NEWARK — Revered British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will bring their Maiden England World Tour to Prudential Center on July 2, with special guest Alice Cooper.
Over their three-decades-plus history, Iron Maiden has consistently been recognized as one of heavy metal’s most adventurous and influential bands. Indeed, the veteran sextet has won a global reputation, both for their achievements as a recording outfit and for their epic showmanship as one of rock’s most innovative live acts.
Iron Maiden’s status as a rock institution was recently demonstrated by the band’s spectacular showing in a poll conducted by HMV, Britain’s major music chain, in conjunction with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, in which fans voted to determine the best British album of the last 60 years. Iron Maiden’s groundbreaking 1982 release “The Number of the Beast” finished at Number One in the polling, capturing nearly ten per cent of the votes and beating out such iconic classics as Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Queen’s “A Night at the Opera,” and The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper,” “Abbey Road,” and “Revolver.”
Commenting on the honor, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said, “We’re astonished and delighted to hear ‘The Number of the Beast’ has been named Number One,” adding, “Iron Maiden is a proudly British band, so to win this category as voted for by the British public, in Jubilee year, is very special.”
The HMV poll demonstrates the devotion of the fanatical fan base that’s allowed Iron Maiden to sell more than 85 million copies of its 15 albums around the world, despite minimal radio airplay. In addition to the band’s recorded achievements, Iron Maiden—which includes vocalist Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, drummer Nicko McBrain and the fabled three-man guitar frontline of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers—has long maintained a reputation for its massive, state-of-the-art live concerts. The band’s shows regularly incorporate elaborate stage sets, outstanding lighting and pyro effects and the image of beloved mascot Eddie, whose cheerfully ghoulish visage has regularly graced Iron Maiden’s cover art and videos, as well as the exterior of the band’s Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which they use for their global tours.
Iron Maiden’s current three-month U.S. jaunt may well be their most ambitious stage presentation to date. This highly-anticipated trek is titled in honor of the band’s landmark 1988 concert video Maiden England, which was shot during the band’s now-legendary Seventh Son of A Seventh Son tour, and the current show closely mirrors the original concert video, in terms of production and song content. The set list will emphasize material much of the classic material from the ’80s, including some fan favorites that haven’t been played on stage for years.
The current tour is also the latest in a series of what the band has dubbed History of Iron Maiden tours, which focus on exploring the band’s musical history rather than promoting a current release.
As singer Dickinson notes, “We have great fun playing the History of Maiden tours, because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before. We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly!”
Iron Maiden is joined on the current tour by another hard-rocking legend, Alice Cooper. The American rock icon is currently enjoying the success of his current album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” a sequel to his 70s classic “Welcome to My Nightmare” and his highest-charting release in over 20 years.
Tickets for the July 2 Prudential Center show, priced at $68.50, $78.50 and $88.50 (includes $3.50 facility fee) can be purchased on www.ticketmaster.com, Charge by Phone (800-745-3000) any Ticketmaster retail outlet and at Prudential Center’s Box Office. Select tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticket delivery, which means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event.
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