Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier… sounds pretty epic, doesn’t it? But don’t worry about the name; Britain’s heavy metal superstars haven’t sold themselves out with some kind of lame Star Trek tie-in, but instead Eddie is just revealing some science fiction influences again as he leads Maiden on their latest North American assault in support of Iron Maiden’s latest album, The Final Frontier, which is set to be released this summer.
Rumours about a tour announcement were spread this morning via Twitter, with concert promoter Live Nation sharing an image of what seemed certain to be Eddie’s eyes and asking ‘guess who?’ – and a quick look over at Iron Maiden’s official website confirmed a pending announcement with this teaser image warning America to beware.
As promised, today at 3pm EST/8pm GMT Iron Maiden announced their latest tour, with American prog metal band Dream Theater supporting on all dates. ‘The Final Frontier’ tour starts in Dallas, TX on 9 June 2010, while the Canadian leg of tour starts on 24 June in Vancouver, reaching Toronto on 3 July. The North American tour wraps up in Washington, D.C. on 20 July. Iron Maiden were last in North America in 2008 as part of their ‘Somewhere Back In Time’ world tour.
In an effort to reduce ticket touts from hoarding tickets and forcing fans to pay over-the-odds, steps will be taken to reduce scalpers, with some venues set to operate ‘paperless’ ticketing for the show, where you turn up on the night of the show with your ID and credit card to gain entry. Singer Bruce Dickinson commented on this, “We are also trying to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want close to the stage without paying over the odds to ticket scalpers. This is something our manager Rod is working hard on so we hope to see many more familiar faces down the front having a great time.”
An exclusive pre-sale is being run for Iron Maiden fan club members from 10am EST/PST on Wednesday 10 March to 6pm on 11 March for Canadian shows, while the pre-sale for US dates starts a week later, beginning 10am EST on Wednesday 17 March and ending 6pm Thursday 18 March. General sale via Live Nation commences Saturday 13 March for Canadian shows and Saturday 20 March for US dates.
Meanwhile, Iron Maiden are among the headliners to play this year’s Sonisphere festival at Knebworth in the UK, 31 July – 1 August. Maiden will be joined in Knebworth by Rammstein, Slayer, Iggy and the Stooges and Placebo.
Iron Maiden ‘The Final Frontier’ 2010 North American Tour Dates:
Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Albuquerque, NM – The Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheatre
Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Vancouver, BC – GM Place
Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Center
Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center +
+Dream Theater will not be performing in Winnipeg
Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Holmdel, NJ – PNC
New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagra Pavilion
Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Washington D.C. – Jiffy Lube Live
Iron Maiden – Official Website