Sonisphere 2014 festival headliners Iron Maiden to retire songs at Knebworth

Iron Maiden in Frankfurt during their Maiden England world tour [Picture: John McMurtrie]

Iron Maiden in Frankfurt during their Maiden England world tour [Picture: John McMurtrie]

JOHN McMURTRIE

Sonisphere 2014 Saturday night headliners Iron Maiden will retire some classic songs when they play the Knebworth Park music festival next summer.

Iron Maiden in Toronto during their Maiden England world tour [Picture: John McMurtrie]Iron Maiden in Toronto during their Maiden England world tour [Picture: John McMurtrie]

The British heavy metal legends will bring their immensely successful ‘Maiden England’ World Tour to a spectacular finale at Knebworth.

Iron Maiden, Metallica and The Prodigy will headline the UK leg of the European touring rock festival from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.

And Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson is looking forward to celebrating 40 years of rock history at the Hertfordshire stately home, having also played Sonisphere in 2010.

Dickinson, a qualified pilot, said: “We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent.

"If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever."

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson

“Without being clichéd, it really is an honour and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.”

The band’s current tour updates the Seventh Son of A Seventh Son jaunt.

Dickinson added: “This will be the last concert of our ‘Maiden England’ tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own backyard.

“We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole 80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective.

Iron Maiden at the O2 during their Maiden England world tour [Picture: John McMurtrie]Iron Maiden at the O2 during their Maiden England world tour [Picture: John McMurtrie]

“If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever.

“So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”

Early bird weekend tickets for Sonisphere are on sale now price £170.

They are available from the festival’s website at http://sonisphere.co.uk/

Iron Maiden factfile

* Current band members: Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Steve Harris (bass), Dave Murray (guitar), Adrian Smith (guitar), Nicko McBrain (drummer), Janick Gers (guitar).

* Best known songs: The Number of the Beast; Run to the Hills; The Trooper; Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter; Can I Play With Madness.

* Number one albums: The Number of the Beast; Seventh Son of a Seventh Son; Fear of the Dark; The Final Frontier.

* Keep checking back at the Welwyn Hatfield Times website http://www.whtimes.co.uk/what-s-on – the festival’s local newspaper – for the latest line-up news and ticket details.

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