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Killer World Tour

Killer World Tour

February – November 1981

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The Killers tour saw Maiden evolve from a successful club act and opening act into a blistering headlining act. One of the most important line-up changes had taken place with the arrival of ex-Urchin guitarist and long-time friend of the band, Adrian Smith. Adrian wasn't just a "second" guitarist, but a talented player and songwriter who would help define the sound of Iron Maiden time and time again. The band toured the world, opening for different bands for the most part, with a headlining tour of Japan and a few headlining shows in the U.S. The set list was evenly distributed between songs from the Iron Maiden album and from Killers, and there were both unaccompanied drum and guitar solos (by Dave) in the set. During this tour Iron Maiden recorded and officially released the Maiden Japan live E.P. in order to give record-buyers a sample of their live sound at this point (the E.P. only contained 4 or 5 songs, depending on where you bought it). As with Denis Stratton in the previous year, Maiden began to experience problems with singer Paul Di'Anno during the tour, which eventually led to his replacement by Bruce Dickinson, which changed the face of Iron Maiden forever.

During the tour, Maiden opened for Foreigner, Kansas, and Blue Oyster Cult, and co-headlined with Trust, Accept, and Whitesnake.

Note that "The Ides Of March" was not played live on this tour, but instead was played from a tape as an intro for the band.


Opening bands for this tour
More – Wikipedia Océan The Joe Perry Project – Wikipedia
Trust – Official Website Accept – Wikipedia Whitesnake – Official Website
Judas Priest – Official Website UFO – Official Website Foreigner – Official Website

Blue Öyster Cult – Official Website Kansas – Official Website Bijelo Dugme – Wikipedia
Standard Set
  Intro: The Ides Of March Commentary Lyrics
  Wrathchild Commentary Lyrics
  Purgatory Commentary Lyrics
  Sanctuary Commentary Lyrics
  Remember Tomorrow Commentary Lyrics
  Another Life [with drum solo] Commentary Lyrics
  Genghis Khan Commentary Lyrics
  Killers Commentary Lyrics
  Innocent Exile Commentary Lyrics
  Murders In The Rue Morgue Commentary Lyrics
  Twilight Zone Commentary Lyrics
  Phantom Of The Opera Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  Running Free Commentary Lyrics
  Transylvania Commentary Lyrics
  Guitar solo
  Drifter Commentary Lyrics
  Prowler Commentary Lyrics
Tracks played only at a few venues
  Strange World Commentary Lyrics
  I've Got The Fire Commentary Lyrics
Tracks from the next album played to assess the audience's response
(with Bruce Dickinson on vocals)
  22, Acacia Avenue Commentary Lyrics
  Children Of The Damned Commentary Lyrics
  Run To The Hills Commentary Lyrics
  The Prisoner Commentary Lyrics

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