Friday, April 4, 2014

Iron Maiden bassist announces solo summer tour

Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris will be taking his solo/side project British Lion back out on the road this summer for a 10-date European tour.

Shows will begin July 8th in Norwich, UK and wrap up with an open-air show at the annual International Motorcycle Convention at the Moto Clube De Faro, Portugal on Saturday July 19th .

“As most fans know, I have strong ties with the Portuguese Moto Clube through our mutual friend Manu DaSilva, now sadly departed, who for many years ran Maiden’s Eddie’s Bar in Santa Barbara de Nexe near Faro,” says Harris. “In fact the first ever British Lion live show we played was in the Clubhouse itself! When they invited us back this year, to play at the same festival Maiden headlined in 2011 in memory of Manu, it provided the perfect opportunity to schedule a few shows beforehand on our way down to Faro from the UK.”

“We’re playing clubs again, same as we did last year, as we all really love the vibe and intimacy of getting up close and personal with the crowd,” he added. “Although we would have liked to have visited more cities and countries on this run, it simply hasn’t been possible time-wise. This is for a number of reasons, probably of interest to Maiden fans!”

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10.00 am (11am local time ex-UK).

Released in the fall of 2012, "British Lion" is Harris’ debut CD outside of Iron Maiden. Featured alongside Steve are Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar and Simon Dawson on drums.

Harris and Iron Maiden will kick off their 2014 live dates May 27 in Barcelona, Spain.

The summer tour will round off the band’s Maiden England World Tour, which will end with a headline performance at the UK Sonisphere Festival in July as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations at Knebworth Park.

By the end of the tour the band will have played 102 shows in 32 countries to well over two million fans since starting in the USA in June 2012.

Steve Harris / British Lion
2014 summer tour

Jul 08 - Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Jul 09 - Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Jul 10 - Quarterhouse, Folkestone, UK
Jul 12 - De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
Jul 13 - Zaal Jagersborg, Maasmechelen, Belgium
Jul 14 - Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
Jul 15 - Metronum, Toulouse, France
Jul 17 - Shoko, Madrid, Spain
Jul 18 - Custom, Seville, Spain
Jul 19 - International Moto Clube de Faro Convention, Portugal

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