Virtual XI World Tour

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Virtual XI World Tour
Tour by Iron Maiden
Virtual XI World Tour poster.jpg
Official tour advertisement for the band's performance at Brixton, 16 May 1998
Associated album Virtual XI
Start date 22 April 1998
End date 12 December 1998
No. of shows 97 (81 Performed + 16 Cancelled)
Iron Maiden concert chronology

The Virtual XI Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden from 22 April 1998 to 12 December 1998. As with their previous tour, several of the band's U.S. shows had to be cancelled after vocalist Blaze Bayley had issues with his voice,[1] this time reportedly from an allergic reaction to pollen and dust while the group were in Nevada and Arizona.[2] The band later made up the Los Angeles and San Diego dates. This would be Iron Maiden's last tour with Bayley as then former vocalist Bruce Dickinson would return to the group the following year.[3]

Following the more basic stage sets that they had been using following 1988's Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour, the band returned to a more elaborate stage set in 1998.[4] The tour also saw the group make their first visits to Turkey and Malta.[5]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
The Angel and The Gamblers World Tour
22 April 1998 Norwich England The Oval P.H. (Secret Concert)
Europe
26 April 1998 Lille France Zénith de Lille
27 April 1998 Nancy Le Zénith
29 April 1998 Genova Italy Palasport
30 April 1998 Florence Palasport
2 May 1998 Pesaro BPA Palace
3 May 1998 Rome PalaEur
5 May 1998 Milan PalaVobis
6 May 1998 Trieste Palasport
8 May 1998 Böblingen Germany Sporthalle
9 May 1998 Hanover Music Hall
10 May 1998 Düsseldorf Philips Halle
12 May 1998 Paris France Le Zénith
13 May 1998 Leuven Belgium Brabanthal
14 May 1998 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Hall
16 May 1998 London England Brixton Academy
19 May 1998 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes
20 May 1998 Cascais Portugal Pavilion
22 May 1998 Ourense Spain Campo de Futbol Os Remedios
23 May 1998 Laguna de Duero Bullring
24 May 1998 San Sebastian Velodromo
26 May 1998 Valencia Velodromo Luis Puig
28 May 1998 Montpellier Le Zénith
30 May 1998 Ta' Qali Malta Open Air
North America
26 June 1998 Chicago United States Riviera Theater
27 June 1998 Columbus, Ohio Brewery District Pavilion
28 June 1998 Hamilton, Ontario Canada Copps Coliseum
30 June 1998 Kalamazoo, Michigan United States Wings Stadium
1 July 1998 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theater
2 July 1998 Cleveland, Ohio Nautica Theater
4 July 1998 Montreal, Quebec Canada Stade du Maurier
5 July 1998 Quebec City, Quebec L'Agora
7 July 1998 New York City United States Roseland Ballroom
10 July 1998 San Antonio, Texas Blue Bonnet Palace
11 July 1998 San Benito, Texas The Road House
12 July 1998 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheater
14 July 1998 Phoenix, Arizona Club Rio
15 July 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada The Joint
2 August 1998 Universal City, California Universal Amphitheater
4 August 1998 San Diego, California S.D.S.U. Open Air Theater
7 August 1998 Monterey Mexico Auditorio Coca-Cola
9 August 1998 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes
Europe
4 September 1998 Athens Greece Lycabettus Theatre
5 September 1998 Thessaloniki Forrest Theatre
7 September 1998 Istanbul Turkey Cemil Topuzlu Açıkhava
8 September 1998
11 September 1998 Budapest Hungary E-Klub
12 September 1998 Katowice Poland Spodek
13 September 1998 Prague Czech Republic Eden Sports Hall
15 September 1998 Munich Germany Colosseum
16 September 1998 Fürth Stadthalle Fürth
18 September 1998 Erfurt Thüringen Halle
19 September 1998 Hamburg Sporthalle
20 September 1998 Copenhagen Denmark Vega
23 September 1998 Helsinki Finland Ishall
25 September 1998 Stockholm Sweden Isstadion
27 September 1998 Essen Germany Grugahalle
28 September 1998 Berlin Colombia Halle
29 September 1998 Halle, Saxony-Anhalt Easy Schorre Club
1 October 1998 Offenbach am Main Stadthalle
2 October 1998 Winterthur Switzerland Eulachalle
3 October 1998 Mulhouse France Phoenix
5 October 1998 Besançon Palais des Sports
6 October 1998 Lyon Le Transbordeur
8 October 1998 Zaragoza Spain Pabellón Principe Felipe
9 October 1998 Albacete Bullring
10 October 1998 Dos Hermanas Campo de Fútbol
13 October 1998 Nice France Théâtre de Verdure
14 October 1998 Pau Le Zénith
15 October 1998 Clermont-Ferrand Maison des Sports
17 October 1998 Manchester England Apollo Theatre
18 October 1998 Newcastle City Hall
19 October 1998 Glasgow Scotland Barrowlands
21 October 1998 Nottingham England Royal Concert Hall
22 October 1998 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
23 October 1998 Newport Wales Centre
25 October 1998 Sheffield England City Hall
26 October 1998 Portsmouth Guildhall
Asia
18 November 1998 Tokyo Japan Shibuya Kokaido
20 November 1998 Nagoya Club Diamond Hall
21 November 1998 Osaka IMP Hall
22 November 1998 Tokyo Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
South America
2 December 1998 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Metropolitan
5 December 1998 São Paulo Anhembi
6 December 1998 Curitiba Pedreira Paulo Leminski
12 December 1998 Buenos Aires Argentina Vélez Sarsfield Stadium
***Cancelled Shows***
27 May 1998 Pau France Le Zénith (Cancelled)
16 July 1998 Universal City, California United States Universal Amphitheater (Cancelled)
18 July 1998 San Diego, California S.D.S.U. Open Air Theater (Cancelled)
19 July 1998 San Francisco, California Maritime Hall (Cancelled)
22 July 1998 Denver, Colorado Paramount Theater (Cancelled)
24 July 1998 Medina, Minnesota Medina Entertainment Center (Cancelled)
25 July 1998 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Modjeska Theatre (Cancelled)
26 July 1998 Cincinnati Bogart's (Cancelled)
28 July 1998 Washington, D.C. Capitol Ballroom (Cancelled)
29 July 1998 Baltimore, Maryland Michael's 8th Avenue (Cancelled)
31 July 1998 Philadelphia Electric Factory (Cancelled)
1 August 1998 Hartford, Connecticut Webster Theater (Cancelled)
2 August 1998 Old Bridge, New Jersey Birch Hill Nite Club (Cancelled)
3 August 1998 Atlanta Electric Factory (Cancelled)
4 December 1998 Campinas Brazil Brinco da Princessa (Cancelled)
10 December 1998 Santiago Chile Velodromo (Cancelled)

