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Dance of Death World Tour

May 2003 – February 2004

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The 2003/04 tour was a strange one in the way that it was split in two parts, the division occurring with the release of the Dance Of Death album. The first part, funnily named "Give Me Ed... 'Til I'm Dead", was reminiscent of the Ed Hunter reunion tour as the setlist was with one exception composed of old songs, some of them not having been played in many years. Bruce commented that "This tour is all about having fun as the name suggests" and the official explanation for it was that it was an appetiser before the release of the album. What springs to mind is that the Dance Of Death album may have been expected for release earlier than it did but, due to unforeseen problems, it only hit the shelves in September whereas the concert venues had already been booked by the band's management. Iron Maiden then had to play the shows with a setlist that would please the fans while avoiding new songs that hadn't been made public by then. But this is, of course, pure speculation. Only 'Wildest Dreams', from the forthcoming album, was played live as a preview of what the album was going to sound like. Bruce Dickinson explained himself that this song could be taped and transferred into mp3 files for Internet diffusion. His own words were:

The album is not out yet, but please pull out your small digital recorders, mp3 players, cell phones or whatever you have. Put it on the Internet, spread it all over the world. But on one condition: When you hear the new album, if you like it, pay the equivalent of three beers to buy the record in the store. That is what keeps us alive. If you don't like the album, just forget it.

Bruce Dickinson, Oslo, Norway 2nd July 2003

He even added "We're not like Metallica" to further stress that those who are openly against mp3s have a losing battle on their hands. Iron Maiden simply have a very sane and sensible attitude towards evolving technology and they have realised the positive potential of it. MP3s should be about sampling the music and then buying the album if you liked what you heard, not about stealing someone's intellectual property. This is merely what Bruce meant.

The shows of the "Give Me Ed..." part of the tour were absolutely fantastic, with the return of a Bruce who efficiently communicated with the audience. He talked and joked like he used to in the 1980s and that was refreshing after the ranting and needless swearing of the Brave New World Tour. It was simply great to have the "old" Bruce back!

The Dance Of Death World Tour was however slightly different. The down side of it was probably that Bruce was not talking much to the audience and that they all appeared to be acting as on autopilot, going through a routine rehearsed a thousand times. On the other hand, the show itself with its theatrical effects was absolutely brilliant. From the mask-wearing of 'Dance Of Death' to the battlefield re-enactment of 'Paschendale', everything was as close to perfect as could be.

A serie of shows namely those of Rotterdam, Wroclaw and Helsinki had to be cancelled and re-scheduled due to Bruce "suffering from flu and severe laryngitis", as the communique ran on the official website. Strangely enough, those dates also corresponded to Nicko's appearance in a New York court to settle an incident that had occurred while the band was on the North American leg of the "Give Me Ed..." part of the tour. Without going into details this site is not a subsidiary of some tabloid newspaper! the incident involved an irate Nicko, a stubborn car park attendant and a black Jaguar. Whose fault it was is not for me to judge, as an every-day incident was simply blown out of proportion by the US judicial system that allows anyone to sue anyone else for just about any reason. It seems to me that the attendant was simply trying to get some easy money out of a "rock star" who supposedly could afford it. In any case, Bruce's illness was a lucky coincidence or was it? and Iron Maiden, who is not a band that lets its fans down, merely re-scheduled the shows as they'd already done when Janick had injured himself during the previous tour.

The Dance Of Death World Tour was not going to encompass the traditionally massive North American leg and only two venues were played in the US, plus another two in the Quebec province of Canada. This may have made some North American fans quite unhappy, but it needs to be stated that the band are not in their twenties anymore and that a gruelling tour a la World Slavery Tour is not likely to re-occur. Let's just be pleased that Iron Maiden still go on the road and carry on promoting the finest music in existence.

