British metal icons Iron Maiden are currently embarking on the second part of their The Legacy of the Beast world tour, which was postponed to early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, the group has embarked on the second leg of their 2022 jaunt, which takes place in Latin America, South America and North America.
On Wednesday September 7, the band played a show in Mexico City at the country’s Hermanos Rodriguez F1 venue in the Foro Sol stadium section of the track.
To celebrate the event, the band released a limited run of F1-themed touring t-shirts.
Featuring a number of fake F1 cars driven by various incarnations of the group’s famous mascot, Eddie the Head, three-time Grand Prix winner Perez appears as the driver of the second car in the photo.
Asked about the shirt by Autosport during the Italian Grand Prix, Perez said: “I haven’t seen it, [but] That’s a nice compliment!”
This is not the first time that Iron Maiden and motorsport have collided.
The group’s Trooper Beer brand is a long-time sponsor of nine-time Isle of Man TT winner Peter Hickman.
This association began in 2015, with the Trooper Beer brand continuing to sponsor Hickman in the Supersport class at TT since then.
Following this, Hickman appeared on t-shirts for Iron Maiden’s book of souls world tour in 2017 and the UK leg of the The Legacy of the Beast tour in 2018.
Touring car ace Anthony Reid also raced a Trooper Beer-backed car in the VW Funcup in Britain several years ago.
Iron Maiden have played the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit regularly on their travels through Mexico, but have also performed at other race tracks over the years.
They titled the Rock am Ring festival as recently as 2014 was held at the Nurburgring in Germany, while it played an outdoor show at the site of the Dutch MotoGP Grand Prix in Assen during its 2008 somewhere in time world Tour.
He also commemorated this with a special Superbike-themed t-shirt. In the 1990s, the group headlined the musical activity during the Bol d’Or motorcycle endurance race at Paul Ricard.
The band’s longtime guitarist Adrian Smith is also a keen F1 fan, having visited several Grands Prix as a guest of Renault in the past.