New year, new tour! What will be Iron Maiden’s destination in 2015?
The Maiden England World Tour stretched over three calendar years in 2012-14, the longest ever Maiden tour in those terms. Since the tour ended, we know that the band has recorded a new album in Paris with producer Kevin Shirley. With the new year ticking, the band should be about to make some announcements…
What can we expect? First of all, manager Rod Smallwood has stated that Iron Maiden intend to tour every year. Which means, gigs should soon be announced.
There have been no believable rumors of European shows this year, which seems very logical in the wake of two consecutive summers on the road in Europe. In addition, official announcements of dates in Europe always start coming towards the end of the year before.
How about the rest of the world? Here’s the only official clue:
Fans have overanalyzed this picture for about a month now…
One thing is obvious, the band admits to having been in the studio (as if we didn’t know). Apart from that bit off confirmation, the sign in the bottom left corner reads “UROTON 51”, which is a rather obvious reshuffling of the phrase “ON TOUR 15”.
One can also note that both the sign and Eddie’s ghostly hand point to the left. That’s west on a map, isn’t it? It’s just a piece of Hervé Monjeaud art, but everything points to a US tour for Iron Maiden in 2015. US summer tours have been announced in late winter on the past couple of occasions, so February is a good guess. Maiden’s last proper tour of North America was back in 2012.
If all of these (and the ever present Trooper ale of course) are real clues, then the ninjas are certainly in the drawing for a reason. It becomes rather impossible to avoid the conclusion that Maiden are returning to Japan, don’t you think? Maiden’s last visit was scheduled for 2011 but had to be cancelled due to the earthquake and tsunami.
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If the band goes to Japan, there’s probably a chance they’ll visit other countries in Asia and Australasia, isn’t it? And then there’s the fact that Rock In Rio celebrates 30 years in September. Maiden have been there several times and performed at the very first one in 1985.
There’s also a question of when the new album will be released. It seems the recording was done in September-November, so even with some remaining overdubs and mixing it should be finished about now. The last time Maiden did an album on a schedule like this was Brave New World, which was released in May 2000. Are we safe to assume the album will be out in the spring, ahead of the next tour?
In short, what do you think is about to happen? 🙂