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The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016 - 2017

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Iron Maiden's intention to tour in support of The Book of Souls was confirmed with the album's announcement on 18 June 2015. The band's touring plans had to be delayed until 2016 to allow vocalist Bruce Dickinson to recover following treatment for a cancerous tumour found on his tongue. The tour was officially announced with a press release on 25 August, which included a general outline of the band's itinerary with specific dates to be confirmed. Starting in February, the band will visit 36 countries throughout North and South America, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, before finishing in Europe in August. The band's dates in China, El Salvador and Lithuania marked their debut visits to those countries, while their South African shows were their first with Dickinson as vocalist (having previously toured there in 1995).

The first dates to be confirmed were the band's shows in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, announced 14 September 2015. On 1 October, the group released their US itinerary, which highlighted their Fort Lauderdale performance as the tour's opening concert, with an additional night in Los Angeles added on 13 October. This was followed by their Central and South American dates on 5 and 6 October, which included the announcement of their first ever performance in El Salvador, their Canadian performances on 8 October and an additional show in Mexico City on 26 October. On 12 January 2016, the band announced their debut performances in China in Beijing and Shanghai, followed by the confirmation of their return to Japan, after an eight year absence, with two nights in Tokyo. The band's debut in El Salvador was reportedly the largest event in the history of the country, with an attendance of 25,000, and the group received a special thanks from the Ministry of Tourism.

As with their 2008, 2009 and 2011 tours, the band travelled on their own aircraft, nicknamed "Ed Force One" after the band's mascot, Eddie, although this time using a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet, provided by Air Atlanta Icelandic, rather than the smaller Boeing 757s which they had previously used. According to Dickinson, a qualified pilot who captained the aeroplane, the larger 747-400 meant that the band were able to travel at faster speeds and for longer periods and were able to carry their equipment without the plane having to undertake extensive modifications, as they had to do with the 757s. Ed Force One carried the band, their crew and over 12 tons of equipment for all of their shows up to and including their concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on 17 June. On 12 March, the plane was involved in a collision with a tow truck on the ground at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, while being towed for refuelling, injuring two ground tug operators as well as damaging the aircraft's undercarriage and two of its engines. The band made contingency plans to ensure that their schedule was unaffected as the repairs were carried out, which Dickinson stated would take two weeks. On 21 March, the band reported that the repairs had been completed and that Ed Force One would rejoin the group for the remainder of the tour.

Opening acts

The Raven Age throughout the tour.
Anthrax in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Poland.
Araña in El Salvador.
Ghost in Berlin, Norway and Denmark.
Opeth in Sweden.
Sabaton in Finland and Slovakia.
Stratovarius in Finland.
Amon Amarth in Finland.

Set

Tying in with the album's title and theme, the stage set was decorated in a manner which mimics Maya architecture. The band's mascot, Eddie, in his Mayan guise from The Book of Souls album cover, appeared at two points during the show: as a walking puppet during "The Book of Souls" and as an inflatable head during "Iron Maiden". In addition, an inflatable goat/devil appeared during "The Number of the Beast".

Setlist

Speaking about the setlist prior to the tour, guitarist Janick Gers stated that the band will play "six or seven" tracks from The Book of Souls and "pepper it with older songs so everybody gets to enjoy the gig." Gers also suggested that "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) would return to the show, following its absence during the Maiden England World Tour 2012-14, and that "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) would also be performed. In an additional interview, Bruce Dickinson revealed that either "Run to the Hills" or The Number of the Beast" (both concert staples from The Number of the Beast) would be excluded.[

The Book of Souls World Tour

If Eternity Should Fail
Speed of Light
Children of the Damned
Tears of a Clown
The Red and the Black
The Trooper
Powerslave
Death or Glory
The Book of Souls
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden

Encore

The Number of the Beast
Blood Brothers
Wasted Years

Notes:

• "Powerslave" and "Children of the Damned" returned to the band's setlist having last been played in 2009.
• Setlist regular "Hallowed Be Thy Name" also returned after its notable absence during the Maiden England World Tour 2012-14.
• This is the first time that "Blood Brothers" and "Wasted Years" have been played as encores, while it is the first time that the latter has been used as a closing song.

Dates

TOUR

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 Ft. Lauderdale, USA BB&T Center

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Friday, 26 February 2016 Tulsa, USA BOK Center

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Sunday, 28 February 2016 Las Vegas, USA Mandalay Bay Events Center

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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 Monterrey, Mexico Teatro Banamex

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Thursday, 03 March 2016 Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace

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Friday, 04 March 2016 Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace

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Sunday, 06 March 2016 San Salvador, El Salvador Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez

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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 San Juan, Costa Rica Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel

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Friday, 11 March 2016 Santiago, Chile Estadio Nacional

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Sunday, 13 March 2016 Cordoba, Argentina Estadio Mario Kempes

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Velez Sarsfield

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil HSBC Arena

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Saturday, 19 March 2016 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Esplanada Do Mineirao

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 Brasilia, Brazil Nilson Nelson Arena

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 Fortaleza, Brazil Arena Castelão

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Saturday, 26 March 2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil Allianz Parque

