|Tour by Iron Maiden|
|Associated album||Dance of Death|
|Start date||19 October 2003|
|End date||8 February 2004|
|No. of shows||53 (55 Scheduled)|
|Iron Maiden concert chronology|
The Dance of Death World Tour was a concert tour by heavy metal band Iron Maiden in support of their thirteenth studio album, Dance of Death. The group's eighth live record, Death on the Road , was recorded in Dortmund.
The tour was subject to a short number of cancellations, with the band's shows in Wrocław, Rotterdam and Helsinki being postponed while lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson recovered from flu and laryngitis.On top of this, the group's second show in New York was cut short after one audience member dropped a beer on the soundboard, while the final concert was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
|19 October 2003||Debrecen||Hungary||Phoenix Hall|
|21 October 2003||Banská Bystrica||Slovakia||Bystrica Sports Hall|
|22 October 2003||Prague||Czech Republic||T-Mobile Arena|
|24 October 2003||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|25 October 2003||Stuttgart||Schleyerhalle|
|27 October 2003||Assago||Italy||Filaforum|
|28 October 2003||Florence||Nelson Mandela Forum|
|30 October 2003||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|Thonex||Salles Des Fetes|
|1 November 2003||Badalona||Spain||Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona|
|2 November 2003||Madrid||Palacio Vistalegre|
|4 November 2003||Frankfurt||Germany||Jahrhunderthalle|
|5 November 2003||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy (rescheduled)|
|7 November 2003||Wrocław||Poland||Centennial Hall (rescheduled)|
|10 November 2003||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Arena (rescheduled)|
|12 November 2003||Copenhagen||Denmark||Valby-Hallen|
|14 November 2003||Stockholm||Sweden||Globen Arena|
|15 November 2003||Gothenburg||Scandinavium|
|17 November 2003||Hanover||Germany||Eilenriedehalle|
|18 November 2003||Berlin||Treptow Arena|
|20 November 2003||Leuven||Belgium||Brabenthal|
|22 November 2003||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|24 November 2003||Dortmund||Germany||Westfalenhalle|
|26 November 2003||Hamburg||Sporthalle|
|27 November 2003||Leipzig||Arena|
|28 November 2003||Wrocław||Poland||Centennial Hall|
|29 November 2003||Paris||France||Le Zénith (rescheduled)|
|1 December 2003||Dublin||Ireland||The Point|
|3 December 2003||Newcastle upon Tyne||England||Telewest Arena|
|4 December 2003||Nottingham||Nottingham Arena|
|6 December 2003||Sheffield||Hallam FM Arena|
|8 December 2003||Glasgow||Scotland||SECC|
|9 December 2003||Manchester||England||MEN Arena|
|12 December 2003||London||Earls Court|
|13 December 2003||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy|
|15 December 2003||Cardiff||Wales||Cardiff International Arena|
|16 December 2003||Birmingham||England||NEC Arena|
|18 December 2003||Metz||France||Galaxie Amnéville|
|21 December 2003||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Areena|
|11 January 2004||Buenos Aires||Argentina||José Amalfitani Stadium|
|13 January 2004||Santiago||Chile||Pista Atlética|
|16 January 2004||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Claro Hall|
|17 January 2004||São Paulo||Estádio do Pacaembu|
|20 January 2004||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre|
|21 January 2004||Quebec City||Colisée Pepsi|
|23 January 2004||New York||United States||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|24 January 2004|
|26 January 2004|
|27 January 2004||Hammerstein Ballroom (cancelled)|
|30 January 2004||Los Angeles||Universal Amphitheatre|
|31 January 2004|
|5 February 2004||Sapporo||Japan||Hokkaido Kosei Nenkin Hall|
|7 February 2004||Osaka||Osaka-Castle Hall|
|8 February 2004||Saitama||Saitama Super Arena|
Throughout the tour, the stage was decorated to look like a medieval castle, with two towers on either side of the runways, featuring Grim Reaper statues and a castle gate between them for the opening song. The stage floor was decorated to look like a twelve-point star, identical to the one featured in the Dance of Death artwork.
The tour was notable for its extensive use of props and other theatrics. Bruce Dickinson would begin "Dance of Death" from a throne on the left podium, wearing a cape and two Venetian masks, and would later sport a Grim Reaper cloak.Paschendale would begin with battlefield sound effects reminiscent of the First World War, during which the road crew, dressed in military uniform, would place dead bodies and barbed wire around the set, and Bruce Dickinson would recite (pre-recorded) the first two stanzas of "Anthem for Doomed Youth" by Wilfred Owen.
A giant Eddie would appear from the back of the set during "Iron Maiden", wearing a cloak and wielding a scythe. The walk-on Eddie would also appear as the Grim Reaper during "The Number of the Beast."
