Iron Maiden to Bring ‘Legacy of the Beast’ Tour to North America
Having wrapped up the European leg of the career-spanning Legacy of the Beast tour in August, Iron Maiden are now setting their sights on North America. Today, they announced a 34-date tour to take place in the summer of 2019.
They'll begin at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on July 18 and conclude Sept. 25 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Tickets for most shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10AM local time, although some dates won't be on sale until noon that day, or on Monday, Nov. 19 at 10AM local time. The Raven Age will serve as the opening act on all shows, and Fozzy will join them for the Sept. 14 date in Los Angeles. You can see the calendar below and get full details, including pre-sale and VIP packages, at Iron Maiden's website.
The Legacy of the Beast tour began in Estonia back in May, with a 16-song set that saw them bread out "Flight of the Icarus" for the first time since 1986. "The Clansman" and "Sign of the Cross," both of which were recorded during the period when Blaze Bayley fronted the band, were also performed for the first time in more than a decade.
Iron Maiden also pulled out the stops for the production, which included a large-scale World War II Spitfire plane flying out over the the stage during "Aces High," which opened the show. "Flight of Icarus" featured lead singer Bruce Dickinson shooting a flamethrower and, during "Iron Maiden," the second-to-last song of the main set, he engaged in a sword fight with Eddie.
“We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show," bassist Steve Harris said in a press release. "We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like ‘Flight of Icarus,’ ‘Sign of the Cross’ and ‘The Clansman’ with songs we know the fans want to hear like ‘The Trooper,’ ‘2 Minutes to Midnight,’ ‘The Number of the Beast,’ ‘Fear of the Dark,’ ‘Run to the Hills,’ ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”
“We’re excited to return to North America and share the Legacy of the Beast Tour with all our friends there!" Dickinson added. "We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year. The production is based on our mobile game The Legacy of the Beast which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds."
"This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs," he continued. "It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during ‘Aces High,’ tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvelous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”
According to manager Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden were intrigued by the idea of not having a tour tied to an album, saying that it "suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie. ... [I]t gives the band a chance to play both new material and the older favorites which we know fans like to hear. It keeps things fresh, not just for the fans but for the band too."
Upon the conclusion of the European leg, the band released a video thanking their fans for coming out and featuring footage of the shows. It's embedded below.
Iron Maiden, Legacy of the Beast Tour Set List
1. “Aces High”
2. “Where Eagles Dare”
3. “2 Minutes to Midnight”
4. “The Clansman”
5. “The Trooper"
7. “For the Greater Good of God”
8. “The Wicker Man”
9. “Sign of the Cross”
10. “Flight of Icarus”
11. “Fear of the Dark”
12. “Iron Maiden”
13. “The Number of the Beast”
14. “The Evil That Men Do”
15. “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
16. “Run to the Hills”
Iron Maiden, Legacy of the Beast 2019 North American Tour Dates
JUL 18 SUNRISE, FL BB&T CENTER
JUL 20 ATLANTA, GA CELLAIRIS AMPHITHEATER AT LAKEWOOD
JUL 22 CHARLOTTE, NC PNC MUSIC PAVILION
JUL 24 BRISTOW, VA JIFFY LUBE LIVE
JUL 26 BROOKLYN, NY+ BARCLAYS CENTER+
JUL 30 PHILADELPHIA, PA* WELLS FARGO CENTER*
AUG 01 BOSTON, MA XFINITY CENTER
AUG 03 HARTFORD, CT XFINITY THEATRE
AUG 05 MONTREAL, QC BELL CENTRE
AUG 07 QUEBEC CITY, QC VIDEOTRON CENTRE
AUG 09 TORONTO, ON BUDWEISER STAGE
AUG 10 TORONTO, ON BUDWEISER STAGE
AUG 13 BUFFALO, NY KEYBANK CENTER
AUG 15 CINCINNATI, OH RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
AUG 17 PITTSBURGH, PA PPG PAINTS ARENA
AUG 19 NASHVILLE, TN BRIDGESTONE ARENA
AUG 22 TINLEY PARK, IL HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE
AUG 24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE MUSIC CENTER
AUG 26 ST.PAUL, MN* XCEL ENERGY CENTER*
AUG 28 WINNIPEG, MB BELL MTS PLACE
AUG 30 EDMONTON, AB ROGERS PLACE
AUG 31 CALGARY, AB SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME
SEP 03 VANCOUVER, BC PEPSI LIVE AT ROGERS ARENA
SEP 05 TACOMA, WA TACOMA DOME
SEP 06 PORTLAND, OR MODA CENTER
SEP 09 SACRAMENTO, CA GOLDEN 1 CENTER
SEP 10 OAKLAND, CA ORACLE ARENA
SEP 13 LAS VEGAS, NV MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA
SEP 14 LOS ANGELES, CA BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM
SEP 17 PHOENIX, AZ* TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA*
SEP 19 ALBUQUERQUE, NM ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
SEP 21 DALLAS, TX DOS EQUIS PAVILION
SEP 22 HOUSTON, TX THE CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION
SEP 25 SAN ANTONIO, TX AT&T CENTER
*on sale starting noon local time
+on sale starting Mon, Nov 19 at 10AM local time