Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris has announced a full UK summer tour for his solo project British Lion.
A 22-date run starts July 29 in Harlow.
"As Maiden fans know," says Harris, “the band is unable to tour this year so I thought I’d do some British Lion live dates and make it a full UK tour this time round so we could get to places we didn’t get a chance to play during the previous tours.
“We have a lot of fun doing the British Lion shows and we’re playing clubs again, to keep that same vibe and intimacy which the fans seem to love as much as we do. We have some new songs in the set-list, so are really looking forward to getting out there and seeing everyone!”
Harris released his solo debut album, “British Lion”, in 2012. The project features Richard Taylor on vocals, David Hawkins on guitar and keys, Grahame Leslie on guitar, and Simon Dawson on drums.
The 10 track album was mixed by Maiden’s longstanding producer Kevin Shirley.
Iron Maiden recorded an album in 2014 but plans to release it were on hold while singer Bruce Dickinson underwent treatment for cancer.
Last month, Dickinson was declared cancer-free by doctors following an MRI Scan, and manager Rod Smallwood revealed the group will now move forward with the project.
“For now, the focus will be on putting the finishing touches to the new Iron Maiden studio album and that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming weeks,” he said recently. “The release however will definitely be this year.”
British Lion 2015 UK tour
Jul 29 - Harlow, UK - Square
Jul 30 - Bristol, UK - Bierkeller
Jul 31 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff University
Aug 02 - Birmingham, UK - Rainbow Warehouse
Aug 04 - Chester, UK - Live Rooms
Aug 05 - Lincoln, UK - Engine Shed
Aug 07 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Aug 08 - Newcastle, UK - Riverside
Aug 09 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24
Aug 10 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree
Aug 12 - York, UK - Duchess
Aug 13 - Blackburn, UK - King George’s Hall
Aug 14 - Doncaster, UK - Diamond Live Lounge
Aug 15 - Grimsby, UK - Yardbirds
Aug 16 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Aug 18 - Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
Aug 20 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2
Aug 21 - Plymouth, UK - Hub
Aug 22 - Southampton, UK - 1865
Aug 23 - Poole, UK - My Kyps
Aug 24 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Aug 26 - London, UK - O2 Academy Islington
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