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IRON MAIDEN kicked off their Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour '08 with a headlining performance Friday night (February 1) in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, India. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Intro - Churchill's Speech
02. Aces High
03. 2 Minutes to Midnight
04. Revelations
05. The Trooper
06. Wasted Years
07. The Number of the Beast
08. Run to the Hills
09. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
10. Powerslave
11. Heaven Can Wait
12. Can I Play With Madness?
13. Fear of the Dark
14. Iron Maiden
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15. Moonchild
16. The Clairvoyant
17. Hallowed Be Thy Name

Iron Maiden are currently on a worldwide tour which has just started in Mumbai in India. AmongВ  many stadium and festival performancesВ around the planet we are delighted to announce that the band will perform in Budapest on the Mainstage of Sziget festival on Tuesday August 12th.

Tickets for the show are available from http://sziget.interticket.com/festival?language=englishВ - festival tickets at the moment, day tickets will go on-sale in May.

Former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guest on Friday, February 15 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". This will mark the very first interview that Bruce and Blaze have ever done together. Listen to the program live via the Internet between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.

Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Assen TT Race Track in Assen, Holland on Saturday 16th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008. This is the first time any such music event has been staged as the famous motorcycling rack track which regularly hosts the World superbike championships and TT races.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday 26th Jan via www.livenation.nl

On the eve of the highly anticipated Australian leg of the IRON MAIDEN world tour, which will see the band play sold out arena shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in February, the support acts have been announced.

Legendary local metal band Vanishing Point is confirmed as support on the Perth and Melbourne IRON MAIDEN shows.

Behind Crimson Eyes is support on the Sydney and Brisbane IRON MAIDEN shows.

Lauren Harris and her band have been announced as the opening act on all Australian IRON MAIDEN dates.

AfterВ a lot of deliberation, we can finally announce the name of Maiden's 757, and the lucky winner of our 'name the plane' competition. Over to Rod...

"From well over 2000 entries, Bruce and I chose ED FORCE ONE. ALthough many were quite original in concept, it has a niceВ ring to it. In the tie breaker pretty well all of you chose to flatter the band! Very nice of you! Anyway, we chose WILSON's entry -В "Timeless, inspirational, continually evolving, but always true to themselves, camaraderie that survives the evil that men do!" - I like the reference to camaraderie as I feel that it's something the Maiden and their fans are very much about."

So big congratulations to WILSON who'll soon be sinking a few beverages with Rod backstage before watching the gig from the mixing desk as well as getting some goodies like a tour jacket a personalised signed pic of the plane. (Signed by the band, not by the plane, obviously.)

We'll also be sorting out runners up prizes for the 15 other people who chose the same name!

Iron Maiden are to perform at the St Jakobshalle in Basel, on Thursday 14th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.

Steve Harris says "We've always been regular visitors to Switzerland on just about every tour since our first journeys abroad in the early eighties so we have a lot of friends there and it will be great to see them again on this spectacular tour. Although this time is a little different as we're going to being playing up in Basel in the north which we haven't visited a long time."

Tickets go on sale to the public Monday 28th December 10am GMT but members of the Iron Maiden fan club will get special and exclusive first access to purchase tickets from Wednesday 26th December - just check the FC News section.

Maiden have just confirmed that they'll be playing Belgium's Graspop festival in June 2008. Full details of the festival can be found at www.graspop.be or check the poster below for a few clues!

Due to phenomenal demand, we've added another night in Paris!The extra show is on Wednesday 2nd July at the Ominisport De Bercy Arena. Tickets for this gig go on sale on December 28th at 10am.

Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Split City Stadium in Split, Croatia on Sunday 10th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.

Steve Harris says "This will be our very first visit ever to the city of Split and we're very excited about getting there to play on this tour. We have visited Croatia only a couple of times before, both times in Zagreb much further north in the country. The first time was way back in 1986 and last time on the 'Give Me Ed' tour 3 or 4 years ago. So to us this will just be like playing somewhere new for the first time which always gets us going on stage and I'm sure many of our friends from Zagreb will be making the trip down south for this special show."

Tickets go on sale to the public at midday on Thursday 20th December.

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Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Gwardia Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday 7th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.

Steve Harris says "This will be a very special show for us for many reasons as the Powerslave Tour was the first time we visited Poland all the way back in 1985 which was a really big deal back then owing to the country being under Soviet rule at that time. Despite what many people told us to expect of life 'Behind the Iron Curtain' we found only the most friendly of welcomes from the fans in Poland some of whom would save up nearly a months wages just to get hold of one our records at that time. So ever since then we've always tried to make sure we got to Poland on every tour as the fans there always remind us of that amazing time."

