OK, I admit it – my inner-80’s childhood is geeked about this show.
Fabled English heavy metal rockers Iron Maiden are scheduled to play at the USANA Amphitheatre on Aug. 1 as part of their Maiden England World Tour.
This will mark the band’s first appearance in the Beehive State since lead singer Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrain Smith rejoined the band more than 10 years ago.
In fact, it will be the first appearance by Maiden since 1996 when Blaze Bayley was fronting the band.
Iron Maiden was slated to play at USANA in 2005 when Ozzfest came to USANA. But a much publicized feud between Dickinson and Sharon Osbourne resulted in Maiden dropping off the tour just before Utah. (I still have my unused ticket!)
In recent tours, Maiden have been revisiting their early years. Utah, regrettably, was left off the Somewhere Back in Time tour a couple of years ago that focused on mainly on their material from 1980-1988.
But, good news, the new Maiden England tour will closely resemble their 1988 concert video of the same name. That original Maiden England video was in support of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, which ironically was Dickinson’s last appearance with Iron Maiden in Utah.
Tickets go on sale March 3.
UPDATE: Because some of asked, here is Iron Maiden’s recent tour history in Utah:
March 21, 1996 at Saltair. With Fear Factory
March 19, 1991 at The Salt Palace. With Anthrax
June 3, 1988 at The Salt Palace. With Guns N Roses
February 8, 1987 at Convention Hall. With Vinnie Vincent Invasion
December 13, 1984 at Salt Palace. With Twisted Sister
June 22, 1983 at Salt Palace