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Iron Maiden’s new studio double album The Book Of Souls is earning rave reviews everywhere you look, and they’ll return to Australia in May to play tracks from this metal behemoth as well as plenty of Maiden classics at five arena dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

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The band will be bringing their newest Ed Force One Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson and carrying band, crew and stage production and equipment. Dickinson says “We cannot wait to get back out on tour. When we start in the USA in late February it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the UK so we are raring to go. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s what we do best, so it will be a great feeling to board our new Jumbo Ed Force One with the crew and the gear and head round the globe and get back on stage for you guys. We haven’t played in Australia and New Zealand for a number of years so it will be a pleasure to play for our Antipodean cousins again, irrespective of who wins the dates with destiny at Twickenham in a few weeks’ time!”

“Of course we haven't decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart!!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.“

Iron Maiden 2016 Australian Tour Dates

May 4 - Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane

May 6 - Sydney Allphones Arena, Sydney

May 9 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

May 12 - Adelaide Entertainment Center, Adelaide

May 14 - Perth Arena, Perth

Tickets for Iron Maiden’s Australian shows go on sale Thursday September 24 via Ticketek.

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