Over the past 36 years, English heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have revolutionized the world of heavy metal. The band was at the forefront of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the 80s, and their tour dates complete with special effects and props have set the bar for live performances. Iron Maiden recently won their first Grammy for the song "El Dorado" off of their latest album, The Final Frontier. It's this album that has prompted the band to embark on 2011 tour dates around the world on The Final Frontier World Tour.
While Iron Maiden was formed in 1975 and experienced minor success with their first two albums, it wasn't until the hiring of Bruce Dickinson as lead singer and the release of Number of the Beast in 1982 that the group began to experience international acclaim. The album topped the charts in the UK and was well received by critics, despite the outcry from conservative groups in the US that labeled the band as "satanic." Powerslave experienced similar success in 1984 and led to tour dates on the World Slavery Tour, which remains one of the largest tours in music history.
Iron Maiden continued to release hit albums and perform acclaimed tours around the world, up through the 2010 release of The Final Frontier. It has sparked 2011 tour dates on a hugely popular world tour, which only has a hand full of performances left. The remaining dates on the concert schedule are focused in the UK and will end on August 6. Fans who have missed these tour dates can take comfort in the fact that Iron Maiden has no plans of quitting and will produce more hit albums and concerts soon.