IRON MAIDEN Founder Announces British Lion European Tour


British Lion, the new project from Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris, will be out on the road next month, visiting fourteen countries and twenty-four cities across Europe, starting in Portugal on February 21. Harris, the founding member and leader of Maiden, will take temporary leave from his Maiden activities and heading out on a full European club tour.

Steve comments: “I love touring and live shows and I’m very excited about touring with British Lion. It’s fantastic to get out there and once again experience the sheer vibrancy of small clubs with the fans right up front and in your face. I think the fans will enjoy that too. It’s exciting, going back to the roots, and it’s going to be fantastic. We are taking this to harristour2013clubs all round Europe — a full club tour, with club shows at club prices, hot, sweaty and loud. We have no idea how many people will turn out to see us, as it’s obviously very recent and very new, so we have kept the venues small with tickets priced accordingly as low as we reasonably could.

“I’ve known all the guys in the band for ages and, besides being great musicians, they are also good friends, which is lucky because this has been an ongoing project for many years! They’ve had to be very patient with me as, of course, I’m so involved with Maiden I don’t really get a lot of free time to work on other stuff. So it’s great to finally have the opportunity to get out and do all these shows. The reaction to the album has been really good and I think it will sound great live. We’re all planning to have a lot of fun on this tour!”

The dates are as follows:

Feb. 21 – Portugal – Porto Hard Club
Feb. 23 – Spain – Madrid La Riviera
Feb. 24 – Spain – Barcelona Salamandra
Feb. 26 – Switzerland Zurich Komplex
Feb. 27 – Italy – Milan Live Club
Feb. 28 – Italy – Rome Orion
Mar. 02 – Germany – Nuremburg Rockfabrik
Mar. 03 – Germany – Munich Backstage Halle
Mar. 05 – Germany – Stuttgart Lka
Mar. 07 – Austria – Vienna Arena
Mar. 09 – Germany – Cologne Live Music Hall
Mar. 10 – Germany – Berlin Columbia Club
Mar. 12 – Sweden – Malmo KB
Mar. 13 – Sweden – Gothenburg Brewhouse
Mar. 14 – Norway – Oslo Rockerfeller
Mar. 16 – Sweden – Stockholm Klubben
Mar. 18 – Finland – Helsinki Cirkus
Mar. 22 – Holland – Amsterdam Melkweg
Mar. 23 – Belgium – Vosselaar Biebob
Mar. 24 – France – Paris La Trabendo
Mar. 26 – England – O2 Academy, Islington London
Mar. 27 – England – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
Mar. 29 – Scotland – Glasgow Garage
Mar. 30 – England – Manchester Club Academy

Check out the video for “Us Against The World”, from the new album British Lion below.


Harris describes the album as “’70s-influenced, British-sounding hard rock.” “I’d say it’s more mainstream rock than metal… and quite commercial… but good commercial,” he said. “There’s all kinds of stuff going on, with nods to The Who and UFO and some classic British rock bands, but it’s not the progressive rock album some might be expecting.”

steveharrisalbumBritish Lion track listing:

01. This Is My God
02. Lost Worlds
03. Karma Killer
04. Us Against The World
05. The Chosen Ones
06. A World Without Heaven
07. Judas
08. Eyes Of The Young
09. These Are The Hands
10. The Lesson

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