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Iron Maiden Uses Illegal Downloads to Map Out Tour Schedule

Iron Maiden Uses Illegal Downloads to Map Out Tour Schedule

Reports suggest that Iron Maiden planned their South American shows using MusicMetric’s analysis of illegal downloads in the area in an attempt to transform non-paying fans into paying ones.

As Musicmetric’s CEO put it, “If you know what drives engagement you can maximize the value of your fan base. Artists could say, ‘We’re getting pirated here, let’s do something about it,’ or ‘We’re popular here, let’s play a show.’ If you engage with fans, there is a chance to turn a percentage into paying customers. You can see that through various bands using the BitTorrent network in a legal way to share content.”

According to Torrentfreak’s original report, this approach has had some immediate financial benefits for the metal overlords. Making note of prevalent piracy across Brazil and Chile, the band decided to focus on South America during its latest tour, which included its first-ever visit to Paraguay. The result? A string of sold-out shows.

However, original source CITEworld have now retracted their story, reporting the following:

“Due to writer error, an original version of this article stated that Iron Maiden used MusicMetric’s analysis to plan its South American tours. MusicMetric did not work directly with Iron Maiden. The analysis described in this article was carried out without the band’s participation or knowledge, and we have no confirmation that the band ever saw or used it. CITEworld deeply regrets this error, and we apologize to our readers.”

Whether or not the band did this deliberately, who knows, but it seems to be paying off either way.

[Note: This does not mean that you should start aggressively torrenting your favorite artists in an attempt to lure them to your hometown. That would be bad.]

Metallica, Iron Maiden Headline the Return of Sonisphere

Metallica, Iron Maiden Headline the Return of Sonisphere

Heavy metal heroes Metallica and Iron Maiden are set to play their only UK shows next year with headlining slots at legendary rock festival Sonisphere.

The Knebworth event was cancelled two years in a row, but is set to return next year and will mark the 40th year of rock n roll celebrations held in the grounds of the iconic Knebworth House.

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said in a statement: “We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.”

Metallica’s drummer, and, apparently, the official spokesperson of the band, Lars Ulrich (because, let’s face it, when has any other member of Metallica ever said anything?) also commented on their upcoming appearance, saying, “This just works on all fronts: Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.”

He continued: “To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindf–k. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honour, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.”

He also explained that Metallica fans will be able to vote on the band’s set list:

“And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.”

Sonisphere 2014 is set to take place in Knebworth Park between July 4th and 6th 2014.

A spokesperson for the event commented, “During our two-year absence we’ve continued to believe in and work hard on Sonisphere. We said in 2013 that if we had the right line-up then we would be back, and that’s exactly what we’ve got in 2014. The omens were obviously on our side when we secured the two biggest and best metal acts of all time in the year that also brings the 40th anniversary of the first concert at Knebworth.”

Rock on, Knebworth.

Iron Maiden, Megadeth Squeeze in U.S. Tour in September

Iron Maiden, Megadeth Squeeze in U.S. Tour in September

Iron Maiden and Megadeth will head out on a brief tour this fall to bring the rock around America.

The seven-date tour will kick off September 9 at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C., which will be the first time Maiden has ever played that town. The tour will conclude about a week and a half later when both bands appear at the Battle of San Bernardino on September 13. Other cities on the tour include Nashville; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Austin, Texas and Las Vegas.

The San Bernardino, Calif. festival will be held at the San Manuel Amphitheater in the city, and also will feature Anthrax, Overkill, Testament and Sabaton. Perhaps appropriately, the show will happen on Friday 13.

This isn’t the only festival Iron Maiden will be playing this year, as they’ll also be making a previously announced appearance at the Rock in Rio Festival in Brazil on September 22. That event sold out all 70,000 tickets in a matter of hours. Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has a quote for us from a statement about the tour.

“As Maiden fans know, we’re going back to Brazil to headline Rock In Rio again, so we thought that on our way down south we should certainly stop off and do a few more shows in the U.S,” he said. “We especially wanted to try and play some more cities we’ve not visited for a while, so we’re really excited about seeing our fans again in places we’ve not been to in over a decade, and in some cases even longer! We hope they will remember us!”

I love the excitement these bands try to pack into their packaged press release quotes. Dickenson tried to top himself by adding even more exclamation points:

“We can’t wait to launch the Battle of San Bernardino for our Southern California fans! It really will be a day to remember for south Cal Metal fans. Friday 13, 13 too! Double Trouble!!”

I should’ve know I didn’t even have to mention the Friday the 13 part above.


Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden Sign on for Rock in Rio

Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Iron Maiden Sign on for Rock in Rio

Next year’s incarnation of the Rock in Rio festival is already shaping up to be a great one with the announcement of headliners Metallica, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen.

“We’re back with another show announcement and unlike last week’s posting, we’re giving you almost [a] whole year’s notice!!” Metallica posted on its official website. “We are super psyched to be returning to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for our sixth Rock in Rio. How’s that for advanced planning?!”

Next year’s festival will take place September 19-22, 2013. Metallica will headline on September 19, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the following night and Iron Maiden will do the honors on September 22. Of course, we can expect many more lineup announcements between now and next September.

