CULTURE

Iron Maiden, armed with new album, plays Athens

Iron Maiden, the veteran British heavy metal act, have confirmed that they will be returning to the Greek capital as headliners at the Faliron Pavilion Indoor Arena on March 11 to promote their latest album, «A Matter of Life and Death,» during a short run of dates in mid-March that will also take them to the Dubai Desert Rock Festival. Bassist Steve Harris founded Iron Maiden on Christmas Day in 1975, when the London rock scene was firmly dominated by punk music. The group got its first recording deal with EMI on the strength of their EP «The Soundhouse Tapes.» In late 1981 singer Bruce Dickinson joined the band, infusing it with energy and debuting on the 1982 album «The Number of the Beast,» the band’s first number one record in the UK. In Iron Maiden’s 30 years of making music, it has developed a hardcore worldwide fan base of heavy metal loyalists who pack their explosive live shows and still worship trademark albums such as «Killers» (1981) and «Piece of Mind» (1983). Their two latest recordings «Dance of Death» (2003) and «A Matter of Life and Death» (2006) prove that the band is still going strong. On the band’s official website, Dickinson says: «Greece has always given us such great support and we understand that ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ was the number-one album for four weeks and we will of course be playing some songs from that album. We were sadly unable to arrange a date in the first part of the tour so we are all very pleased to be now able to play in Athens and we expect to bring with us the full staging we have been using so far on this tour. The Greek audiences are amongst the craziest anywhere and we look forward very much to playing the show.» Tickets are available at Ticket House (www.tickethouse.gr) and online at www.ticketpro.gr.