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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 17:02 GMT
Iron Maiden plan first Indian gig
Iron Maiden
The heavy metal group have been releasing albums since 1980
British rockers Iron Maiden are to play in the grounds of a palace in Bangalore, their first gig in India.

The concert on 17 March will be the first in the country by any major heavy metal band, says record company EMI.

The band have been together since 1975 and reached number two in the Indian album chart with their latest release.

The band have confirmed a total of 12 concerts in March and June, including the Desert Rock Festival in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on 9 March.

And they are to play at the Download Festival in Britain's Donington Park and at the Netherlands' Fields of Rock Festival in Zwolle, both in June.

Bruce Dickinson
Dickinson said the group intended to "enjoy every moment" in India
"It's very special to us to be able to play to new fans in countries we've never been to before," said lead singer Bruce Dickinson, who is also a DJ with BBC digital radio station 6 Music.

"We hear the Indian fans are very loud and into their metal."

He promised to bring the group's "entire stage show" - as seen in Europe and the United States - to Bangalore, including their mascot, Eddie.

He said the set would include tracks from the current album, A Matter of Life and Death, plus classic songs.

The band are known for tracks including Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter, Run to the Hills and The Number of the Beast.

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