"It's the first time the headliner has shown up on a bike!" - Bruce Dickinson
Following the recently announced news of the 'Heavy Metal Truants' charity bike ride to Download Festival at Castle Donington, organised by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas, it has now been announced that Maiden's lead singer Bruce Dickinson will be flying in specially from Germany - following two sold-out Maiden shows in Frankfurt - so he can join the HM Truants in cycling the final 25 mile leg of the bike ride into the Download Festival. The riders arrive on Friday June 14th, the day before Iron Maiden's headline appearance there in front of an expected 100,000 fans. This ride by the Metal fraternity is to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.
Asked how he felt about this most unconventional way to arrive at a major UK Festival where Maiden will be headlining on the Saturday night, June 15th, Bruce commented: "Yes, maybe it's the first time the headliner has shown up on a bike, but I do use my bike to get around in London when l get the chance and have turned up at the BBC on a bike before, although the Commissioners were a bit surprised as they are too used to seeing limos! These are great causes, I am only sorry that due to our tour schedule l can't do more of the ride, and hope our fans will support our efforts. I look forward to a day off after the ride seeing some great bands before we go into full Maiden action on the Saturday, with every intention of giving the fans a memorable show. Download and Metal fans are the best there are, so everyone expects something very special."
Starting on Wednesday, June 12th, over 40 riders will set off from Alexandra Palace, London, cycling 165 miles up to Donington Park, arriving as the first bands take to the Download stage on the afternoon of Friday 14th. The sponsored riders will also include band members from British Lion, Paradise Lost, Pendulum, Tesseract, Thunder, Trivium and Young Guns alongside music journalists, radio presenters and music industry participants including Parlophone, Sony Music, Universal/EMI, BMG Rights, 5B Artist Management, Raw Power Management, Phantom Management and The Agency, plus even an MP - the Rt. Hon Mike Weatherley.
Joining them will be a variety of heavy metal fans who have all signed up for three days of hard cycling to raise funds for these deserving Children's Charities.
The band's Download Festival appearance marks a record FIFTH time that Iron Maiden have headlined at the legendary Donington Park, with their two Monsters Of Rock and three Download performances, and will be the 25th Anniversary of the band's first appearance there in 1988 to a (still) record audience of 107,000.
The massive crowd who will be attending the band's performance at Download Festival this summer is just one notable highlight of another huge year for Iron Maiden, who, over the summer, will play 44 shows to more than 1.2 million fans in 25 countries across Europe, the United States and Latin America (full tour dates at the end of this press release).
While Download Festival marks Iron Maiden's sole UK date this year, the band kick off their world tour next Monday in Spain and finish four and a half months later in Chile. Their European dates include the brand new 55,000 capacity Friends Arena in Stockholm where Iron Maiden became the first International band to be announced to play in the venue and sold out within minutes of going on sale; Istanbul's 45,000 capacity BJK Inonu football stadium; Romania's Constitution Plaza in Bucharest, playing in front of the Palace of the Parliament, Europe's heaviest building!; Moscow's Olympic Stadium and a further 26 shows in 15 countries across East and West Europe.
The 'Maiden England' tour then rolls back into the United States, where it started last year with a mammoth run of North American concerts, and continues down to Latin America, where Iron Maiden headline the final night of Rock In Rio, having sold out all 70,000 tickets for their performance in just a few hours. The other headliners for the seven day festival are Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Muse, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Further Latin American dates include the enormous Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City, the legendary River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, a return to the 55,000 capacity National Stadium in Chile and Iron Maiden's first-ever visit to Paraguay.
Iron Maiden: 'Maiden England World Tour' 2013 Dates:
Fri 31 Madrid, SPAIN Sonisphere Festival
Sat 1 Barcelona, SPAIN Sonisphere Festival
Wed 5 Paris, FRANCE Bercy Stadium
Sat 8 Milan, ITALY Sonisphere Festival
Sun 9 Amneville, FRANCE Sonisphere Festival
Tue 11 Frankfurt, GERMANY Festhalle
Wed 12 Frankfurt, GERMANY Festhalle
Sat 15 Donington, UK Download Festival
Tue 18 Berlin, GERMANY O2 World
Wed 19 Hamburg, GERMANY O2 World
Fri 21 Graz, AUSTRIA Seerock Festival
Sat 22 Zurich, SWITZERLAND Hallenstadion
Tue 25 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome
Thu 27 Piestany, SLOVAKIA Topfest
Sat 29 Singen-Aach, GERMANY Open Air Arena
Sun 30 Dessel, BELGIUM Graspop Festival
Wed 3 Lodz, POLAND Atlas Arena
Thu 4 Gdansk, POLAND Ergo Arena
Sat 6 Oberhausen, GERMANY Open Air an der KöPi-Arena
Wed 10 Malmo, SWEDEN Malmo Stadium
Sat 13 Stockholm, SWEDEN Friends Arena
Tue 16 Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIA Arena (Ice Palace)
Thu 18 Moscow, RUSSIA Olimpyski Stadium
Sat 20 Helsinki, FINLAND Olympic Stadium
Wed 24 Bucharest, ROMANIA Piata Constitutiei
Fri 26 Istanbul, TURKEY BJK Inonu Stadium
Mon 29 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Synot Tip Arena
Wed 31 Zagreb, CROATIA Arena
Tue 3 Raleigh, NC, USA Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Thu 5 Nashville, TN, USA Bridgestone Arena
Sat 7 Kansas City, MO, USA Sprint Center
Sun 8 St Louis, MO, USA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 10 Austin, TX, USA Austin 360 Amphitheater
Thu 12 Las Vegas, NV, USA Mandalay Bay Events Center
Fri 13 San Bernardino, CA, USA San Manuel Amphitheatre
Tue 17 Mexico City, MEXICO Foro Sol Stadium
Fri 20 Sao Paulo, BRAZIL Jockey Club
Sun 22 Rio, BRAZIL Rock In Rio
Tue 24 Curitiba, BRAZIL Venue TBC
Fri 27 Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA River Plate Stadium
Sun 29 Asuncion, PARAGUAY Jockey Club
Wed 2 Santiago, CHILE Estadio Nacional