Iron Maiden back on vinyl and back on the road
The British heavy metal band’s last 12 albums get the reissue treatment and The Book Of Souls arena tour continues
Parlophone Records will follow 2014’s reissue of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with 12 new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl. Unlike the 1980’s reissues which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on the new releases has been cut from the high-resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial releases, offering Maiden fans the opportunity to own the band’s entire studio album collection on vinyl simultaneously for the first time.
The records will be released chronologically across a three-month period, starting in May with Collector’s Box, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor and Virtual XI. Then June will see the release of Brave New World, Rock In Rio (Live), Dance Of Death and A Matter Of Life And Death, followed in July by Death On The Road (Live), Flight 666 (Live), The Final Frontier and En Vivo! (Live).
As a bonus, the first two albums – No Prayer For The Dying and Fear Of The Dark – will also be made available in an exclusive Collector’s Box designed to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album The Book Of Souls, which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector’s Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.
Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls Tour resumes with a series of arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on 22 April and continuing into Germany, UK and Ireland, finishing with two shows at London’s 02 Arena on 27-28 May. The band then flies to the US for a series of arena and amphitheatre shows including dates in Canada, completing the final leg with two nights in New York on 21-22 July.
Much of The Book Of Souls Tour is sold-out, but for availability and to find out more about the vinyl album reissues, go to ironmaiden.com