The Book of Souls World Tour

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The Book of Souls World Tour
World tour by Iron Maiden
The Book of Souls World Tour Poster.jpg
Official tour poster
Location North America, South America, Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe
Associated album The Book of Souls
Start date 24 February 2016
End date 22 July 2017
No. of shows 117
Box office US$100,200,000 (from 104 shows)
Iron Maiden concert chronology

The Book of Souls World Tour was a concert tour by Iron Maiden, held in support of their sixteenth studio album, The Book of Souls. The first leg of the tour saw the band play shows in 36 countries across six continents, which included their debut performances in El Salvador, Lithuania and China. With 117 shows, it was the longest tour with Bruce Dickinson on vocals since the "Somewhere on Tour" in 1986–87. The group, their crew and equipment were transported on a customised Boeing 747-400, nicknamed "Ed Force One", which was piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson.[1] The success of the tour led to the live album / video The Book of Souls: Live Chapter, released in 2017.

Background[edit]

Iron Maiden's intention to tour in support of The Book of Souls was confirmed with the album's announcement on 18 June 2015.[2] The band's touring plans had to be delayed until 2016 to allow vocalist Bruce Dickinson to recover following treatment for a cancerous tumour found on his tongue.[3][4] The tour was officially announced with a press release on 25 August, which included a general outline of the band's itinerary with specific dates to be confirmed.[1] Starting in February, the band visited 36 countries throughout North and South America, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, before finishing in Europe in August.[5] The band's dates in China, El Salvador and Lithuania marked their debut visits to those countries,[6] while their South African shows were their first with Dickinson as vocalist (having previously toured there in 1995).[1]

The first dates to be confirmed were the band's shows in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, announced 14 September 2015.[7][8] On 1 October, the group released their US itinerary, which highlighted their Fort Lauderdale performance as the tour's opening concert,[9] with an additional night in Los Angeles added on 13 October.[10] This was followed by their Central and South American dates on 5 and 6 October,[11] which included the announcement of their first ever performance in El Salvador,[12] their Canadian performances on 8 October[13] and an additional show in Mexico City on 26 October.[14] On 12 January 2016, the band announced their debut performances in China in Beijing and Shanghai,[15] followed by the confirmation of their return to Japan, after an eight year absence, with two nights in Tokyo.[16] The band's debut in El Salvador was reportedly the largest event in the history of the country, with an attendance of 25,000, and the group received a special thanks from the Ministry of Tourism.[17][18]

The band began announcing their European shows from 7 October 2015, with their Netherlands date the first to be revealed,[19] followed by Ullevi, Sweden on 19 October,[20] Oslo, Norway and Herning, Denmark on 21 October,[21][22] Berlin, Germany on 23 October,[23] Wrocław, Poland on 26 October.[24] Kaunas, their debut appearance in Lithuania, and Hämeenlinna, Finland on 2 November,[6][25] Moscow, Russia on 3 November,[26] Prague, Czech Republic on 11 November,[27] Italy on 30 November,[28] Madrid, Spain on 9 December,[29] Luxembourg on 22 January 2016,[30] Slovakia on 10 February,[31] Croatia on 12 February[32] and Seville, Spain on 15 February.[33] The band will play several festivals throughout their European tour, including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium,[10] Rock im Revier, Rockavaria and Wacken Open Air in Germany,[34] the Download Festival in Paris, France and Donington, UK,[35] Rock in Vienna, Austria,[36] Sonisphere presents Allment Rockt in Lucerne, Switzerland,[37] VOLT Festival in Sopron, Hungary,[38] Rock in Roma Sonisphere in Italy,[28] Resurrection Fest and Rock Fest in Spain,[39][40] Rock the City in Bucharest, Romania[41] and Paléo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.[42]

The band departing Fort Lauderdale in their chartered Air Atlanta Icelandic Boeing 747-400, their transport for the majority of the tour.

