BRITISH LION, the aspect challenge of IRON MAIDEN bassist and founder Steve Harris, will embark on an 11-date tour of the U.Okay. in January 2023.
The complete listing of dates :
Jan. 06 – Queens Corridor, Nuneaton
Jan. 07 – Leadmill, Sheffield
Jan. 08 – The Storage, Glasgow
Jan. 10 – Brickyard, Carlisle
Jan. 11 – Parish, Huddersfield
Jan. 13 – Sin Metropolis, Swansea
Jan. 14 – Chinnerys, Southend
Jan. 15 – Concorde 2, Brighton
Jan. 17 – The Reserving Corridor, Dover
Jan. 18 – Islington Meeting Corridor, London
Jan. 19 – Epic Studios, Norwich
Particular visitors in any respect exhibits can be CONEY HATCH. It should mark the long-running Canadian band’s first-ever U.Okay. tour (other than a few one-off exhibits at Nottingham Firefest in 2011 and 2014) and that includes three members of the unique Eighties lineup: bass participant and vocalist Andy Curran, lead vocalist and guitarist Carl Dixon and drummer Dave Ketchum, together with guitarist Sean Kelly, who joined the band in 2018. Extra assist on the tour will come from AIRFORCE.
Harris feedback: “We’re excited to be touring the U.Okay. once more, particularly as we’ll be visiting many locations we have not had an opportunity to play earlier than. It is unbelievable that we have got long-time buddies CONEY HATCH coming over from Canada to hitch us. We had nice enjoyable after they have been our particular visitors on the BRITISH LION Canadian exhibits in 2018. And we’re completely satisfied to have our previous mates AIRFORCE again out on the street with us too. Everybody is admittedly wanting ahead to this tour and we won’t wait to see everybody.”
BRITISH LION final performed dwell within the U.Okay. at this yr’s Obtain competition to a packed Dogtooth Stage following a headline pub and membership tour of late 2021.
In October 2021, BRITISH LION withdrew from a U.Okay. tour with THE DARKNESS, citing “utterly unacceptable” tour “protocols.”
BRITISH LION‘s second album, “The Burning”, got here out in January 2020 in digipack CD, double gatefold vinyl and digital obtain codecs by way of Explorer1 Music (E1). The LP was recorded, engineered and combined at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris.
BRITISH LION‘s first U.S. tour happened in January and February 2020.
BRITISH LION contains singer Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie, Harris on bass and keyboards, and drummer Simon Dawson.
Requested by the Tampa Bay Occasions what the itch is that BRITISH LION scratches that he would not get in his job with MAIDEN, Harris mentioned: “I suppose taking part in small golf equipment and being shut and private with the viewers. I really like taking part in huge locations as properly. I take pleasure in all of them, and I am very fortunate that I can do all of them. But additionally, it is golf equipment that I by no means performed with MAIDEN, even in Europe. There is a well-known membership referred to as the Milky Manner in Amsterdam, which I managed to play with BRITISH LION, however I by no means did that with MAIDEN. There’s locations that I am taking part in on [the U.S.] tour that I’ve by no means performed earlier than. So it is all new floor. It is a problem. It is good. I like a problem.”
In a 2020 interview with Bass Participant journal, Harris mentioned that he loves taking part in small golf equipment. “I am very fortunate that I can play all forms of gigs; huge gigs and small ones as properly,” he mentioned. “It is a change. I am not making an attempt to beat the world with this band; there’s not sufficient years left in me to try this anyway.”
Requested if the totally different venues current a special set of challenges, Steve mentioned: “I really suppose it must be the identical, whether or not you are taking part in for 200 or 200,000 individuals, you understand. To me, there isn’t any distinction. You continue to give 110 % wherever you are taking part in. We had one gig the place the promoter simply did not do [anything]. I feel we had, like, 95 individuals in there, however it was nonetheless an awesome gig, top-of-the-line of the tour. It would not matter. We’re nonetheless going for it, and I used to be proud that we went on the market. It was unbelievable.”