Iron Maiden confirm China dates
Gigs in Beijing and Shanghai announced as frontman Dickinson approves new limited-edition beer
Iron Maiden have confirmed two dates in China as part of The Book Of Souls world tour.
The shows – on April 24 at the Beijing LeSports Center and April 26 at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena – mark the band's first-ever appearances in the country. Tickets go on sale at 2pm on January 19 at www.damai.cn
Maiden released their 16th album The Book Of Souls last year and announced a widespread tour during which the band and crew will travel onboard a new and improved Ed Force One, piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson. They'll also headline Download on June 12.
Meanwhile, Dickinson has revealed he's to launch a limited-edition beer at the end of 2016. The ale is described as being "somewhere between a stout and a porter" and the singer has given it the thumbs up after a tasting session.
Dave Shack, managing director of Maiden's management firm Phantom Music, says they plan to launch one seasonal or limited-edition ale every year.
He adds: "This isn't a cash grab. This isn't about making millions of pounds from beer. This is about making a quality product that corroborates the band's position as a great British export and a very proud British institution."