British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will be appearing live in South African in May 2016, nearly twenty-one years after their first appearance in the country in October of 1995.
The approaching South African visit includes two shows, spanning Cape Town (18 May 2016) and Johannesburg (21 May 2016). Tickets for the South African tour dates, hosted locally by Big Concerts, are currently on sale at the Computicket website and outlets nationwide.
Founded in 1975, Iron Maiden can boast sixteen studio albums and eleven live albums spanning an uninterrupted forty-year career. Arguably one of the biggest band’s in the genre, if not in the world, Iron Maiden have become known for committing their more recent world tours to hiring their own aircraft, as documented in the Banger Film‘s production Iron Maiden: Flight 666, piloted by front man Bruce Dickinson himself. For the upcoming tour, Bruce Dickinson will pilot a massive Boeing 747-400 aircraft which is an upgrade from the 757 used on their last two world tours. In a statement, he said:
“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 practicing on!” ~ Bruce Dickinson (vocalist, Iron Maiden)
Shown in the image is a comparison between the aircraft flown in 2008-2009 and 2011 versus the behemoth to be used with the 2016 The Book Of Souls world tour.