That takes serious balls.
So to reward everyone who put up with this self indulgent exercise, Maiden announced this week a full blown 2008 world tour called the "Somewhere Back in Time Tour." This tour will visit all of the band's classic 80s albums - from Iron Maiden to 7th Son - and will re-introduce the insanely over the top Powerslave stage set (see photo).
And how does a band travel with all of the crew and gear required to put on such a spectacle? Why, in their own jet of course, flown by lead singer/airline pilot Bruce Dickinson. This is not a joke. From the band's announcement:
Comments Bruce Dickinson, "We had the idea last year of converting a jumbo jet into effectively what would be a flying 113 ton 'splitter bus' for touring and we have been working seriously on it ever since. It's pretty complex but in the end we were able, with a lot of help from Astraeus Airlines, to overcome all the technicalities of customising the plane for our purposes.
We are taking out the back 10 rows of seats to fit in a customised cargo hold that we can use again in the future if this jaunt works. This is in addition to all the standard storage holds. By taking band, personnel and equipment in one form of transport it makes all the touring so much easier and overcomes the logistical difficulty of people and equipment going in different planes. We can even work out exactly how big our carbon footprint is and take care of that responsibility! We will be packing as much of the show into the plane as we possibly can for this first leg and intend to give the fans something very special to remember. And it allows me to combine 2 of my greatest passions, music and flying!!
Let's see, how will that work? Bruce will scream "Goodnight Swansea," run off stage, grab a quick shower and a cup of joe, change into his pilot outfit and soon begin shouting at his band mates "Fasten yer seatbelts ya cunts!" This is like some crazy version of Pirates of the Caribbean with wings.
Anyway, I have two wishes, Iron Maiden. 1) That you bring this metal fest to the Northwest, and 2) You play Rime of the Ancient Mariner - all 18 minutes of it.