Iron Maiden brings its metal mastery back to Vancouver this summer
I caught a fair whack of flack a coupla years back when I reviewed an Iron Maiden show and whined about the setlist, complaining that they didn't play enough of my fave tunes. (I'd gotten spoiled in 2008, when Maiden recreated the classic Live After Death album.) The diehard "Up the Irons!" types thought I was being a crybaby, and weren't impressed that I wasn't up enough on the band's newer material.
Well, screw those guys, because Iron Maiden announced today that it's coming back to Van as part of its Maiden England World Tour, and the show will closely mirror--in terms of production and content--the original 1988 concert video of the same name, shot on the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Tour. Which means I'll probably get to hear "Wasted Years" this time around after all. Take that, haters!
“We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue," says lead singer Bruce Dickinson in an EMI press release issued today. "It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited--with many other surprises!
"Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of Maiden England," he continues, "including some songs we have not played live in a very, very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear."
Opening the July 29 show at the Pacific Coliseum will be American prog-metal greats Coheed and Cambria, who will be bringing that whole Rush vibe to the party. Tickets go on sale March 2 at 10 am at Live Nation.
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