As with their 2008, 2009 and 2011 tours, the band travelled on their own aircraft, nicknamed "Ed Force One" after the band's mascot, Eddie, although this time using a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet, provided by Air Atlanta Icelandic, rather than the smaller Boeing 757s which they had previously used.[5] According to Dickinson, a qualified pilot who captained the aeroplane, the larger 747-400 meant that the band were able to travel at faster speeds and for longer periods and were able to carry their equipment without the plane having to undertake extensive modifications, as they had to do with the 757s.[43] Ed Force One carried the band, their crew and over 12 tons of equipment for all of their shows up to and including their concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on 17 June.[44][45] On 12 March, the plane was involved in a collision with a tow truck on the ground at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, while being towed for refuelling, injuring two ground tug operators as well as damaging the aircraft's undercarriage and two of its engines.[46] The band made contingency plans to ensure that their schedule was unaffected as the repairs were carried out,[47] which Dickinson stated would take two weeks.[48] On 21 March, the band reported that the repairs had been completed and that Ed Force One would rejoin the group for the remainder of the tour.[49]

In September 2016, the band announced that the tour would continue with European shows in 2017, encompassing Belgium, Germany, the UK and Ireland.[50][51][52] In January 2017, the band added a series of North American performances, taking place in June and July 2017.[53] On 17 February, an additional night in New York was added, confirmed as the final concert of the tour. By the tour's conclusion, the band performed 117 shows in 36 countries.[54]

