Iron Maiden to hit China on April 24

By Chen Jie ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-01-15 08:05:54

Iron Maiden to hit China on April 24

British rock band Iron Maiden will make its China debut in April.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Iron Maiden recently announced its debut in China as part of The Book of Souls World Tour this year.

Members of the British heavy metal band and support staff will travel on their jumbo jet Ed Force One, piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson, carrying stage equipment for more than 90,000 kilometers around the world. The tour is expected to be held in 35 countries, with the China concerts beginning in the spring.

"We cannot wait to get back out on tour. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans. It's also what we enjoy the most. As this will be our very first visit to China, the whole band is really excited about seeing our fans here and putting on the very best show we possibly can for you," Dickinson says in a recorded video posted on the band's website.

While they have yet to decide on a playlist for China, Dickinson says that he and his fellow musicians look forward to performing new songs live.

"However, we will include plenty of older fan favorites, too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show (world tour) and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart. You certainly deserve it for your patience."

Founded in 1975 in London by bassist and songwriter Steve Harris, the band is immensely popular worldwide.

Despite several internal changes, the band has been active all these years, releasing some 38 albums and performing more than 200 live shows around the world. Their latest album, The Book of Souls, launched in September, topped the charts in more than 40 countries.

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