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NICKO MCBRAIN Says It Would Be Great For IRON MAIDEN To Stage Its Own Festival

IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain spoke to The Press-Enterprise ahead of the band's September 13 concert in San Bernardino, California. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On playing in California again: McBrain: "We love San Bernardino. Mainly, [we] just [remember playing] fantastic gigs [there in front of] fantastic crowds. I think 2005 was a little bit rough for us, but that was something that's been very well documented and we shan't talk about now." [Referring to the band's final gig on the 2005 Ozzfest in which they ended up with power cut off during the set and eggs thrown at them.] "It's always nice playing in California. We always used to stay uptown around the Sunset Strip area … we've calmed down from the party days. It's a nicer pace of life in Santa Monica. It's lovely being next to the ocean and the pier."

IRON MAIDEN: Pro-Shot Footage Of Entire ROCK AM RING Festival Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN's entire June 5 performance at the Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburg, Germany can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Moonchild 02. Can I Play With Madness 03. The Prisoner 04. 2 Minutes To Midnight 05. Revelations 06. The Trooper 07. The Number Of The Beast 08. Phantom Of The Opera 09. Run To The Hills 10. Wasted Years 11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son 12. Wrathchild 13. Fear Of The Dark 14. Iron Maiden Encore: 15. Aces High 16. The Evil That Men Do (preceded by "Happy Birthday" to Nicko McBrain) 17. Sanctuary IRON MAIDEN's current "Maiden England" tour is based on the 1988 set list from the "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" trek. Said IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson: "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 in August 2013 landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com's "Hot Tours" list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4, 2013 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from last summer's Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour topped $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

Report: Iron Maiden – Malmo, Sweden

When Iron Maiden go on tour in 2013, it's not so much a TOUR as it is a triumphal procession. They are hailed like heroes everywhere they go, and Sweden is no exception. South America and Scandinavia in particular have always had a special love-affair with Iron Maiden, and this chilly evening in Malmö, Sweden, is no exception to the rule.