Opening bands for this tour were: Stray, Murderdolls, Arch Enemy, Funeral For A Friend, Dio and Motorhead

 

Setlist

Intro
Wildest Dreams
Wrathchild
Can I Play With Madness
The Trooper
Dance Of Death
Rainmaker
Brave New World
Paschendale
Lord Of The Flies
No More Lies
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden
Journeyman
The Number Of The Beast
Run To The Hills

TOUR DATES

End Date VENUE LOCATION INFO
Friday, 23 May 2003 Sports Palace La Coruna, Spain

Support: Stray

Saturday, 24 May 2003 Sports Palace Gijon, Spain

Support: Stray

Monday, 26 May 2003 Le Zenith Toulon, France

Support: Stray

Tuesday, 27 May 2003 Le Zenith Toulouse, France

Support: Stray

Saturday, 31 May 2003 Download Festival Castle Donington, UK
Tuesday, 03 June 2003 Spodek Katowice, Poland

Support: Stray

Wednesday, 04 June 2003 Kisstadion Budapest, Hungary

Support: Stray & Wisdom & Demon Lord

Friday, 06 June 2003 Rock Am Ring Nürburgring, Germany
Saturday, 07 June 2003 Rock Im Park Nuremberg, Germany
Sunday, 08 June 2003 Stadthalle Vienna, Austria

Support: Murderdolls

Wednesday, 11 June 2003 Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona, Spain

Support: Stray

Thursday, 12 June 2003 Las Ventas Madrid, Spain

Support: Mruderdolls
Originally scheduled at Palacio Vistalegre, the venue was changed because of a basketball final.

Friday, 13 June 2003 Plaza de toros San Sebastian, Spain

Support: Stray

Sunday, 15 June 2003 Imola Autodromo Imola, Italy

Heineken Jammin' Festival

Tuesday, 17 June 2003 Gradski Stadium Zagreb, Croatia

Support: Murderdolls

Thursday, 19 June 2003 Sports Hall Zilina, Czech Republic

Support: Murderdolls

Saturday, 21 June 2003 Waldrock Festival Bergum, Holland
Monday, 23 June 2003 Forum Fribourg, Switzerland

Support: Murderdolls

Friday, 27 June 2003 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Saturday, 28 June 2003 Stockholm Stadium Stockholm, Sweden

Support: Murderdolls

Monday, 30 June 2003 Hartwall Areena Helsinki, Finland

Support: Murderdolls

Wednesday, 02 July 2003 Spectrum Oslo, Norway

Support: Arch Enemy

Thursday, 03 July 2003 Spectrum Oslo, Norway

Support: Arch Enemy

Saturday, 05 July 2003 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
Wednesday, 09 July 2003 Pavilhao Atlantico Lisbon, Portugal

Support: Stray

Friday, 11 July 2003 Festival Esparrago Rock Jerez, Spain
Saturday, 12 July 2003 Metalmania Albacete, Spain
Monday, 21 July 2003 DCU Center Worchester, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Tuesday, 22 July 2003 Meadows Music Centre Hartford, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 23 July 2003 Tweeter Center Camden, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 25 July 2003 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 26 July 2003 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead
The infamous "Nicko and the car park attendant" incident took place just before this show.

Tuesday, 29 July 2003 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 30 July 2003 Madison Square Garden New York, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 01 August 2003 Colisée Pepsi Quebec City, Canada

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 02 August 2003 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 03 August 2003 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, Canada

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Tuesday, 05 August 2003 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 06 August 2003 DTE Energy Music Theater Clarkston, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 08 August 2003 Post Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 09 August 2003 Germain Amphitheater Columbus, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 10 August 2003 Tweeter Center Tinley Park, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 13 August 2003 Smirnoff Music Centre Dallas, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 15 August 2003 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Selma, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 16 August 2003 Woodlands Pavilion Houston, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Monday, 18 August 2003 U.T.E.P. El Paso, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 20 August 2003 Fiddler's Green Greenwood Village, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Thursday, 21 August 2003 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque, USA

CANCELED

Friday, 22 August 2003 Cricket Wireless Pavilion Phoenix, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 24 August 2003 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Monday, 25 August 2003 Long Beach Arena Long Beach, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Tuesday, 26 August 2003 San Diego Sports Arena San Diego, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Thursday, 28 August 2003 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 29 August 2003 Sleep Train Pavilion Concord, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 30 August 2003 Sleep Train Amphitheater Marysville, USA

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 19 October 2003 Phoenix Hall Debrecen, Hungary

Support: Gamma Ray

Tuesday, 21 October 2003 Sports Hall Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Support: Gamma Ray

Wednesday, 22 October 2003 T-Mobile Arena Prague, Czech Republic

Support: Gamma Ray

Friday, 24 October 2003 Olympiahalle Munich, Germany

Support: Gamma Ray

Saturday, 25 October 2003 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany

