Metal icons Iron Maiden set for South Yorkshire date

Rock legends Iron Maiden.

Rock legends Iron Maiden.

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Rock legends IRON MAIDEN will be back in the UK in this year for an extensive 10 city arena tour for the final run of dates on their Final Frontier Tour.

They will be playing in Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday 24th July. Tickets, priced £37.50 (subject to booking fee) are now on general sale. To book call the box office on 0114 256 56 56, book online at www.motorpointarena.co.uk or visit the box office at the Arena in person. There is a ticket limit of 4 tickets per person on this show.

The special guests for Iron Maiden’s Sheffield date have now been confirmed as Aussie Rockers Airbourne. On supporting Iron Maiden for the first time, Airbourne had the following to say:

“Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden’s hard working crew and Iron Maiden’s hard rocking crowd are all people who stand up for Rock’n’Roll the world over and we love and respect them all. We can’t wait to open fire upon that hallowed stage. Long live Metal, Long live Maiden and long live Eddie!”

On their forthcoming tour Maiden founder member Steve Harris comments; “Everything in the Maiden camp has been so full on these last five years or so that we haven’t travelled around the UK to play for our home fans for almost that long. These fans supported us by coming to Twickenham Stadium, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Download and more recently Sonisphere so we thought we should get off our backsides and do the travelling this time and get round the country to see them all. We very much look forward to playing all four home countries and a couple of places we haven’t been for a very long time, Aberdeen and Belfast! And playing the O2 gets us as close to the East End of London where Maiden started off than we have been for many a year, probably since the Ruskin Arms! All in all l think this is going to be a very special series of shows and a wonderful way to end this whole world tour.

“We intend to take the full stadium show into the UK arenas and fit everything we possibly can into each venue. The set list will be different to this year’s tour. Of course we will play more songs from the new album and some other recent material, but we intend to include a healthy dose of older fan favourites too for those who haven’t seen us before , plus a spectacular light show and stage set, not forgetting, of course, ….Eddie!”

The UK shows will be the culmination of The Final Frontier World Tour, which began in June 2010 with a hugely successful 25 date tour throughout North America, followed by selected European stadium and festival shows, including Knebworth, Sonisphere in the UK.

The band recently announced the first leg of the 2011 tour which started in February and will be ‘Around The World In 66 Days’ – a fifty thousand mile odyssey aboard a specially customized Boeing 757 - Ed Force One, piloted by airline captain and lead singer Bruce Dickinson. This will carry band, crew and many tons of equipment across 5 continents to thirteen countries, visiting 26 cities for 29 shows

The first show was on Feb 11th in Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, after which the Boeing 757, which will have new designs to tie in with the new album and tour, will fly the band to Singapore and Indonesia for Maiden’s first ever shows there, before arriving in Australia to headline two arena dates and five Soundwave Festivals. EF1 then turns its attention briefly to the Northern Hemisphere with a first show ever in South Korea and two shows in Tokyo, before heading all the way across the Pacific, a journey which (believe it or not!) is 6660 miles, for two shows in Mexico. An extensive series of stadium shows through five South American countries follows, and, via Puerto Rico, the band played the final show on this leg of the tour in Tampa, Florida, USA on April 17th, exactly 66 days after Moscow!

Says Bruce, “We were taken aback by the fantastic reaction from everyone to EF1 during the 2008/09 World Tour. As our fans all know from the “Flight 666” film, which documented the trials and tribulations we underwent in order to get the whole project literally off the ground, the end result was well worth all the effort and complex logistics we had to deal with! The band and crew enjoyed themselves so much travelling that way, it seemed only logical to set up this part of The Final Frontier tour in the same way so we could get to see as many fans as possible all over the World, only this time we’re pushing the boundaries even further and going to more places Maiden has never been before… in true Frontier style!! We very much look forward to playing in Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea for the first time, as well as revisiting our fans elsewhere.”

The Final Frontier World Tour is in conjunction with the band’s 15th studio album released in August through EMI Music and their most successful chart album to date, registering the Number 1 sales chart slot in 28 countries around the globe.

Iron Maiden will be playing in Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday 24th July. Tickets, priced £37.50 (subject to booking fee) are now on general. To book call the box office on 0114 256 56 56, book online at www.motorpointarena.co.uk or visit the box office at the Arena in person. There is a ticket limit of 4 tickets per person on this show.