Iron Maiden have announced six dates for 2023 in the UK and Ireland. The Future Past tour will feature previously unperformed songs from the band’s most recent studio album, Senjutsu, along with a focus on 1986’s iconic Somewhere In Time album.
“Following the release of our latest album, Senjutsu, we updated the current Legacy Of The Beast Tour a little by opening the show with the first three songs from it, with the Japanese Palace stage set,” Steve Harris said. “As it doesn’t make a lot of sense to repeat this for a Senjutsu album tour, we thought about other options, and we’ve decided to revisit Somewhere In Time as that tour didn’t feature in the various retrospective history tours we’ve played over the years.
“They were based on our ’80s concert videos, and sadly we did not film that tour (blame the manager!!). We have had lots of requests from fans over the years for many tracks on it, so we are now going to play them, plus of course, a few others we know you will like!
“It will also be particularly satisfying to finally get to play some of the more epic tracks on Senjutsu. It’s been a long wait! 2023 is going to be an exciting time, and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again in the UK, Ireland and around Europe.”
Tickets are on sale from Friday 14 October from https://www.livenation.co.uk with an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden fanclub members.
“This combination of the two albums we feel is very exciting,” Rod Smallwood said. “We know fans want to hear those epic cuts on Senjutsu for the first time live, and we think that combining it with an iconic album like Somewhere In Time it will make for another really special tour for fans old and new!
“Of course, for a new album tour in Europe and the UK, we will go back largely to the relative intimacy of arenas, and we know fans will be very happy about that too.”
The band are currently in North America in the final stages of their spectacular Legacy Of The Beast World Tour, interrupted for two years by Covid with many shows rescheduled twice.
The tour actually started in Tallin, Estonia in May 2018, the first of 139 shows in 33 countries. By the last show in Tampa, Florida on 27 October this year, the band will have played to over three million fans on this epic world tour.
Support on the UK & Ireland tour will be announced at a later date.
Other European shows also announced today are:
Jun 13 – Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland
Jun 19 – Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
Jul 11 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jul 13 – Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
Jul 15 – The Return Of The Gods Festival, Milan, Italy