Veteran British heavy metal band Iron Maiden is set to play a series of stadium and festival dates in March and June 2007, including an historic date in Bangalore, India.

Even though heavy rock legends Deep Purple have been regular visitors to India over the past two decades, this debut show by Iron Maiden will be a significant event. Up until now, Indian metal fans have had to make do with the hugely popular "Spirit Of Iron Maiden" tribute concerts, organized by India's first metal troupe, Millennium. But on March 17, fans at the Bangalore Palace will finally get to see their heroes in the flesh.

In a statement, Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson commented: "To say we're all really looking forward to going to Bangalore is something of an understatement. We've never been to [India] before, and we hear the Indian fans are very loud and into their metal. The fans should know that we are bringing the whole stage show we used in Europe and America and that Eddie will definitely be joining us!"

Promoters DNA Networks have dubbed the event "Edd-Fest", in an attempt to brand the show as India's first rock festival featuring international bands. In contrast, Delhi's Great Indian Festival focuses on local rock acts. "The appearance on the bill of Britain's Lauren Harris will be the first time Indian fans will have seen a rock band fronted by a girl," claimed a spokesman from DNA.