Welcome to The Final Frontier.
Hell yeah! Today Iron Maiden officially announced their new album, “The Final Frontier,” as well as a supporting tour, appropriately named “The Final Frontier World Tour.”
Though it's not due until late summer of this year, the band finished work on the new album a few weeks ago according to producer Kevin Shirley, who also worked on Flight 666, Matter Of Life And Death, Dance Of Death, and Brave New World.
The most important thing for a band is to create new music, otherwise you're not valid — you become a parody.
— Janick Gers, Iron Maiden guitarist
The 22-stop North American leg for The Final Frontier World Tour (with Dream Theatre opening) starts June 9th in Dallas and ends July 20th in Washington DC. [Tour Dates]
The European leg for The Final Frontier World Tour includes 6 previously announced dates, with the promise of the band continuing on to “many other countries in 2011.” [Tour Dates]
The setlist for the summer shows is still in development, but according to Bruce, “it will cover the whole history of the band” as well as a few tracks from the new album. I look forward to hearing the new stuff, but I'm more psyched to hear some of the classics just like the Somewhere Back in Time tour.
Meanwhile, to help prevent scalping, tickets will be made available to members of the Iron Maiden Fan Club before they go on sale to the general public, and many of the North American shows will use Ticketmaster Paperless Ticketing which requires you to present the credit card used to purchase tickets and a government issued ID at the show. Props to Maiden for their efforts to help ensure fans can get tickets for a fair price on the primary market.
Scroll down for Iron Maiden Final Frontier World Tour dates for North America and Europe, and for information about how to buy Iron Maiden tickets.
Up the irons!