The “unlike last week’s posting” portion of the Metallica writing refers to the band’s upcoming headlining spot at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans later this month. The band announced earlier this week that they would fill in for Green Day, who had to cancel their appearance after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said he would enter rehab for substance abuse after a well-publicized rant at the iHeartMusic Festival last month.

Metallica will perform on Saturday, October 27 at the Voodoo festival, which also features Jack White, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Skrillex and the Avett Brothers, among many more.

The NME reports that Brazilian residents will be able to purchase tickets for the 2013 Rock in Rio festival beginning October 23. International residents, however, will have to wait until April of next year.

This announcement is just the next in a string of 2013 shows announced by Iron Maiden. The metal legends have also already announced a number of European festival dates for June and July of next year.

LMFAO, Norah Jones, Iron Maiden Featured at 2012 Ottawa BluesFest

LMFAO, Norah Jones, Iron Maiden Featured at 2012 Ottawa BluesFest

An extremely eclectic lineup has been announced for this year’s Ottawa Blues Festival, and includes LMFAO, Norah Jones and Iron Maiden, among many others.

Now technically known as the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, the festival will be held in Ottawa from July 4-15. According to the official website of the festival, this year’s festival will be “Electrofied.”

Other notable acts playing the festival include Lauryn Hill, Skrillex, Mastodon, Alice Cooper, the Hold Steady, John Mellencamp, Seal, Billy Bragg and David Gray. Of course, the festival would not be complete without a slew of Canadian artists. This year’s local artists include Nickelback, Metric, K’naan, City and Colour and Weeknd.

This year’s festival will go “cashless,” which means festival goers will receive a “Bluesband” that can be charged with money and can be used like a debit card while at the festival. Funds on the bands that remain unused at the end of the festival will be refunded.

Last year’s Ottawa Bluesfest was marred by a stage collapse caused by a wind storm while Cheap Trick played the festival. Fortunately no one was killed in the incident, though five injuries were reported, and one was serious. Speaking to CTV news, Bluesfest executive Mark Monahan addressed the issue and said that the festival has hired an “independent engineer” from Toronto that specializes in outdoor structures.

“[The engineer] is going to be giving us sort of a stamp of approval on all the setup for the infrastructures in the park,” Monahan said. He added that an independent weather service will provide “very accurate” weather updates throughout the festival.

A Canadian Ministry of Labour investigation into the incident is currently under review by lawyers. After the review, it will be determined if any legal action will be taken concerning the incident. There is as of yet no word on how long the review will take.

Iron Maiden Grab Alice Cooper, Coheed and Cambria for Summer Tour

Iron Maiden Grab Alice Cooper, Coheed and Cambria for Summer Tour

Iron Maiden will spend most of this summer on the road in North America, and they’re bringing Alice Cooper and Coheed and Cambria along for the ride.

The tour will kick off in Charlotte, N.C. on June 21 and will continue through August 18, when it will conclude in Houston. In all, there will be 29 shows on the tour, and Alice Cooper will provide support on all dates through July 21, and Coheed and Cambria will meet up with the tour then. Other cities the tour will hit include Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Quebec, Toronto, Detroit, San Francisco, Denver and Dallas.

Dubbed the “Maiden England World Tour,” the tour will resemble, in both production and song selection, the 1988 concert video, “Maiden England.” Frontman Bruce Dickinson explains on the official Iron Maiden website why the group wants to recreate that tour.

“We have great fun playing the “History of Maiden” tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalog,” he said. “It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reactions from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoying seeing the original “Seventh Son Tour” revisited – with many surprises.”

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son was the band’s seventh album, released in 1988, and the tour for that album resulted in the “Maiden England” video. Iron Maiden hasn’t released a studio album since 2010’s The Final Frontier.

Later in the statement, Dickinson reveals what attendees can expect to hear on the new tour.

“Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of “Maiden England,” including some songs we have not played live in a very, very long time, plus other favorites we just know the fans are going to want to hear!”

Iron Maiden Prepares for ‘Final Frontier’

Metal outfit Iron Maiden will be spending their summer sunning in North America supporting their upcoming release entitled “The Final Frontier.” The band will launch the effort on June 9 in Dallas, Texas and run through July 20 closing up shop in Bristow, Virginia. For full Iron Maiden tour dates, checkout the listing below.

Tickets for the upcoming concert dates go onsale on March 20 for US residents and the Canadians get a stab at them a week earlier on March 13. Prog-rock group has been recruited to provide musical support on the upcoming tour.

Iron Maiden is putting the finishing touches on their latest album “The Final Frontier.” The release marks their 15th album and first since 2006s “A Matter of Life and Death.” It is due for release in late-summer. Last year, Iron Maiden released a documentary “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” that mapped the band’s 2008 tour. The film took home the “24 Beats per Second” award in the category of Best Documentary at last year’s SXSW Film Festival.

2010 Iron Maiden Concert Tour
June 2010
9 – Dallas, TX – Center
11 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
14 – Englewood, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
16 – Albuquerque, NM – The Pavilion
17 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
19 – Devore, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
20 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
22 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
24 – Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors Place
26 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
29 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Credit Union Centre
30 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre

July 2010
3 – Toronto, Ontario – The Molson Amphitheatre
7 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
12 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
14 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
15 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
17 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
18 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
20 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live