Since the release of Iron Maiden’s latest effort The Book of Souls (2015), these legends have traveled across 39 countries and six continents between 2016 and 2017. We were lucky to attend a few dates on this extensive Book of Souls World Tour. With that said, a live album entitled, The Book of Souls: Live Chapter, will be coming on November 17th and it will include 15 highlighted tracks from their ambitious journey. Sadly, we won’t get our copy of a mini Ed Force 1 but, we can enjoy a Hallowed brew while listening to the record.
Produced by Tony Newton and bassist Steve Harris, the album will feature six songs from their most recent album as well as classic tracks such as “The Trooper” and “Powerslave.” “Hallowed Be Thy Name” is obviously excluded due to the current legal dispute.
“We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”
Manager Rod Smallwood added:
‘The Book Of Souls World Tour’ was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed-Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and UK tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to ‘The Book of Souls’ release.
On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”
Track List and cities:
“If Eternity Should Fail” – Sydney, Australia
“Speed of Light” – Cape Town, South Africa
“Wrathchild” – Dublin, Ireland
“Children of the Damned” – Montreal, Canada
“Death or Glory” – Wroclaw, Poland
“The Red and the Black” – Tokyo, Japan
“The Trooper” – San Salvador, El Salvador
“Powerslave” – Trieste, Italy
“The Great Unknown” – Newcastle, UK
“The Book of Souls” – Donington, UK
“Fear of the Dark” – Fortaleza, Brazil
“Iron Maiden” – Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Number of the Beast” – Wacken, Germany
“Blood Brothers” – Donington, UK
“Wasted Years” – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil