Nicko McBrain Talks Iron Maiden’s ‘Book of Souls’ Album, Hints at Massive 2016 Tour
"It's an absolutely stunning piece of work," he promised when the subject of the album came up during the interview, which you can watch above. "As everybody knows, it's been in the making for a while, and it's definitely worth the wait."
Adding that he's planning a pre-release listening party at his Rock 'n' Roll Ribs Restaurant ("where BBQ meets metal!!!") in Coral Springs, Fla. — with involvement from the band's Trooper Beer, naturally — he said he expects Maiden to be on the road for quite a while after Book of Souls arrives on Sept. 4.
"It's still in the air as to where and when. It's gonna be a big one, I'm sure," mused McBrain. "[Manager Rod Smallwood has] told us not to do anything for two years, so ... no, we really don't know yet. My feeling is, it's such a great album — I mean, every time you make a record, it's the best record you've ever made. This one, without a doubt, is the best record we've ever made."
Fans will just have to wait until September to judge that for themselves, but in the meantime, they can hinge their hopes on McBrain's assertions that "sonically, it's brilliant" and "the compositions of the songs are fantastic. It does come in at 92 minutes, but ... yeah."
The bottom line for McBrain will be the response from the group's fans. Asked what he can share regarding the record, his answer is simple: "Go buy it."
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