The Final Frontier is British heavy metal band Iron Maiden‘s fifteenth studio album, released on August 13, 2010 in Germany and Finland, August 17 in the United States, and August 16 worldwide. At 76 minutes and 34 seconds, it is the band’s longest studio album to date. It is their first album since the release of A Matter of Life and Death in 2006, the longest gap to date between two consecutive Iron Maiden studio albums. The North American leg of their tour in support of the album started in Dallas, Texas on June 9, with a European tour beginning in Dublin on July 30, an Australian tour beginning in Melbourne on February 23, 2011, and further dates to be announced. Melvyn Grant, a long-time contributor to the band’s artwork, created the cover art for the album.
Prior to the album’s release, band founder Steve Harris was quoted as saying that he imagined the band would release a total of fifteen studio albums. The titles of the album, tour, and opening track fuelled further rumours that The Final Frontier would be the band’s final album. The band members have since admitted that they hope to release further albums and continue touring into the future.
The track list and music credits for The Final Frontier are as follows:
|1.||“Satellite 15… The Final Frontier“||Smith, Harris||8:40|
|2.||“El Dorado“||Smith, Harris, Dickinson||6:49|
|3.||“Mother of Mercy”||Smith, Harris||5:20|
|4.||“Coming Home”||Smith, Harris, Dickinson||5:52|
|5.||“The Alchemist”||Gers, Harris, Dickinson||4:29|
|6.||“Isle of Avalon”||Smith, Harris||9:06|
|7.||“Starblind”||Smith, Harris, Dickinson||7:48|
|8.||“The Talisman”||Gers, Harris||9:03|
|9.||“The Man Who Would Be King”||Murray, Harris||8:28|
|10.||“When the Wild Wind Blows”||Harris||11:02|
IRON MAIDEN TOUR, DREAM THEATER OPENING
Dream Theater opened for Iron Maiden , July 12th, at Madison Square Garden (the very venue Wavves will open for Phoenix at in October). The two bands are on tour together, and as NY Mag pointed out, their show one night earlier was in NJ (at PNC Bank Arts Center).
Prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater spent their summer supporting Iron Maiden on the band’s month-long tour of major US and Canadian markets. The tour launched on June 9 and ran through July 20, and included a stop at the storied Madison Square Garden in NYC, marking the first time in a lengthy and respected career that Dream Theater have played the world’s most famous arena. This tour marked another milestone in Dream Theater’s history, which continues to expand and evolve twenty-five years deep.
Of touring with Iron Maiden in North America, drummer Mike Portnoy said, “It is a bit of a dream come true for us. After 25 years together, at this stage in our career, there’s honestly only three bands Dream Theater would consider opening for and Maiden is one of them. It is an absolute honor. Through the years, we’ve done many one-off shows with Maiden and they’ve almost all been overseas. It is very exciting to finally be doing a full tour with them and on our side of the pond no less. These are gonna be amazing shows that the fans won’t want to miss. Up the f***ing irons!”