Dance of Death World Tour
|Tour by Iron Maiden|
Official tour advertisement for the band's performance in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, 21 October 2003
|Associated album||Dance of Death|
|Start date||19 October 2003|
|End date||8 February 2004|
|Number of shows||53 (1 cancellation)|
|Iron Maiden concert chronology|
The Dance of Death World Tour was a concert tour by heavy metal band Iron Maiden in support of their thirteenth studio album, Dance of Death. The group's eighth live record, Death on the Road, was recorded in Dortmund.
The tour was subject to a short number of cancellations, with the band's shows in Wroclaw, Rotterdam and Helsinki being postponed while lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson recovered from flu and laryngitis. On top of this, the group's second show in New York was cut short after one audience member dropped a beer on the soundboard, while the final concert was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
|19 October 2003||Debrecen||Hungary||Phoenix Hall|
|21 October 2003||Banská Bystrica||Slovakia||Bystrica Sports Hall|
|22 October 2003||Prague||Czech Republic||T-Mobile Arena|
|24 October 2003||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|25 October 2003||Stuttgart||Schleyerhalle|
|27 October 2003||Assago||Italy||Filaforum|
|28 October 2003||Florence||Nelson Mandela Forum|
|30 October 2003||Zurich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|1 November 2003||Badalona||Spain||Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona|
|2 November 2003||Madrid||Palacio Vistalegre|
|4 November 2003||Frankfurt||Germany||Jahrhunderthalle|
|5 November 2003||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam (rescheduled)|
|7 November 2003||Wroclaw||Poland||Centennial Hall (rescheduled)|
|10 November 2003||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Arena (rescheduled)|
|12 November 2003||Copenhagen||Denmark||Valby-Hallen|
|14 November 2003||Stockholm||Sweden||Globen Arena|
|15 November 2003||Gothenburg||Scandinavium|
|17 November 2003||Hannover||Germany||Eilenriedehalle|
|18 November 2003||Berlin||Treptow Arena|
|20 November 2003||Leuven||Belgium||Brabenthal|
|22 November 2003||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|24 November 2003||Dortmund||Germany||Westfalenhalle|
|26 November 2003||Hamburg||Sporthalle|
|27 November 2003||Leipzig||Arena|
|28 November 2003||Wroclaw||Poland||Centennial Hall|
|29 November 2003||Paris||France||Le Zénith (rescheduled)|
|1 December 2003||Dublin||Ireland||The Point|
|3 December 2003||Newcastle upon Tyne||England||Telewest Arena|
|4 December 2003||Nottingham||Nottingham Arena|
|6 December 2003||Sheffield||Hallam FM Arena|
|8 December 2003||Glasgow||Scotland||SECC|
|9 December 2003||Manchester||England||MEN Arena|
|12 December 2003||London||Earls Court|
|13 December 2003||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam|
|15 December 2003||Cardiff||Wales||CIA|
|16 December 2003||Birmingham||England||NEC|
|18 December 2003||Metz||France||Galaxie Amneville|
|21 December 2003||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Areena|
|11 January 2004||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Vélez Sarsfield Stadium|
|13 January 2004||Santiago||Chile||Pista Atlética|
|16 January 2004||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Claro Hall|
|17 January 2004||Sao Paulo||Estádio do Pacaembu|
|20 January 2004||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre|
|21 January 2004||Quebec City||Colisée Pepsi|
|23 January 2004||New York City||United States||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|24 January 2004|
|26 January 2004|
|27 January 2004||Hammerstein Ballroom (cancelled)|
|30 January 2004||Los Angeles||Universal Amphitheatre|
|31 January 2004|
|5 February 2004||Sapporo||Japan||Hokkaido Kosei Nenkin Hall|
|7 February 2004||Osaka||Osaka-Castle Hall|
|8 February 2004||Saitama||Saitama Super Arena|
Throughout the tour, the stage was decorated to look like a medieval castle, with two towers on either side of the runways, featuring Grim Reaper statues and a castle gate between them for the opening song. The stage floor was decorated to look like a twelve-point star, identical to the one featured in the "Dance of Death" artwork.
The tour was notable for its extensive use of props and other theatrics. Bruce Dickinson would begin "Dance of Death" from a throne on the left podium, wearing a cape and two Venetian masks, and would later sport a Grim Reaper cloak. Paschendale would begin with battlefield sound effects reminiscent of the First World War, during which the road crew, dressed in military uniform, would place dead bodies and barbed wire around the set, and Bruce Dickinson would recite the first two stanzas of "Anthem for Doomed Youth" by Wilfred Owen.
A giant Eddie would appear from the back of the set during "Iron Maiden", wearing a cloak and wielding a scythe. The walk-on Eddie would also appear as the Grim Reaper during "The Number of the Beast."
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- "Iron Maiden Helsinki Show Cancelled". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Iron Maiden Singer gets the 'All Clear' to perform Copenhagen Show". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 11 November 2003. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Iron Maiden Cut Short New York Set After Fan Drops Beer On Soundboard". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 24 January 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Iron Maiden: Tonight's Show Cancelled". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 27 January 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Dance of Death Tour 2003". Iron Maiden Official Website. Archived from the original on 4 December 2003.
- "Dance of Death Tour 2004". Iron Maiden Official Website. Archived from the original on 12 October 2004.
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