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 (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'.
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.
Iron Maiden will headline one of the nights of the Greenfield Festival taking place at Interlaken, Switzerland between Thursday June 12th – Saturday June 14th. It will be the band's first visit to the Greenfield Festival which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.
Tickets go on-sale December 4th, 2013.
For further information and details on how to buy tickets click here
Iron Maiden will make their first ever appearance at HellFest in Western France headlining on Friday June 20th the opening night of this 3 day festival. Aerosmith will headline on Saturday, and Black Sabbath on Sunday.
Tickets go onsale at 9am CET on Wednesday December 4th.
For further information and details on how to buy tickets click here
IRON MAIDEN will return to Europe in Summer 2014 starting in late May with a short run of major festivals and a few select arena shows to round off their Maiden England World Tour which ends with a headline performance at the UK Sonisphere Festival in July as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations at Knebworth Park. By the end of the tour the band will have played 102 shows in 32 countries to well over two million fans since starting in the USA in June 2012.
For details on tickets and to read the full Sonisphere press release click here.
The 2014 Tour will include dates in countries not visited during the 2013 leg and will be a much shorter run than is usual for a Maiden tour. Manager Rod Smallwood explains,
"The Maiden England 2013 Tour was incredibly well received everywhere and there is much demand from fans to see more and for the band to visit some places in Europe we couldn't make it to this year so we thought we should play a few more shows. However this will be a relatively short tour in Maiden terms, starting towards the end of May and finishing at Sonisphere, Knebworth in early July. During 2014 we have something new we need to start thinking about, and on which we will be wholly and firmly focused going into 2015 and beyond!
As all our fans know, 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!
So for now, take care and look after yourselves and we'll see you all next summer "
Maiden will be headlining one of the nights at the massive Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park Festivals in Germany between Thursday June 5 and Monday June 9. The other headliners are Metallica, Kings of Leon and Linkin Park. Tickets go on sale Wednesday November 27th.
For ticketing and other details click here.
There will be more information and further announcements very soon... watch this space... that's all we can say for now!
It 's been six years since we were together and we are one big family. We all know that those six years are not wasted and we hope to celebrate 666 more. Thanks to all of you (the fans) this fan club is the first official fan club in Bulgaria and continues to exist and evolve . On 26 October, we will celebrate our sixth anniversary. Traditionally , this will happen in the metal bar "The Black Lodge". All fans of the band and friends of the club are welcome for a beer, meet with friends, and a dose of your favorite bands songs . Unlike any other birthdays, this time the "birthday boy" will give away a lot of gifts to the fans! The start of the event is 21:00, and entrance is free!
IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson recently spoke to Argentina's Vorterix about the band's plans to record a new studio album, the touring life, his singing technique and his many outside projects, among other topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow below. (Thanks to MaidenRevelations.com for helping transcribe some parts of the interview.)
On when IRON MAIDEN plans to release a new studio album:
Dickinson: "Well, I mean, we are going to do another album. When we do it, I can't tell you."
On whether any new material has already been written for the next IRON MAIDEN CD:
Dickinson: "Actually I've written a load of stuff. You know, we're all writing little bits and bobs all the time. We'll see what happens, you know. But yeah, sure."
On whether IRON MAIDEN plans to revisit its '90s material on its future tours:
Dickinson: "We haven't got that far yet. Let's finish this one ['Maiden England'] first and see what happens next year. But yeah, I do not think MAIDEN fans are going to be too disappointed for too long."
On how IRON MAIDEN has managed to avoid the excesses that came along with being a huge '80s rock band:
Dickinson: "It's just kind of what we're like, really. I mean, I'm not saying that nobody in the band has ever tried or mucked around with smoking dope when they we're younger. Most kids have probably tried smoking dope. Most kids have probably tried a few other things that I've never tried.
"The reason why we started MAIDEN, the reason why we all became musicians, was because we wanted to be musicians, not to become druggies. We like a beer and beer is our favorite kind of stuff. We drink beer and we drink a little wine and too much coffee. That's it, really. Apart from that, we're just trying to have some fun."