Opening acts[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
24 February 2016 Sunrise United States BB&T Center
26 February 2016 Tulsa BOK Center
28 February 2016 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
1 March 2016 Monterrey Mexico Auditorio Banamex
3 March 2016 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes
4 March 2016
6 March 2016 San Salvador El Salvador Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González
8 March 2016 San José Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
South America
11 March 2016 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional
13 March 2016 Córdoba Argentina Estadio Mario Kempes
15 March 2016 Buenos Aires Estadio Veléz Sarsfield
17 March 2016 Rio de Janeiro Brazil HSBC Arena
19 March 2016 Belo Horizonte Esplanada do Mineirão
22 March 2016 Brasília Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
24 March 2016 Fortaleza Estádio Castelão
26 March 2016 São Paulo Allianz Parque
North America
30 March 2016 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
1 April 2016 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
3 April 2016 Toronto Air Canada Centre
5 April 2016 Auburn Hills United States The Palace of Auburn Hills
6 April 2016 Chicago United Center
8 April 2016 Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
10 April 2016 Vancouver Rogers Arena
11 April 2016 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome
13 April 2016 Denver Pepsi Center
15 April 2016 Inglewood The Forum
16 April 2016
Asia
20 April 2016 Tokyo Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan
21 April 2016
24 April 2016 Beijing China LeSports Center
26 April 2016 Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena
Oceania
29 April 2016 Christchurch New Zealand Horncastle Arena
1 May 2016 Auckland Vector Arena
4 May 2016 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
6 May 2016 Sydney Qudos Bank Arena
9 May 2016 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
12 May 2016 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
14 May 2016 Perth Perth Arena
Africa
18 May 2016 Cape Town South Africa Grand Arena
21 May 2016 Johannesburg Carnival City Festival Lawns
Europe
27 May 2016[A] Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
29 May 2016[B] Munich Olympiapark
31 May 2016 Berlin Waldbühne
3 June 2016[C] Lucerne Switzerland Allmend Luzern
5 June 2016[D] Vienna Austria Donauinsel
8 June 2016 Arnhem Netherlands GelreDome
10 June 2016[E] Paris France Longchamp Racecourse
12 June 2016[E] Castle Donington England Donington Park
15 June 2016 Oslo Norway Telenor Arena
17 June 2016 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadium
19 June 2016[F] Dessel Belgium Festivalpark Stenehei
21 June 2016 Herning Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
23 June 2016 Kaunas Lithuania Žalgiris Arena
25 June 2016 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium
29 June 2016 Hämeenlinna Finland Kantola Event Park
1 July 2016[G] Sopron Hungary Lővér Camping Site
3 July 2016 Wrocław Poland Wrocław Stadium
5 July 2016 Prague Czech Republic Eden Arena
6 July 2016 Žilina Slovakia Žilina Airport
9 July 2016[H] Viveiro Spain Main stage
11 July 2016 Lisbon Portugal MEO Arena
13 July 2016 Madrid Spain Barclaycard Center
14 July 2016 Seville Estadio de La Cartuja
16 July 2016[I] Barcelona Parque de Can Zam
20 July 2016[J] Nyon Switzerland Plaine de L'Asse
22 July 2016 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
24 July 2016[K] Rome Capannelle Racecourse
26 July 2016 Trieste Piazza Unità d'Italia
27 July 2016 Split Croatia Spaladium Arena
30 July 2016[L] Bucharest Romania Piața Constituției
2 August 2016 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
4 August 2016[M] Wacken Germany True Metal Stage
22 April 2017 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
24 April 2017 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
25 April 2017
28 April 2017 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
29 April 2017
2 May 2017 Hamburg Barclaycard Arena
4 May 2017 Nottingham England Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
6 May 2017 Dublin Ireland 3Arena
8 May 2017 Manchester England Manchester Arena
10 May 2017 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
11 May 2017 Leeds First Direct Arena
14 May 2017 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
16 May 2017 Glasgow Scotland The SSE Hydro
17 May 2017 Aberdeen GE Oil and Gas Arena
20 May 2017 Liverpool England Echo Arena
21 May 2017 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
24 May 2017 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
27 May 2017 London England The O2 Arena
28 May 2017
North America
3 June 2017 Bristow United States Jiffy Lube Live
4 June 2017 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
7 June 2017 Newark Prudential Center
9 June 2017 Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion
11 June 2017 Tampa Amalie Arena
13 June 2017 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
15 June 2017 Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
16 June 2017 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
19 June 2017 Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena
21 June 2017 Houston Toyota Center
23 June 2017 Dallas American Airlines Center
24 June 2017 San Antonio AT&T Center
27 June 2017 Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater
28 June 2017 Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena
1 July 2017 San Bernardino San Manuel Amphitheater
3 July 2017 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena
5 July 2017 Oakland Oracle Arena
7 July 2017 Salt Lake City USANA Amphitheatre
9 July 2017 Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena
11 July 2017 Kansas City Sprint Center
12 July 2017 St. Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
15 July 2017 Toronto Canada Budweiser Stage
16 July 2017 Quebec City Videotron Centre
19 July 2017 Mansfield United States Xfinity Center
21 July 2017 New York City Barclays Center
22 July 2017
Festival performances
A This concert was a part of "Rock im Revier"
B This concert was a part of "Rockavaria"
C This concert was a part of "Sonisphere presents Allmend Rockt"
D This concert was a part of "Rock in Vienna"
E This concert was a part of "Download Festival"
F This concert was a part of "Graspop Metal Meeting"
G This concert was a part of "VOLT Festival"
H This concert was a part of "Resurrection Fest"
I This concert was a part of "Rock Fest"
J This concert was a part of "Paléo Festival"
K This concert was a part of "Rock in Roma Sonisphere"
L This concert was a part of "Rock the City"
M This concert was a part of "Wacken Open Air"

