Iron Maiden Announce Final Major Tour.

07-22-03 antiGUY
Iron Maiden, who kicked off a major summer tour of North America with Motorhead and Dio yesterday, have announce a major tour this fall that will support their forthcoming release �Dance of Death�, which hits stores on September 9th. 

Known for their exhaustive touring around the world, Iron Maiden has spent much of their career on the road. But the forthcoming Dance of Death Tour will be their last major extended tour. 

Here is part of a press release from the band:  

After their forthcoming wave of US summer dates� the European leg will kick off in Prague on October 22, finishing in the UK just before Christmas. This tour will continue through mid-March, taking in South America, North America, Japan and other areas. Says founder member and bassist Steve Harris: �We are having a great time on the Give Me Ed Tour. It� s fun playing materiel from Brave New World back to the early eighties and certainly judging from the reactions and the amount of people showing up at the gigs it�s fun for the fans too!! However we are really proud of the new record and are very much looking forward to playing a number of the new songs along with some other stuff we haven�t played for a while.� 

However the DANCE OF DEATH WORLD TOUR will herald a major change in how the band tour in the future as this will be the last long arena tour the band will undertake. The band will certainly continue recording and touring for years to come but as manager Rod Smallwood says �We want to explain this carefully and at length to our amazing fans so there is no confusion and because they deserve a full explanation. After Spring 2004 the band will not go out on the road for up to nine months touring with an album as we have up to now. As a progression from the scheduling around the Give Me Ed and Dance
of Death tours we will further break the album / tour cycle. Recording will be mainly in the winter (then releasing the album when it is ready and appropriate) and touring in the Summer. We really enjoy the festivals and outdoor shows where Maiden fans congregate in numbers. There is a real atmosphere of community and this is something which really lifts the band. Following the U.S Give Me dates this summer, we will announce a short major city arena run in America for early next year. Extensive arena tours will then be a thing of the past. We know we have fans in many parts of the World who wish to see the band and we will try to spread out the shows as fairly as possible. Although tours will be shorter, we could in fact be playing live more regularly, which is something the band also like the idea of.� 

�We are announcing this up front to be fair to fans who live in the US cities we may not play in again many of which are represented on this upcoming tour. We hope the fans understand, and perhaps can come to see us somewhere else in future. It is our hope that if the band do pass through your city you will get the chance to see them perform an amazing Maiden gig. Since l started managing Maiden in 1979 we have played over 1700 gigs in many, many parts of the World. We have tried to play live to as many of you as we could over the years and know that many of you have traveled huge distances to come and see the shows. Although we would expect to return to all the countries we play at some point, we hope more of you will try to join us somewhere and enjoy the camaraderie of the Maiden traveling gang!!!�

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