IRON MAIDEN to play in Sofia on June 16th
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Sofia is one of the stops marking the end of the super successful Maiden England World Tour in 2014!


The MAIDEN ENGLAND tour continues into 2014 with the band making a welcome return to Bulgaria on June 16th for a show at the Arena Armeets in Sofia. Tickets go on sale Friday Feb 14th from (http://www.ticketpro.bg).


An exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members will run on Wednesday February 12th. Fan club members will also be eligible in the draw to be 'First To The Barrier'.


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Lead singer Bruce Dickinson comments,
" We always love playing shows in Bulgaria so we are very excited to bring the Maiden England to Sofia! We haven't played here since 2007 and we can't wait to see all our amazing fans again! Although the Maiden England tour is largely based on the 1988 Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour, for the 2014 shows we are changing the set list around a bit to cover the whole of the 1980's more as this may be the last time we play some of these songs live. Of course we'll be bringing the huge lightshow, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and all kinds of other exciting stuff for the fans, and as this is the final leg of the tour it will be even more of a celebration as it's the end of a chapter and we plan to give our fans a show they will never, ever forget!"


Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood explains further,
"As all our fans know, the DVD of Maiden England is Part 3 in the History Trilogy of the 1980s video/DVD releases so this is likely to be the last time we will tour with a set list based on the '80s, and therefore the last time fans will EVER hear some of these songs played live. With this in mind, for the 2014 dates we plan to change the set list around a little, to make it more equally representative of the whole of the '80s period covered by those three DVDs – Early Days, Live After Death and of course Maiden England, along with one notable exception from the 90's, the fans will know which song I'm talking about! "


The 2014 dates mark the final leg of the MAIDEN ENGLAND world tour which began in the USA in June 2012 and continued into Europe and Latin America, including Rock In Rio, Brazil which sold out 90,000 tickets within hours of the announcement of Maiden's headline show there on the final night of the Festival. The 2013 dates ended in Chile at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago playing to 60,105 fans: "the largest audience by a British band ever" as reported by national newspaper La Tercera. 2013 also saw a return to play to 95,000 fans at UK's Donington Park on the 25th Anniversary of the band's first headline performance at the legendary home of rock in 1988 during the Seventh Son World Tour. This was a record FIFTH time that the band topped the bill at Donington.


When the MAIDEN ENGLAND Tour ends on July 5, at Sonisphere, Knebworth in England, the show will have been seen by well over two million fans across the globe, proving once again the band show no signs of slowing down or losing the formidable passion that has seen them triumphant at the forefront of Metal for over three decades.


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The Swedish heavy metal band GHOST will be the support act for IRON MAIDEN's concert in Sofia. The band was formed in 2008 and gained popularity with their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous, which went on to be nominated for a Grammis award (the Swedish alternative to the Grammys) in 2011 in the "Best Hard Rock" album category. Their second and much anticipated album Infestissumam was released in 2013 with a major label backing (Universal Music group), debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album in 2013.
GHOST are easily recognizable because of their eccentric on-stage presence. Five of the group's six members wear hooded robes and the vocalist appears wearing skull make-up and dressed as a Roman-Catholic pope. The band's members keep their identities secret and their names have not been publicly disclosed; the vocalist calls himself Papa Emeritus II and the musicians are only referred to as Nameless Ghouls.
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Here is how the band describes itself:
As the tides change and the flames mount, Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls reflect upon man's fall and the Antichrist's rise.
In the year of 13, the second phase of papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls begins with the release of the sophomore psalm Infestissumam. Papa Emeritus II succeeded Papa Emeritus at the conclusion of phase one in the year of 12, and the Nameless Ghouls joined him under the unholy church's current moniker Ghost B.C. – the "B.C." is silent when spoken aloud, please remember that. Their rituals demand reverence and praise, fortified through a delivery of sweetly satanic melodies, snaking distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards.
The world's introduction to the troupe, the year of 10's Opus Eponymous, closed with "Genesis", a foretelling of the Antichrist's coming. He is here now on Infestissumam and shall be treated accordingly.
Infestissumam – Latin for "The greatest threat" – refers to the Antichrist as being the biggest danger to the Christian world, and ironically a choir conducted by Papa Emeritus II heralds His onset.
Speaking of life, Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls invite all to witness their rituals on stage. The front row remains continually comprised of females willing to do anything for Papa Emeritus II as a dramaturgical exposition of the Antichrist's ascent unfolds on stage. Rituals have taken place in front of sold out audiences across the world and at festivals such as Download, Orion Music + More, Coachella, and more. The congregation has grown to include such high-profile members as James Hetfield of Metallica, Phillip Anselmo of Down and Pantera, Fenriz of Darkthrone who has the honor of being the first public supporter, and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana, who participated in the recorded ritual on a cover of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette".
The age of Infestissumam is formally underway. Allow Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls to open your mind or simply play witness. Either way, you're under their spell now.
Of course, the big stars of the night on June 16th will be IRON MAIDEN. Sofia is one of the last stops on their super successful MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR. It started with 34 dates in the USA and Canada in June 2012, moved on to Europe and Latin America in 2013, and in summer of 2014 the sextet is returning on European soil.
IRON MAIDEN's fans should prepare for an mindblowing show in Sofia. "Arena Armeets Sofia" hall will be blown to bits by the British metal legends who promise that this will be a truly spectacular evening, indeed. Except for some set list changes, the concert will feature an incomparable light show, including pyrotechnics, and a unique new look for the band's mascot – EDDIE the Head.
When the tour ends on 5th July at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, UK, IRON MAIDEN's show will be watched by over 2 million exalted fans all over the world. This would be just another proof that the band does not have plans to slow down or to lose the passion, which is the reason why it continues to be at the top of metal music for more than three decades.
Tickets for IRON MAIDEN's show are available at prices from 60 to 140 leva and can be purchased from all Ticketpro outlets in the country and online at www.ticketpro.bg
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