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'Dance Of Death' in stores in September via Columbia Records

Give Me Ed...Til I'm Dead' Summer Tour Confirmed

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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson took the band's headlining performance at the Download festival as an opportunity to announce the long-awaited details of their new album. Iron Maiden are currently performing on their 'Give Me Ed...Til I'm Dead' Tour, headlining dates throughout Europe and the USA.

The new album, entitled 'Dance Of Death,' is the band's thirteenth studio album and is due for release in September 2003. Work began on the album late in 2002 when Iron Maiden reconvened from a break to start putting the album together. They teamed up again with producer Kevin Shirley who co-produced their last album, 'Brave New World,' with Steve Harris. The album was recorded and mixed at Sarm Studios in West London during the spring.

Kevin Shirley has been even more impressed working with Iron Maiden this time round. "The band are so in sync with each other - it's incredible. There is very little friction in the studio, and the sessions couldn't have been any more fun and productive, and they rock so f***ing hard! It all came together well for the finished product, and whatever period in Maiden's history is your favorite, I doubt whether they've all played as together as this before."

Shirley continues, "In the Zeppelin tradition of 'tight but loose', this is a band which moves - pushing the beat, pulling it back, and creating real rock - No click tracks, no ProTools computer tightening and manipulation - what you hear is what they play. Maiden are the last and the best of the naturally moving rock bands."

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is equally as pleased with the results on 'Dance Of Death.' "I think 'Brave New World' was only a stepping stone to what we have managed to achieve on this record for everyone. Recording this album was almost like being back when 'Number Of The Beast' was recorded in that the speed and the energy that went into the writing and recording was phenomenal. Everything has come together on this album and I think everyone that hears this record will be moved in different ways, from the epic sound of songs like 'Paschendale' through to the more heavy tracks like 'Rainmaker' and 'Montsegur.' This album will open a lot of eyes and ears to the world of Iron Maiden."

The full track listing is -

  1. Wildest Dreams
  2. Rainmaker
  3. No More Lies
  4. Montsegur
  5. Dance Of Death
  6. Gates Of Tomorrow
  7. New Frontier
  8. Paschendale
  9. Face in The Sand
  10. Age Of Innocence
  11. Journeyman

The 11 tracks represent the work from all band members including for the first time drummer Nicko McBrain on the track 'New Frontier.'

Another first for the band is that the album has also been mixed to 5.1 Surround which will take those who have 5.1 Home Cinema to a whole new level of hearing the album. Comments Steve Harris, "When I was working with Kevin on the audio for our 'Rock In Rio' DVD the whole 5.1 mixing process really opened my eyes to what could be achieved. I decided there and then that the new album had to be mixed the same way when it was finished. That's not to say that we wrote any specific songs which can only be heard properly in 5.1, I simply wanted to take the listener right into the middle of the studio so they could close their eyes and imagine themselves right there. We've really managed to capture that feeling."

Iron Maiden are also to release their 'Visions Of The Beast' DVD on July 15, 2003. This Double DVD, which runs in excess of three hours, is the definitive chronicle of Iron Maiden through the years and includes many promo clips never previously available. Not only is every video the band has ever made included - 31 in total - but on the DVD version the bonus features include never-before-seen Camp Chaos animated versions of six classic tracks, interactive menus and discographies, and some special hidden extras.

For full information about the album and the full listing for 'Visions Of The Beast' go to www.ironmaiden.com.

Iron Maiden tour dates include:

Monday, July 21st Worcester, MA Centrum Centre
Tuesday, July 22nd Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater
Wednesday, July 23rd Camden, NJ Tweeter Center
Friday, July 25th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Saturday, July 26th Wantagh, NY Tommy Hilfiger/Jones Beach
Tuesday, July 29th Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wednesday, July 30th New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 1st Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi
Saturday, August 2nd Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sunday, August 3rd Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 5th Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Wednesday, August 6th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Friday, August 8th Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Saturday, August 9th Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 10th Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
Wednesday, August 13th Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
Friday, August 15th San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 16th Houston, TX C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
Monday, August 18th El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
Wednesday, August 20th Denver, CO Fiddler's Green
Thursday, August 21st Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Friday, August 22nd Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Sunday, August 24th Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Monday, August 25th Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
Tuesday, August 26th San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Thursday, August 28th San Jose, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Friday, August 29th Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
Saturday, August 30th Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

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