“Be there or be square!” Watch Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris play a charity football match this weekend

Steve Harris on stage
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Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris will be playing a charity football match at Portugal’s Estadio Algarve on Saturday (June 15).

The 68-year-old, who founded Maiden in 1975, will be playing to raise money for disadvantaged children in Portugal.

Tickets to the match will cost 2,50€ and kickoff will be at 8pm local time.

Harris comments in a video posted to X (formerly Twitter) (transcribed by Blabbermouth): “So here I am in the beautiful Algarve, Portugal.

“Over my shoulder here is the Estadio Algarve or Stadium Algarve or Algarve Stadium, whichever way you wanna put it, and that’s where I’m playing for charity on Saturday, 8pm kickoff.

“And it’s for underprivileged children in Portugal. So it’s a really good cause.

“So if you can get there, make it down there. I think it’s only like two or three euros to get in, or something like that, but try and round up a few people and get down there and support it.

“And, yeah, be there or be square.”

Harris is an avid football fan and a supporter of London club West Ham. He trained with the team aged 14, but stopped pursuing football professionally when he discovered music.

“It was always West Ham,” the bassist told the club’s official website last year.

“The first game I went to [on December 11, 1965], I was nine, jumped on the bus with my mate and saw us beat Newcastle 4-3. That was it, I was hooked.

“I stay in touch with what’s going on and the only time I’ve not been able to watch the games in the last few years is when I’ve been on flights [or onstage].”

When Maiden were promoting their album Virtual XI in 1998, they hosted a series of football matches with fans and journalists.

The band will embark on a massive tour of North America later this year. See dates and get tickets below.

Iron Maiden 2024 North American tour:

Oct 04: San Diego North Island Credit Union Ampitheatre
Oct 05: Las Vegas Michelob Ultra Arena
Oct 08: Los Angeles Kia Forum
Oct 12: Sacramento Aftershock Festival
Oct 14: Portland Moda Center
Oct 16: Tacoma Dome
Oct 18: Salt Lake City Delta Center
Oct 19: Denver Ball Arena
Oct 22: St Paul Xcel Energy Center
Oct 24: Rosemont Allstate Arena
Oct 26: Toronto Scotiabank Arena
Oct 27: Quebec Videotron Arena
Oct 30: Montreal Centre Bell
Nov 01: Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
Nov 02: Brooklyn Barclays Center
Nov 06: Worcester DCU Center
Nov 08: Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena
Nov 09: Newark Prudential Center
Nov 12: Baltimore CFG Bank Arena
Nov 13: Charlotte Spectrum Center
Nov 16: Fort Worth Dickies Arena
Nov 17: San Antonio Frost Bank Center

Get tickets.

Matt Mills
Contributing Editor, Metal Hammer

Louder’s resident Gojira obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.