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue (USD)
BB&T Center Sunrise 12,478 / 12,478 (100%) $954,111[68]
BOK Center Tulsa 11,421 / 11,421 (100%) $702,218[68]
Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas 9,000 / 9,000 (100%) $862,872[68]
Auditorio Banamex Monterrey 7,944 / 7,944 (100%) $608,921[69]
Palacio de los Deportes[1] Mexico City 39,059 / 39,059 (100%) $1,952,233[69]
Estadio Nacional Jorge Magico Gonzalez San Salvador 22,041 / 22,041 (100%) $1,331,925[70]
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma San José 16,655 / 18,000 (92.5%) $996,194[70]
Estadio Nacional Santiago 54,911 / 56,674 (96.8%) $2,181,940[70]
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes Córdoba 17,680 / 18,600 (95.1%) $857,309[70]
Estadio Velez Sarsfield Buenos Aires 32,629 / 32,629 (100%) $1,558,520[70]
HSBC Arena Rio de Janeiro 12,219 / 12,219 (100%) $844,709[70]
Esplanada do Mineirao Belo Horizonte 16,844 / 16,844 (100%) $1,165,280[70]
Ginasio Nilson Nelson Brasília 10,942 / 11,380 (96.2%) $631,263[70]
Arena Castelao Fortaleza 23,531 / 23,531 (100%) $1,449,220[70]
Allianz Parque São Paulo 39,583 / 39,583 (100%) $2,844,250[70]
Madison Square Garden New York City 13,289 / 13,289 (100%) $1,472,331[70]
Bell Centre Montreal 14,963 / 14,963 (100%) $866,918[70]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 13,734 / 13,734 (100%) $889,288[70]
The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills 10,232 / 10,900 (93.8%) $750,508[70]
United Center Chicago 13,968 / 13,968 (100%) $1,085,976[70]
Rexall Place Edmonton 12,813 / 12,813 (100%) $842,035[70]
Rogers Arena Vancouver 12,478 / 13,405 (93.1%) $794,762[70]
Tacoma Dome Tacoma 15,106 / 15,333 (98.5%) $843,417[71]
Pepsi Center Denver 11,943 / 12,411 (96.2%) $836,499[71]
The Forum[1] Inglewood 24,886 / 24,886 (100%) $2,218,068[71]
Horncastle Arena Christchurch 6,380 / 8,545 (74.7%) $460,673[72]
Vector Arena Auckland 9,966 / 9,966 (100%) $772,536[72]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 8,473 / 10,412 (81.4%) $678,128[72]
Qudos Bank Arena Sydney 13,476 / 13,476 (100%) $1,159,760[72]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 12,861 / 12,861 (100%) $1,100,540[72]
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 7,569 / 7,708 (98.2%) $565,887[72]
Perth Arena Perth 8,785 / 9,341 (94%) $652,748[72]
Waldbühne Berlin 20,274 / 20,274 (100%) $1,602,645[73]
GelreDome Arnhem 21,439 / 22,500 (95.3%) $1,683,988[73]
Telenor Arena Oslo 18,635 / 18,635 (100%) $1,416,976[73]
Ullevi Stadion Gothenburg 54,057 / 55,000 (98.3%) $4,194,211[73]
Jyske Bank Boxen Herning 11,425 / 12,000 (95.2%) $1,019,737[73]
Kantolan tapahtumapuisto Hämeenlinna 19,599 / 20,000 (98%) $1,703,153[73]
Stadion Wrocław Wrocław 35,081 / 37,000 (94.8%) $1,936,579[73]
Eden Arena Prague 26,993 / 30,000 (90%) $1,588,774[73]
MEO Arena Lisbon 17,530 / 17,530 (100%) $910,059[73]
Barclaycard Center Madrid 14,752 / 14,752 (100%) $1,121,029[73]
Mediolanum Forum Milan 11,264 / 11,264 (100%) $810,798[73]
