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.

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.”