WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! SPOILER ALERT! If you do not know what Iron Maiden is playing on their current tour and you do not want to know, please do not read any further. However, if you already know about the setlist, or you don’t mind being spoiled, then read on.
There have been a lot of complaints across the Internet and amongst my inner circle of metal music addicts about the choice of songs for the upcoming Maiden tour. US fans are in an uproar. “How could they?!” they’ve screamed. “What the hell is up with this setlist?” Some fans have been ripping Maiden’s decision to shreds.
To that, I say, hogwash! This Maiden setlist is incredible, and their decision to go out on tour and embrace their newer material should be commended. Iron Maiden is a band that is ever evolving and constantly trying unique things. That’s how a band stays fresh and relevant.
In 2005, the band went on The Early Days tour where they played nothing but songs from their first 4 albums. In 2008 they went out on the Somewhere Back In Time tour playing nothing but their massive hits from the 80s. If the fans wanted nothing but classics, then that was the tour they had to see Maiden on.
Now, Iron Maiden is changing it up. They aren’t Poison. They aren’t going to give you the same setlist every tour. They actually have new music. They’ve actually recorded a few albums in the past 10 years. Why shouldn’t they embrace them by performing songs from those albums live? A true fan of the band is open to the new songs as well as the classics. Yes, the old hits are great, but there is nothing wrong with performing a lot of newer material as well. There are other Iron Maiden albums besides Number of the Beast.
The Wicker Man is an exceptional choice for an opener. It’s a solid, rocking, and powerful song. Personally, I think it’s up there with any classic Maiden track. These Colours Don’t Run is an incredible sing along from A Matter of Life and Death. It’s hard rocking and finds Bruce at his best running around on stage and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Blood Brothers live is astonishing. Don’t believe me? Watch Rock In Rio and you will see how mesmerizing that song is live. The same holds true for Brave New World. Both songs are amazing in concert.
Wildest Dreams? Totally rock and roll. This is another powerful and amazing Iron Maiden Song that is going to have the crowd roaring. Wildest Dreams could battle The Wicker Man for concert opener. It’s a short, compact, bursting song that knocks the listener out with abundant energy. And we all know how Bruce Dickinson can deliver as a frontman.
And for the fans crying “Boo Hoo! No one is going to like this concert!” the classics are there. They just happen to come at the end. Sometimes you have to wait to hear the best. You know, save the best for last. It will only make those classics even more powerful. By the time Fear of the Dark is played, the crowd is going to be so juiced in anticipation that they will explode. And when The Number of the Beast is played to open the encore, and the voice comes over the PA, well, it’s going to be an experience.
No matter what songs they choose to play, this is Iron Maiden. Still fronted by Bruce Dickinson. Still led by Steve Harris. The band is magnificent in concert regardless of which album they are featuring. As someone who saw them on their A Matter of Life and Death tour (where they played their brand new album in its entirety) I know firsthand how great they can be even if the material is new. This is going to be a fabulous concert for real Maiden fans. If you’re a fan of the band and you don’t like any songs from their last three albums, then I have news for you – you’re not a fan of the band, you’re a poser.
The Wicker Man
The Ghost of the Navigator
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
Paschendale (or Dance of Death)
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
These Colours Don’t Run
No More Lies
Brave New World
Fear Of The Dark
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name