Iron Maiden have already been announced as headliners of Donnington’s Download Festival, for the purpose will be their only UK tour date of 2016.
Maiden will headline the Sunday night (June 12), and they are the first act being announced for next year’s festival. The show forms the main ‘The Book Of Souls’ tour.
Bruce Dickinson has commented on the love of the festival:
“Download is definitely a special area for us. Not just because it’s always great to try out on home turf but because there’s a totally unique vibe there, it’s ab muscles heart of England as well as Metal, so a fitting area for Iron Maiden!”
“The crowd is obviously fiercely passionate and also the whole band feeds off that famous Donnington energy. We make an effort to deliver a very memorable show for your fans to shut the 2016 Festival. Although this is our sixth time headlining at Castle Donnington, it’s the very first time we’ve had time to land Ed Force One directly on the doorstep.”
“We haven’t determined the set list confirmed and won’t until we start rehearsing but we look forward to playing many new songs live, especially since the recording was much live.”
“However, as it’s been a bit since we got you all, I am sure we’ll include a good amount of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will likely be delighted with what we have under consideration. We are also during creating the brand new show and be assured we are making an effort to bring everyone something spectacular, something with lots of heart!!! You certainly deserve it on your patience.”
Iron Maiden scored a UK top with ‘The Book Of Souls’ a few weeks ago, selling 60,000 copies in their first week. The album was recorded as Dickinson battled cancer. Around the same time, Dickinson told an interviewer he had ‘always regretted’ not punching Axl Rose.
The ‘The Book Of Souls’ tour can be set to look at band to China for the very first time.