Press Release: Iron Maiden announce artwork, tracklisting and release dates for their new album, The Final Frontier

From Universal Music:

IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE, ARTWORK
AND TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM ‘THE FINAL FRONTIER’
TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK

The release date for IRON MAIDEN’S highly anticipated new studio album, THE FINAL FRONTIER, is now confirmed for Tuesday August 17, in the U.S.  The new album artwork has just been unveiled on their website www.ironmaiden.com  and was illustrated by Melvyn Grant. To mark the occasion, the band has made special arrangements for one new album track, “EL DORADO,” to be made available worldwide as a Free MP3 digital download file with immediate effect via their website, www.ironmaiden.com.

Singer Bruce Dickinson explains, “‘El Dorado’ is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour, (which opens in Dallas on June 9; see full schedule dates below), we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.”

The band reunited with longtime Maiden producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, to record the album and then moved to L.A. to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band; it was where they recorded the Piece Of Mind (’83), Powerslave (’84) and Somewhere In Time (’86) albums.

Dickinson comments, “The studio had the same vibe and it was exactly as it had been in 1983, nothing had changed! Even down to the broken shutter in the corner…same carpet….everything. It was really quite spooky.  But we felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment and I think this shows in the playing and the atmosphere of the album.”

Thirty years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980, The Final Frontier will be Maiden’s 15th studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for 30 years and totaling over 80 million album sales during this period.

The full track listing for the album (total running time 76:35) is:

THE FINAL FRONTIER

  1. Satellite 15…The Final Frontier   8:40
  2. El Dorado   6:49
  3. Mother Of Mercy   5:20
  4. Coming Home   5:52
  5. The Alchemist   4:29
  6. Isle Of Avalon   9:06
  7. Starblind   7:48
  8. The Talisman   9:03
  9. The Man Who Would Be King   8:28
10. When The Wild Wind Blows   10:59

The Final Frontier World Tour begins in Dallas on June 9, with 25 shows in major cities across the USA and Canada, playing to an expected 350,000 fans or more. Following this, the tour will shift over to Europe starting in Dublin, on July 30, to play a few selected major festivals and stadiums, finishing in Valencia, Spain, on August 21, and including a concert in Transylvania.

Says bass player and founding member Steve Harris, “We’re hugely excited about this tour. I think the fans will really like the brand new stage production and lights and we will also be debuting one of the new album tracks, ‘El Dorado’. Our Texan fans will be the very first people anywhere to hear it live, so it will be interesting to see their reaction and how it goes down with the crowd on the night! Eddie has changed a bit for this tour but is possibly the most outrageous one to date…I can’t say too much about him as I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I guarantee he will scare the hell out of you!”

The full list of dates for the first leg are:

JUNE

Wed 9
U.S.: Dallas, TX, Superpages.Com Center

Fri 11
U.S.: Houston, TX, Cynthia Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands

Sat 12
U.S.: San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center

Mon 14
U.S.: Denver, CO, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Wed 16
U.S.: Albuquerque, NM, The Pavilion

Thu 17
U.S.: Phoenix, AZ, Cricket Wireless Pavilion

Sat 19
U.S.: San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheatre

Sun 20
U.S.: Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion

Tue 22
U.S.: Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater

Thu 24
CAN: Vancouver, BC, GM Place

Sat 26
CAN: Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place

Sun 27
CAN: Calgary, AB, Saddledome

Tue 29
CAN: Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre

Wed 30
CAN: Winnipeg, MB, MTS Center

JULY

Sat 3
CAN: Toronto, ON, Molson Amphitheatre

Tues 6
CAN: Ottawa, ON, Cisco Blues Festival

Wed 7
CAN: Montreal, QC, Bell Centre

Fri 9
CAN: Quebec, QC, Summer Festival

Sun 11
U.S.: Holmdel, NJ, PNC

Mon 12
U.S.: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Wed 14
U.S.: Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion

Thu 15
U.S.: Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center

Sat 17
U.S.: Detroit, MI, DTE Music Theatre

Sun 18
U.S.: Chicago IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Tue 20
U.S.: Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live

Fri 30
IRELAND: Dublin, The O2

AUG

Sun 1
UK: Knebworth, Sonisphere Festival

Thu 5
GERMANY: Wacken Festival

Sat 7
SWEDEN: Stockholm Stora Skuggan Sonisphere Festival

Sun 8
FINLAND: Pori Kirjurinluoto Sonisphere Festival

Wed 11
NORWAY: Bergenhus Festning Koengen

Sat 14
HUNGARY: Sziget Festival

Sun 15
TRANSYLVANIA: Cluj, Polux Mall

Tue 17
ITALY : Villa Manin Codroipe, Nr Udine

Thu 19
BELGIUM: Pukkelpop Festival

Sat 21
SPAIN: Valencia Auditorio Marina Sur

For all the latest information on the tour and for ticket availability please go to www.ironmaiden.com

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4 comments on “Press Release: Iron Maiden announce artwork, tracklisting and release dates for their new album, The Final Frontier

    • That’s because it was illustrated by Melvyn Grant and NOT

      Derek Riggs, who was the artist who made all of the “classic” Eddie covers we are all used to.

      Check out his book too, which includes all of that great artwork!

      Rock on!

      Kinger
      Demolish Fanzine

  1. Now, that is one incredible album cover! Album cover of the year! 2010 has proven to be an enormous year for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal… and we are only into June!

    Very cool that you hooked up this info for the Metal masses to see and know.

    Stone

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