Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain won’t have to travel far to get behind his kit on stage for his group’s opening concert next year.
The 33-city North American leg of the British metal group’s Legacy of the Beast tour opens July 18 at Sunrise’s BB&T Center.
McBrain lives in Boca Raton., and has been a South Florida resident for decades. The barbecue restaurant he opened in Coral Springs’ Coral Creek Plaza nearly 10 years ago, Rock ‘N’ Roll Ribs, was a 2012 Broward New Times “Best Ribs” pick.
The Legacy of the Beast tour production is based on the group’s mobile game of the same name which takes various incarnations of Iron Maiden mascot Eddie into many different “Maiden Worlds,” lead singer Bruce Dickinson said in a release.
“We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during ‘Aces High,’ tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvelous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with,” Dickinson said.
In a review of an August performance on the European leg, The Guardian noted that that Spitfire almost barbecued Iron Maiden’s culinary beat keeper.
“Most eye-popping of all is the 90% life-size model of a second world war Spitfire, which ‘flies’ over the stage and almost takes out drummer Nicko McBrain with its tailfin,” The Guardian opined in a five-star review.
McBrain has said Maiden has added material “we haven’t played in over a decade.”
Bassist Steve Harris names songs like “Flight of Icarus,” “Sign of the Cross” and “The Clansman” that haven’t been part of the group’s setlists for years.
This will be the band’s only Florida stop.
The Raven Age opens.
Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Nov. 16.