On how has he kept his voice strong through all these years of intense performances:
Dickinson: "I suppose over the years, you could call it a kind of training, but it wasn't like going to school; it wasn't formal. I mean, I didn't have a singing teacher, like a trainer, or anything else like that. But I learned from other people. But one thing I did do was studied — just on my own, just looking at books and things — the mechanics of how the voice works. I'm not like a doctor or anything else like that, but I just read about it. It's kind of like a guitarist. You want to know about your instrument. You want to know why it sounds like it does, how to look after it. The one thing you can't do with a voice... You can put new strings on a guitar; you can't do that with a voice. Because the voice is such a subtle thing. And it does change with age, as you mature, as the spaces in your body change shape as you get older or when you're younger or whatever. So all of these things have a bearing on the voice. And it is like a wooden kind of instrument — the wood gets older and it develops tone and becomes... you know, subtle changes. But if something really goes badly wrong with it and you damage it, then you really run the risk that it's never gonna be quite the same again. I haven't had to cancel very many shows in my 35 years of singing in bands professionally, if you like. I've had to cancel a few shows — maybe 20 or something in total over 35 years. Maybe more — maybe 25 or something. So it's not that many. But that could be the difference between me still keeping my voice and not keeping my voice. I've never taken steroids that they give you for guys that have got problems with their voice. If my voice is so bad that I can't get it to sing without all that stuff, I shouldn't be singing. And if I'm sick with a cold or something, I can get through it. But if I'm really sick — with the laryngitis or something else, or bronchitis, or something really bad — I just take the doctor's advice. It's better to cancel three shows but have your voice be excellent for the next three hundred; it really is. A lot of singers allow themselves to be out under huge pressure, because they feel that if they cancel a show, they failed. And actually, you're really playing with your instrument there. You've only got one set of these, and there's no replacement, so you'd better look after them. But they're pretty strong stuff, if you do the right stuff."
On whether he studies other vocalists, and not just rock and heavy metal singers:
Dickinson: "I like other singers — I mean, not just heavy metal singers and rock singers. I like listening to people's voices. And sometimes you hear voices and you think, 'Ah, that's a really nice way that that person is using their voice,' or obviously they have a real talent with a particular piece of their vocal register.
"I've kind of got my own style now, in a way. So I'm sort of investigating what I can do with my voice. And my voice changes as well as it gets older. And I still try and do the stuff that I was doing when I was 23. But I can do stuff now that I couldn't do when I was 23. So I'm looking at ways of how can I do some different things with my voice? How can I introduce different tones? As I get older, it's quite nice, really, having that sort of stuff to be able to do with your voice; it gets fatter and a little bit deeper."
On whether there is anything he has learned on stage or from writing and performing music that he has applied to the entrepreneurial side of his life:
Dickinson: "Well, the one thing I know is that you don't get anything done without having a vision, having a sense of vision and purpose. And thinking the big picture. Thinking, 'Yeah, we're only a little band from East London today, but one day we're gonna be huge.' Now I didn't realize quite how big we were gonna get. I didn't know we were gonna be still here doing this stuff now. But I think, in an entrepreneurial sense, you have to have that same belief in yourself or whatever it is you're trying to do, and you have to be able to think way beyond where you are right now. And it might work, and it might not. But you have to have that drive. And if it fails, you have to just get up and start again."
On whether he applies his business way of thinking — "start with something interesting, follow the trail and see what happens" — to writing songs:
Dickinson: "Yeah, that's how I write songs. That's exactly how I write songs. When I start writing a song, or have an idea, I have no idea how it's gonna end up. I just think, 'That's interesting. I wonder what happens next.' And what happens next, or maybe what happens after that, might change the whole thing completely. But you just have to be open to ideas and open to... I mean, when I started writing a film script once, we were writing away and I did two years' work. And we tore it all up and started again, because we didn't have the mudget — that's 'money' and 'budget' put together — to make the kind of film that I'd been writing, because we couldn't afford to do [a] period [piece set in] the 1930s. But because we couldn't afford to do 1930s, we had to make the film now. So what that meant is we had to bring one of the characters back from the dead. And I went, 'Hey, that's a good story. That's a better story than the original story.' Now, the only reason we started with that story was because we couldn't addord to make the original one. So it's not always a brilliant idea that causes a better idea. Sometimes it's just, 'Hey, buddy, you can't afford it.' Look at all the guys that make albums or movies that are terrible — hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a film and it's bullshit. And yet somebody who has no money at all goes and makes a fantastic film for, like, no money. Why? Because they've got no money. And they have to make a great movie 'cause they've got no money. So just having resources is no guarantee that it's going to work."
On his recipe for managing so many different aspects of his life — being in a huge rock band, flying airplanes, fencing for a national team, making a film, writing books and being a businessman:
Dickinson: "Well, there isn't one. I wish that I could say it was all planned. I've always gone with the philosophy — and it's gotten me into trouble, because sometimes I try to do too many things — but I'd rather be doing too many things and having an interesting life than be super-successful and bored out of my mind. And I find that doing something new or something interesting in one area gives new life and invigorates everything else you do in your life. There's nobody more interesting to talk to than somebody that is really happy and enthusiastic and full of ideas. When somebody like that walks into a room, the room lights up. It doesn't matter how successful they are, but they are just full of positive kind of energy, and that communicates across a whole group of people, across everything. So the more people do stuff like this, the more people think, 'Yeah, I've got an idea and I'm gonna try to do something about it.' The more people think like that, the whole world gets to be a better place."
