Tuesday, September 25, 2012

VIDEO: Iron Maiden singer talks about band’s history at Download

Last week, Iron Maiden announced that they will headline the 2013 Download Festival on Saturday, June 15.

The concert is part of the band’s 2013 European tour – which sees them bring their “Maiden England World Tour” to the continent following its North American run this summer.

The Download show sees Maiden return to the legendary Donington Park to headline for a record fifth time, following appearances in 1988, 1992, 2003 & 2007.

That achievement is equally significant as 2013 is the 25th anniversary of Maiden first topping the bill there in 1988 when the festival was known as Monsters Of Rock attracting 107,000 fans, which is still the highest attendance ever at Donington. This was during their Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son tour, from which the current tour draws much of its inspiration for both set list and production as seen in the 1988 long form concert video “Maiden England.”

In part one of a new series of sessions with Metal Hammer magazine, Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson speaks about the band’s illustrious history at the event, as well as what’s in store for the 2013 show.

“This one is unashamedly celebrating the era of 'Seventh Son [Of A Seventh Son]' and a lot of stuff off that record,” says Dickinson. “Although we’ve chucked a few other tunes in the pot, ones we haven’t played in a while… big hits in their day – ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ being a case in point.”

Download 2013 takes place at Donington Park from June 14-16, 2013. Weekend with camping tickets go on sale 9.00am Friday 28 September from www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

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