Did Iron Maiden Record A New Album This Year?

There are some unconfirmed rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Iron Maiden have finished a new album. As Blabbermouth pointed out, the band’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley recently shared a recap of 2019 in which he said that he spent a few months in Paris “working very hard on an unnamed but not-very-secret project.” He went on to say that he “finished with a loud ringing in [his] ears.” This news comes after an Italian website called Maiden Concerts previously shared evidence that seemingly proved that all six members of the band, their wives, and Shirley were in Paris at the same time. It also comes after frontman Bruce Dickinson told crowds at recent shows that new music is coming “sooner than you think” and that a new album is essentially a “certainty.”

Bruce Dickinson On The Possibility Of Performing Iron Maiden Songs With An Orchestra: “You Never Know”

According to Eonmusic, Bruce Dickinson discussed the possibility of performing Iron Maiden songs with an orchestra during his spoken word event in Dublin, Ireland. The frontman revealed that the idea came about after he performed at the 50th anniversary celebration for late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra.” Dickinson said the following:

“I did talk to the conductor Paul Mann, and we just very tentatively said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something that might involve some Maiden songs, but only Maiden songs that are really appropriate for doing [with] an orchestra?’ ‘Empire Of The Clouds’ is one of them. So yeah, you never know.”

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Funko To Release New Iron Maiden Pop! Rocks Vinyl Figures

Funko have announced that they will be releasing new Pop! Rocks vinyl figures of Iron Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie. So far, there are four different collectibles including a “Pop! Iron Maiden Eddie,” a “Pop! Killers Eddie,” a “Pop! Number Of The Beast Eddie” and a “Pop! Piece of Mind Eddie.” More are expected to be added later. There is no release date yet, but Funko said they are “coming soon.”

Iron Maiden Add More Dates To 2020 “Legacy Of The Beast” Tour

Iron Maiden have added more dates to their 2020 “Legacy Of The Beast” tour. You can find the band’s updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

05/01 Perth, AUS – RAC Arena (with Killswitch Engage)
05/03 Adelaide, AUS – Entertainment Centre (with Killswitch Engage)
05/05 Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre (with Killswitch Engage)
05/07 Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena (with Killswitch Engage)
05/11 Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena (with Killswitch Engage)
05/13 Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena (with Killswitch Engage)
05/16 Manila, PHL – Pulp Summer Slam
05/19 Tokyo, JAP – Pia Arena MM
05/20 Tokyo, JAP – Pia Arena MM
05/22 Osaka, JAP – TBA
05/27 Dubai, UAE – Coca-Cola Arena
05/30 Tel Aviv, ISR – Bloomfield Stadium (with Orphaned Land)
06/05-07 Tampere, FIN – Rockfest
06/09 Bremen, GER – Buergerweide (with Disturbed & Airbourne)
06/10 Cologne, GER – Rhein–Energie Stadium
06/13 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/15 Belfast, UK – Belsonic Festival
06/18 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Festival
06/20 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell Festival
06/23 Berlin, GER – Waldbuehne (with Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
06/25 Oslo, NOR – Tons of Rock Festival
06/27 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium (with Alter Bridge & Airbourne)
06/30 St Petersburg, RUS – Ice Palace (with Airbourne)
07/02 Moscow, RUS – VTB Arena (with Airbourne)
07/05 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy (with Within Temptation & Lord Of The Lost)
07/07 Prague, CZE – Sinobo Stadium (with Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/09 Weert, NET – Evenemententerrein (with Alter Bridge & Airbourne)
07/11 Paris, FRA – Paris La Defense Arena (with Airbourne & Avatar)
07/16 Wiener, AUT – Stadium Open Air (with Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/18 Stuttgart, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena (with Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/20 Bologna, ITA – Sonic Park (with Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/23 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Nacional (with Within Temptation & Airbourne)
07/25 Barcelona, SPA – Olympic Stadium (with Within Temptation & Airbourne

Iron Maiden Announce Australian/New Zealand Tour With Killswitch Engage

Iron Maiden have announced an Australian/New Zealand tour with Killswitch Engage. Here’s the dates:

05/01 Perth, AUS – RAC Arena
05/03 Adelaide, AUS – Entertainment Centre
05/05 Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre
05/07 Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
05/11 Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
05/13 Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena

Iron Maiden & Robinsons Brewery To Release “Trooper” Mixed Beer Collection Box

Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery have announced that they will be releasing a “Trooper” mixed beer collection box to celebrate selling 25 million pints of beer. The 12-bottle set will come with “Trooper,” “Sun And Steel,” and “Light Brigade,” as well as three limited edition beers: “Trooper 666,” “Red ‘N’ Black,” and “Hallowed.”

Trooper brand manager Sam Kennerley commented:

“Is there any better way to celebrate 25 million pints sold of Trooper than by releasing all of our beers in one collection for the very first time? We are asked daily when we are going to be re-releasing certain beers, so this is an opportunity for fans to get their hands on every beer in our collection to date.”

Notably, “Trooper” beer will also be available via Amazon for the first time. Kennerley added the following about that:

“By having our beers for sale on Amazon and on our own web site, we are enabling more fans to get their hands on the beer. With nationwide distribution, including the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland, Amazon will now reinforce our online presence and help more people enjoy Trooper across the country.”

Fans that order the new box set are expected to get it by November 15.

Indiana Pub Changes Name At Iron Maiden’s Request

According to Courier & Press, the Maidens Brewery & Pub in Evansville, Indiana has undergone a name change due to a request from Iron Maiden. The bar will now be known as Damsel Brew Pub. According to owner John Mills, “there was no lawsuit [and] no bad feelings on either side.” Mills went on to say the original name was chosen due to the brewery’s craft beers, which are named after women:

“A lot of people know about craft beers but don’t drink them. I was trying to help give people something to identify with. So that association with their mom or sister or a woman in their life might make them give it a try.”

[via Blabbermouth]