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Coming home: Iron Maiden gear up for their first UK tour in six years

It’s finally here! As Iron Maiden prepare for their upcoming UK tour, Steve Harris reflects on a metal legacy – and why we shouldn’t be kissing it goodbye quite yet

Has it been six years? Well, time flies when you’re enjoying yourself!” Steve Harris lets out a hearty laugh.

In times of uncertainty, few things are as likely to soothe agitated metalheads as the phrase “Iron Maiden are on tour.” Bizarrely, it’s nearly six years since the UK’s undisputed heavy metal champions embarked on a bona fide headlining jaunt around the British Isles. Thanks to regular headlining slots at UK festivals, they can hardly be accused of being stingy with their home- turf appearances, but there’s something undeniably special about a fully fledged Iron Maiden UK tour, and this climactic leg of the band’s Book Of Souls world trek has been a long time coming.


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