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Iron Maiden – World Slavery Tour [Live at Rock in Rio 1985]

Iron Maiden – World Slavery Tour [Live at Rock in Rio 1985]

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  • play_circle_outlineAces High
  • play_circle_outline2 Minutes to Midnight
  • play_circle_outlineThe Trooper
  • play_circle_outlineRevelations
  • play_circle_outlineFlight of Icarus
  • play_circle_outlineRime of the Ancient Mariner
  • play_circle_outlinePowerslave
  • play_circle_outlineDave Murray solo
  • play_circle_outlineThe Number of the Beast
  • play_circle_outlineHallowed be Thy Name
  • play_circle_outlineIron Maiden
  • play_circle_outlineRun to the Hills
  • play_circle_outlineRunning Free
  • play_circle_outlineSanctuary

The World Slavery Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden in support of their fifth album, Powerslave, beginning in Warsaw, Poland on 9 August 1984 and ending in Irvine, California on 5 July 1985. The tour was notorious for being the band’s most arduous to date- although it was very successful, the band were left exhausted by its end in 1985 and demanded a break for the rest of the year before starting work on Somewhere In Time in 1986. The band’s lead vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, has since explained that “I never thought it was going to end … I began to feel like I was a piece of machinery, like I was part of the lighting rig.” Overall, the tour lasted 331 days, during which the band performed 189 gigs. The tour also saw the band play to the largest crowd of their career, approximately 300,000 people at the first edition of the Brazilian rock festival, Rock in Rio in 1985.

The tour was extremely notable for its use of props, such as the sarcophagi, 30-foot mummified Eddie and extensive pyrotechnics. Steve Harris referred to it as “probably the best stage show we ever did,” and Dickinson commented that, “You could set it up in small theatres or big arenas and it would always look fantastic.” The band’s 2008–2009 tour, Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, featured a stage set which largely emulated the World Slavery Tour.

Iron Maiden’s first full-length live album Live After Death was recorded during the band’s four shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in October 1984 and four shows at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California in March 1985. A video entitled Behind the Iron Curtain documented the band’s first shows in Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia in August 1984, as they were regarded as the first rock act to take a full stage show into the Eastern Bloc.

An 18-year-old Iron Maiden fan, Daniel Pitre, fell 100 ft to his death from a catwalk in the press area of the Colisée de Québec during the Quebec City show. The band learned about the death only after the show.

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-eight albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve live albums, four more...

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