|Tour by Iron Maiden|
|Start date||1 February 2008|
|End date||2 April 2009|
|No. of shows||90 in total (91 scheduled)|
|Iron Maiden concert chronology|
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 .
The tour was advertised as a way of bringing back the 1980s stage show and forgotten "classics" for an audience of younger fans, not having been born in time to witness the original. Many of the band's songs had not been played in a long time, as much as 21 years in one case, and two of them ("Moonchild" and "Rime of the Ancient Mariner") never having been played by the current line-up. The stage set was based around that of the widely celebrated World Slavery Tour of 1984–85, featuring similar pyrotechnics and the return of the giant mummified Eddie, but also included a lighting rig and cyborg walk-on Eddie based on that of Somewhere on Tour 1986.
The tour would also see the first use of Ed Force One, Iron Maiden's customised Boeing 757, designed to carry band, crew and equipment across continents, which is piloted by the band's lead singer Bruce Dickinson, who also received the qualifications to flight the Boeing 757.The ground breaking nature of the tour led to the documentary entitled Iron Maiden: Flight 666 , released in select cinemas in April 2009, followed by a Blu-ray, DVD and CD release in May and June, which would top the music DVD charts in 25 countries.
The 2008 tour was the second highest grossing of the year for a British artist,with the band reportedly playing to well over than 2 million people worldwide over both years.
The first leg of Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour opened in Mumbai, India on 1 February, and continued through Australia, Japan, Los Angeles and Mexico, followed by concerts in Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico and New Jersey, before finishing in Toronto, on 16 March. Over the 45-day period the band played 23 concerts to over 500,000 fans in 11 countries, flying close to 50,000 miles in the specially refitted plane: Boeing 757, dubbed "Ed Force One" after a competition to name the plane. On this leg of the tour, the Iron Maiden: Flight 666 film was shot.
Concerning concerts in Scandinavia, EMA Telstar announced that the Iron Maiden tour will be the biggest rock tour that any band has ever undertaken in these Nordic regions. Tour promoter Thomas Johansson of EMA Telstar commented:
"We are all very proud to be making history by giving our rock fans the biggest Nordic Rock Tour there has ever been and certainly one of the most spectacular. Maiden is so hugely popular with the Nordic peoples that we wanted to ensure that as many fans as possible got the opportunity to see this very special show next year as we expect demand for tickets to be enormous.",
Maiden had also announced that they would be returning to cities that they hadn't returned to for years. Western Canada is included, as their five city run through Western Canada had sold out the very day they went on sale. Calgary and Regina had sold out in just under an hour. Edmonton sold out completely in a few hours. Winnipeg and Vancouver sold out within two hours. Calgary also had the highest pre-sale ever for the band, in which they sold out half the tickets. Edmonton and Regina were not far behind. Says Dickinson about the results: "We are truly overwhelmed by this response, especially as some of these cities we haven't played in 20 years!! Being Brits we are always very comfortable with Canadians and it will be a great pleasure to get back on the prairies again. It was always a LOUD response there! We look forward to this immensely and hope to give you all a show to remember."Most recently they played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tickets to this show were sold out. During the performance of "Powerslave" the band's instruments lost power for a brief period of time and they passed time by playing football on the stage. Once the equipment was fixed they returned and asked the audience if they should play the last verse of the song or do the next one. The band opted to play the next song which was "Heaven Can Wait". Due to storm damage to the PA and lights at the Metalway Festival in Zaragoza, Spain, Iron Maiden had to cancel their 12 July date. The Metalway Festival in Zaragoza could be rescheduled, but it seems unlikely that Iron Maiden can appear for their fans in Zaragoza. The 15 March presentation, in São Paulo's Race Course, had Iron Maiden's all-time biggest attendance for them as sole performers (not a festival). Bruce Dickinson announced to the crowd that "100.000 fans" were at the venue.
The opening bands on the tour were:
(Credits taken from the official tour programme.)
