The rumors of Iron Maiden’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated.
After more than 40 years in the metal scene, there’s been talk that Iron Maiden would be calling it quits after its “The Book of Souls Tour,” which comes to Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore Saturday, July 1. But guitarist Dave Murray has something to say about that.
“We’re not stopping after this tour; this isn’t the last tour by any means,”Murray said in a telephone interview last week. “We’re going to finish this one out, which we’re having a lot of fun [doing], and then we’re going to take some time off and next year there’s going to be some surprises.”
Maiden’s 16th studio album, “The Book of Souls,” was on hold while lead singer Bruce Dickinson recovered from treatment for a cancerous tumor on his tongue. In May 2015, he was given the all-clear, so the effort was released in September 2015, but the tour was paused until 2016 to allow him to recuperate.
The Southern California stop on the “Book of Souls” tour includes a bonus for fans, too. In addition to the costumed Swedish metal band Ghost, which is opening for Iron Maiden across the U.S., the San Bernardino County show features Kamelot and Exodus as well, almost like a mini version of the Battle of San Bernardino event Iron Maiden brought to the venue a few years ago.
Since the band’s self-titled debut came out in 1980, Iron Maiden has sold more than 90 million copies of their albums worldwide (as of 2015) and has been honored with more than 30 awards, including a Grammy for best metal performance in 2011. Songs such as “The Number of the Beast,” “Run to the Hills” and “The Trooper” are among the band’s instantly identifiable classics.