It’s been almost three years since the last Iron Maiden album. If you’re holding out hope that the metal thrashers will release a new album, your hope might be justified.
Bassist Steve Harris has hinted that he is confident the band will eventually get around to putting together the follow-up to ‘The Book Of Souls’ album.
Harris, speaking with Metal Hammer magazine, said, “We’ve got this touring cycle going on, but I’m pretty sure we will do another album.” Harris continued, “We’ll go out on tour to back that up. How long that will go on for, I don’t know. We’ve been talking about this kind of thing for the last 20 years, but as time goes on, it becomes more of a reality that one day we may not be able to tour any more. But I don’t want to think about that. You’ve got to enjoy the moment.”
Maiden’s guitarist, Dave Murray, indicated that the band had no intentions of retiring. In an interview last year, he said, “We’re not stopping after this tour. We’ll finish it out, and then we’re going to take some time off and next year there’s going to be some surprises.” Murray was also asked how he’d feel if the band did come to an end. “If it was to finish tomorrow, I think I could say quite honestly that I’ve been very happy and very lucky and have done everything, enjoyed most of it, because of all the places we’ve traveled to. Being able to express ourselves in a melodic form, an aggressive form and just have fun with that.”
Murray said as far as the future was concerned, “There’s still things to do so you just keep inventing new things all the time, try to create new things every day.”
Iron Maiden are currently on the U.K. leg of its ‘Legacy Of The Beast.’ Since the tour’s opening night in Tallinn, Estonia at the end of May, the band has already played to around 750,000 fans across Europe. ‘The Book Of Souls’ is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.