Setlist[edit]

  • Dance Of The Knights", theme from Romeo And Juliet, served as the intro.
  1. "Futureal" (from Virtual XI, 1998)
  2. "The Angel and the Gambler" (from Virtual XI, 1998)
  3. "Man on the Edge" (from The X Factor, 1995)
  4. "Lightning Strikes Twice" (from Virtual XI, 1998)
  5. "Heaven Can Wait" (from Somewhere in Time, 1986)
  6. "The Clansman" (from Virtual XI, 1998)
  7. "When Two Worlds Collide" (from Virtual XI, 1998)
  8. "Lord of the Flies" (from The X Factor, 1995)
  9. "2 Minutes to Midnight" (from Powerslave, 1984)
  10. "The Educated Fool" (from Virtual XI, 1998)
  11. "Sign of the Cross" (from The X Factor, 1995)
  12. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  13. "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" (from Fear of the Dark, 1992)
  14. "The Evil That Men Do" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
  15. "The Clairvoyant" (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)
  16. "Fear of the Dark" (from Fear of the Dark, 1992)
  17. "Iron Maiden" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)
  • Encore:
  1. "The Number of the Beast" (from The Number of the Beast, 1982)
  2. "The Trooper" (from Piece of Mind, 1983)
  3. "Sanctuary" (from Iron Maiden, 1980)

Notes:

  • "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (from Killers, 1981), "Fortunes of War" (from The X Factor, 1995) and "Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger" (from Virtual XI, 1998) were played at select venues.
  • This was Iron Maiden's last tour to feature "Fortunes of War" or any Virtual XI songs aside from "Futureal" & "The Clansman" in the setlists.
  • "The Educated Fool", "Lord Of The Flies" and "The Clairvoyant" were dropped from some sets, most notably in the U.S. and towards the end of the tour in South America. "Sign Of The Cross" was not played in the beginning of the tour and was added later.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 322. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  2. ^ "Allergies Postpone Iron Maiden Shows". VH1. 1998-07-17. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Singer Rejoins Iron Maiden". VH1. 1998-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ Paterson, Lawrence (2009). Blaze Bayley: At the End of the Day. Blaze Bayley Recordings Ltd. pp. 75–76. 
  5. ^ Paterson, Lawrence (2009). Blaze Bayley: At the End of the Day. Blaze Bayley Recordings Ltd. p. 80.