Iron Maiden is kicking off its “The Book Of Souls” tour, in North and South America as well as Europe. Simultaneously, it’s unveiling Nicko McBrain’s all-new tour-themed SQ² custom kit, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece made by the Sonor craftsmen in Germany.

This is far from your normal Kit Of The Week. The base of the kit is a SQ² custom series drum, made of German Beech (medium construction), a shell construction that Nicko has favored ever since his early days with SONOR. But also the drum sizes are as “traditional Nicko” as it gets: the toms are 6″ x 8″, 8″ x 8″, 10″ x 10″, 12″ x 12″, 13″ x 13″, 14″ x 14″, 15″ x 15″, and 16 x 16″. There is also an 18″ x 18″ floor tom, and 24″ x 18″ bass. The snare is 14″ x 5.5″ birch, made of a special sandwich construction.

As in previous years, the design of the kit follows stage design, and the current record’s theme. The designers in Maiden’s camp came up with a special The Book Of Soulsartwork that features the band’s icon “Eddie” in different outfits, going around the shell. Only the bass drum and snare drum feature a slightly different design: The kick comes with Mayan symbols, and the snare drum has the “The Book Of Souls” album name written on it.


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As if that weren’t enough, the entire kit is assembled with 24-karat gold plated hardware, as well as all hardware stands, a one-off and custom made for the band.

In a letter to the Sonor production staff Nicko said, “Amazing, wonderful, imaginative and most of all a B-E-A-utiful drum set. I can not express how proud I am for you all. This drum set sounds as good as it looks and it looks a million dollars. The workmanship and love that has gone into the production of these tubs is without a doubt the Sonor legacy. I’m am proud and honored to be with the family that I should never have left but am humbled to be back.”

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