Iron Maiden's Steve Harris announces 2023 UK tour with British Lion

British Lion standing in a field
(Image credit: John McMurtrie)

On a day when nothing else of news-value concerning Iron Maiden has occurred, bassist, band leader and founding member Steve Harris has announced an 11-date UK tour with his side band British Lion for January 2023.

Harris' hard rock band will kick off the new year playing:

Jan 06: Queens Hall, Nuneaton
Jan 07: Leadmill, Sheffield
Jan 08: The Garage, Glasgow
Jan 10: Brickyard, Carlisle
Jan 11: Parish, Huddersfield
Jan 13: Sin City, Swansea
Jan 14: Chinnerys, Southend
Jan 15: Concorde 2, Brighton
Jan 17: The Booking Hall, Dover
Jan 18: Islington Assembly Hall, London
Jan 19: Epic Studios, Norwich

Special guests at all shows will be Canada's Coney Hatch and Airforce.

British Lion last played live in the UK at this year’s Download Festival. Their most recent album, The Burning, was released on January 17, 2020.

Steve Harris says: “We’re excited to be touring the UK again especially as we’ll be visiting many places we’ve not had a chance to play before. It’s fantastic that we’ve got long-time friends Coney Hatch coming over from Canada to join us. We had great fun when they were our special guests on the British Lion Canadian shows in 2018. And we’re happy to have our old mates Airforce back out on the road with us too. Everyone is really looking forward to this tour and we can’t wait to see everyone.”

Tickets are on sale now.

British Lion UK tour poster, 2023

(Image credit: British Lion)
Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.