According to a posting on the IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenFans.com, the Argentinian band RATA BLANCA (who opened for JUDAS PRIEST on their 2005 South American tour) will support IRON MAIDEN on the Latin American leg of their 2008 trek. It is also expected that MAIDEN will have a European and an American band on the bill as additional guests.IRON MAIDEN's Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 2008 will take place in three sections, starting in February and March 2008 with the first leg encompassing major concerts in 20 selected cities on five continents in seven weeks including India, Japan, North America, Central and South America, and Australia, opening in Perth on February 4 and continuing through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The tour then continues with more concerts in North America in late May and June before finishing with a third leg in July and August encompassing major stadiums and festivals all over Europe. During the tour the band is expected to play to well over one and a half million fans and travel close to 100,000 miles. In an historic first, IRON MAIDEN, their 60-strong crew and support staff and over 12 tons of equipment will be traveling around the world en masse for the first leg of the tour in a specially commissioned and converted Astraeus Boeing 757 decorated with MAIDEN and Eddie designs! Vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who is a qualified airline captain flying for Astraeus Airlines, will pilot the plane on its epic mission, flying over 50,000 miles.
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