Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson says he wants to surprise fans on their upcoming The Legacy Of The Beast tour.

The run of UK and European shows will take place throughout May, June, July and August, with the tour named after the band’s mobile game and comic book of the same name.

But while the live shows tie in with those products, Dickinson tells Kerrang, “I haven’t paid too much attention to the game element, to be honest. I’m focused on what’s gonna constitute an amazing setlist, and what’s gonna constitute an amazing stage show.

I’m looking at the show as something that should certainly exceed what we did on the Book Of Souls tour, and I’m approaching things a slightly different way.

I’m approaching some of the songs a slightly different way. I’m conscious that over the years we’ve fallen into a little groove with some songs, so I want to try to shake that groove up a little bit.”

Dickinson adds, “I want it to be really slick, but awesome. I want people to go, ‘Wow! F–king hell, you’ve gotta see this show!’ I want people to be surprised as well.

I want them to go home going, ‘F–king hell, I can’t believe they played that song!’ That’s the reaction I want.

On the Book Of Souls tour, there was quite a lot of chatting with the audience. I’m not planning that on this tour because we’ve got so much to do and there’s so much going on. The show and the music is gonna carry the whole bloody thing.”

He adds, “We’re playing one or two things that people are gonna be really surprised by. There’ll be social media madness after the first show.”

Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast 2018 UK and European tour dates

May 26: Tallinn Saku Arena,Estonia
May 28: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland

Jun 1: Stockholm Tele2 Arena, Sweden
Jun 3: Trondheim Rocks Dahls Arena, Norway
Jun 5: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
Jun 7: Solvesborg Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
Jun 9: Munich Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Germany
Jun 10: Hannover Expo Plaza, Germany
Jun 13: Berlin Waldbuhne, Germany
Jun 16: Florence Firenze Rocks, Italy
Jun 17: Nickelsdorf Novarock Festival, Austria
Jun 20: Prague Letnany Airport, Czech Republic
Jun 22: Dessel Graspop, Belgium
Jun 24: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 26: Geneva Arena, Switzerland
Jun 28: Sopron Volt Festival, Hungary
Jun 30: Freiburg Messegelaende, Germany

Jul 1: Arnhem Gelredome, Netherlands
Jul 5: Paris AccorsHotel Arena, France
Jul 9: Milan San Siro Ippodromo, Italy
Jul 10: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Jul 13: Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal
Jul 14: Madrid Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Spain
Jul 17: Trieste Piazza Della Unita D’Italia, Italy
Jul 20: Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece
Jul 22: Plovdiv Hills Of Rock, Bulgaria
Jul 24: Zagreb Arena, Croatia
Jul 27: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Jul 31: Newcastle Radio Arena, UK

Aug 2: Belfast SSE Arena, UK
Aug 4: Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, UK
Aug 6: Manchester Arena, UK
Aug 7: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Aug 10: London O2 Arena, UK

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  • Ray Gillen on

    Time to go back to 2 guitarists, Janick Gers drives me absolutely nuts. Guy dances around like a idiot, freaking distraction.

  • DR Is Live on

    I feel guilty that I just couldn’t tolerate the Book of Souls album. I just didn’t like it. The best part of that tour was Ghost as the opener.

    But I wish this tour would come to North America. I would expect it to be amazing.

    • Rattlehead on

      DR, i get what you’re saying about Book of Souls. I felt like that at first, but after several listens, i really started to enjoy it. There’s a lot of music to absorb on that album!

      I, too, hope this tour comes to the United States. I saw the first U.S. leg of the Book of Souls tour, with Steve Harris’ son’s band opening the show, and i thought Maiden’s show was great. I couldn’t make the show with Ghost cuz was away in Maui for two weeks. I would have loved to see that 2nd leg with Ghost, though….great pairing of bands!!

      I love Maiden, one of my fave NWOBHM era bands. Maiden has become very proggy with long, epic songs. And while i think these songs are great journeys to enjoy and listen to, I do wish Maiden could sometimes record and perform more shortened, less groggy songs. So, for me, an amazing setlist would be one that maximizes the number of songs they perform with some deeper cuts mixed in. I would love to hear Charlotte the Harlot, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Purgatory, Drifter, Where Eagles Dare, just to name a few.

  • gregg forbes on

    Bruce,just drop wasted years for gods sake,you’ve played it to death every tour!!how about Alexander the Great?where eagles dare?empire of the clouds??stranger in a strange land???

  • nick look on

    They wont play eagles dare no matter how much we beg.

  • Keith G on

    I sure hope that they bring this tour to the states! I liked some of the songs on BOOK OF SOULS, but I agree that the some of the songs were just too long. Maiden has gone a little progressive on the last couple of albums, and I wish they would go back to the style of songs they did on albums like PIECE OF MIND, POWERSLAVE, and SOMEWHERE IN TIME. They are still a great band, though. If they’re looking for some deep cuts to play, how about “Killers”, “Alexander the Great”, or “The Clairvoyant”?

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