|Asia & Oceania (Leg #1)|
|1 February 2008||Mumbai||India||Bandra-Kurla complex|
|4 February 2008||Perth||Australia||Burswood Dome|
|6 February 2008||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena|
|7 February 2008|
|9 February 2008||Sydney||Acer Arena|
|10 February 2008|
|12 February 2008||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|15 February 2008||Yokohama||Japan||Yokohama Pacifico|
|16 February 2008||Chiba||Makuhari Messe|
|North America and South America (Leg #1)|
|19 February 2008||Inglewood||United States||The Forum|
|21 February 2008||Zapopan||Mexico||Auditorio Telmex|
|22 February 2008||Monterrey||Monterrey Arena|
|24 February 2008||Mexico City||Foro Sol|
|26 February 2008||San José||Costa Rica||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa|
|28 February 2008||Bogotá||Colombia||Simón Bolívar Park|
|2 March 2008||São Paulo||Brazil||Estádio Palestra Itália|
|4 March 2008||Curitiba||Pedreira Paulo Leminski|
|5 March 2008||Porto Alegre||Gigantinho|
|7 March 2008||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry|
|9 March 2008||Santiago||Chile||Pista Atletica|
|12 March 2008||San Juan||Puerto Rico||Coliseo de Puerto Rico, José Miguel Agrelot|
|14 March 2008||East Rutherford||United States||Izod Center|
|16 March 2008||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre|
|North America (Leg #2)|
|21 May 2008||Selma||United States||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|22 May 2008||The Woodlands||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|25 May 2008||Albuquerque||Journal Pavilion|
|26 May 2008||Phoenix||Cricket Wireless Pavilion|
|28 May 2008||Concord||Sleep Train Pavilion|
|30 May 2008||Irvine||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|31 May 2008|
|2 June 2008||Auburn||White River Amphitheatre|
|3 June 2008||Vancouver||Canada||Pacific Coliseum|
|5 June 2008||Calgary||Saddledome|
|6 June 2008||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|8 June 2008||Regina||Brandt Centre|
|9 June 2008||Winnipeg||MTS Centre|
|11 June 2008||Rosemont||United States||Allstate Arena|
|12 June 2008||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center|
|14 June 2008||Holmdel||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|15 June 2008||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|17 June 2008||Camden||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|18 June 2008||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|20 June 2008||Mansfield||Comcast Center|
|21 June 2008||Montreal||Canada||Parc Jean-Drapeau|
|Europe (Leg #3)|
|27 June 2008||Bologna||Italy||Gods of Metal|
|29 June 2008||Dessel||Belgium||Graspop Metal Meeting|
|1 July 2008||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|2 July 2008|
|5 July 2008||London||England||Twickenham Stadium|
|9 July 2008||Lisbon||Portugal||Super Bock Super Rock|
|11 July 2008||Mérida||Spain||Via de la Plata Festival|
|16 July 2008||Stockholm||Sweden||Stockholm Olympic Stadium|
|18 July 2008||Helsinki||Finland||Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
|19 July 2008||Tampere||Ratina Stadion|
|22 July 2008||Trondheim||Norway||Lerkendal Stadion|
|24 July 2008||Oslo||Valle Hovin|
|26 July 2008||Gothenburg||Sweden||Ullevi Stadium|
|27 July 2008||Horsens||Denmark||Godsbanepladsen|
|31 July 2008||Wacken||Germany||Wacken Open Air|
|2 August 2008||Athens||Greece||Terra Vibe Park|
|4 August 2008||Bucharest||Romania||Cotroceni Stadium|
|7 August 2008||Warsaw||Poland||Gwardia Stadium|
|8 August 2008||Prague||Czech Republic||Synot Tip Arena|
|10 August 2008||Split||Croatia||Stadion Poljud|
|12 August 2008||Budapest||Hungary||Sziget Festival|
|14 August 2008||Basel||Switzerland||St. Jakobshalle|
|16 August 2008||Assen||Netherlands||TT Circuit Assen|
|19 August 2008||Moscow||Russia||Olimpiyskiy Arena|
|Europe (Leg #4)|
|10 February 2009||Belgrade||Serbia||Belgrade Arena|
|Asia & Oceania (Leg #4)|
|13 February 2009||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Media City Amphitheatre|
|15 February 2009||Bangalore||India||Palace Grounds|
|20 February 2009||Auckland||New Zealand||Mount Smart Stadium|
|22 February 2009||Christchurch||Westpac Arena|
|North America and South America (Leg #4)|
|25 February 2009||Monterrey||Mexico||Estadio Universitario|
|26 February 2009||Guadalajara||Arena VFG|
|28 February 2009||Mexico City||Foro Sol|
|3 March 2009||Alajuela||Costa Rica||Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto|
|5 March 2009||Caracas||Venezuela||Poliedro de Caracas|
|7 March 2009||Bogota||Colombia||Simon Bolivar Park|
|10 March 2009||Quito||Ecuador||Estadio Aucas|
|12 March 2009||Manaus||Brazil||Sambodromo|
|14 March 2009||Rio de Janeiro||Praça da Apoteose|
|15 March 2009||São Paulo||Autodromo de Interlagos|
|18 March 2009||Belo Horizonte||Mineirinho|
|20 March 2009||Brasília||Estádio Mané Garrincha|
|22 March 2009||Santiago||Chile||Club Hipico Santiago|
|26 March 2009||Lima||Peru||Estadio Nacional|
|28 March 2009||Buenos Aires||Argentina||José Amalfitani Stadium|
|31 March 2009||Recife||Brazil||Pernambuco Jockey Club|
|2 April 2009||Sunrise, Florida||United States||BankAtlantic Center|
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