The Maiden England World Tour 2012-13, which is based around the video of the same name finally hit the Seattle area Monday night! If I told you in the early 80's as a kid listening to Iron Maiden's Killers album (you know the plastic vinyl that spins around on a turntable with a needle in the groove making better sounds than todays CD's/MP3s) that in 2012 I'd be seeing them in concert and better yet, shooting the band, I would've told ya you're nuts!
It's amazing this band is still touring the world and bigger than ever! Hell they even have their own Boeing 757-200 airplane flown by singer Bruce Dickenson called "Ed Force One" to tour the world! The secret, its not album sales or radio airplay, it's the live show that brings the millions and millions of fans to its concerts. You have over 30 years of older fans like myself and then add their kids and you have a non-ending cycle of fans not many bands in the history of metal have ever achieved.
Two years ago when Maiden played the White River Amphitheater I was really disappointed with their setlist. It was like the anti-favorite songs (except for a few here and there) setlist but this time around THEY KILLED IT! Look at the setlist difference from 2010 to 2012!
The Wicker Man/Ghost of the Navigator/Wrathchild/El Dorado/Paschendale/The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg/These Colours Don't Run/Blood Brothers/Wildest Dreams/No More Lies/Brave New World/Fear of the Dark/Iron Maiden Encore: The Number of the Beast/Hallowed Be Thy Name/Running Free
Moonchild/Can I Play With Madness/The Prisoner/2 Minutes to Midnight/Afraid to Shoot Strangers/The Trooper/The Number of the Beast/Phantom of the Opera/Run to the Hills/Wasted Years/Seventh Son of a Seventh Son/The Clairvoyant/Fear of the Dark/Iron Maiden Encore: Aces High/The Evil That Men Do/Running Free
See the difference? The crowd was in a near frenzy from start to finish with that set. The Trooper, The Number of the Beast, Phantom of the Opera & Run to the Hills all back-to-back in the set was amazing and add they also played The Prisoner and Aces High! This was Iron Maiden at it's best! The guys were energetic running around (more so than bands 1/2 their age) and Bruce Dickenson still kicking those vocals and screams like many years ago. Is there a more iconic band mascot to band ever than Eddie? Think not! Eddie appeared in many forms throughout the set in either stage backdrop or huge prop figures. See the video below for some of the cool Eddie festivities! Also view show photos here at KISW.com (CLICK HERE) or on KISW's Facebook page (CLICK HERE). One of the greatest concert bands of any musical genre ever, Iron Maiden deserve all the success!
Oh ya what a show, been huge fan since the early 80s and somehow never saw them till now. Wow worth the wait for sure, Iv been to hundreds of shows and this is in my top 5 for sure. Great to see younger fans there maiden are the kings iv seen metallics and every other band out there at least 3 times, maiden smokes em all. UP THE IRONS!!!!!
Ah, man, I was sorely disappointed when my mother couldn't make it. The woman loves Maiden and finally got past the whole "I'm too old" hurdle just shy of the concert -- but couldn't get away from work. This after she missed Priest's last farewell tour. Bitterly disappointed for her.
Wish I coulda been there too, of course... :)
Up the Irons!
Great show, great crowd, great set list. Magical performance... only way it could have been better is if it never ended. All Maiden all the time... Sadly, we are one tour closer to the end of it all.