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Rocks Off got word early this afternoon via

Iron Maiden's Web site

that the classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal giants Iron Maiden and prog-metal heroes Dream Theater will be hitting the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on June 11. We couldn't be more ecstatic. We have never seen Maiden live before, but sure love us some Bruce Dickinson. Yesterday a tweet went out from

Live Nation Houston

, linking back to a micro-site with that familiar face er, skull, of Eddie, Iron Maiden's longtime mascot for every album and stage show in the band's 30-year history. It was enough to make even the novice NWOBHM devotee raise a single fist in salute. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at

livenation.com

or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The upcoming tour will be in support of Maiden's new album,

The Final Frontier

; conflicting reports on its release date range from summer to the early fall. Lead singer Dickinson commented in a press release that the tour's set list would be a chronicle of the band's storied history, from "Run to the Hills" to "The Number of the Beast." In 2009, the band released the concert film

Flight 666

, which documented their 2008 tour in which the band traversed the world in its own custom-painted airliner, with Dickinson in the pilot seat. Yes, the metal singer actually has a license to fly

big-ass planes

.

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