Iron Maiden have set 2016 USA Tour Dates for their The Book Of Souls World Tour.
The tour will kick off at the end of February in Florida before packing up their 12 tons of equipment on the new Ed Force One (they traded in the old one for a brand new 747 jumbo jet) and flying from Fort Lauderdale to Oklahoma, Las Vegas, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, and finally Los Angeles.
Check below for the full future tour dates, information about the presale / paperless ticketing, and what Bruce Dickinson had to say.
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WHEN DO IRON MAIDEN 2016 TOUR TICKETS GO ON SALE AND WHAT'S THE PRESALE CODE?
Fan Club presales begin on October 6, then a Chase Preferred Cardmember Presale on October 8, with tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, October 10.
IMFC (Iron Maiden Fan Club) members will receive a unique presale code and ticket link on Monday, October 5 by private message.
Every show can be different, so check above for specific concert details. Iron Maiden have lots of specific information about ticket presales at their official website's presale page and fan club page.
Fan Club members will not receive their unique presale code via Email. It will be sent to their Fan Club Forum Inbox, which requires a username and password.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE PAPERLESS TICKETING?
To keep ticket prices low for fans, the band say you'll need the credit card used to purchase tickets and a government-issued photo ID on the night of the concert in order to get in. In a press release, the band's manager Rod Smallwood shared details about paperless ticketing:
We are trying to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want in the prime positions without paying over the odds to unofficial ticketing agencies. Maiden get infuriated with the way fans sometimes have to pay more than the agreed ticket price at our shows. So we will, wherever possible and with the full assistance of the Promoters, arrange a paperless ticketing system at least for the floor and best seated sections to try to eliminate as much of the ticket scalping and exchanges as we can. We put this into practice for North American dates since 2010 and it worked well and we received many positive comments back from our fans. The intention is with paperless ticketing that only those who actually pay initially for the tickets will get into the show so scalping is generally avoided (please see the comments from Ticketmaster below). We are also doing everything we can to avoid any drain of tickets to the Secondary Ticketing sites which we feel make unfair profits from music fans.
Here's what Ticketmaster has to say about their paperless ticket policies:
Where possible the North American Iron Maiden shows will operate a paperless ticket policy. Select tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticket delivery (also known as Credit Card Entry), which means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser's party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue’s ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show. To purchase paperless tickets or for more information, fans should visit www.ticketmaster.com/paperless or call the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000.
As someone who has had issues with Ticketmaster and ticket scalpers, I'm glad Iron Maiden are dealing with the problem and I hope it works. Time will tell.
Here's what lead singer Bruce Dickinson has to say about the American tour, which should be a special one, in the same press release:
We cannot wait to get back out on tour. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s also what we enjoy the most. When we play in Fort Lauderdale it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the UK so we will be raring to go.
On previous Ed Force One Tours we only had time to play New York, LA and Florida. For the world tour next year we’ve made more time in order to take Ed Force One to our fans in many more parts of the country, like Tulsa where we haven’t played since 1987 on the Somewhere In Time Tour and Tacoma where we haven’t played in 15 years, along with Vegas, Detroit, Chicago and Denver too this time round. We wanted to start off in Ft Lauderdale so we could first visit Nicko’s “Rock ‘n Roll Ribs” nearby and have a few Trooper beers to celebrate the start of The Book of Souls World Tour! We will of course visit Canada too and those dates will be announced very soon!
The opening band will be The Raven Age, a young metal band featuring George Harris, son of Iron Maiden bassist and founding member Steve Harris.
Previously, the band has scheduled concerts in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. On this tour, the band plan to visit 35 countries and travel 55,000 miles, which is over two times the circumference of planet Earth.
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