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The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016

February 24th

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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

 
Date Country Venue City Info Image
24.02.2016 USA BB&T Center Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
26.02.2016 USA BOK Center Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
28.02.2016 USA Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas USA
01.03.2016 Mexico Teatro Banamex Monterrey Mexico
03.03.2016 Mexico Sports Palace Mexico City Mexico
04.03.2016 Mexico Sports Palace Mexico City Mexico
06.03.2016 El Salvador Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez San Salvador El Salvador
08.03.2016 Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa San Jose Costa Rica
11.03.2016 Chilie Estadio Nacional Santiago Chilie
13.03.2016 Argentina Estadio Mario Kempes Cordoba Argentina
15.03.2016 Argentina Estadio Velez Sarsfield Buenos Aires Argentina
17.03.2016 Brazil HSBC Arena Rio De Janeiro Brazil
19.03.2016 Brazil Esplanada Do Mineirao Belo Horizonte Brazil
22.03.2016 Brazil Nilson Nelson Arena Brasilia Brazil
24.03.2016 Brazil Arena Castelão Fortaleza Brazil
26.03.2016 Brazil Allianz Parque Sao Paulo Brazil
30.03.2016 USA Madison Square Garden New York USA
01.04.2016 Canada Bell Centre Montreal Canada
03.04.2016 Canada Air Canada Centre Toronto Canada
05.04.2016 USA Palace Of Auburn Hills Detroit USA
06.04.2016 USA United Center Chicago, Illinois USA
08.04.2016 Canada Rexall Place Edmonton Canada
10.04.2016 Canada Rogers Arena Vancouver Canada
11.04.2016 USA Tacoma Dome Tacoma USA
13.04.2016 USA Pepsi Center Denver, Colorado USA
15.04.2016 USA The Forum Los Angeles USA
16.04.2016 USA The Forum Los Angeles USA
29.04.2016 New Zealand Horncastle Arena Christchurch New Zealand
01.05.2016 New Zealand Vector Arena Auckland New Zealand
04.05.2016 Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane Australia
06.05.2016 Australia Allphones Arena Sidney Australia
09.05.2016 Australia Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Australia
12.05.2016 Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adeliade Australia
14.05.2016 Australia Perth Arena Perth Australia
18.05.2016 South Africa Grand Arena Cape Town South Africa
21.05.2016 South Africa Johannesburg Carnival City Festival Lawns Johannesburg South Africa
26.05.2016 - 28.05.2016 Germany Rock Im Revier Festival Gelsenkirchen Germany
27.05.2016 - 29.05.2016 Germany Rockavaria Festival Munich Germany
31.05.2016 Germany The Waldbuehne Berlin Germany
03.06.2016 Switzerland Sonisphere Allmend Rockt Lucerne Switzerland
05.06.2016 Austria Rock In Vienna Festival Vienna Austria
08.06.2016 The Nethelands Gelredome Arnhem The Nethelands
10.06.2016 France Download Festival Paris France
12.06.2016 United Kingdom Download Festival Castle Donington United Kingdom
15.06.2016 Norway Telenor Arena Oslo Norway
17.06.2016 Sweden Ullevi Stadium Gothenburg Sweden
19.06.2016 Belgium Graspop Festival Dessel Belgium
21.06.2016 Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen Herning Denmark
23.06.2016 Lithuania Zalgirio Arena Kaunas Lithuania
25.06.2016 Russia Olimpyski Stadium Moscow Russia

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