Iron Maiden brings their massive two year Maiden England tour to Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday September 7th, 2013. The city is engulfed in Iron Maiden fans with bars full of people dressed in Maiden shirts, covered in Maiden tattoos, and more. Much like twenty-five years ago, Megadeth opens for them with an hour long set. It consists mainly of their greatest hits, making for a very entertaining set. Dave Mustaine leaves his set with an extremely sincere thank you and goodbye to the crowd, feeling very humbled to work with Iron Maiden once again.
Set list – Hangar 18, Wake Up Dead, In My Darkest Hour, Sweating Bullets, Kingmaker, Tornado of Souls, Peace Sells, Symphony of Destruction, and Holy Wars.
Iron Maiden has a massive stage for this tour. The stage is never the same for two songs, with a number of backdrops, statues, costumes, pyro, and more. Each song has a different back drop and every other song has pyro that blows the stage up. They have characters dressed in a variety of outfits and play nearly the exact same set list as twenty-five years ago, with a few tunes thrown in from the later years. Several Eddie’s are also involved in the show beginning during Run to the Hills. He also makes a number of other appearances in songs such as Seventh Son and Iron Maiden.
The stage looked liked a massive ice sculpture with Nicko’s drums in the center. During “Can I Play With Madness?” which is certainly one of the best songs of the evening, Bruce Dickenson proceeds to leap from the monitors towards the front of the stage, greeting the crowd. It is difficult to believe that he is fifty-five years old, based on the sound of his voice. He has never sounded better. The mix of the guitars of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers are a mix made in heaven. It is clear that a number of fans are glad they kept Janick on after Adrian came back to the band. It adds so much.
One of the very interesting aspects of this show is something that may have not been immediately noticed by all there, but was definitely not lost on them either. This show has a classic feel. It feels as if the audience has been transported back to the 1980s and that we are all really living the experience. It is not simply a concert – it’s a party that everyone is enjoying to the fullest extent. It’s part of musical history. That is something that will hopefully not be lost on the next tour.
Set list – Moonchild, Can I Play with Madness?, The Prisoner, 2 Minutes to Midnight, Afraid to Shoot Strangers, The Trooper, The Number of the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera, Run to the Hills, Wasted Years, Seventh Son of the Seventh Son, The Clairvoyant, Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden, Aces High, The Evil That Men Do, Running Free
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