Piazza Unita d'Italia Trieste 12,350 / 13,000 (95%) $912,790[73]
Piața Constituției Bucharest 14,759 / 21,000 (70.3%) $665,863[73]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 19,844 / 19,844 (100%) $1,323,671[74]
Konig-Pilsener Arena[1] Oberhausen 18,880 / 21,072 (89.6%) $1,464,082[74]
Festhalle[1] Frankfurt 23,320 / 23,320 (100%) $1,758,589[74]
Barclaycard Arena Hamburg 11,380 / 11,380 (100%) $877,694[74]
Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 8,439 / 8,439 (100%) $597,855[75]
3Arena Dublin 12,447 / 12,447 (100%) $971,056[75]
Manchester Arena Manchester 13,687 / 14,898 (91.9%) $978,077[75]
Sheffield Arena Sheffield 9,043 / 10,566 (85.6%) $639,499[75]
First Direct Arena Leeds 10,273 / 12,345 (83.2%) $726,101[75]
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle 10,211 / 10,211 (100%) $719,483[75]
SSE Hydro Glasgow 12,213 / 12,369 (98.7%) $865,665[75]
Echo Arena Liverpool 10,447 / 10,447 (100%) $734,323[75]
Barclaycard Arena Birmingham 14,821 / 14,821 (100%) $1,052,078[75]
The O2 Arena[1] London 34,427 / 34,427 (100%) $2,399,119[75]
Jiffy Lube Live Bristow 17,610 / 22,600 (77.9%) $1,022,485[76]
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia 13,895 / 13,895 (100%) $1,193,673[76]
Prudential Center Newark 11,450 / 11,450 (100%) $964,148[76]
PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte 15,548 / 18,331 (84.8%) $721,422[76]
Amalie Arena Tampa 12,781 / 12,781 (100%) $988,221[76]
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 10,909 / 13,992 (78%) $763,209[77]
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park 14,015 / 27,853 (50.3%) $706,186[77]
Xcel Energy Center St Paul 14,494 / 15,825 (91.6%) $1,148,500[77]
Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City 5,307 / 12,862 (41.3%) $357,567[78]
Toyota Center Houston 9,939 / 11,433 (86.9%) $825,670[78]
American Airlines Center Dallas 11,685 / 12,406 (94.2%) $871,044[78]
AT&T Center San Antonio 13,419 / 13,742 (97.6%) $904,778[78]
Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque 13,862 / 15,387 (90.1%) $538,261[78]
Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix 10,475 / 11,500 (91.1%) $838,216[79]
Glen Helen Amphitheater Devore 23,363 / 40,000 (58.4%) $1,366,789[79]
T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas 9,033 / 10,500 (86%) $759,014[79]
Oracle Arena Oakland 13,413 / 13,413 (100%) $1,057,284[79]
USANA Amphitheatre West Valley City 14,618 / 19,000 (76.9%) $728,716[79]
Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln 7,856 / 10,000 (78.6%) $622,402[79]
Sprint Center Kansas City 7,012 / 8,915 (78.7%) $528,810[79]
Budweiser Stage Toronto 15,671 / 15,671 (100%) $789,569[79]
Centre Videotron Quebec City 13,680 / 13,680 (100%) $856,985[79]
Xfinity Center Mansfield 19,038 / 19,038 (100%) $873,512[79]
Barclays Center[1] Brooklyn 23,438 / 23,438 (100%) $2,030,058[79]
TOTAL 1,347,960 / 1,446,667 (93.2%) $91,061,452
Notes
1 Figures represent two performances at the same venue

