Next week both Sonisphere UK, Hellfest and possibly Rock Am Ring will launch their headliners. Maiden Revelations gives you some hot tips on where you might see your favorite band Iron Maiden next summer.
OK, let’s get on with the facts first. Manager Rod Smallwood has confirmed that Iron Maiden will tour next summer in a recent interview in the fan club magazine. With that firmly out of the way, let’s have a look at a few key factors we can use as a basis for further touring speculations.
a) We know that Maiden prefers to tour in the summer
b) We know that they like to play festivals to reach as many people in one go as possible. It also comes in handy when production costs are calculated.
c) Festivals are mostly organized on weekends/long weekends, so in order to keep the crew busy and the costs of having the gear on the road, they will need their own in between festival shows, which sometimes can be a stadium, arena or an outdoor show.
d) The band will not have a new album out next year and they’ve already toured extensively with the Maiden England package, so it’s likely to assume that they will hit territories or festivals where they haven’t played in a while.
e) Due to the above factors, it’s also likely to believe that the tour will be relatively short.
So all those things considered, here is a list of potential Iron Maiden appearances next summer and why:
ROCK AM RING / ROCK IM PARK
Where: Nürburg, Germany
Dates: 6. – 8. June
Why: Iron Maiden has played two sold out German tours both in 2011 and 2013, reaching record breaking ticket sales. It’s likely that if they chose to return to Germany next summer, it will be a festival. They have played Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park two times before in 2003 and 2005. The festival normally have a big metal name on the bill and the forums are buzzing with rumors of a Maiden return.
When do we know? The festival announced their Facebook site on November 21st that they will reveal four big ones very soon. Educated guess, first week of December.
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: 12. – 14. June
Why: Copenhell is celebrating their 5 year anniversary next summer. The festival has been growing rapidly over the last years and they will probably do something special next year. Denmark was left out when they toured Scandinavia this summer and due to the fact that they’ve struggled with their own headline shows, they will most likely play a festival. Bearing in mind that they did Roskilde in 2011, Copenhell is a great alternative.
When do we know? No word from official sources on a imminent announcement, but if we’re lucky we will know more before Christmas.
Probability: 65 %
Where: Clisson, France
Dates: 20. – 22. June
Why: The French loves Iron Maiden and after playing both Sonisphere and Bercy in 2013, they will opt for something different in 2014. Hellfest has been a persistent rumor for quite some time. The semi reliable radio host Zegut has written on his blog on several occasions that Maiden is confirmed. The festival is also teasing the next announcement with the title of the Fear of the Dark lead single Be Quick or Be Dead. The festival is also using the slogan “No festival has gathered so many metal legends”. Other rumored headliners are Aerosmith and Black Sabbath. Read more.
When do we know? December 4th.
Where: Knebworth, UK
Dates: 04. – 06. July
Why: Iron Maiden has a long history with Sonisphere. The festival is organized by among others Maiden’s booking extraordinaire John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. The band rarely does a full UK tour when not touring a new album, so that leaves us with the festival option again. They played Download last year, so that rules out that alternative. We know that Sonisphere UK was cancelled in 2012 and didn’t surface last year due to the lack of strong headliner candidates. We know Maiden sold out in 2010, thus making them a good alternative four years later. Reading/Leeds are more indie oriented. Rumors are also running their course on the old world wide web. You heard it on Maiden Revelations first: We strongly believe Sonisphere UK will be headlined by the mighty trio Iron Maiden, Metallica and Black Sabbath. Read more
When do we know? As of today, Sonisphere UKs Facebook says launch in 6 days, so that would give us Monday December 2nd.
Other likely places: Norway got snubbed on the Maiden England tour, likely to get a headline show of some sort. Greece was left out this year too. Bulgaria and Serbia is plausible locations. Italy (Rome?) and Spain are also hot on Iron Maiden. Watch out for the following festivals Forta Rock, Netherlands, Werchter/Pukkel Pop, Belgium, Sziget, Hungary. Add a few arena warm up shows before Rock Am Ring.
And finally, the million dollar question is if they will tour the US? If it turns out that the concept for the next tour will be a new one, we’ve previously speculated if it will be a 90s themed tour, there is a chance that they will head over seas as well. Similar to the 2003 and 2005 ventures. If our assumptions in regards to the above mentioned events turns out to be true, they will spend June and early July in Europe, something that leaves most of July and August open for another leg. The last major tour in the States was Maiden England 2012.
See below for a possible scenario. Feel free to create your own 2014 Tour routing in the comments section. Hope to see you all on tour in 2014. Stay tuned for more info!
IRON MAIDEN INVADES EUROPE 2014?
FRI 6 Germany, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park – IRON MAIDEN
SAT 7 Germany, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park
SUN 8 Germany, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park – IRON MAIDEN
THU 12 Denmark, Copenhell
FRI 13 Denmark, Copenhell – IRON MAIDEN
SAT 14 Denmark, Copenhell
FRI 20 France, Hellfest – IRON MAIDEN
SAT 21 France, Hellfest – BLACK SABBATH
SUN 22 France, Hellfest – AEROSMITH
WED 2 Denmark, Roskilde
THU 3 Denmark, Roskilde
FRI 4 Denmark, Roskilde /UK, Sonisphere – IRON MAIDEN
SAT 5 Denmark, Roskilde / UK, Sonisphere – METALLICA?
SUN 6 Denmark, Roskilde / UK, Sonisphere – BLACK SABBATH?