Iron Maiden have confirmed that they won’t be playing any live concerts in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The heavy metal titans’ longstanding manager Rod Smallwood issued a statement to fans today (7th May) confirming that Iron Maiden won’t be returning to live action until June and July 2021 when they will play a series of rescheduled Legacy of the Beast Tour dates in Europe.
Iron Maiden have successfully managed to rearrange the vast majority of their European headline shows with the exception of Moscow, St Petersburg, Weert and Zurich.
They have, however, added two additional shows to the European trek at Antwerp Sportpaleis on Sunday 27th June and Arnhem GelreDome on Saturday 10th July.
Iron Maiden were also due to play a series of European festival shows this summer – including Download Festival – however they have been unable to rearrange these dates.
Rod also confirmed that Maiden are hoping to reschedule their shows in Australia, New Zealand and Asia for early 2022.
He signed off the message by saying that Steve, Dave, Adrian, Bruce, Nicko and Janick are “all fine” and “are very much looking forward to getting back on stage next year.”
Inspired by Iron Maiden’s comic book and mobile phone game of the same name and featuring an ambitious set design, The Legacy of the Beast Tour opened in Tallinn, Estonia in May 2018 and the UK arena leg took place in July and August of that year.
The tour has featured rarities including ‘Flight of Icarus’, the Blaze Bayley-era tracks ‘The Clansman’ and ‘Sign of the Cross’, plus ‘For the Greater Good of God’ and ‘Where Eagles Dare’.
Iron Maiden’s summer 2021 European tour dates are as follows:
Warsaw PGE Narodowy – Fri 11
Bremen Bürgerweide – Sun 13th
Prague Sinobo Stadium – Tue 15th
Wiener Neustadt Stadium Open Air – Wed 16th
Barcelona Olympic Stadium – Sat 19th
Lisbon Estadio Nacional – Mon 21st
Bologna Sonic Park – Thu 24th
Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena – Sat 26th
Antwerp Sportpaleis – Sun 27th
Berlin Waldbühne – Wed 30th
Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium – Sat 3rd
Cologne Rhein-Energie-Stadium – Thu 8th
Arnhem GelreDome – Sat 10th
Paris La Defense Arena – Sun 11th
Rod Smallwood with Iron Maiden in 2005
Rod Smallwood’s full statement is as follows:
Due to the continuing health issues Worldwide around Covid-19 we regretfully inform you that Iron Maiden will now not be playing any concerts until June 2021.
However, we are now in a position to give you details of our touring plans in respect to those shows we had hoped to play this year.
Firstly, we are very pleased to tell you that we’ve managed to reschedule all our European own-shows on the Legacy Of The Beast tour for June/July 2021 with the exception of Moscow, St Petersburg, Weert and Zurich which unfortunately we have been unable to re-arrange in this period.
To consolidate the tour routing, as you can see, we have added 2 further shows in Arnhem and Antwerp.
We are in the process of inviting back all the Special Guests and supports who were due to play with us this year. Where any band is unable to commit to this due to their own rescheduling situations, we will look at finding other suitable acts of equivalent stature. The majority are already confirmed and can be found here.
Re-arranging the headline Festival dates has unfortunately not been possible. This is mainly because we already had an extremely busy year lined up for 2021 and, as I’m sure you can imagine, a great deal of forward planning has already gone on and there’s only so much we can do within the timeline and logistics already in place. The band enjoy playing at Festivals so please be assured we will get back to as many of these as we can at another time.
In respect of what should have been the opening leg of the 2020 tour starting on May 1 in Perth, Australia and visiting New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan, Dubai and Israel, we are currently working on a possible return to as many of these countries as we can, in some guise, in the first half of 2022, more news on that will follow at the appropriate time.
The band are all fine and send you guys their best wishes, they are very much looking forward to getting back on stage next year and seeing you all so, please, continue to take care of yourselves and stay SMART.