Press Release: Iron Maiden announces North American Tour

From Blabbermouth.net

IRON MAIDEN has announced that they will be beginning their 2006 World Tour with eight dates across the USA and three dates in Canada starting October 4 in Hartford, CT.

Tickets for the shows will start going on to the general public from the weekend of August 12, with details of local box office and on-sale times at http://www.ironmaiden.com. IRON MAIDEN has also arranged for a special fan club pre-order for all shows beginning August 1 and running through to the public on-sale date. Details of this will be sent directly to them beforehand.

This follows the recent announcement that their highly anticipated new studio album A Matter of Life and Death will be released on September 5 on Sanctuary Records.

Says vocalist Bruce Dickinson: “This is the first time we’ve started a tour in the States for many, many years. It’s going to be great to get out there so the fans can get to hear the new material and see the new show first for a change. We’re all incredibly pleased with the album, and the tremendous response of those people who have had the chance to hear it so far. Their reaction has been phenomenal and we expect to play a lot of it on tour.

“We will be bringing the full show to America, which we are currently putting the final touches to, and we fully intend to make it as spectacular and memorable as we can. And of course, our mate Eddie has already booked a place on the plane with us.”

On the topic of A Matter of Life and Death, Bruce comments, “This album has to be our best since working with Kevin Shirley (producer). There is such a wide scope of musicianship on this album. Every one of us has put everything into this record and it’s really paid off.”

The upcoming North American dates represent the beginning of the A Matter of Life and Death World Tour, which will continue into Japan and then travel through to Europe, finishing with two shows at London’s Earls Court Arena just before Christmas. All the shows on the European leg have been on sale since March and reaction to the dates has been incredible, with the majority of shows already sold out months in advance.

Accompanying IRON MAIDEN on the USA tour (excluding the Hartford and Los Angeles ) are new U.K. metal sensation, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, who have been receiving rave reviews while on tour with GUNS N’ ROSES throughout Europe.

IRON MAIDEN North American tour dates:

Oct. 04 – New England Dodge Music Center – Hartford, CT
Oct. 06 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
Oct. 07 – Tweeter Center At the Waterfront – Camden, NJ
Oct. 09 – Colisee Pepsi Arena – Quebec City, QC
Oct. 10 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Oct. 12 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Oct. 13 – Continental Airlines Arena – East Rutherford, NJ
Oct. 16 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Oct. 17 – Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
Oct. 18 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
Oct. 21 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA

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Just to let everyone know, I’ll be at the Oct. 6 show in Boston, MA…..I’ll be the guy in the Saxon shirt (there aren’t many of those around!).

A little more Graham Bonnet

I was hoping to get in another post to end my Graham Bonnet week that summarized some other notable releases. Unfortunately, work was busy, I had a meeting, and I got lost in Boston Sunday afternoon. So here goes…..

I had a major resurgence in collecting in 1996, I had taken a couple years off because I was so down on the whole Alternative movement. I started to collect more obscure bands, older bands that missed out on the limelight back in the day. All the stars aligned in 1998 with going online, finding a few independent record stores, and picking up The Collector’s Guide To Heavy Metal by Martin Popoff. I started to buy up old Metal mags and fanzines (Metal Forces) to find some of those old bands that I heard of once but forgot about in the face of MTV.

I had RainbowDown To Earth and I thought the singer was awesome and, with a little research, I found MSGAssault Attack. Graham Bonnet was now one of my favorite singers. The Alcatrazz catalogue sealed the deal and I had to have as much Bonnet as my wallet would allow. The local “mom & pop” stores carried a lot of old albums in various formats so I was able to catch up on my Bonnet collection fairly quickly.

I have been able to pick up a few solo releases: Line-Up (1981), Underground (1997), The Day I Went Mad (1999), and The Singer’s Anthology (1990). The Singer’s Anthology features songs from Bonnet’s early days with The Marbles as well as some Rainbow.

I was also able to pick up some band projects like Forcefield IIITo Oz And Back (1989) w/Cozy Powell and Blackthorne – Afterlife (1993) w/Bob Kulick, AnthemHeavy Metal Anthem (2000) and another album with Impellitteri - System X (2002).

The guy just doesn’t stop singing at 59 years old (b. 1947)! And he still sounds really good with close to the same power and range he had earlier in his career. He’s got another album coming up, Welcome To America, with the Taz Taylor Band that’s due on August 26.

For a good discography overview, click here. I noticed the Graham Bonnet website hasn’t finished their discography section yet.

Press Release: Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death CD/DVD Limited Edition

From Blabbermouth.net:

According to MaidenNorway.com, Maidenfans.com relayed a bulletin posted by the Italian MAIDEN fan site http://www.eddies.it claiming the Italian release date of IRON MAIDEN‘s 14th studio album, A Matter of Life and Death, is August 25.

As previously reported, EMI was planning to release the album August 26-28, depending on the coutry. New information, on the other hand, suggests that the Italian release will be August 25 — which is probably more likely as it lands on a Friday rather than a Saturday.

An Italian fan posted the details of the limited-edition double-CD/DVD release on the IMOC (Iron Maiden Online Club) yesterday, as follows:

CD contents:

01. Different Worlds (Smith/Harris) (4:17)
02. These Colours Don’t Run (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (6:52)
03. Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (8:44)
04. The Pilgrim (Gers/Harris) (5:07)
05. The Longest Day (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (7:48)
06. Out Of the Shadows (Dickinson/Harris) (5:36)
07. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg (Murray/Harris) (7:21)
08. For The Greater Good of God (Harris) (9:24)
09. Lord Of Light (Smith/Harris/Dickinson) (7:23)
10. The Legacy (Gers/Harris) (9:20)

DVD Video contents:

* One hour of video footage including: documentary video on “Making of A Matter of Life and Death”, “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” video, exclusive photos from recording sessions of “Different Worlds” and a photo gallery.