Iron Maiden threw their hat into the heavy metal ring before the genre was actually defined. They were formed in London back in 1975, and they are together in full force and currently on a tour entitled Legacy of the Beast. It is in full swing overseas in European countries. When it splashes down on North American soil midway through next year, the iconic rockers will be well oiled and ready to put on huge shows in huge venues. Here are recent developments and specifics about the tour.
A look at Iron Maiden’s discography and the Billboard rankings tells the tale of a band that took a very tight grip on the heavy metal industry in the late 1980s, and largely held onto it throughout the 1990s. It was not easy to top the charts in an era when many of the most talented musicians in the music business were pouring their creative energy and spirit into heavy metal music.
1990’s No Prayer for the Dying was an album that embodied the spirit of the group that currently features a half-dozen members and has formerly featured about a half-dozen more. Bruce Dickinson has been at the center of it all for the vast majority of time. He is the lead vocalist heading into a run of shows that are going to put a sizable demand on his substantial talents.
Legacy of the Beast Tour
Unlike many bands who are releasing an album a few weeks or a month before they start a North American tour in 2019, Iron Maiden specifically chose not to have an album linked to this set of shows. The reason being they were seeking true creative freedom when it came to putting together a set list from their library of chart-toppers that are still in the playlist of fans throughout the globe. Releasing an album in advance of a tour typically means that seven or eight songs from the album are immediately taking up exclusive slots on set lists that typically average about 20 songs.
During a recent concert overseas, they played 1983’s Flight of Icarus for the first time live since 1986. Indeed, it is a wonderful time to be a fan of the legendary heavy metal rockers, and an array of 2019 Iron Maiden Legend of the Beast Tour Tickets are available to the general public now.
The BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida seems to pop up on every major tour coming in 2019, and there are many. That’s where the fun begins for this run, and it will stay in The South in the upcoming days with performances in Atlanta, Charlotte and Bristow, Virginia. From there, the tour heads up to the great Northeast for performances at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. After a Boston performance on August 1, the tour will make its way into Canada for four consecutive performances north of the border, two of which will unfold at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto on August 9 and August 10.
The sizable tour will weave throughout the Midwest before visiting Canada once more for four more shows in the western half of the nation. After performances in Calgary and Edmonton on the final days of August and the first days of September, the tour will hang out on the West Coast of the US for performances in Portland, Sacramento, Oakland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix. The Legend of the Beast Tour is currently scheduled to conclude with three Texas shows in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio on September 21, 22 and 25, respectively.