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Somewhere Back in Time World Tour was a concert tour by Iron Maiden in 2008 and 2009 to support the DVD release of their 1985 concert video Live After Death, as well as their 2008 greatest hits compilation CD Somewhere Back in Time. Being a re-creation of the band's 1985 World Slavery Tour, the stage is designed with an Ancient Egyptian theme and the set list primarily consists of songs from the 1984 album Powerslave. Songs from Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981), The Number of the Beast (1982), Piece of Mind (1983), Somewhere in Time (1986), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988), and Fear of the Dark (1992) also comprise the set list.

Tour commentary Edit

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Iron Maiden's Boeing 757 tour plane, nicknamed "Ed Force One."

The first leg of Iron Maiden's Somewhere Back in Time World Tour opened in Mumbai, India on Feb 1st, and continued through Australia, Japan, Los Angeles and Mexico, followed by the band's first ever concerts in Costa Rica and Colombia, and then on to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico and New York, before finishing in Toronto, Canada, on March 16. Over the 45 day period the band played 23 concerts to over 500,000 fans in 11 countries, flying close to 50,000 miles in the specially refitted plane.

EMA Telstar announced that the Maiden tour will be the biggest rock tour that any band has ever undertaken in these Nordic regions. Comments tour promoter Thomas Johansson of EMA Telstar:

"We are all very proud to be making history by giving our rock fans the biggest Nordic Rock Tour there has ever been and certainly one of the most spectacular. Maiden is so hugely popular with the Nordic peoples that we wanted to ensure that as many fans as possible got the opportunity to see this very special show next year as we expect demand for tickets to be enormous."

Maiden had also announced that they would be returning to cities that they hadn't returned to for years. Western Canada is included, as their five city run through Western Canada had sold out the very day they went on sale. Calgary and Regina had sold out in just under an hour. Edmonton sold out completely in a few hours. Winnipeg and Vancouver sold out within two hours. Calgary also had the highest pre-sale ever for the band, in which they sold out half the tickets. Edmonton and Regina were not far behind. Says Dickinson about the results: "We are truly overwhelmed by this response, especially as some of these cities we haven't played in 20 years!! Being Brits we are always very comfortable with Canadians and it will be a great pleasure to get back on the prairies again. It was always a LOUD response there! We look forward to this immensely and hope to give you all a show to remember." Most recently they played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tickets to this show were sold out. During the performance of "Powerslave" the band's instruments lost power for a brief period of time and they passed time by playing english football on the stage. Once the equipment was fixed they returned and asked the audience if they should play the last verse of the song or do the next one. The band opted to play the next song which was "Heaven Can Wait". Rarely ever have Maiden been canceling gigs in the past 2 years, but due to storm damage to the PA and lights at the Metalway Festival in Zaragoza, Spain, Maiden had to cancel their July 12 date.

Opening Bands Edit

Opening bands for this tour are:

  • First Leg: Lauren Harris, Vanishing Point, Behind Crimson Eyes, Parikrama.
  • Second Leg: Lauren Harris, Anthrax (May 30 and 31 only) and Trivium (June 14 only).
  • Third Leg: Lauren Harris, Within Temptation (just at Twickenham Stadium and TT in Assen), Kamelot (only at TT in Assen), Avenged Sevenfold (not at every gig), Made Of Hate (Warsaw show only), Salamandra (Prague show only) and Slayer (Lisbon show).
  • Fourth Leg: Lauren Harris, Carcass, Atreyu, Morbid Angel, Anthrax (Bogota), Ágora (Mexico City), IRA (Monterrey), M.A.S.A.C.R.E. (Lima), Witchblade (Chile)

Setlist varied Edit

2008 Setlist Edit

  1. Intro.Doctor Doctor/Transylvania/Churchill's Speech
  2. "Aces High" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  3. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  4. "Revelations" (From Piece of Mind, 1983)
  5. "The Trooper" (From Piece of Mind, 1983)
  6. "Wasted Years" (From Somewhere in Time, 1986)
  7. "The Number of The Beast" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  8. "Can I Play with Madness" (From Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
  9. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  10. "Powerslave" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  11. "Heaven Can Wait" (From Somewhere in Time, 1986)
  12. "Run to the Hills" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  13. "Fear of The Dark" (From Fear of the Dark, 1992)
  14. "Iron Maiden" (From Iron Maiden, 1980)
  15. "Moonchild" (From Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
  16. "The Clairvoyant" (From Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
  17. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)

