YES!!!! Iron Maiden have officially announced their 2016 U.S. tour dates!

Iron Maiden are riding high off their 2015 full-length, The Book of Souls, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. A 2016 world tour has been in the making for some time with dates in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa already revealed, but U.S. Maiden fanatics will now be able to book their trips around the country to see what many believe to be heavy metal's greatest live band.

Keep in mind that Canadian dates have yet to be announced and are expected to take place during the first two weeks of April.

Bruce Dickinson expressed his excitement about the upcoming dates:

We cannot wait to get back out on tour. Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s also what we enjoy the most. When we play in Fort Lauderdale it will be 19 months since our last show at Sonisphere in the UK so we will be raring to go.

On previous Ed Force One Tours we only had time to play New York, LA and Florida. For the world tour next year we’ve made more time in order to take Ed Force One to our fans in many more parts of the country, like Tulsa where we haven’t played since 1987 on the Somewhere In Time Tour and Tacoma where we haven’t played in 15 years, along with Vegas, Detroit, Chicago and Denver too this time round. We wanted to start off in Ft Lauderdale so we could first visit Nicko’s “Rock ‘n Roll Ribs” nearby and have a few Trooper beers to celebrate the start of The Book of Souls World Tour! We will of course visit Canada too and those dates will be announced very soon!

We haven't decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart !!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.

Tickets will go on sale Oct. 8. As always, Iron Maiden fan club members will be given first crack at grabbing pre-sale tickets. Check out the full list of U.S. dates below and stay tuned for Iron Maiden's 2016 Canadian tour dates.

Iron Maiden 2016 U.S. Tour Dates:

02/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ BB&T Center
02/26 - Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
02/28 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
03/30 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
04/05 - Detroit, Mich. @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
04/06 - Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
04/11 - Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
04/13 - Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
04/15 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
04/16 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum

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