Iron Maiden World Tour in Private Plane!

Are you ready for Iron Maiden live in South Africa?!

Iron Maiden will tour the world next year in the biggest-ever Ed Force One, piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson.

The band’s Book Of Souls (listen to the first single here) world tour will see them play in 35 countries in 2016, aboard a Boeing 747-400. Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the four-engine jet, which is much bigger and more powerful than previous versions of customised Maiden aircraft.

It’ll take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles around the planet to concerts in Australasia, Asia, North and South America, South Africa and Europe.

On 20 August 2015 Big Concerts made a status about Iron Maiden’s new single ‘Speed Of Light’. So that confirms that Big Concerts will be the promotor for Iron Maiden’s SA tour!

Check out Iron Maiden’s new single/video ‘Speed of Light’ off their up and coming 16th studio album ‘The Book of Souls’ if you want them to tour SA in 2016!!

Posted by Big Concerts on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Exact details are being finalised and will be released in due course. The tour will open in the US in late February before heading to El Salvador for the band’s first ever show there. Further South American dates will follow, before a return to the US and Canada and a trip to Japan and Maiden’s first ever shows in China.

Dickinson says: “The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity, we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold, without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757.

“The savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 more practical. All we need to do is paint it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew. It’s marginally faster at 0.85 MACH, and the range of 13,000km is much greater – which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.”

Iron Maidan Plane 1

He adds: “I still have to learn to fly it! I’m currently doing my training at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a 747 simulator which I can’t wait to get practising on.”

While no more details are being provided, Dickinson vows: “We’re all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show.”

Maiden’s 16th album The Book Of Souls is released on September 4.

via Metal Hammer!

1 Comment

  1. Roxane

    August 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    This will be such a sick concert can’t wait

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