hits". We'll see what happens, but either way it is worth attending.
You can read the full press release with a list of tour dates on the homepage of IronMaiden.com.
"Can I Play With Madness"