Eddie Rips Up the World Tour

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Eddie Rips Up The World Tour
Tour by Iron Maiden
A typical Iron Maiden Stage.jpg
Iron Maiden performing in Paris on 25 June
Start date28 May 2005
End date31 August 2005
No. of shows45 (3 cancellations)
Iron Maiden concert chronology

Eddie Rips Up the World Tour was a concert tour by Iron Maiden in 2005 based on bringing back rarities from the first four Iron Maiden albums for the younger audience (Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number of the Beast and Piece of Mind), brought about by the band's 2004 DVD The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days.[1]

The tour saw the band headlining several stadiums and festivals throughout Europe, with the concert at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden on 9 July being broadcast live in full on both Swedish national television and radio,[2] and co-headlining with Black Sabbath for the majority of the North American Ozzfest tour.

The final date of the US segment of the tour (Hyundai Pavilion in San Bernardino, California on 20 August 2005) ended on a sour note. Throughout the tour, vocalist Bruce Dickinson reportedly made several comments about reality television,[3] the widespread use of autocue by current bands and the fact that Iron Maiden had headlined several dates of the tour (due to Ozzy Osbourne's illness), to which Osbourne's wife, Sharon, took offence. In retaliation, they placed family friends in the crowd to sabotage Iron Maiden's performance by throwing eggs, bottle tops and lighters from the front of the audience.[3] In addition, the PA system was shut off multiple times, cutting off power to Dickinson's microphone and the band's instruments mid-song and members of other bands were recruited to cause further disturbance, such as by running on-stage with an American flag during "The Trooper". The effort to ruin the band's show seemed to have been in vain, however, as the band reportedly played even better as their performance was disrupted.[4] Shortly after Iron Maiden's set, Sharon entered the stage to the unanimous boos from the crowd and stated that, while she loves Iron Maiden, Dickinson is a "prick."[5]

Following the show, Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood issued a statement condemning the incident.[6]

Opening bands[edit]

Opening bands for this tour were: Mastodon, DragonForce, Dream Theater, Marilyn Manson, Turbonegro, In Flames, Nightwish, Within Temptation and more

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold/
Tickets on sale
28 May 2005 Prague Czech Republic T-Mobile Arena
29 May 2005 Chorzów Poland Mystic Festival
31 May 2005 Graz Austria Stadthalle
4 June 2005 Nürburgring Germany Rock am Ring
5 June 2005 Nuremberg Rock im Park
7 June 2005 Reykjavík Iceland Egilshöll
11 June 2005 Bologna Italy Gods of Metal
12 June 2005 Zürich Switzerland Spirit of Music Festival
16 June 2005 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
18 June 2005 Murcia Spain Lorca Rock Festival
21 June 2005 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park
25 June 2005 Paris France Parc des Princes
26 June 2005 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
28 June 2005 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
29 June 2005
2 July 2005 Leipzig Germany With Full Force
3 July 2005 Weert Netherlands Bospop
6 July 2005 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
7 July 2005
9 July 2005 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadium 57,000/60,000
North America Tour Dates (July/August 2005) – Ozzfest
15 July 2005 Mansfield, Massachusetts United States Tweeter Center 20,100/20,100
16 July 2005 Québec City, Québec Canada Colisée Pepsi (N)
17 July 2005 Hartford, Connecticut United States New England Dodge Music Center 20,430/24,000
19 July 2005 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center at the Waterfront 23,655/25,371
21 July 2005 Corfu, New York Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 15,044/21,800
23 July 2005 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette Pavilion 21,526/23,085
24 July 2005 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion 18,803/20,975
26 July 2005 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center 12,059/17,000
27 July 2005 12,060/17,000
30 July 2005 Tinley Park, Illinois Tweeter Center 20,794/28,644
31 July 2005 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center 20,038/24,204
2 August 2005 Columbus, Ohio Germain Amphitheatre 14,606/20,000
3 August 2005 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre (N)
4 August 2005 Clarkston, Michigan United States DTE Energy Music Theatre 17,202/17,202
6 August 2005 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre 20,575/35,072
9 August 2005 Greenwood Village, Colorado Coors Amphitheater (N) 4,953/14,800
11 August 2005 Auburn, Washington White River Amphitheatre 16,923/19,536
13 August 2005 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre 19,623/22,000
15 August 2005 Wheatland, California Sleep Train Amphitheater
18 August 2005 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Wireless Pavilion 16,430/20,151
20 August 2005 San Bernardino, California Hyundai Pavilion 46,078/46,843
United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Tour Dates (August 2005)
26 August 2005 Leeds England Leeds Festival
28 August 2005 Reading Reading Festival
30 August 2005 Dublin Ireland Royal Dublin Society 22,000/22,000
2 September 2005 London England Hammersmith Apollo
***Cancelled Shows***
7 August 2005 Somerset, Wisconsin United States Float-Rite Amphitheater (Cancelled)
14 August 2005 Wheatland, California Sleep Train Amphitheater (Cancelled)
16 August 2005 West Valley City, Utah USANA Amphitheatre (Cancelled)

