Legendary Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden will release a new live album this month, Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City, due out on November 20 via BMG. According to the press release, the album has 100 minutes of classic Maiden music and available in multiple formats, including a limited edition Mexican Flag, triple colored (180g) vinyl, and a limited-edition deluxe two-CD book format, Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City was recorded during the band’s three sold-out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour which began in 2018 and will finish next summer in Europe. Watch a new video with singer Bruce Dickinson discussing the album.
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“I’m really excited,” Bruce said. “I was at the mix with Steve [Harris, MAIDEN bassist] and had a listen to some of the tracks. Brilliant. ‘Sign Of The Cross’ — oh, yeah! Nicko’s [McBrain] drumming on it is nothing short of earth-shaking. I mean, solid, solid, solid. Really, really, really good. I was blown away. ‘For The Greater Good Of God’ — nobody has ever heard that on a [live] MAIDEN album before. It’s a great thing.
“In this mad world at the moment, the best we can do is give you some new live MAIDEN to listen to,” he continued. “And [we] hope you don’t drool too much, because when we do get back out on tour, it’s gonna be even better. Oh, yes!”
“Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City” will be released on November 20 via BMG. Containing over 100 minutes of classic MAIDEN music and available in multiple formats, including a limited edition Mexican Flag, triple colored (180g) vinyl and a limited-edition deluxe two-CD book format, “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City” was recorded during the band’s three sold-out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour which began in 2018 and will finish next summer in Europe.
The track listing is:
- Churchill’s Speech
- Aces High
- Where Eagles Dare
- 2 Minutes To Midnight
- The Clansman
- The Trooper
- For The Greater Good Of God
- The Wicker Man
- Sign Of The Cross
- Flight Of Icarus
- Fear Of The Dark
- Iron Maiden
- The Number Of The Beast
- The Evil That Men Do
- Hallowed Be Thy Name
- Run To The Hills
The song “Sign Of The Cross”, taken from “Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City”, can be streamed below.
Harris comments: “When the final leg of our 2020 ‘Legacy’ tour this summer had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, the whole band was very disappointed and deflated and we know our fans felt the same. We’d been really looking forward to bringing the show to even more countries and although we’ve been able to reschedule most of our European own-shows for 2021, we thought we’d take a listen to the recordings from the tour so far and see if we could create a definitive live album souvenir that everyone, everywhere could enjoy. I’m very pleased with the results, especially as this set list includes songs which have never made it to a live CD before, such as ‘For The Greater Good Of God’ and other older songs like ‘Where Eagles Dare’, ‘Flight Of Icarus’, ‘The Clansman’ and ‘Sign Of The Cross’, which haven’t been included in our live set releases for many years.
“We’ve never released a live album from Mexico before and I think this recording does justice to the passion and joy of our Mexican fans who always give us such a fantastic welcome whenever we play there.”
MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood adds: “All the shows on the tour so far have been amazing and our fans have loved the whole ‘Legacy’ extravaganza with the elaborately themed stages, props and drapes, not to mention the killer setlist!
“When our 2020 tour got cancelled, putting together a live album seemed the obvious thing to do and I think Steve, along with co-producer Tony Newton, has perfectly captured the essence of the 70,000-strong crowd across these three nights in Mexico City.
“The album serves both as a celebration of this tour, which almost two million fans have already seen, and as a taster for, hopefully, next year’s final run for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the show.”
The album will be available in these formats:
* 2-CD digipak
* Limited-edition deluxe 2-CD book format
* Heavyweight 180g triple black vinyl
* Limited-edition heavyweight 180g Mexican flag triple colored vinyl
* Digital (streaming and download).