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After teasing us with news of a visit to our side of the world we can now confirm that Iron Maiden will be on New Zealand soil in May 2020.
The metal titans are set to bring their acclaimed Legacy of the Beast World Tour our way for one special show.
Thanks to celebrated runs through Europe, America, and Canada, the Legacy of the Beast tour has been hailed as the most extravagant and visually spectacular live show of the band’s career to date. Inspired by the band’s mobile game of the same name, the tour takes fans through different worlds and experiences as the set progresses.
Spoiler alert from Bruce Dickinson himself, but you can expect “a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during Aces High, tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers.”
The setlist will cover every stage of the band’s career, covering fan favourites and hits from across their almost four-decade spanning discography.
Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson says, “It’ll be four years since we were last in New Zealand, so we’re delighted to be making a return visit. We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe, North America, Mexico and South America. The production for Auckland is exactly the same as the other shows on this tour so far…I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you.”
Steve Harris, bassist and founder member adds, “We gave a lot of thought to the setlist for this tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well-balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like ‘Flight Of Icarus,’ ‘Sign Of The Cross’ and ‘The Clansman’ with songs we know the fans want to hear like ‘The Trooper,’ ‘2 Minutes To Midnight,’ ‘The Number Of The Beast,’ ‘Fear Of The Dark,’ ‘Run To The Hills,’ ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show.
“We’re excited to be bringing this tour to New Zealand as most of the setlist comprises songs which our fans will know well but which haven’t been performed live there for over ten years, some of them even longer than that. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again.”
The band has visited 39 countries around the globe since the tour opened last year, playing to close to two million fans.
As an added bonus to this already monster show, American rockers Killswitch Engage will be joining Iron Maiden on the night.
Iron Maiden will bring their Legacy of the Beast tour to Spark Arena, Auckland on Wednesday 13 May 2020. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.co.nz.