Iron Maiden Guitarist On ‘Maiden England’ Tour/Next Album

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith recently sat down with the Aquarian to talk about the band’s forthcoming North American ‘Maiden England’ tour, as well as what their plans are for the next album. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.

 

The setlist for the impending tour will be made up largely of tracks from Iron Maiden’s classic 1988 album ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.’  “We just thought it’d be fun to revisit that period in time—there were some good songs there,” Smith explained. “It’s just great revisiting some of the songs we haven’t played for a long while.”
 
Smith added that using the ‘Seventh Son setlist’ was also a way of introducing their new fans to their old material. “It keeps us fresh and it’s just, you know, we got a lot of new fans coming on board now, a lot of younger fans who probably never saw or were around when we did that tour. That’s one factor of it for us revisiting that time and I think there’s some good songs from that period, so it’s fun to do.”
 
While the tour’s setlist will feature some post ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ material, no tracks from the bands latest album ‘The Final Frontier’ will be played. “We did ‘The Final Frontier’ tour last year or the year before that in America,” Smith said. “We’re concentrating on kinda the ‘Seventh Son’ period, so we won’t be playing anything off of ‘The Final Frontier,’ no.”
 
Smith continued. “Actually, most of the songs, along with ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ and all that sort of stuff is the older, sort of hits, for lack of a better a word, not that we’ve ever had any hits, but a lot of the well-known songs.”
 
Smith also spoke about what Maiden’s plans were for the follow-up album to ‘The Final Frontier.’ “We’re just focusing on this tour,” he said. “We tend to put all our energy in what we’re doing at the time. We don’t really get together and rehearse songs or anything on the road. We tend to take a bit of time off it and see maybe next year. We haven’t got any plans at the moment but more than likely we’ll be doing something.”

Click here to read the full interview.
 
Iron Maiden begins their ‘Maiden England’ tour tonight (June 21) in Charlotte, N.C. Dates are listed below.
 
Also viewable below is a behind-the-scenes video of Iron Maiden’s preparations for the ‘Maiden England’ tour.
 

 
MAIDEN ENGLAND 2012 TOUR DATES:
w/Alice Cooper:
 
21st June – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
23rd June – Atlanta, GA – Aarons Amphitheatre
26th June – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
27th June – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
29th June – Philadelphia, PI – Susquehanna Bank Center
30th June – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
2nd July – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
5th July – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank
8th July – Quebec, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
11th July – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
13th July – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
14th July – Sarnia, ON – Bayfest
16th July – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
18th July – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Theatre
19th July – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Centre
 
MAIDEN ENGLAND 2012 TOUR DATES:
w/Coheed & Cambria:
 

24th July – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
26th July – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
27th July – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
29th July – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
30th July – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
1st August – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
3rd August – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
6th August – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
9th August – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
12th August – Albuquerque. NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
13th August – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
15th August – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
17th August – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
18th August – Houston, TX – The Woodlands

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