Not many bands or artists can say they sold out London’s O2 Arena within twelve minutes of a show going on general sale but that’s exactly what British metal legends Iron Maiden managed earlier today when their “Maiden England” show went on sale. The show, which was announced during the band’s headline performance at Download 2013, on this website and on most of the rest of the metal news providing web community, has sold tickets at quantities that even the world’s biggest mainstream pop stars like Beyonce would be proud of.
In response to the insane level of demand for tickets, Iron Maiden and their promoters have got together and added a second “Maiden England” show, to take place the night after the original show on Sunday August 4th 2013.
Tickets for the show can be purchased from https://www.axs.com/events/242586/iron-maiden-tickets?skin=theo2. Prices range from approximately £48 – £60.
Iron Maiden’s legendary singer Bruce Dickinson has had this to say about the tour in general and the announcement of the extra London show:
“We’ve all been having such a fantastic time on this tour. From the very first show in North America last year to the European dates we are doing now, it’s just been tremendous fun. Our fans have been brilliant as usual, and seem to be loving the set-list and the stage production! So we thought that because this tour has been such an amazing experience for band and fans alike, it somehow seems right to finish up back home in England and have the final show celebration on home-turf. And now instead of one night’s celebration back home we get to have two!!”
As with the first Maiden show at The O2, the show will use paperless ticketing technology. A statement from Live Nation on that subject can be read below:
Live Nation would like to clarify that the Ticketless (Paperless) Ticketing technology was put into place for the forthcoming Iron Maiden shows at The O2 in London specifically to combat ticket touts and inflation of prices created by the secondary ticketing market. This is something that we, Iron Maiden and their management Phantom Music feel strongly about. We would like to re-iterate that entrance to the event will only be granted to those that originally purchased the tickets and as such must bring the credit or debit card used to make purchase along with a government-issued photo ID in order to gain entry to the event. Further to this we will endeavour to invalidate any tickets we find to have been purchased on the secondary market, including the sellers ‘legitimate’ tickets.
When we saw the mighty Maiden at Download 2013, their set was plagued by sound issues (as you can read in our review here) so Rocksins is very hopeful that no such issues impact what will be a special pair of shows at The O2 this coming August. Any further Iron Maiden news will be announced here on Rocksins as it occurs.