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"This first leg of Iron Maiden's 'SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME' World Tour will open in Mumbai India on Feb 1st, and continue through Australia, Japan, Los Angeles and Mexico, followed by the band's first ever concerts in Costa Rica and Columbia, and then on to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rica and New York, before finishing in Toronto, Canada, on March 16th. Over the 45 day period it is anticipated that Maiden will play to well over 400,000 fans in 21 cities in 10 countries, flying close to 50,000 miles in the specially refitted plane

Comments Bruce Dickinson, "I have been flying commercial passenger jets for Astraeus Airlines for a few years now and we are commissioning an Astraeus Boeing 757. It will go in for overhaul, painting and conversion in November which will then give us time to ensure we have all the necessary safety documentation, especially with regard to fire safety. It also means it could possibly be flying commercial air routes decked out in Maiden colours for a couple of months before we start!

"Looking at the list of places we would like to play we have always had problems joining up the dots. With sea containers in various places it slows down the whole touring process, which is fine if you want a holiday but not if you want to play. It's great to see places but we don't want to sit around for a week waiting for gear to get from, say, Australia to South America, so this way we can get to more fans in more places en route in the same time period"

To tie in with forthcoming 2008 releases on DVD of the classic 'LIVE AFTER DEATH' concert video (full details coming soon) this tour, aptly entitled 'SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME', will revisit the band's history by focusing almost entirely on the 80's in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which will be based around the legendary Egyptian Production of the 1984-85 'Powerslave Tour'. This will arguably be the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented, and will include some key elements of their Somewhere In Time tour of 1986/7, such as the Cyborg Eddie.

Steve Harris comments "l always loved the Powerslave show which I think was arguably our most spectacular ever, so taking it out again is really going to be a lot of fun. Taking our own 757 really makes it a lot more flexible for us and we intend to ram into the specially constructed cargo holds as much of the show as we possibly can. The schedule we have been able to put together due to this flexibility l think is very exciting, taking us to some places we haven't been in a long while like Australia and some we have never been to like Columbia and Costa Rica. It is always refreshing going to new places and we hear the fans there are incredible! It's a lot of flying but will be well worth it.

"As always when planning these tours we sadly aren't always able to get to everywhere that we'd like to for various logistical and timing reasons

and there are probably fans out there who might be disappointed. We promise we will try even harder the next time around to get to those places."

Full Schedule for the first leg



Fri 1st - Mumbai, India - Bandra Kurla Complex

Mon 4th - Perth, Australia - Burswood Dome

Wed 6th - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena

Thu 7th - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena

Sat 9th - Sydney, Australia - Acer Arena

Sun 10th - Sydney, Australia - Acer Arena

Tue 12th - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre

Fri 15th - Yokohama, Japan - Pacifico Yokohama

Sat 16th - Tokyo, Japan - Messe

Tue 19th - Los Angeles, USA -The Forum

Thu 21st - Guadalajara, Mexico - Auditoria Telmex

Fri 22nd - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey

Sun 24th - Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace

Tue 26th - San Jose, Costa Rica - Saprisa Stadium

Thu 28th - Bogota, Columbia - Simon Bolivar Park


Sun 2nd - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Skol Arena Anhembi

Wed 5th - Porto Allegre, Brazil - Gigantinho

Fri 7th - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Ferrofcarril Oeste Stadium

Sun 9th - Santiago, Chile - Pista Atletica

Wed 12th - Puerto Rico - San Juan Coliseo

Fri 14th - New Jersey, USA - Izod Centre

Sun 16th - Toronto, Canada - Air Canada Centre

The Iron Maiden Fan Club have made special arrangements at as many shows as possible for their members to get first access to buy tickets by way of an special pre-sale in advance of the tickets going on sale to the public.

Latest Fan club first pre-sales have been arranged as follows:

Los Angeles, New York & Toronto - Tuesday 6th November

Mexico City - 28th November

Monterrey & Guadalajara, Mexico - Thursday 8th November

Existing fan club members will automatically receive log in information via a private message. To join the fan club now just click here!

The fan club are also running a special draw for their members whereby 60 winners and a friend will be given first access to the venue and be first to the stage barrier at as many shows as possible. Full details will be announced early next year on www.ironmaiden.com.

We are sorry but it is not logistically possible to arrange pre-sales or first to the barrier competitions in either India or Latin America.

The second leg of the Tour will take place mid May to mid June with further concerts in North America, followed by the third leg European Tour, extensively covering most of Europe in Stadiums and major Festivals. In total the band are expected to play to well in excess of one and a half million fans during the whole tour"

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Toronto! 3rd time in since '05 over here. Hopefully it'll be the best one yet, but then again nothing can really top touching Dave's headstock in '06 :tongue2:

I just really hope they don't take the easy way out and play a lot of Maiden through Piece Of Mind stuff, at first it was supposed to be all Powerslave throught Seventh Son, then Maiden through Seventh Son with a pre Powerslave song here and there, now it's "mainly" Powerslave through Seventh Son which means it's another greatest hits tour. They went through with the Early Days tour, they should with this. IMO, there shouldn't be ANY pre Powerslave songs besides Iron Maiden and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

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mmmm Lauren "nip slip" Harris...

Mhm, her music may suck, but at least she's hot! :wub:

I dunno what happened there. I didn't expect her to go into metal or anything, but I thought she might come out with some sharp, catchy pop-rock.

But NO! it's pretty terrible pop rock...

I've never heard any of her music firsthand, but I haven't heard anything positive about it.

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