IRON MAIDEN Confirm First 2005 Live Dates

October 19, 2004

IRON MAIDEN have confirmed that they will be back on the road touring in Europe next summer with a series of stadium and festival headline shows.

The full routing is in the final stages, but the first three shows are announced now as they go on sale very soon. These are the 50,000-capacity Parc Des Princes Stadium, Paris on June 25 , the 55,000-capacity Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg on July 9 and Hartwall Arena, Helsinki on July 6. Support will be announced at a later date.

Explained IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood: "The new double DVD, 'The Early Days', covers the period of the first four classic albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind' — and this gives us a fantastic opportunity to give the fans a set with lots of materiel from those great albums. Every time we announce a tour there's wide speculation among the fans as to which songs will be performed and it's always hard to please everyone as they all have their personal favorites but this time we're going to be including some songs which we haven't played for quite some time which I'm sure will get our fans very excited.

"This tour round Europe will be the biggest we have ever done in terms of the number of fans we will play to so we want to make it very special. We are taking these first four albums and tours as the theme for the production of the show and will be featuring some of the ideas incorporated in the early days of the band, particularly on 'The Beast on the Road Tour' and the 'World Piece Tour'. However everything will be state of the art on the technical side of screens, lights and PA. This is going to be huge and a unique treat for our fans….and anyone else!!!"

Commented IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson: "The 'Dance of Death Tour' was a very theatrical stage set and performance but this will be back to a full-on metal spectacular. We've always put everything, physically and mentally, into our stage shows and this will be no exception. People are back into REAL live music now and we want to make sure that the MAIDEN shows are never surpassed and an incredible experience for everyone there! It's going to be a lot fun."

More dates will be being announced shortly as and when they are confirmed and fans should regularly check for tour updates, news and links where to be best able to buy tickets.

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