Record number of tickets sold yesterday means extra Finnish date now added
[b]Iron Maiden[/b]’s Somewhere Back In Time world tour is continuing to sell amazingly well, and the latest countries to go Maiden mad are Sweden and Finland – with the band selling 123, 500 tickets yesterday alone.
An extra concert at Finland’s 30,000 capacity Ratina Stadium has today been announced for July 19, after the show Helsinki’s 41, 500 Olympic Stadium was inundated with requests yesterday.
Tickets for the added show will go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 9am.
The tour’s Scandinavian promoter Thomas Johansson of EMA Telstar said: “We said when we announced this tour that is was the biggest Nordic Tour by any rock band ever and that we wanted to ensure that as many fans as possible could get to see this amazing band. You must appreciate that Helsinki has a population of half a million so this is equivalent to selling out a dozen Wembley Stadiums before lunch.”
Tickets also went on sale yesterday for Maiden’s Columbia concert and also broke records for sales in the South American country.
Phil Rodriguez, the promoter for Simon Bolivar Stadium in Bogota said: “Box Office records were broken from the very start and Maiden mania is sweeping Columbia. We sold over 12,000 on just the first day. Nobody has ever done this, it’s fantastic – this is usually a “slow” market for ticket sales.”
The Somewhere Back In Time tour will see Iron Maiden resurrect their 80s [b]Powerslave Tour[/b], with the stage production based on the same Egyptian theme.
Iron Maiden are also releasing DVDs of their classic [b]Live After Death[/b] and [b]Maiden England[/b] shows from the mid-80s, previously only available on VHS, on February 4, 2008.
The tour kicks off in India in February. UK dates are expected to be in the Summer.
World tour dates so far confirmed are as follows – tickets for India, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina are yet to go on sale. See www.ironmaiden.com for info.
[b]Mumbai, India – Bandra Kurla Complex (February 1)
Perth, Australia – Burswood Dome (4)
Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena (6/7)
Sydney, Australia – Acer Arena (9/10)
Brisbane, Australia – Entertainment Centre (12)
Yokohama, Japan – Pacifico Yokohama (15)
Tokyo, Japan – Messe (16)
Los Angeles, USA -The Forum (19)
Guadalajara, Mexico – Auditoria Telmex (21)
Monterrey, Mexico – Arena Monterrey (22)
Mexico City, Mexico – Sports Palace (24)
San Jose, Costa Rica – Saprisa Stadium (26)
Bogota, Columbia – Simon Bolivar Park (28)
Sao Paulo, Brazil – Alhembi Stadium (March 2)
Porto Allegre, Brazil – Gigantinho (5)
Buenos Aires , Argentina – Ferrofcarril Oeste Stadium (7)
Santiago, Chile – Pista Atletica (9)
Puerto Rico – San Juan Coliseo (12)
New Jersey, USA – Izod Centre (14)
Toronto, Canada – Air Canada Centre (16)
Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Stadium (July 16)
Helsinki, Finland – Helsinki Olympic Stadium (18)
Trondheim, Norway – Lerkendalstadium (22)
Oslo, Norway – Valle Hovin (24)
Gothenburg, Sweden – Ullevi Stadium (26)
Horsens, Denmark – Horsens Gods Bane Pladsen (27)
Wachen Open Air Festival, Germany (August 1-3)[/b]