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Bob Odenkirk updates status of his project on Minneapolis writer David Carr

Bob Odenkirk/AP photo

The usually tight-lipped crew from "Better Call Saul' was in a revealing mood this past weekend, sharing spoilers from the upcoming third season, including the return of Gus Fring, the beloved villain from "Breaking Bad." Giancarlo Esposito, who played the fast-food franchise king/drug dealer in the previous series, even made an unexpected appearance, passing out boxes of chicken to members of the press and trading verbal jabs with co-star Jonathan Banks, another actor who has a role in both dramas.

But after the panel, star Bob Odenkirk was much stingier with details on his side project, one with a decidedly Minnesota angle.

In April, it was announced that AMC and Odenkirk were developing a mini-series based on 'The Night of the Gun,' a memoir by the late David Carr, who cut his teeth in the Twin Cities alt-press universe before becoming a star at the New York Times.

"I can't tell you much," said Odenkirk as a publicist edged closer to our conversation. "I'd get in trouble with the network."

He did that say that writers had turned in a first draft, but would not provide a timeline on when shooting might start.

"I'm going to take my time and do it right," said the Emmy-nominated actor who, in addition to producing,  is also expected to portray the writer.

Odenkirk did confirm that he had visited the Twin Cities this past June for research purposes.

"We established a few things, one being that much of the landscape has changed, especially in places David hung out a lot," he said.

Does that make it less likely that production will actually take place in Minnepaolis?

"I suppose it makes it less likely," he said. "But that's down the line."

"Better Call Saul" returns to AMC in April.

Run to the hills! Iron Maiden finally returning to Minnesota June 16

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson in concert last year in Chile. / Courtesy

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson in concert last year in Chile. / Courtesy

At least one British rock band that’s long-overdue in Minnesota will finally play here in 2017. Enduring metal kingpins Iron Maiden have confirmed a June 16 date at Xcel Energy Center as part of a 25-city North American tour, their first Twin Cities date in 17 years.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. for $37-$97 via Ticketmaster and the arena box office. Holy-creepy Swedish band Ghost -- last year’s Grammy Award winner for best metal performance -- will open the show.

Iron Maiden returned to the road last year – or rather, to Ed Force One, the jet that singer Bruce Dickinson flies from town to town – in support of their well-received double album, “The Book of Souls.” Their tour’s second go-round will predictably include an arsenal of fiery, Mayan-themed stage theatrics, including appearances by the band’s mummified mascot Eddie.

Unlike his fellow Brits in Radiohead -- whose tour announcement Tuesday ignored Minnesota for going on 19 years -- bassist/bandleader Steve Harris seemed to recognize the pent-up anticipation for the show locally. He said in a press release:

“We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible! So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California.”

The last time Maiden performed in town was way back in the year 2000 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, soon after Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith rejoined the band. They have enjoyed quite a resurgence in the 15 years since, but the nearest they have come to us was a headlining slot at Rock Fest in Cadott in 2012.

Here's a video highlighting last year's tour.

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