Bruce Dickinson Shares Iron Maiden’s Plan To Overcome Descreasing Ticket Sales
During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson reflected on the band’s plan about their upcoming live shows in case they struggle to sell out as they have decided to play their latest album, ‘Senjutsu.’ Apparently, the band is going to perform a tour which will include smaller-than-usual venues to solve this issue.
Iron Maiden released its seventeenth studio album named ‘Senjustu‘ on September 3, 2021. The record was their first in almost six years, and their work paid off as the album achieved critical and commercial success. In addition to this, it has been praised by numerous music critics, most of whom named the album as an epic and triumphant return.
Following the release of their album, the band decided to continue their postponed Legacy of the Beast Tour in 2022, adding more than 30 dates in North America and some new places in Europe. The band changed several aspects of the tour, such as the setlist, as they decided to perform songs from their latest album.
After the band confirmed that they are planning to stage a tour where they will perform ‘Senjutsu’ in its entirety, Bruce Dickinson recently opened up about their concerns about not selling out big arenas. According to the singer, not many fans would appreciate the fact that they will be seeing Iron Maiden performing only new songs, which can cause a problem.
To avoid decreasing ticket sales, they are planning to arrange a tour including smaller venues than they perform usually which isn’t a secret among the music industry. If you ask Dickinson, only their true fans will come to see their shows that will include ‘Senjustu.’
It is clear that the singer is aware of the fact that their fans want to hear all-time classics. However, their performances will always start with the first three songs from their album including, ‘Senjutsu,’ ‘Stratego,’ and ‘The Writing on the Wall,‘ and thus, everybody should know the first three tracks.
About Iron Maiden’s plan, Dickinson said:
“The plan we’ve got, it’s not really a secret. We’ve talked about doing the entire album start to finish, but not this time around. And we all appreciate that that is something that really diehard fans will probably love, while other people will go, ‘I’m not gonna go see that.’ So the answer is you play smaller venues so that they sell out with just your diehard fans. It’s a musical thing to do; it’s a musical thing.
People have all paid their money to see spitfires and flamethrowers and Icarus and everything that goes with it. So they’re going to get all that. But the first three tracks are probably going to be the first three tracks on the album. Everybody should know the first three tracks. And we’ll have a stage set to go with it. Once you’ve done that, you’re back to the kind of Legacy world at that point. But I think ‘The Writing on the Wall’ is going to be a great crowd singalong song. You can imagine that. It’ll be fantastic.”
You can listen to the first three tracks below.