Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain came about one step short of telling BackstageAxxess that the band is working on a new album.
When asked by the site in a new interview if Iron Maiden is working on a new album, McBrain said "Watch this space: IronMaiden.com. That's all I've gotta say." Interviewer David Griesinger then asked McBrain if something is coming soon, to which McBrain responded "No, I didn't say something soon, and I didn't say 'possibly.' Watch this space, is what I said. Don't be putting words in their mouths."
Blabbermouth reports longtime Iron Maiden producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley posted in his 2019 social media recap that he was "working very hard on an unnamed but not-very-secret project" throughout the year, which left "a loud ringing in my ears." This new effort will be Iron Maiden's first since Book of Souls in 2015.