Tickets go on sale Friday 14th December via www.ticketpro.pl

Iron Maiden are very pleased to announce they will be performing at the Cotroceni Football Stadium in Bucharest, Romania on Monday 4th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.

Steve Harris says "We've mentioned before in previous announcements how exciting it is to be playing new places and although we have visited Bucharest only once before, way back in October 1995, this will be the first time our fans there will get to see Bruce performing the classic songs.  So this will basically like playing here for the first time for us and I'm sure the fans will be as fired for it as we are!"

Tickets go onsale today at 1pm local time - www.myticket.ro

Iron Maiden are to perform at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival in Lisbon on Wednesday 9th July at the Parque do Tejo as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.

Steve Harris says "I'm personally really looking forward to be playing this festival as I have a lot of close ties with Portugal because I spend a lot of time at my second home in Faro where I also have my 'Eddie's Bar' as well. So I will have a lot of friends and regulars coming down to this show. The Portuguese fans have always been very ardent and loyal followers of the band so it should be a great festival."
Tickets are on sale to the public at www.ticketline.pt

Iron Maiden today announced they have renewed and extended their historic 28-year recording relationship with EMI for the World excluding USA.

Rod Smallwood commented, "We've had three tremendous decades working with EMI and have many friends there. Through many "regimes" EMI have always given us their full support and our relationship with their companies worldwide has always been excellent. We've got some great plans for 2008 and beyond, and I can't wait to get back on the road next year on a tour which appropriately celebrates the band's formative years. "

Tony Wadsworth, Chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK said, "Since the early eighties Maiden has been a flagship band for EMI and we have enjoyed a fantastic long term relationship. Now that we can work with and support them in their broader music activities, our goal is to help build on the foundations already in place for an even more successful future."

Big Star Promotion in association with Phantom Music Management and K2 AgencyВ  is proud to announce that Greece will be part of Iron Maiden's spectacular SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR 2008.

Iron Maiden are confirmed to perform at the Terra Vibe ParkВ  in Athens on Saturday 2nd August 2008.

Steve Harris says, "This is a great venue to play. We played there back in 2005 and I remember it being unbearablyВ  hot but the fans were just wild and gave us a fantastic reception. I have to say that fans in Greece are as loud and responsive as any anywhere in the world. Thats the major reason why we have always tried hard to have Greece in out tour itinery although it can be tough geographically!! We also enjoy Athens culturally and we have all made more than one visit to the Acropolis and other beautiful relics.And the food is terrific!!"

The stage of Terra Vibe Park - one of the largest ones in Europe -  impressive, visible from all angles and able to lift 130 tons of equipment, will be perfect to host all the elements of the great show.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10.00am on Tuesday December 18th, but members of the Iron Maiden fan club will get special and exclusive first access to purchase tickets on Monday 17th December.  Watch the www.ironmaiden.com and www.didimusic.com for further information!

Iron Maiden are to perform at the Slavia Football Stadium in Prague on Friday 8th August as part of their Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008.

Steve Harris says "We've got a lot of friends in Prague as we visit there as often as we can although this time it's going to be a little different as we're in a much bigger venue than usual at the football stadium so the atmosphere will be all that more special I think.
I remember the last time we were there at the T Mobile Arena and it was the opening show of the Eddie Rips Up Europe tour in 2005 and the reception from the fans was just incredible. Nearly lifted the roof off the place! It's always electric thanks to the energy of the fans and we're really looking forward to playing there again."
Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday 17th December.

Iron Maiden have now added a third show in Brazil at  Curitiba Pedreira (outdoor) on March 4th.
Tickets for this show, and Porto Alegre, go onsale on December 8th.

Lauren Harris and band will be accompanying Iron Maiden on the first leg of next years Somewhere Back In Time World 2008 Tour as support act.

Says Rod Smallwood, "We're very happy to have Lauren and band travelling with us again this year and be part of this great tour as after all she is literally part of the 'Maiden family'. Everywhere she performed with us last year she received a great reaction in front of both Maiden audiences and festival crowds and it's also good to have a support band along with us throughout this first leg of the tour as part of the travelling party on our 757 which as you can see on the website is taking shape very nicely!"

Lauren toured all over the world while during 2006 and finished off last year with European tours with The Answer and supporting Alice Cooper in the UK.В  This year kicked off with a extensive European tour with Within Temptation.

Currently on a UK tour with Thunder, Lauren will beВ  putting the finishing touches to her debut albumВ  in the next few months although fans can hear some songs on her myspace page.

For more information on Lauren, music and the details of where she's playing over the coming weeks please visit her myspace page at www.myspace.com/laurenharrisuk