Aftershock announces legendary heavy metal band as first 2024 headliner. Here’s who

A British staple of the heavy metal scene will be a headliner for Sacramento’s biggest music festival next year.

Iron Maiden will perform at Aftershock in 2024, organizers announced Friday.

“You asked for epic, but we’re delivering legendary,” Aftershock organizers said on social media. “Prepare for a metal invasion like no other.”

The announcement marks the return of the heavy metal legend to the Sacramento region for the first time since 2019, when the band performed at Golden 1 Center in September.

Before that, in 2003, Iron Maiden played to a packed Sleep Train Amphitheater (now Toyota Amphitheatre) in Wheatland, drawing the huge crowds consistent with heavy metal classics. They also played Cal Expo in 1985.

Known on the radio and streaming services for top hits, “The Trooper,” “Run to the Hills,” “Number of the Beast” and others, they’re known on stage for their pyrotechnic-packed spectacle.

The band, with founder Steve Harris on bass and lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson still at the helm, released its latest studio album, “Senjutsu,” in 2021.

In the 46 years since the band’s founding, Iron Maiden has toured the world, won a Grammy and had No. 1 hits in 28 countries.

Iron Maiden will take the stage at Discovery Park on Oct. 12, 2024. The annual Aftershock festival will run Oct. 10-13.