(the last three being the encore)

2009 Setlist Edit

  1. Intro.Doctor Doctor/Transylvania/Churchill's Speech
  2. "Aces High" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  3. "Wrathchild" (From Killers, 1988)
  4. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  5. "Children of the Damned" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  6. "Phantom of the Opera" (From Iron Maiden, 1980)
  7. "The Trooper" (From Piece of Mind, 1983)
  8. "Wasted Years" (From Somewhere in Time, 1986)
  9. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  10. "Powerslave" (From Powerslave, 1984)
  11. "Run to the Hills" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  12. "Fear of The Dark" (From Fear of the Dark, 1992)
  13. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  14. "Iron Maiden" (From Iron Maiden, 1980)
  15. "The Number of The Beast" (From The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  16. "The Evil That Men Do" (From Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
  17. "Sanctuary" (From Iron Maiden, 1980)

(the last three being the encore)

Personnel Edit

Tour DatesEdit

Date City Country Venue
Tickets sold Tickets on sale Percentage sold
Leg #1 (Asia, Oceania, North America & South America)
1 February 2008 Mumbai India Bandra-Kurla complex 30,000 30,000 100%
4 February 2008 Perth Australia Burswood Dome 14,000 14,000 100%
6 February 2008 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 11,000 11,000 100%
7 February 2008 11,000 11,000 100%
9 February 2008 Sydney Acer Arena 10,610 10,610 100%
10 February 2008 10,610 10,610 100%
12 February 2008 Brisbane Entertainment Centre 13,500 13,500 100%
15 February 2008 Yokohama Japan Yokohama Pacifico 4,000 4,000 100%
16 February 2008 Tokyo Makuhari Messe 10,000 10,000 100%
19 February 2008 Inglewood, CA United States The Forum 14,142 14,142 100%
21 February 2008 Guadalajara Mexico Telmex Auditorium 11,000 11,000 100%
22 February 2008 Monterrey Monterrey Arena 12,000 12,000 100%
24 February 2008 Mexico City Foro Sol 52,159 52,159 100%
26 February 2008 San José Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá 23,949 23,949 100%
28 February 2008 Bogotá Colombia Simón Bolívar Park 87,788 87,788 100%
2 March 2008 Sao Paulo Brazil Estádio Palestra Itália 37,812 37,812 100%
4 March 2008 Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski 20,000 20,000 100%
5 March 2008 Porto Alegre Gigantinho 15,000 15,000 100%
7 March 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry 25,000 25,000 100%
9 March 2008 Santiago Chile Pista Atletica 26,574 26,574 100%
12 March 2008 San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo De Puerto Rico 11,548 13,626 85%
14 March 2008 East Rutherford, NJ United States Izod Center 14,154 14,154 100%
16 March 2008 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 13,766 13,766 100%
Leg #2 (North America)
21 May 2008 San Antonio, TX United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 13,667 19,982 68%
22 May 2008 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 11,108 15,861 70%
25 May 2008 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion 14,973 14,973 100%
26 May 2008 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion 11,435 19,921 57%
28 May 2008 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion 12,500 12,500 100%
30 May 2008 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 16,133 16,133 100%
31 May 2008 16,133 16,133 100%
2 June 2008 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre 13,188 19,508 68%
3 June 2008 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum 17,150 17,150 100%
5 June 2008 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome 12,000 12,000 100%
6 June 2008 Edmonton Rexall Place 13,000 13,000 100%
8 June 2008 Regina Brandt Centre 7,000 7,000 100%
9 June 2008 Winnipeg MTS Centre 12,500 12,500 100%
11 June 2008 Rosemont, IL United States Allstate Arena 12,254 13,041 94%
