Iron Maiden have announced the forthcoming release of a new live album: Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City.
Nights of the Dead will follow the band’s 2017 live LP The Book of Souls: Live Chapter, which documented a number of 2016 and 2017 shows from their world tour in support of their 2015 album The Book of Souls. The new album comprises recordings from three sold-out shows in Mexico City towards the end of September 2019. Iron Maiden performed at the Mexican capital’s Palacio de los Deportes arena to over 75,000 fans during their residency, and treated the crowds to rare tracks from their earlier years.
In a statement, bassist Steve Harris said he was “very pleased” with the new live album, “especially as this setlist includes songs that have never made it to a live CD before, such as ‘For the Greater Good of God,’ and other older songs like ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Flight of Icarus,’ ‘The Clansman’ and ‘Sign of the Cross,’ which haven’t been included in our live set releases for many years.”
Iron Maiden’s longtime manager Rod Smallwood added, “When our 2020 tour got cancelled, putting together a live album seemed the obvious thing to do and I think Steve, along with co-producer Tony Newton, has perfectly captured the essence of the 70,000-strong crowd across these three nights in Mexico City. The album serves both as a celebration of this tour, which almost two million fans have already seen, and as a taster for, hopefully, next year’s final run for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the show.”
To preview the live album ahead of its release on November 20, the band have released their rendition of their 1984 Powerslave single “Aces High.” Listen to it below: