Iron Maiden Are Back In The Studio, Announce New Live Album

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2020 has been a bitch of a year for the entire world. The COVID-19 pandemic has led millions to rethink how they live their daily lives, and has given most people a new appreciation for things they might have taken for granted in the past — the ability to go see live bands, hit up bars with your friends, and so on. But now, there’s at least some bit of good news in 2020 proving all is not lost: Iron Maiden are back in the studio.

In a new video update posted by the band, frontman Bruce Dickinson says that Maiden are doing a small amount of writing and recording, but that the official nature of that business is, of course, classified.

“We’ve all had a bit of a torrid time,” says Bruce. “Everybody, the whole world, Maiden included — we want to be out on tour.

“A lot of things haven’t happened this year. That’s blindingly obvious. And it’s very, very frustrating. However, we do have plans. In the meantime, what are we doing? Well, we’re doing bits of writing. I’m talking to Steve. We’ve been working together a little bit in the studio. On what, I can’t tell you, ’cause they’d have to kill me.

“All our crew are all on board with us,” he continues. “Obviously, after the cancelation of the shows and rescheduling of the shows this year, all of our lives were canceled. The killer crew is still on board for when we resume normal service next year, whenever that is. In the meantime, we’re all still here. We’re all still gagging and raring to go. We are not going away. We are solid, and there’s gonna be some great stuff happening in the near future.”

Check out the video below:

Not only that, but Maiden have also announced a new live album, titled Nights of the Living Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live In Mexico City. The album was recorded during the band’s three sold-out Mexico City, and will drop November 20th. Check out the cover:

Like every other band on earth, Iron Maiden were forced to cancel their 2020 touring plans. However, they’ve rescheduled the European leg of their tour, so fans can start getting ready to catch them at one of the following dates next year:

Iron Maiden 2021 tour dates

Jun. 11 – Poland, Warsaw PGE Narodowy
Jun. 13 – Germany, Bremen Bürgerweide
Jun. 15 – Czezh Republic, Prague Sinobo Stadium
Jun. 16 – Austria, Wiener Neustadt Stadium Open Air
Jun. 19 – Spain, Barcelona Olympic Stadium
Jun. 21 – Portugal, Lisbon Estadio Nacional
Jun. 24 – Italy, Bologna Sonic Park
Jun. 26 – Germany, Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena
Jun. 27 – Belgium, Antwerps Sportpaleis
Jun. 30 – Germany, Berlin Waldbühne
Jul. 03 – Sweden, Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium
Jul. 08 – Ger, Cologne Rhein-Energie-Stadium
Jul. 10 – The Netherlands, Arnhem GelreDome
Jul. 11 – Framce, Paris La Defense Arena, Paris

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Words by Chris Krovatin