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14th April 2017

iron maiden

When the most powerful man in the world posts threats to other nations on Twitter, the theory that we are living in a real-life episode of The Simpsons becomes less of a joke.

Donald Trump is a prolific Twitter user, making around half-a-dozen Tweets most weekdays and occasionally the US President sparks controversy with his remarks.

The above Tweet provoked over 20,000 responses from mainly appalled American citizens, including Craig Stone‏‏'s response: "Stop ending your tweets with U.S.A. Repeat this in the mirror before tweeting: 'This is not professional wrestling. I am not Hulk Hogan.'"

However, the Tweet that followed it around an hour later fired up a creative spark in a Boston artist.

Mike Denison from Boston, MA is the artist behind the year-long daily Bea Arthur and Betty White themed art projects in which he paid tribute to the Golden Girls actresses, often mashing them up with other popular culture icons including this example:

iron maiden

Upon reading Trump's words last night, Mike produced a string of drawings that reflected the feelings of most of the thread participants, among them this 'Number Of The Beast' album cover parody which Mike Tweeted directly to Trump. There has been no response from the White House at the time of writing.

iron maiden

Iron Maiden's number one album from 1982 was their first release to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson and their last with former drummer, the late Clive Burr.

The album was strongly opposed by social conservatives in the United States, where Maiden were accused of being Satanists. Public burnings of the band's catalogue were organised, although some religious groups smashed the records with hammers for fear of inhaling fumes from burning vinyl.

Iron Maiden's 'The Book Of Souls' Tour resumes with a series of arena shows opening in Sportpalais, Antwerp, Belgium on 22nd April and continuing into Germany, UK and Ireland, finishing with two sold-out shows at London's 02 arena on 27th and 28th May.

Tickets for the UK and some European dates are available from Ticketmaster right here.

The band then flies to the USA for an extensive series of arena and amphitheatre shows including dates in Canada, ending with two nights in Brooklyn, New York on 21st and 22nd July. This is the final leg of 'The Book Of Souls' Tour.

Here's the full list of dates:

22nd April: Belgium Antwerp Sportpalais
24th April: Germany Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsner Arena
25th April: Germany Oberhausen Koenig-Pilsner Arena
28th April: Germany Frankfurt Festhalle
29th April: Germany Frankfurt Festhalle
2nd May: Germany Hamburg Barclaycard Arena
4th May: UK Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
6th May: Ireland Dublin 3Arena
8th May: UK Manchester Arena
10th May: UK Sheffield Arena
11th May: UK Leeds First Direct Arena
14th May: UK Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16th May: UK Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
17th May: UK Aberdeen AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
20th May: UK Liverpool Echo Arena
21st May: UK Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
24th May: UK Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
27th May: UK London 02 Arena
28th May: UK London 02 Arena
3rd June: USA Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live
4th June: USA Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center
7th June: USA Newark NJ Prudential Center
9th June: USA Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion
11th June: USA Tampa FL Amalie Arena
13th June: USA Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena
15th June: USA Chicago IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
16th June: USA Minneapolis MN Xcel Energy Center
19th June: USA Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Arena
21st June: USA Houston TX Toyota Center
23rd June: USA Dallas TX American Airlines Center
24th June: USA San Antonio TX AT&T Center
27th June: USA Albuquerque NM Isleta Amphitheater
28th June: USA Phoenix AZ Talking Stick Resort Center
1st July: USA San Bernardino CA Glen Helen Amphitheater
3rd July: USA Las Vegas NV T-Mobile Arena
5th July: USA Oakland CA Oracle Arena
7th July: USA Salt Lake City UT Usana Amphitheater
9th July: USA Lincoln NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
11th July: USA Kansas City MO Sprint Center
12th July: USA St Louis MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
15th July: CANADA Toronto ON Budweiser Stage
16th July: CANADA Quebec City QB Videotron Center
19th July: USA Mansfield MA Xfinity Center
21st July: USA Brooklyn NY Barclays Center
22nd July: USA Brooklyn NY Barclays Center


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