On whether music is his main passion nowadays:
Dickinson: "Oh, I've several main passions; I've got lots of main passions. I don't know whether it's beer or whether it's music, but they're related, because they both get me into trouble. I imagine I'm probably quite a passionate bloke, because I feel very passionate about a lot of things. And music, certainly, is something that still moves me. I find it amazing I'm still here. I mean, literally both physically... Because so many people I know are not here — people much younger than me who've been doing this whole music thing and died or crashed in cars or died of awful diseases and things like that. We're all still here, and we're really kicking it, and we're really getting an amazing young audience, and inspiring people, and anytime you're inspiring people, it's something that turns me on."
Read the full interview here
BRUCE DICKINSON has shouted down an online rumour that he’s involved in a $500m deal to build killer drones for the US military.
The IRON MAIDEN frontman has been the subject of speculation after stories circulated on the internet that his aviation firm took part in the manufacture or repair of unmanned armed flying machines.
The use of drones in war zones has proved controversial, with some claiming they kill more innocent parties than people defined as legitimate targets.
The story appears to have arisen via the website of South African firm Conference Speakers. In a page now removed they named Dickinson as a client available to give corporate talks, and listed the military contract among his business achievements. That led to stories from bloggers, one of whom labelled the singer a “rock’n'roll warmonger.”
A spokesman for IRON MAIDEN tells NME:
“This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a, website that the writer of said blog has used as a starting point to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy.”
The truth, says the spokesman, is that DICKINSON and MAIDEN manager ROD SMALLWOOD have invested in the development of hybrid air vehicles (HAV) – which are not drones.
The spokesman adds: “The future implementation of HAVs is a likely global trend which has massive positive implications in many areas of life. Both Bruce and Rod are proud to be involved with a British company at the cutting edge of this technology.
“Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, HAVs are designed to offer much-needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles.”
The spokesman also offers an explanation for the military link, saying: “As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based, as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine.
“Possible military use of HAVs in future could be for heavy-lifting, transportation or high altitude detection of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), or similar, thus saving lives, both military and civilian.”
DICKINSON, a keen pilot who flew MAIDEN round the world during their Somewhere Back In Time world tour, launched his firm Cardiff Aviation Ltd last year. His move followed the demise of charter airline Astreus, which whom he’d worked as a pilot and marketing manager.
Cardiff Aviation has since created 70 jobs and is looking to launch its own airline in the coming year.
Source: Tangra Mega Rock
Iron Maiden's ex singer Paul Di'Anno announced a Bulgarian date for his Farewell tour. The gig will be on October 3rd 2013 in Sofia's RBF Club. Stay tuned for more information and details.
Source: Pro-Rock Magazine
Few minutes ago BLAZE BAYLEY announced the first leg of his European tour in support of the compilation SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE. It is not a big surprise that the tour will include Bulgaria once again. The date is March 22nd and the venue is 8Ball club. Stay tuned for more information.
Iron Maiden are nominated for Band of the Year at this year's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards! Vote now for your favorite artists, albums and events of 2013 at http://awards.classicrockmagazine.com/ (and you could win stuff too!) Тhe winners will be announced at London's Roundhouse on November 14.
British heavy metal singer Blaze Bayley (ex - IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) will release a career-spanning double-disc collection, "Soundtracks Of My Life", on October 31.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Man Who Would Not Die
02. Ghost In The Machine
03. Stare At The Sun
05. Kill & Destroy
06. Silicon Messiah
07. The Brave
08. The Launch
09. King Of Metal (Remixed by Rick Plester)
10. Rainbow Fades To Black
13. Watching The Night Sky
14. Speed Of Light
15. Soundtrack Of My Life
16. Russian Holiday (acoustic feat. Thomas Zwijsen)
17. Clansman (acoustic feat. Thomas Zwijsen)
18. Voices From The Past
19. Tenth Dimension
20. Blood And Belief
21. 10 Seconds
22. Leap Of Faith
23. Tough As Steel (Blaze version)
24. Comfortable In Darkness
25. Living Someone Elses Life
26. The Day I Fell To Earth
27. Motherfuckers R Us
28. Wonderful Life (SINNERGOD feat. Blaze Bayley)
29. Hatred (new song)
30. Eating Children (new song)
All songs have been remastered by Rick Plester.
Says Blaze: "This double-disc set contains 30 recordings that have been very important to me in my life and 30-year career. Some of the songs included have not been widely available before. I have also had time to write two new songs with Rick Plester (former BLACK SYMPHONY guitarist). The set will come with a 28-page booklet and slipcase. Artwork is by Andreas Sandberg, who also did the artwork for 'King Of Metal'. The release date is October 31st, but pre-orders are available on August 4th."