Setlist[edit]

Speaking about the setlist prior to the tour, guitarist Janick Gers stated that the band will play "six or seven" tracks from The Book of Souls and "pepper it with older songs so everybody gets to enjoy the gig." Gers also suggested that "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982) would return to the show, following its absence during the Maiden England World Tour 2012–14, and that "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983) would also be performed.[80] In an additional interview, Bruce Dickinson revealed that either "Run to the Hills" or The Number of the Beast" (both concert staples from The Number of the Beast) would be excluded.[81]

2016[82]
  1. "If Eternity Should Fail" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  2. "Speed of Light" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  3. "Children of the Damned" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  4. "Tears of a Clown" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  5. "The Red and the Black" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  6. "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  7. "Powerslave" (from Powerslave, 1984)
  8. "Death or Glory" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  9. "The Book of Souls" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  10. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  11. "Fear of the Dark" (from Fear of the Dark, 1992)
  12. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)

Encore

  1. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  2. "Blood Brothers" (from Brave New World, 2000)
  3. "Wasted Years" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986)

Notes:

  • "Powerslave" and "Children of the Damned" returned to the band's setlist having last been played in 2009.[83][84]
  • Setlist regular "Hallowed Be Thy Name" also returned after its notable absence during the Maiden England World Tour 2012–14,[85] although it was again dropped on the second leg of the tour.
  • This is the first time that "Blood Brothers" and "Wasted Years" have been played as encores, while it is the first time that the latter has been used as a closing song.[86]
2017
  1. "If Eternity Should Fail" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  2. "Speed of Light" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  3. "Wrathchild" (from Killers, 1981)
  4. "Children of the Damned" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  5. "Death or Glory" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  6. "The Red and the Black" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  7. "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  8. "Powerslave" (from Powerslave, 1984)
  9. "The Great Unknown" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  10. "The Book of Souls" (from The Book of Souls, 2015)
  11. "Fear of the Dark" (from Fear of the Dark, 1992)
  12. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)

Encore

  1. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  2. "Blood Brothers" (from Brave New World, 2000)
  3. "Wasted Years" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986)

Set[edit]

Iron Maiden performing in Nyon, Switzerland, 20 July 2016

Tying in with the album's title and theme, the stage set was decorated in a manner which mimics Maya architecture.[86] The band's mascot, Eddie, in his Mayan guise from The Book of Souls album cover, appeared at two points during the show: as a walking puppet during "The Book of Souls" and as an inflatable head during "Iron Maiden".[86][87] In addition, an inflatable goat/devil appeared during "The Number of the Beast".[87]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The tour received positive reviews from critics, with Loudwire stating that Iron Maiden "[show] no sign of age in the slightest and [continue] to demonstrate why they’re top live act in heavy metal",[88] while Revolver concluded that their opening performance in Florida was "another memorable performance from the musical giants. Classic heavy metal. Classic Maiden."[89] The band member's individual performances were well-received, with the BrooklynVegan reporting that the band brought "a level of energy and athleticism that you wouldn’t think a 40 year old band could still be capable of",[90] Following his recovery from cancer, particular attention was given to vocalist Bruce Dickinson, with SouthFlorida.com stating that it was "a tour de force for Dickinson",[91] while Loudwire reported that "[his] golden pipes are very much in tact (sic)"[86] and Tulsa World exclaimed that "his interaction with the band members and the crowd makes for some dynamic entertainment".[92] In addition to their vocalist, the other band members received specific praise, with Tulsa World referring to bassist Steve Harris' "sophisticated skills",[92] while SouthFlorida.com commented that "guitarists Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers brought all the necessary firepower to the night."[91]

The tour's stage show was also praised, with Tulsa World describing it as "a beautiful piece of craftsmanship".[92] Revolver deemed the stage show "as impressive as they’ve ever had with a jungle vibe complete with hanging ropes from the ceiling and fiery tiki torches lit in the background",[89] while The BrooklynVegan stated that it was a "staggering and immersive set design with gorgeous artistry and other gloomy bells and whistles".[90] New Times Broward-Palm Beach highlighted appearances from the band's mascot, Eddie, as well as a horned devil during "The Number of the Beast", as "incredible to see and impressive pieces of this tour's set",[87] while Las Vegas Weekly argued that "the show successfully walked the line between darkness and cheesiness, just as Maiden has been doing for the past four decades."[93]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Book of Souls World Tour was ranked at no. 8 in Billboard's 2016 mid-year touring update, with a gross of US$35,055,268 from 34 shows.[94] Pollstar ranked it at no. 13 in their mid-year list of worldwide tours, with a reported $46.4 million gross from 46 concerts.[95] In addition, Pollstar also ranked it at no. 32 in their 2016 mid-year list of North American tours, taking $15.4 million from 17 performances.[96]

In their 2016 Year End list of the Top Worldwide Tours, Pollstar ranked The Book of Souls World Tour at no. 19 with a gross of US$62.9 million based on 59 shows,[97] while their list of North American tours placed the band at no. 80 with a gross of $15.3 million based on 17 shows.[98]

