IRON MAIDEN To Enter Studio In September To Record New CD

IRON MAIDEN will head back into the studio in September to begin working on their next record, which they hope to have done by the end of the year, vocalist Bruce Dickinson told MTV News. The band tentatively planning to tour the US next summer in support of the as-yet-untitled CD.

"I think it's taken people a little bit of time to get their heads around the idea that MAIDEN's back and not on a nostalgia trip," Dickinson said. "But now that a lot of kids now are switching on to the band having been alerted to us by SUM 41, LIMP BIZKIT or PAPA ROACH, and I think we're in a position now where we might be able to start rebuilding things in America."

In the meantime, IRON MAIDEN will release the double-live album Rock in Rio on March 26th. The album was recorded last year at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil that also featured sets by SEPULTURA, HALFORD, GUNS N' ROSES, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and FOO FIGHTERS, among others.

"It's the best live record we've released since Live After Death, which was in 1985," Dickinson told MTV. "There are no overdubs of any kind. The thing you notice the most is just how loud the audience are. They're singing every single word, and sometimes they're louder than the band."

A DVD of the concert will follow the album's release.

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