Iron Maiden to release new downloadable content for Rock Band

Metal lovers take notice! Harmonix Music announced that 12 tracks from Iron Maiden, one of the world’s most successful rock bands, will be added June 9 to the Rock Band® Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ system.

The release of these downloadable tracks coincides with the U.S. release of Flight 666 on Blu-ray and DVD as well as a double-CD soundtrack album and limited edition double-vinyl picture disc. Flight 666 documents the first leg of Maiden’s legendary SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR, which took them 50,000 miles around the planet, playing 23 concerts on five continents in just 45 days. One of the stars of the movie is the band’s customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which carried the band, all their crew and 12 tons of stage equipment and was piloted by Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, a fully qualified and active Airline Captain with Astraeus Airlines.

Live recordings of “Aces High,” “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” “Fear of the Dark” and “Iron Maiden,” featured on Flight 666, are among those available for download in the Rock Band Music Store June 9. The other eight songs were amongst those featured on the band’s Somewhere Back in Time World Tour during the first leg of which Flight 666 was filmed. This will mark the first time master recordings from Iron Maiden have been made available on Rock Band games.

“Metal fans have wanted this one for a long time, and we’ve answered them with some of the greatest Maiden songs, both live and recorded,” said Paul DeGooyer, Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music for MTV. “Iron Maiden is one of the most successful and widely recognized metal bands of all time, with more than 75 million albums sold, and counting. We’re very excited to offer these tracks, and we know fans will be thrilled.”

“Fans have been asking us to do something with Rock Band for some time and this seemed to be a perfect opportunity,” said Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood. “Our recent Somewhere Back in Time tour was perhaps the most enjoyable one we have ever undertaken, and certainly the most successful with almost two million people catching the shows round the World. So it just seemed a good idea to make some of the songs we played available now so fans can play along with the band on the tour. Then we shall see if they can keep up with the band!”

Flight 666, directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen with the award-winning Banger Productions team (“Metal; A Headbanger’s Journey” and “Global Metal”) contains some of the most spectacular live footage yet seen of the band, taking you on a visual global tour from Mumbai to Sydney, Tokyo to L.A., Mexico City to Costa Rica, Bogota to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago to New York and Toronto and places in-between. Filmed in stunning Hi Def, the thunderous 5.1 soundtrack was specially mixed by Iron Maiden producer Kevin Shirley to complement the picture quality as an ultimate attack on the senses. Flight 666 was recently awarded this year’s 24 Beats per Second prize for Best Music Documentary at the SXSW Film and Music Festival.

(All tracks are original master recordings)
Track Album
Aces High (live) Flight 666 (2009)
2 Minutes to Midnight Powerslave (1984)
The Trooper Piece of Mind (1983)
Wasted Years Somewhere in Time (1986)
The Number of the Beast The Number of the Beast (1982)
Run to the Hills The Number of the Beast (1982)
Can I Play With Madness Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
The Clairvoyant Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
Powerslave Powerslave (1984)
Fear of the Dark (live) Flight 666 (2009)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (live) Flight 666 (2009)
Iron Maiden (live) Flight 666 (2009)

The Iron Maiden tracks will be available for purchase as part of the “Iron Maiden Pack” or as individual tracks for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system. These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks only for Wii.

Iron Maiden release information and tour dates

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Iron Maiden have prevailed over the world of heavy metal for almost thirty years, and without a doubt, they are also one of the most contemporary and exciting bands of the 21st century. And in their defiant spirit of overturning convention – from flying their own plane around the world on a record-breaking tour to selling over 70 million albums worldwide without mainstream radio or TV support – today Iron Maiden announce a revolutionary new way of delivering music to their fans. This is the first promotion of its kind.

In an unprecedented move to let younger fans hear, understand and appreciate the quality of these recordings, on May 13, New Door Records/UME launch the unique “SOMEWHERE BEST IN SOUND” campaign whereby the curious/adventurous can download the entire album SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME without charge as a high quality WMA audio file, which is a typically powerful 320 kbps. Fans will then be able to listen to the entire album at their leisure-three times before the download expires. The listener is then given a simple option to upgrade and purchase the album as a full download.

With the overwhelming success of the current “Somewhere Back In Time World Tour ’08,” and their recently released platinum-selling DVD Live After Death, UMe is proud to release SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME on May 13 on CD charting the first decade of the band’s extraordinary career. The album celebrates the essence of the current tour by featuring most of the essential tracks from the band’s first seven studio albums and one live album, recorded between 1980 and 1989, and also is aptly titled SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME (full track-listing below).

Manager Rod Smallwood explains the thinking behind this innovative move:

“Maiden have a huge catalog that is highly treasured by fans and media alike. However, we recognize that our ever-increasing fan base is very young and can’t be expected to know all the earlier albums, which is why we have put this collection together for them. Many of our fans weren’t even born when the original albums were first released, although amazingly they seem to know all the lyrics when they sing along with the band at our concerts! We also recognize that ‘albums’ as such have become unfashionable to many over recent years with TV-generated pop artists stringing a couple of ‘hit’ singles together with filler tracks and releasing them as a quick fill album which disappoints and quickly becomes dated. So this is both an introduction to the band’s recording history and a chance for young fans to try a full-length Maiden album and realize they’re getting the real deal!

“We wanted to give the kids of today a fair chance of hearing the music as we would have first heard and experienced it in our day when checking it out in a record shop-
top quality sound, in their own time and in an environment of their own choosing so they are able to absorb the depth and worth of the music and lyrics that make Iron Maiden the phenomenon they are. What better way to use modern means and a very high quality download! Sadly, the WMA (Windows Media Audio) isn’t compatible with Macs or iPods, but we are confident that our young fans are adept and fluent with modern technology and we will post simple instructions on our website for any that need guidance.”

On the heels of their record-breaking world tour, the band’s Website, www.ironmaiden.com, has received over 8,000,000 hits and more than 1.5 million visitors for just last month alone.

The full track-listing for the album Somewhere Back In Time is as follows:

1. Churchill Speech (0.49)
2. Aces High (4.36)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (6.00)
4. The Trooper (4.11)
5. Wasted Years (5.06)
6. Children Of The Damned (4.35)
7. The Number of The Beast (4.53)
8. Run To The Hills (3.53)
9. Phantom Of The Opera – Live (7.21)
10. The Evil That Men Do (4.34)
11. Wrathchild – Live (3.07)
12. Can I Play With Madness (3.31)
13. Powerslave (6.47)
14. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7.12)
15. Iron Maiden – Live (4.50)

SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME – WORLD TOUR 08′ USA TOUR DATES: (International dates can be found on ironmaiden.com)
Shows already announced and on sale :-
Wed – 5/21/08 San Antonio, TX – Verizon Wireless
Thu – 5/22/08 Houston, TX – Woodlands
Sun – 5/25/08 Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
Mon – 5/26/08 Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
Wed – 5/28/08 Concord, CA – Concord
Fri – 5/30/08 Los Angeles, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat – 5/31/08 Los Angeles, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Mon – 6/2/08 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Wed – 6/11/08 Rosemont, IL – *Allstate Arena
Thur – 6/12/08 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sat – 6/14/08 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun – 6/15/08 New York, NY – *Madison Square Gardens
Tues – 6/17/08 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Centre
Wed – 6/18/08 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Fri – 6/20/08 Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center for The Peforming Arts