In Pollstar's 2017 Mid-Year list of the Top Worldwide Tours, the tour was ranked no. 29 with a gross of US$27.9 million from 33 shows.[99] At the end of 2017, the tour placed at number 56 on Pollstar's "2017 Year-End Top 100 Worldwide Tours" list, grossing $37.3 million with a total attendance of 553,067 people on 45 shows.[100]

Personnel[edit]

(Credits taken from the official tour programme.)[101][102]

Iron Maiden
Management
Booking Agents
  • Rick Roskin at CAA (North America)
  • John Jackson at K2 Agency Ltd. (rest of the world)
  • Dave Shack
Intro tape production
  • Llexi Leon – director
  • Yaya Leone – producer
  • Joe Plant – lead animation
Crew
  • Dick Bell – production consultant
  • Ian Day – tour director
  • John Collins – tour manager
  • Nick Farrington – tour manager
  • Patrick Ledwith – production manager
  • Zeb Minto – production coordinator
  • Kerry Harris – production assistant
  • Rik Benbow – stage manager
  • Martin Walker – sound engineer
  • Rob Coleman – lighting designer
  • Antti Saari – lighting engineer
  • Michael Mule – monitor engineer
  • Steve Smith – Steve Harris' monitor engineer
  • Jonathan Beswick – video director
  • Ryan Titley – audiovisual director
  • Jeff Weir – head of security
  • Peter Lokrantz – security
  • Natasha De Sampayo – wardrobe
  • Michael Kenney – Steve Harris' guitar technician and keyboards
  • Sean Brady – Adrian Smith's guitar technician
  • Colin Price – Dave Murray's guitar technician
  • Eddie Marsh – Janick Gers' guitar technician
  • Charlie Charlesworth – Nicko McBrain's drum technician
  • Ian Walsh – sound technician (2016)
  • Phil Shenton – sound technician (2017)
  • Omar Franchi – rigger (2016)
  • Steve Armstrong – head rigger (2017)
  • Ashley Groom – set carpenter
  • Philip Stewart – set carpenter
  • Eoin McBrien – set carpenter
  • Jude Aflalo – set carpenter
  • Richard Trow – line array engineer (2016)
  • Mike Hackman – audio system technician (2017)
  • Adam Ford – animatronics technician
  • Ian Evans – merchandiser
  • Keith Maxwell – pyrotechnics
  • Eric Muccio – pyrotechnics
  • Jeremy Smith – freight director (2016)
  • Colette Shryane-Smith – head caterer / catering coordinator
  • Alicia Boardman – caterer (2017)
  • Alison Higgins – caterer (2017)
  • David Lesh – caterer (2017)
  • Ed Stewart-Lockhart – management liaison
  • Gareth Lewis – sound crew (2017)
  • Eoin O'Cinnseala – sound crew (2017)
  • Kyle Carter – sound crew (2017)
  • Scott Walsh – lighting crew (2017)
  • Simon Lake – lighting crew (2017)
  • Neil Johnson – lighting crew (2017)
  • Mark Cooper – lighting crew (2017)
  • Graham Hill – lighting crew (2017)
  • John Dall – lighting crew (2017)
  • Rod Martin – video crew (2017)
  • Robyn Tearle – video crew (2017)
  • Luke Butler – video crew (2017)
  • Paul Brierly – lead lorry driver (2017)
  • Rob Campbell – lorry driver (2017)
  • Brian Taplin – lorry driver (2017)
  • Rachel Shadwick – lorry driver (2017)
  • Steve Pearce – lorry driver (2017)
  • Richard Batchelder – lorry driver (2017)
  • Julian Meynell – lorry driver (2017)
  • Paul Ramm – lorry driver (2017)
  • Tony Allard – lorry driver (2017)
  • Mark Herrning – nightliner driver (2017)
  • Michael McCarthy – nightliner driver (2017)
  • Brenton Andriske – nightliner driver (2017)

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