12 June 2008 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center 10,028 21,340 47%
14 June 2008 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 11,340 16,996 67%
15 June 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden 20,000 20,000 100%
17 June 2008 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 7,779 25,265 31%
18 June 2008 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 9,211 15,000 61%
20 June 2008 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center 19,900 19,900 100%
21 June 2008 Montréal Canada Parc Jean-Drapeau 22,500 90,000 56%
Leg #3 (Europe)
27 June 2008 Bologna Italy Gods of Metal 40,000 40,000 100%
29 June 2008 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting 55,000 55,000 100%
1 July 2008 Paris France Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy 16,500 16,500 100%
2 July 2008 16,500 16,500 100%
5 July 2008 London England Twickenham Stadium 52,000 52,000 100%
9 July 2008 Lisbon Portugal Super Bock Super Rock 30,000 30,000 100%
11 July 2008 Mérida Spain Via de la Plata Festival 25,000 25,000 100%
12 July 2008 Zaragoza Metalway Festival (Cancelled)
16 July 2008 Stockholm Sweden Stockholms Olympiastadion 32,150 32,151 100%
18 July 2008 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium 42,000 42,000 100%
19 July 2008 Tampere Ratina Stadium 30,000 30,000 100%
22 July 2008 Trondheim Norway Lerkendal Stadium 24,000 24,000 100% [1]
24 July 2008 Oslo Valle Hovin 26,000 30,000 87%
26 July 2008 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadium 56 132 56 132 100%
27 July 2008 Horsens Denmark Horsens Gods Bane Pladsen 13,000 25,000 52%
31 July 2008 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air 72,000 72,000 100%
2 August 2008 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park 35,000 35,000 100%
4 August 2008 Bucharest Romania Cotroceni Stadium 25,000 25,000 100%
7 August 2008 Warsaw Poland Gwardia Stadium 29,000 29,000 100%
8 August 2008 Prague Czech Republic Slavia Stadium 35,000 35,000 100%
10 August 2008 Split Croatia Poljud City Stadium 27,650 30,000 92.16%
12 August 2008 Budapest Hungary Sziget Festival 40,000 40,000 100%
14 August 2008 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle 9,000 9,000 100%
16 August 2008 Assen Netherlands TT Circuit Assen 25,000 25,000 100% [2]
19 August 2008 Moscow Russia Olympic Arena 17,000 17,000 100%
Leg #4 (Europe, Asia, Oceania, North America & South America)
10 February 2009 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena 13,850 15,000 96%
13 February 2009 Dubai United Arab Emirates Media City Amphitheatre
15 February 2009 Bangalore India Rock In India 60,000
20 February 2009 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium 42,000
22 February 2009 Christchurch Westpac Arena 10,000
25 February 2009 Monterrey Mexico Estadio Universitario 15,000 40,000 37%
26 February 2009 Guadalajara Arena VFG 5,000 12,000 42%
28 February 2009 Mexico City Foro Sol 25,000 50,000 50%
3 March 2009 Alajuela Costa Rica Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto 25,000 25,000 100%
5 March 2009 Caracas Venezuela Estadio Universitario 20,000 25,000 80%
7 March 2009 Bogota Colombia Simon Bolivar Park 70,000 87,000 90%
10 March 2009 Quito Ecuador Aucas Stadium 26,000 28,000 91%
12 March 2009 Manaus Brazil Sambodromo 15,000
14 March 2009 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose 40,000
15 March 2009 Sao Paulo Autodromo de Interlagos 400,000
18 March 2009 Belo Horizonte Mineirinho 20,000
20 March 2009 Brasilia Estádio Mané Garrincha 50,000
22 March 2009 Santiago Chile Club Hipico 65000 65,000 100%
26 March 2009 Lima Peru Estadio Nacional 32,000 40,000 80%
28 March 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium 41,000 65,000 63%
31 March 2009 Recife Brazil Jockey Club de Pernambuco 50,000
2 April 2009 Sunrise, FL United States BankAtlantic Center

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