Iron Maiden have announced the special guests for 'The Final Frontier World Tour' UK dates.
Airbourne will be joining Maiden for all regional shows except Belfast; Dragonforce will support at the Belfast show on Wednesday 3rd August and the London O2 show on Friday 5th August and the brilliant Trivium will support in London at the O2 on Saturday 6th August.
The Dragonforce billing is a major shock as the band have, to our best knowledge, not yet announced a replacement for vocalist ZP Theart who left the band in March 2010.
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Speaking on the addition of their support acts, manager Rod Smallwood said the following: "As our fans know, Maiden like to give them value for money, and we think the addition to different parts of our UK tour of these three tremendous up and coming bands — Airbourne, Dragonforce and Trivium — certainly does that. They will add to what we fully intend to make a series of memorable nights for the fans when we are 'coming home' later in the year for the final climactic round of 'The Final Frontier World Tour'."
Trivium are currently in the studio with producer Colin Richardson working on their fifth studio album and guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy commented: "We couldn't be more honoured and excited to share a stage with the legendary Iron Maiden. This will be Trivium's first UK show in a long time and we'll have a new record under our belts to debut. Lights out, London, for an immense night of metal. Up the irons."
Airtbourne had the following to say: "Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden's hard-working crew and Iron Maiden's hard-rocking crowd are all people who stand up for rock'n'roll the world over and we love and respect them all. We can't wait to open fire upon that hallowed stage. Long live metal, long live Maiden and long live Eddie!"
Herman Li of Dragonforce said: "We are so excited to be playing with the greatest heavy metal band of all time again! We had some of the best times of our careers touring with Maiden back in 2005. Iron Maiden have inspired us tremendously throughout the years and we can't wait to get back on stage to support them in Belfast on August 3rd and for their hometown show on August 5th. Here we go, up the irons!"
The dates are as follows:
Jul. 20 - Scotland, Glasgow - SECC (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Jul. 21 - Scotland, Aberdeen - AECC P&J Arena (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Jul. 23 - England, Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Jul. 24 - England, Sheffield - Motorpoint Arena (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Jul. 27 - England, Nottingham - Trent FM Arena (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Jul. 28 - England, Manchester - MEN Arena (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Jul. 31 - England, Birmingham - NIA (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Aug. 01 - Wales, Cardiff - CIA Arena (w/ AIRBOURNE)
Aug. 03 - Northern Ireland, Belfast - Odyssey (w/ DRAGONFORCE)
Aug. 05 - England, London - O2 Arena (w/ DRAGONFORCE)
Aug. 06 - England, London - O2 Arena (w/ TRIVIUM)