IRON MAIDEN‘s world tour, in support of the band’s latest album, “The Book Of Souls”, kicked off on February 24 in Sunrise, Florida (a suburb of Fort Lauderdale).
Official video footage featuring some of the concert highlights from the first few shows of the tour can be seen below.
Support on the trek is coming from THE RAVEN AGE, the band led by IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris‘s son George Harris.
IRON MAIDEN new-and-improved branded private tour plane is named Ed Force One after the band’s mascot, Eddie, who has appeared on all of their album covers, and graces the plane’s tail.
The Boeing 747 jumbo is being piloted on the band’s world tour by MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson.
MAIDEN‘s sixteenth — and first-ever double — studio album, “The Book Of Souls”, was released worldwide on September 4, 2015 through Parlophone Records (BMG in the U.S.A). The CD was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added last year.
IRON MAIDEN announced in May 2015 that touring plans to support the album wouldn’t happen until this year to allow Dickinson time to fully recuperate after his successful cancer treatment.
“What’s special about this tour is that a year ago I didn’t even know if I could sing,” Dickinson told reporters last month. “We’ve had an amazing turnaround in fortune after, obviously being ill a year ago, getting rid of that, and getting out and looking forward to doing the tour.”
Regarding the fan reception to the new CD and the current tour, Dickinson said: “The album was a massive success, and we were about that far [finger and thumb barely separated] off from getting the No. 1 slot [in its debut week on The Billboard 200 chart]. So now, we get to bring it out to the people, and, I mean, there’s a few tickets left but not many. Pretty much the whole of the U.S. is sold out. It’s amazing.”