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Dance of Death is the thirteenth studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released first in Japan on 2 September and then 8 September 2003 in the rest of the world excluding North America. The album was recorded on magnetic (analogue) tape.
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"Flight of Icarus" is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was their eighth single, the first from their fourth studio album, Piece of Mind (1983), and their first in the United States, where it was one of their few with substantial airplay, peaking at a personal best No. 8 on the Billboard Top Album Tracks chart. It was a lesser success in the UK, peaking at No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart.
Somewhere Back in Time World Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden in 2008 and 2009, focused on the band's 1980s material, in particular songs from Powerslave, Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The tour tied in with the second part of the DVD series, entitled "The History of Iron Maiden", and prompted the release of a new greatest hits compilation, Somewhere Back in Time.
A Matter of Life and Death and A Matter of the Beast were two concert tours by Iron Maiden from 2006 to 2007. The first tour was unique, as the set list primarily consisted of the band's most recent release, A Matter of Life and Death, in its entirety, although this got a mixed response from audiences. Unusually, the first leg didn't include "The Number of the Beast", a song which Iron Maiden had previously played on every tour since its inception. The second part of the tour, in celebration of The Number of the Beast's 25th anniversary, saw the band playing four songs from said album as well as five from A Matter of Life and Death.
Eddie Rips Up the World Tour was a concert tour by Iron Maiden in 2005 based on bringing back rarities from the first four Iron Maiden albums for the younger audience, brought about by the band's 2004 DVD The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days.
The World Slavery Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden in support of their fifth album, Powerslave, beginning in Warsaw, Poland on 9 August 1984 and ending in Irvine, California on 5 July 1985. The tour was notorious for being the band's most arduous to date- although it was very successful, the band were left exhausted by its end in 1985 and demanded a break for the rest of the year before starting work on Somewhere In Time in 1986. The band's lead vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, has since explained that "I never thought it was going to end ... I began to feel like I was a piece of machinery, like I was part of the lighting rig." Overall, the tour lasted 331 days, during which the band performed 189 gigs, the longest tour dates of their career. The tour also saw the band play to one of the largest crowds of their career, approximately 350,000 people at the first edition of the Brazilian rock festival, Rock in Rio in 1985.
The World Piece Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 2 May 1983 to 18 December 1983. The tour was in support of the band's fourth album Piece of Mind.
The X Factour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden which took place from 28 September 1995 to 7 September 1996. It was their first tour with vocalist Blaze Bayley, who debuted on The X Factor album. The opening acts on varying dates of the tour included Psycho Motel, Fear Factory and My Dying Bride.
The Real Live Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 25 March 1993 to 28 August 1993. It was the last tour which featured lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson before his return to the band in 1999, leaving to pursue a solo career, his final shows taking place at Pinewood Studios and filmed for the live video, Raising Hell.
The Beast on the Road was a 1982 tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden in support of the album, The Number of the Beast. It is one of Iron Maiden's longest tours to date, only surpassed in length by the World Slavery Tour, comprising 188 dates in 18 countries taking place over ten months.
The Killer World Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 17 February 1981 to 15 November 1981. This would be the band's first world tour, including their debut shows in North America and Japan where they recorded the live release, Maiden Japan. On top of this, the band moved into larger venues in the United Kingdom, including the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
The Brave New World Tour by Iron Maiden began on 2 June 2000 and ended on 19 January 2001. It supported their 2000 album Brave New World that marked the return of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith. In Europe, the tour was called Metal 2000. The initial batch of dates included just one in Iron Maiden's homeland. "Everybody in the band would like to do a thirty-date tour of 1,500-2,000-seaters," maintained Bruce Dickinson, "but we've got a tour booked in Europe this summer and we will be playing to over two million people in two months. Newbridge Memorial Hall will have to wait for a while!"
The Final Frontier World Tour was a concert tour by Iron Maiden in support of the band's 15th album, The Final Frontier, which began on 9 June 2010 in Dallas and ended in London, England on 6 August 2011. The tour was announced on the band's official website on 5 March 2010 under the following statement:
"Iron Maiden are pleased to announce that their forthcoming new studio album will be called 'The Final Frontier', and is expected be released late summer of this year.
The announcement comes with news of a North American Tour with Very Special Guests Dream Theater to open in Dallas, Texas, on 9th June and finish in Washington, D.C. on 20th July, making it Maiden's most extensive North American tour in many years.
Following these shows in USA and Canada The Final Frontier World Tour will travel back to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011."
The Legacy of the Beast World Tour is an ongoing concert tour by Iron Maiden, named after the comic and mobile game released by the band in 2017. Described as a "history/hits tour", Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood has revealed that the concerts and stage design will feature "a number of different but interlocking ‘worlds’ with a setlist covering a large selection of 80s material with a handful of surprises from later albums."