N – Non Ozzfest show



Throughout the tour, the stage was decorated with artwork lifted from The History of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Days DVD release, with the runways appearing as alleyway walls and featuring ripped-up posters from that period, such as Live at the Rainbow, and a street sign reading "Acacia Avenue".

At a small number of shows, an inflatable Eddie (identical to that of the first album cover) would appear during "Iron Maiden". However, for the majority of the tour, the giant Eddie from the Give Me Ed... 'Til I'm Dead Tour was used in its place. The walk-on Eddie would also appear during "Drifter", either in a straitjacket (as on the Piece of Mind album cover) or as a replica of the original used on "The Beast on the Road" tour.


Eddie Rips Up the World Tour Setlist
  • The Ides of March (from Killers, 1981) served as intro for this tour.
  1. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (from Killers, 1981)
  2. "Another Life" (from Killers, 1981)
  3. "Prowler" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
  4. "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  5. "Remember Tomorrow" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
  6. "Where Eagles Dare" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  7. "Run to the Hills" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  8. "Revelations" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  9. "Wrathchild" (from Killers, 1981)
  10. "Die With Your Boots On" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  11. "Phantom of the Opera" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
  12. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  13. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  14. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)


  1. "Running Free" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
  2. "Drifter" (from Killers, 1981)
  3. "Sanctuary" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
  • Unlike in the album, the soft beginning of "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (from Killers, 1981) was skipped and started off at the drum beat.
  • "Charlotte the Harlot" (from Iron Maiden, 1980) was replaced by "Wrathchild" (from Killers, 1981) after the first two gigs.
  • This was the first tour in which concert staple "Fear of the Dark" was not played since its release.
  • On the American leg, the band's setlist was typically reduced to just 10 songs,[10] although this number was increased at selected shows.[11] When Osbourne was too ill to perform, the band would play their full setlist, headlining in Black Sabbath's place.[12]


  1. ^ "Eddie Rips Up The World Tour Begins In Prague; Setlist Revealed". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. ^ Sterry, Mike (27 July 2005). "Iron Maiden : Gothenburg, Ullevi Stadium, Saturday 9 July". NME. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b Wilde, Jon (6 June 2008). "He ain't heavy he's your captain". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Ozzfest, Hang Your Head In Shame: The Backstage Perspective". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (24 August 2005). "The revenge of Sharon Osbourne". The Guardian. London.
  6. ^ "Iron Maiden Manager's Official Statement Regarding Ozzfest Feud". KNAC. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Iron Maiden Home Page". Iron Maiden Official Website. Archived from the original on 5 March 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Iron Maiden Home Page". Iron Maiden Official Website. Archived from the original on 19 June 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Iron Maiden Home Page". Iron Maiden Official Website. Archived from the original on 17 August 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Typical Ozzfest supporting setlist". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Extended Ozzfest supporting setlist". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Ozzfest headlining setlist". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 20 May 2011.

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