Iron Maiden announces Xcel Energy Center concert nearly a year in advance

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will play St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center for the third time on Oct. 22.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. Neither the venue nor the promoter announced ticket prices.

Formed in East London in 1975, Iron Maiden hit No. 4 on the British charts with their self-titled 1980 debut album. They didn’t find success in the States until their third release, 1982’s “The Number of the Beast,” the group’s first with vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

For the next decade, Iron Maiden continued to release new music and tour heavily, including a handful of shows at the old Met Center. In 1993, Dickinson left Iron Maiden for a solo career. The group’s album sales plummeted with new lead singer Blaze Bayley and they reunited with Dickinson in 1999.

In the years since, Iron Maiden has released a half dozen new albums and toured the world. In 2008, the group commissioned an Astraeus Airlines Boeing 757 to carry the band, their crew and stage production. It allowed them to perform in countries previously deemed unreachable by management. Dickinson himself flew the plane, but he recently stopped doing so now that he’s 65, the mandatory retirement age for commercial airline pilots.

Iron Maiden’s current outing, dubbed the Future Past Tour, drew 750,000 fans to more than 30 sold-out shows across Europe earlier this year. In 2017, they played the metro for the first time in 17 years and headlined the X, which they returned to two years later.

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