by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
Iron Maiden will be chauffeured around the world and into Australia in their brand new Ed Force One airline, piloted by lead singer Captain Bruce Dickinson.
The Iron Maiden The Book of Souls tour will pass through Australia in May. During the tour the band will travel 88,500 kilometres, visiting 35 countries with the band performing in China and El Salvador for the very first time on the tour.
To pilot the massive aircraft Bruce Dickinson has started his training to qualify as a 747 pilot. He is using a Simulator based at Cardiff Aviation, an aircraft maintenance facility he owns in Wales.
“We cannot wait to get back out on tour,” Bruce said in a statement. “When we start in the USA in late February it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the UK so we are raring to go. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s what we do best, so it will be a great feeling to board our new Jumbo Ed Force One with the crew and the gear and head round the globe and get back on stage for you guys. We haven’t played in Australia and New Zealand for a number of years so it will be a pleasure to play for our Antipodean cousins again, irrespective of who wins the dates with destiny at Twickenham in a few weeks’ time!!
“Of course we haven’t decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart!!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.“
Iron Maiden will tour Australia for Paul Dainty. Tickets for the Australian leg of The Book of Souls tour will go on sale on September 24, 2015.
Iron Maiden dates
- 05/04 - Brisbane - Entertainment Centre
- 05/06 - Sydney - Allphones Arena
- 05/09 - Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
- 05/12 - Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
- 05/14 - Perth - Perth Arena