Want to kill some time at the end of your Friday afternoon? Then Iron Maiden have the perfect thing just for you.
Head straight over to https://speedoflight.ironmaiden.com/ and try out their brand new retro, Donkey Kong inspired platform game, which you can play directly from your browser. The game follows on from the video for their new song Speed Of Light, which features multiple video game references throughout (have you counted them all?). Anyone who hasn’t seen the Speed Of Light video can do so here below:
Iron Maiden’s brand new album The Book Of Souls is now only one week away from it’s September 4th release date and anticipation is building all over the world. The release of Speed Of Light made the BBC’s top 25 news stories of last week, and earlier this week Iron Maiden announced plans for a huge 2016 world tour. As with earlier tours, the band will be flown by Bruce Dickinson in their very own plane, Ed Force One, which for 2016 has had a huge upgrade. The new incarnation of Ed Force One is a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet, which Bruce is currently undergoing training to fly when the band and their crew hit the road for a truly global world tour in 2016.
Bruce himself gives us the lowdown on the brand new Ed Force One:
“Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is “paint” it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew – our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster 0.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.
“However, even though we have worked out the logistics of taking a plane of that immense size out on tour, I still have to learn to fly it before we can go anywhere! So, I’m currently doing my training to qualify as a pilot and Captain on a Boeing 747. I’m doing this at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a rather splendid 747 simulator which I can’t wait to get practising on!
“We’re all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans.”
Stay tuned to Rock Sins for a review of The Book Of Souls and more Iron Maiden coverage in the coming days.