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

Support: Stray

Saturday, 24 May 2003 Gijon, Spain Sports Palace

Support: Stray

Monday, 26 May 2003 Toulon, France Le Zenith

Support: Stray

Tuesday, 27 May 2003 Toulouse, France Le Zenith

Support: Stray

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

Support: Stray

Wednesday, 04 June 2003 Budapest, Hungary Kisstadion

Support: Stray & Wisdom & Demon Lord

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

Support: Murderdolls

Wednesday, 11 June 2003 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi

Support: Stray

Thursday, 12 June 2003 Madrid, Spain Las Ventas

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

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

Support: Stray

Sunday, 15 June 2003 Imola, Italy Imola Autodromo

Heineken Jammin' Festival

Tuesday, 17 June 2003 Zagreb, Croatia Gradski Stadium

Support: Murderdolls

Thursday, 19 June 2003 Zilina, Czech Republic Sports Hall

Support: Murderdolls

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

Support: Murderdolls

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

Support: Murderdolls

Monday, 30 June 2003 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena

Support: Murderdolls

Wednesday, 02 July 2003 Oslo, Norway Spectrum

Support: Arch Enemy

Thursday, 03 July 2003 Oslo, Norway Spectrum

Support: Arch Enemy

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

Support: Stray

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Tuesday, 22 July 2003 Hartford, USA Meadows Music Centre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 23 July 2003 Camden, USA Tweeter Center

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

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

Tuesday, 29 July 2003 Columbia, USA Merriweather Post Pavilion

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 01 August 2003 Quebec City, Canada Colisée Pepsi

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 02 August 2003 Montreal, Canada Bell Centre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 03 August 2003 Toronto, Canada Molson Amphitheatre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 08 August 2003 Burgettstown, USA Post Gazette Pavilion

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 09 August 2003 Columbus, USA Germain Amphitheater

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 10 August 2003 Tinley Park, USA Tweeter Center

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Wednesday, 13 August 2003 Dallas, USA Smirnoff Music Centre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 15 August 2003 Selma, USA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 16 August 2003 Houston, USA Woodlands Pavilion

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Thursday, 21 August 2003 Albuquerque, USA Journal Pavilion

CANCELED

Friday, 22 August 2003 Phoenix, USA Cricket Wireless Pavilion

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 24 August 2003 Irvine, USA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

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

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Thursday, 28 August 2003 Mountain View, USA Shoreline Amphitheatre

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Friday, 29 August 2003 Concord, USA Sleep Train Pavilion

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Saturday, 30 August 2003 Marysville, USA Sleep Train Amphitheater

Support: DIO & Motörhead

Sunday, 19 October 2003 Debrecen, Hungary Phoenix Hall

Support: Gamma Ray

Tuesday, 21 October 2003 Banska Bystrica, Slovakia Sports Hall

Support: Gamma Ray

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

Support: Gamma Ray

Friday, 24 October 2003 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle

Support: Gamma Ray

Saturday, 25 October 2003 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle

Support: Gamma Ray

Monday, 27 October 2003 Milan, Italy Fila Forum

Support: Gamma Ray

Tuesday, 28 October 2003 Firenze, Italy Palasport

Support: Gamma Ray

Thursday, 30 October 2003 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion

Support: Gamma Ray

Saturday, 01 November 2003 Barcelona, Spain Pavello Olympic Badolona

Support: Gamma Ray

Sunday, 02 November 2003 Madrid, Spain Palacio Vistalegre

Support: Gamma Ray

Tuesday, 04 November 2003 Frankfurt, Germany Jahrhunderthalle

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 05 November 2003 Rotterdam, Holland Ahoy Hall

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

Friday, 07 November 2003 Wroclaw, Poland Hala Ludowa

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

Monday, 10 November 2003 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena

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

Wednesday, 12 November 2003 Copenhagen, Denmark Valby Hallen

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Friday, 14 November 2003 Stockholm, Sweden Globen Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 15 November 2003 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Monday, 17 November 2003 Hannover, Germany Eilenriedehalle

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Tuesday, 18 November 2003 Berlin, Germany Treptow Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 20 November 2003 Leuven, Belgium Brabenthal

Support: Funeral For A Friend

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

Support: Helloween

Monday, 24 November 2003 Dortmund, Germany Westfallenhalle

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 26 November 2003 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 27 November 2003 Leipzig, Germany Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Friday, 28 November 2003 Wroclaw, Poland Hala Ludowa

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

Saturday, 29 November 2003 Nancy, France Le Zenith

CANCELED
Postponed for December 18th at Amneville

Monday, 01 December 2003 Dublin, Ireland The Point

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Wednesday, 03 December 2003 Newcastle, UK Telewest Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 04 December 2003 Nottingham, UK Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 06 December 2003 Sheffield, UK Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

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

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Tuesday, 09 December 2003 Manchester, UK Arena

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Friday, 12 December 2003 London, UK Earls Court

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Saturday, 13 December 2003 Rotterdam, Holland Ahoy Hall

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

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

Support: Funeral For A Friend

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

Support: Funeral For A Friend

Thursday, 18 December 2003 Amneville, France Galaxie

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

Sunday, 21 December 2003 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena

Support: Poisonblack
Re-scheduled from November 10th

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

Support: O'Connor

Tuesday, 13 January 2004 Santiago, Chilie Pista Atletica

Support: Witchblade

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

Support: Heavenfalls

Saturday, 17 January 2004 Sao Paulo, Brazil Pacaembu Stadium

Support: Shaman

Tuesday, 20 January 2004 Montreal, Canada Bell Centre

Support: Arch Enemy

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

Support: Arch Enemy

Friday, 23 January 2004 New York, USA Hammerstein Ballroom

Support: Arch Enemy

Saturday, 24 January 2004 New York, USA Hammerstein Ballroom

Support: Arch Enemy

Monday, 26 January 2004 New York, USA Hammerstein Ballroom

Support: Arch Enemy

Tuesday, 27 January 2004 New York, USA Hammerstein Ballroom

CANCELED

Friday, 30 January 2004 Los Angeles, USA Universal Amphitheatre

Support: Arch Enemy & Cage

Saturday, 31 January 2004 Los Angeles, USA Universal Amphitheatre

Support: Arch Enemy & Cage

Thursday, 05 February 2004 Sapporo, Japan Nenkin Hall

Support: Sonata Arctica

Saturday, 07 February 2004 Osaka, Japan Jo Hall

Support: Sonata Arctica & Arch Enemy

Sunday, 08 February 2004 Tokyo, Japan Saitama Arena

Support: Sonata Arctica, Arch Enemy