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 New York, USA Madison Square Garden

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Friday, 01 April 2016 Montreal, Canada Bell Centre

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Sunday, 03 April 2016 Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 Detroit, USA Palace Of Auburn Hills

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Chicago, USA United Center

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Friday, 08 April 2016 Edmonton, Canada Rexall Place

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Sunday, 10 April 2016 Vancouver, Canada Rogers Arena

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Monday, 11 April 2016 Tacoma, USA Tacoma Dome

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 Denver, USA Pepsi Center

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Friday, 15 April 2016 Los Angeles, USA The Forum

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Saturday, 16 April 2016 Los Angeles, USA The Forum

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Friday, 29 April 2016 Christchurch, New Zealand Horncastle Arena

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Sunday, 01 May 2016 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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Friday, 06 May 2016 Sidney, Australia Allphones Arena

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Monday, 09 May 2016 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 Adeliade, Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre

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Saturday, 14 May 2016 Perth, Australia Perth Arena

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 Cape Town, South Africa Grand Arena

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Saturday, 21 May 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg Carnival City Festival Lawns

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Friday, 27 May 2016 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Revier Festival
Sunday, 29 May 2016 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Berlin, Germany The Waldbuehne

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Friday, 03 June 2016 Lucerne, Switzerland Sonisphere Allmend Rockt
Sunday, 05 June 2016 Vienna, Austria Rock In Vienna Festival
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 Arnhem, The Netherlands Gelredome

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Friday, 10 June 2016 Paris, France Download Festival
Sunday, 12 June 2016 Donington, UK Download Festival
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena

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Friday, 17 June 2016 Ullevi, Sweden Ullevi Stadium

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Sunday, 19 June 2016 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Herning, Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 Kaunas, Lithuania Zalgirio Arena

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Saturday, 25 June 2016 Moscow, Russia Olimpiyskiy

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 Hameenlinna, Finland Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto

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Friday, 01 July 2016 Sopron, Hungary Volt Festival

Sunday, 03 July 2016 Wroclaw, Poland Wroclaw Stadium

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 Prague, Czech Republic Eden Arena

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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 Zilina, Slovakia Zilina Airport

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Saturday, 09 July 2016 Viveiro, Spain Resurrection Festival

Monday, 11 July 2016 Lisbon, Portugal MEO Arena

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 Madrid, Spain Barclaycard Center

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Thursday, 14 July 2016 Seville, Spain Olimpic Stadium

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Saturday, 16 July 2016 Barcelona, Spain Rock Fest

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 Nyon, Switzerland Paleo Festival

Friday, 22 July 2016 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum

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Sunday, 24 July 2016 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome Sonisphere

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 Trieste, Italy Piazza Dellà Unita D'Italia

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 Split, Croatia Spaladium Arena

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Saturday, 30 July 2016 Bucharest, Romania Constitution Square

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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air

Saturday, 22 April 2017 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis

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Monday, 24 April 2017 Oberhausen, Germany König-Pilsener-Arena

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 Oberhausen, Germany König-Pilsener-Arena

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Friday, 28 April 2017 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 Hamburg, Germany Barclaycard Arena

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 Nottingham, UK Motorpoint Arena

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 Dublin, Ireland Dublin 3Arena

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Monday, 08 May 2017 Manchester, UK Arena

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 Sheffield, UK Arena

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 Leeds, UK First Direct Arena

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 Newcastle, UK Metro Radio Arena

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 Glasgow, Scotland SSE Hydro Arena

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 Aberdeen, Scotland AECC GE OIL & GAS Arena

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 Liverpool, UK Echo Arena

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 Birmingham, UK Barclaycard Arena

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 Cardiff, Wales Motorpoint Arena

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 London, UK O2 Arena

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 London, UK O2 Arena

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 Bristow, USA Jiffy Lube Live

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 Philadelphia, USA Wells Fargo Center

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 Newark, USA Prudential Center

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Friday, 09 June 2017 Charlotte, USA PNC Music Pavilion

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 Tampa, USA Amalie Arena

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 Nashville, USA Bridgestone Arena

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 Tinley Park, USA Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

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Friday, 16 June 2017 St Paul, USA XCEL Energy Center

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Monday, 19 June 2017 Oklahoma City, USA Chesapeake Arena

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 Houston, USA Toyota Center

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Friday, 23 June 2017 Dallas, USA American Airlines Center

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 San Antonio, USA AT&T Center

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 Albuquerque, USA Isleta Amphitheater

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 Phoenix, USA Talking Stick Resort Arena

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 San Bernardino, USA San Manuel Amphitheater

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Monday, 03 July 2017 Las Vegas, USA T-Mobile Arena

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 Oakland, USA Oracle Arena

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Friday, 07 July 2017 Salt Lake City, USA Usana Amphitheater

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 Lincoln, USA Pinnacle Bank Arena

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 Kansas City, USA Sprint Center

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 St Louis, USA Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 Toronto, Canada Budweiser Stage

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 Quebec City, Canada Videotron Center

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 Mansfield, USA Xfinity Center

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Friday, 21 July 2017 Brooklyn, USA Barclays Center

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 Brooklyn, USA Barclays Center

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