Backstage with Iron Maiden

Backstage with Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden band manager Rod Smallwood talks to Newshub about the band's connection to New Zealand ahead of their show in Christchurch tonight.

After 16 albums Iron Maiden is still rocking out, arriving in the country on their own Boeing 747 named 'Ed Force One' -- flown by none other than lead singer Bruce Dickinson.

Mr Smallwood says he and the band are big rugby fans and the Iron Maiden New Zealand tour t-shirt features Eddie the mascot in an All Black's uniform.

Fans were already lined up outside Horncastle Arena this afternoon waiting for the doors to open. Mr Smallwood says the band is looking forward to treating fans to an electric show tonight before flying to Auckland for a show at Vector Arena.