Iconic British metal act Iron Maiden will be joining forces with thrash metal legends Megadeth for a string of seven US tour dates this September. Lasting a total of 11 days, the tour will culminate during a final show in San Bernardino, California on September 13. Apart from Iron Maiden and Megadeth, "The Battle Of San Bernandino" will also feature thrash veterans Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sweedish power metal giants Sabaton.
The tour will kick off in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 3 and will also see the Maiden taking on Nashville two days later, where they haven't performed in almost 20 years. Once all the seven dates are complete, the group will head southbound for a performance at the globally renowned Rock in Rio festival in Brazil on September 22.
"As Maiden fans know, we're going back to Brazil to headline Rock In Rio again, so we thought that on our way down south we should certainly stop off and do a few more shows in the U.S if we possibly could. We especially wanted to try and play some more cities we've not visited for a while, so we're really excited about seeing our fans again in places we've not been to in over a decade, and in some cases over two decades, and for our first-ever visit to Raleigh! We'll be bringing with us the same full production we had on the Maiden England tour in North America last year so fans can expect to see the huge lightshow, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and all kinds of other exciting stuff," stated the frontman Bruce Dickinson.
Bassist Steve Harris shared an equal amount of enthusiasm, adding that the band is aware how popular the "History Of Maiden" tours are among the fans of all ages.
"We had a huge amount of fun with the setlist for this Maiden England tour when we opened in North America last year as we got to play songs we had not played in a very long time, like 'Seventh Son', 'The Prisoner' and 'Afraid To Shoot Strangers', as well as fan favorites like 'The Trooper', 'Aces High', 'The Clairvoyant', 'The Number Of The Beast', 'Wasted Years' and 'Run To The Hills'. That opening leg of the tour was so enjoyable for the whole band, we're really looking forward to coming back to see our fans again and a lot of new faces too!"
You can check out the full list of US tour dates below. Tickets will go on sale on April 12 for the Las Vegas and San Bernardino shows, April 13 for the Raleigh, Nashville, St Louis and Austin performances and May 17 for the Kansas City concert.
09/03 - Raleigh - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
09/05 - Nashville - Bridgestone Arena
09/07 - Kansas City - Sprint Center
09/08 - St Louis - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/10 - Austin - Austin 360 Amphitheater
09/12 - Las Vegas - Mandalay Bay Events Center
09/13 - San Bernardino - San Manuel Amphitheatre