* Silver package - £15: Album signed
* Gold package - £17: Album signed + your name in CD booklet
* Platinum package - £25: Album signed + your name in CD booklet + 40-page book "Albums Of My LIfe" + your name in book + fridge magnet + button badge + certificate
There will only be 300 copies of the platinum package available. The "Albums Of My Life" book will contain rare photos, tour dates and autobiographical account of the recordings, written by Blaze. This book is only limited to the Platinum package and will not be sold separately afterwards.
'TROOPER'S NIGHT' PARTY - A get-together for several reasons:
• The upcoming Maiden gig in Bucharest (July 24th)
• A chance to see the excellent DREAMHUNT perform a superb Maiden Tribute
• A chance to WIN GREAT PRIZES - *including* a case of Trooper from Ironmaidenbeer.bg & Beers.BG!
VENUE: Rock It! Address: 14 Benkovski Street, Sofia City Center.
TIME: 20:00 (BAND FROM 21:00) - until very, very, very late
Iron Maiden's Saturday Aug 3 show at London's O2 Arena sold out in just 12 mins so a second show has been added on Sunday Aug 4. This will definitely be the band's last UK show this year as soon after they head off for a few selected USA shows before a massive trip around Latin America including headlining Rock in Rio and National Stadiums in Mexico, Chile and Argentina.
Tickets for this second show are available to buy NOW from www.theo2.co.uk, www.axs.com & www.livenation.co.uk and, like the first show, all ticketing will be paperless to protect Maiden fans as much as possible from touting and inflated pricing on the Secondary Ticketing Market.
Bruce Dickinson announced to the 90,000 fans at DOWNLOAD Festival, Donington Park, that Maiden will round off the current 30 date European leg of their MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR in London, with a show at the O2 Arena on Saturday 3rd August.
Iron Maiden wish to ensure that fans get fair and proper access to tickets and do not pay over the actual ticket price by way of touts or the Secondary Ticketing Agencies and therefore this concert will be totally Ticketless (Paperless) Ticketing using the latest Technology.
Ticketless (Paperless) Ticketing means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser's party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue's ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show.
Tickets go on general sale Friday June 28th from www.theo2.co.uk & www.axs.com . There will be an Iron Maiden Fan Club presale – Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June. Details will be on the website soon. Fan Club members will also be eligible in the draw to be First To The Barrier.
Astraeus Airlines, the Gatwick, U.K.-based carrier for which IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson worked as a pilot, went out of business in November 2011 and Dickinson subsequently launched aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, which is based at the Twin Peaks Hangar at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, United Kingdom.
In a brand new interview with The Telegraph, Dickinson says that Cardiff Aviation is in discussions with the Civil Aviation Authority about setting up an airline.
"Subject to approvals, we'll be in the air within the next 50 days," he reveals. "Clearly that fits with the maintenance — both operations need each other."
He adds: "The next stage is rebuilding Astraeus, but with proper governance. The market is ripe for an outsourcing airline that provides extra capacity.
"We want to provide British jobs, British pilots and British-operated aircraft."
According to Dickinson, Cardiff Aviation is now employing 60 to 70 people, with salaries being paid from profits, which Dickinson is proud of.
"We have, at the moment, one full-time maintenance shift, and as we've funded it all ourselves, our costs are nailed to the floor," he says.
"We've identified what I think is a gap in the market, at a time when people are outsourcing in very narrow ways saying we need to send our aeroplanes thousands of miles away from one place to another place for different types of maintenance and painting.
"We are a one-stop shop," he says. "The first thing we did was set up a paint facility, as 70 percent of the work we get is as a result of people saying 'we need to paint an aircraft.'"
Read more from The Telegraph.
Today the European part of "MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR" has started from Bilbao – Spain. Here is the setlist from the first date:
Can I Play with Madness
2 Minutes to Midnight
Afraid to Shoot Strangers
The Number of the Beast
Phantom of the Opera
Run to the Hills
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Fear of the Dark
The Evil That Men Do
It is not a huge surprise that the setlist is not changed from the last year's leg. We will keep you informed for any new information
Beers.Bg and fan club IRON MAIDEN Bulgaria would like to invite you to a Launch Party for IRON MAIDEN's new beer – Trooper
The Party is scheduled for 18.05 (Saturday), Starts: 21:00h at Metal bar The Black Lodge. As you may presume we are loaded with plenty of TROOPER pints and we will add some great music also.
The Trooper beer is deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavours with a subtle hint of lemon. Real depth of character with complex hop notes using a combination of Goldings, Bobec and Cascade Hops.