Support: Gamma Ray

Monday, 27 October 2003 Fila Forum Milan, Italy

Support: Gamma Ray

Tuesday, 28 October 2003 Palasport Firenze, Italy

Support: Gamma Ray

Thursday, 30 October 2003 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland

Support: Gamma Ray

Saturday, 01 November 2003 Pavello Olympic Badolona Barcelona, Spain

Support: Gamma Ray

Sunday, 02 November 2003 Palacio Vistalegre Madrid, Spain

Support: Gamma Ray

Tuesday, 04 November 2003 Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 05 November 2003 Ahoy Hall Rotterdam, Holland

CANCELED
due to Bruce suffering from flu and severe laryngitis
Re-scheduled to 13th December.

Friday, 07 November 2003 Hala Ludowa Wroclaw, Poland

CANCELED
due to Bruce suffering from flu and severe laryngitis
Re-scheduled to 28th November.

Monday, 10 November 2003 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland

CANCELED
due to Bruce suffering from flu and severe laryngitis
Re-scheduled to 21st December.

Wednesday, 12 November 2003 Valby Hallen Copenhagen, Denmark

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Friday, 14 November 2003 Globen Arena Stockholm, Sweden

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 15 November 2003 Scandinavium Gothenburg, Sweden

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Monday, 17 November 2003 Eilenriedehalle Hannover, Germany

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Tuesday, 18 November 2003 Treptow Arena Berlin, Germany

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 20 November 2003 Brabenthal Leuven, Belgium

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 22 November 2003 Palais Omnisports De Bercy Paris, France

Support: Helloween

Monday, 24 November 2003 Westfallenhalle Dortmund, Germany

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 26 November 2003 Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 27 November 2003 Arena Leipzig, Germany

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Friday, 28 November 2003 Hala Ludowa Wroclaw, Poland

Mystic Festival
Support: Funeral For A Friend
Re-scheduled from Noember 7 th

Saturday, 29 November 2003 Le Zenith Nancy, France

CANCELED
Postponed for December 18th at Amneville

Monday, 01 December 2003 The Point Dublin, Ireland

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 03 December 2003 Telewest Arena Newcastle, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 04 December 2003 Arena Nottingham, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 06 December 2003 Arena Sheffield, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Monday, 08 December 2003 S.E.C.C. Glasgow, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Tuesday, 09 December 2003 Arena Manchester, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Friday, 12 December 2003 Earls Court London, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 13 December 2003 Ahoy Hall Rotterdam, Holland

Support: Funeral For A Friend
Re-scheduled from November 5th

Monday, 15 December 2003 C.I.A. Cardiff, Wales

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Tuesday, 16 December 2003 N.E.C. Birmingham, UK

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 18 December 2003 Galaxie Amneville, France

Support: Funeral For A Friend
Re-scheduled from November 29th

Sunday, 21 December 2003 Hartwall Areena Helsinki, Finland

Support: Poisonblack
Re-scheduled from November 10th

Sunday, 11 January 2004 Velez Sarsfield Stadium Buenos Aires, Argentina

Support: O'Connor

Tuesday, 13 January 2004 Pista Atletica Santiago, Chilie

Support: Witchblade

Friday, 16 January 2004 ATL Hall Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Support: Heavenfalls

Saturday, 17 January 2004 Pacaembu Stadium Sao Paulo, Brazil

Support: Shaman

Tuesday, 20 January 2004 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada

Support: Arch Enemy

Wednesday, 21 January 2004 Colisee Pepsi Arena Quebec City, Canada

Support: Arch Enemy

Friday, 23 January 2004 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, USA

Support: Arch Enemy

Saturday, 24 January 2004 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, USA

Support: Arch Enemy

Monday, 26 January 2004 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, USA

Support: Arch Enemy

Tuesday, 27 January 2004 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, USA

CANCELED

Friday, 30 January 2004 Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles, USA

Support: Arch Enemy & Cage

Saturday, 31 January 2004 Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles, USA

Support: Arch Enemy & Cage

Thursday, 05 February 2004 Nenkin Hall Sapporo, Japan

Support: Sonata Arctica

Saturday, 07 February 2004 Jo Hall Osaka, Japan

Support: Sonata Arctica & Arch Enemy

Sunday, 08 February 2004 Saitama Arena Tokyo, Japan

Support: Sonata Arctica, Arch Enemy

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